Looking for Photographs

Hi there, my mother Lena née Kelleher ( Eileen  Ni Ceilleachair) of Tooreenbawn (now living in Kilnamartyra) is turning 70 (1952) and we are trying to get some pictures from her communion/ confirmation.  She attended national school in Aubane starting 1958 and ended school in Kilcorney.  She had confirmation in Banteer church.  I know it’s a long shot but if anyone was in class with her back then or could steer in me in right direction it would be much appreciated please.

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Knocknalammon Memories

I’ll try and give some background on the photos. They were in a box in my grandmother’s home. I looked at them with her when I was young but unfortunately didn’t label them. My grandmother passed away in 2002. She was Hannah OSullivan from Knocknaloman. She married Patrick O‘Brien from Ballydaly in New York. Some of the photos include her brother Dan and sisters Liz, Mary, and Hanorah. I think her brother Jerry and sister Kathleen may be in some of the photos. Mary (called Babe) was the last surviving sibling in Knocknaloman. She passed away in 1981.  Most of the photos were developed at “Cronin Cash Chemist” in Rathmore.
There are 2 photos of Ellen OSullivan. She is standing holding a book in one and petting a dog in another. Ellen was murdered in 1931. I’m pretty sure she was a cousin.
There are several photos of two teenage girls Mary and Nora Linehan. I remember my grandmother speaking fondly of them but I don’t know anything about them.
There is at least one labeled Kit Moynihan. I know she was a friend of my grandmother.
There are several with a man with white hair and mustache, At least one is labeled Dan Hickey. I think Dan may have been a cousin. Grandma talked highly of him.

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Trying to trace my Irish ancestors

I’m hoping you might be able to help me. I am from South Wales and am trying to trace my Irish ancestors. According to the 1921 Census and the 1939 Register my great-grandmother, Mary Ford(e) was born in County Cork, 18 November 1888. Her marriage certificate notes that her father was William Ford(e) who was an Agricultural Labourer. The closest match to these details I can find is the birth of a Mary Forde born 10 December 1887 in Drishane, Millstreet, father William Forde (Farm Labourer living in Rathduane) and mother Johannah Forde (formerly Cremin). Places I know or have been told Mary lived are Mountain Ash and Llanbradach (South Wales). Do you know of any individuals with the surname Forde or Cremin in Millstreet that might be connected to me?

Huge thanks / Diolch

Murphy – Shannaknuck

My name is Kevin Murphy. I am a new coadmin of the Murphy DNA project through familytreedna. I have been conducting much of the genealogical research for members in our group. One of our members is believed to have origins in Shananuck/Shanacknuck descended from a John Murphy of Shannaknuck 1800-1895 who passed at the Union Workhouse, Millstreet.
There are a number of Murphys in our group within the same genetic family with origins around Millstreet in particular, however I was hoping to possibly grab the interest of more Murphy men to test their Y DNA. Our Murphy genetic family is the largest of all in the group by far and is heavily concentrated in the Province of Munster.
I am attaching a map of areas of these different Murphys just below.
Interestingly enough we share a common male ancestor with a group of Northwest Cork O’Sheas and Cork Harringtons within the last 1000 or so years. I am working on distinguishing what Gaelic surname these Harringtons were as there are a few possibilities.
Walt Disney’s great nephew Roy Patrick Disney shares a common male ancestor with us within the last 1300-1800 years and does not match any of the Disneys of Norman origin.
If anyone is interested, especially any Murphys, in this sort of research please feel free to have to send me an email.


I hope everyone is doing well in your parish

Any help or suggestions?

This is a long shot but I have a question for you.
My Grandparents lived in Meenskeehy, Derrinagree. Their names were Daniel and Nora (nee Desmond) Cronin. He died circa 1934 and she died December 27 1963.
They are buried in Nohoval cemetery.
I have looked at records available to me online but I cannot find where exactly they are buried.
I am wondering where records of their deaths would be recorded.
I appreciate any help or suggestions you would have for me.
Noreen Cronin
Co Kerry

Information on family genealogy required

My Great Gran emigrated to New Zealand from Millstreet in c1882, her
mother was Mary Murphy (nee Riordon) husband Cornelius Murphy. Mary died in Millstreet on the 6th of November 1896 and her daughter Margaret
Corkery was present at her death. Margaret was my Great Gran Honoria’s
sister and I have had contact with her family one came to New Zealand
other sisters Ellen Hickey (daughter came to New Zealand) and Mary
McGuane want to the USA.

What I would like to know please if any one has
any info on the other brothers and sisters, Bridget Murphy b 1851,
Johanna b 1852. Julia b 1856, and Cornelius 1858, they were born in
Boherbue but shifted to Millstreet.

Thank you John Scott NZ

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Elizabeth Leader, Carriganima/Mashanaglas

I was wondering if anyone on this forum can shed any light my Mother’s ancestors please?
She tells me that her Mother (Elizabeth Leader) was from Mill Street Co.Cork.  Not sure of the full picture but my Mother moved to another area of Co.Cork when she was young and was raised with another family.  She doesn’t really have any recollection of either of her parents.  My Mother’s Father was Michael Bransfield from Middleton.
Billy Clarke <email>
[from a comment on the Leader Genealogy page]


Elizabeth Leader (1893-1949)

Birth of Elizabeth Leader at Rahalisk to Bridget Leader, a domestic servant of Rahalisk (no father listed) on December 8th 1893.

1901 census: She is living with her grandfather John Leader, aunt Hannah, and uncles Richard and Stephen  in Carriganima.

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Collins / Sheehan / O’Hare of Cloghoulamore

Hello from Boston!
I’m doing some family history research, and my great-grandmother Mary Agnes Collins (Molly) came from Millstreet and emigrated to the US at about 15 years old.
Maria (Mary) Collins, baptised 5 December 1884″. Her mother is listed as Ellena Collins. The priest was “J. Martin”. And her location is listed as “CLOUGHOOLABEG“.
Does anyone know anything about this family or location?
I would GREATLY appreciate any tips or help. Many thanks!
Robert Pyles, Boston

Admin’s note: we have found out a good bit: [read more …] “Collins / Sheehan / O’Hare of Cloghoulamore”

Daniel McCarthy, born c.1755 in Millstreet

My mother was a McCarthy. I have traced her family line back to Daniel McCarthy who was born in Millstreet in 1755.
Are there any McCarthy historians who might be related to Daniel McCarthy who was born in Millstreet in 1755 because then we would be related?
I would love to meet them when I visit Ireland in September.
Thank you.
Bill McNeil <email>

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Hardings of Millstreet

“Hello friends! I am searching for Harding family members in the area, and tracing family back to Joseph and Mary Harding of Millstreet, shoemakers in the 1800’s. I know my G-G-Grandad (Bryan Harding) came to America in 1857, settled in Massachusetts then Rochester NY. His brother Daniel, sister Julia emigrated also. Any Harding descendants in the area? I am travelling to Ireland this April and would be so happy to learn more of my family.” – Mary McDonough [from this comment]

By the Admin: While there were Hardings in Millstreet:-  shopkeepers, egg-layers, carpenters, tradesmen, shoemakers (Bryan, Bridget, John),  we seem to have found no reference at all to any Joseph Harding, which would be unusual. Below is some of what we found, which may or may not be of relevance:  [read more …] “Hardings of Millstreet”

Richard and Hanora Forde of Bolomore

> Hi Millstreet … but of a long shot. I have traced my great great grandparents back to Bolomore Rathcoole… just wondering if any Forde people in the area ?  – FB: Daisy Barrett Genuardi (14th Jan 2020)  [comment] [facebook<email> FB

> Thanks so much I will certainly give it a go ! I was in millstreet on 2011. We scattered my grandads ashes !

> My great gran was Ellen ( their daughter She married a Barrett)

> My dad talks about grandad’s brother Richie who went to america

Below are our notes on the family:

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The family of Cornelius Horgan and Honora Riordan, Dereen / Glenleigh

Hi, my name is Jeanne Cianciola. My great-grandfather Patrick Horgan emigrated to Boston in 1888 from Queenstown. His birth certificate states he was born 3/10/1867 in Dereen, Millstreet. His parents were Cornelius Horgan (6/20/1832) and Honora Riordan. He had 2 brothers: William (3/13/1864) and Timothy (5/9/1861). I believe William married Eliza Mangan 4/7/1889 and Timothy married Hannah Crowley 2/21/1889. I’ve only been researching for about a year and found the information above in the National Archives and Irish Geneology sites. I’ve hit a wall, so to speak. I’m wondering if I still have any ancestors in the area or if you might have further information on any of them. Thanks so much!

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Looking for O’Sullivans

Hello! My name is Erin, I’m from the States but studying at UCC for the semester. My grandmother sent me with information about our family and family’s friends that lived in Millstreet, and I was hoping to be able to get in touch with them. My great grandmother was Catherine (Nanny) Kelleher, she and her family lived next to the O’Sullivans whose property borders the Blackwater River (not sure exactly where though, but near Dooneen). My grandparents and other family members have visited the O’Sullivan’s when they visited Ireland in the past. If anyone knows them and could put me in contact with them that would be amazing! My grandmother sent me with some pictures of her on the property from years ago and I was hoping I could be able to visit again for her. [f]
Thank you so much!!
Erin Sutter

Bridget Kelleher, Drishanebeg (1860-1936)

Hello, I visited Millstreet this September but couldn’t quite catch up with Mr. Radley. My great-grandmother was Bridget Mary Francis Kelleher and was born in Millstreet 1 FEB 1861. Her parents were Timothy Kelleher and Johannah Murphy. She and her husband, David Morrissey (or Morrison) emigrated to the US in 1889. I’d love to make contact with any relatives and to know more about the family. Thanks for any help anyone can provide. [1]
Best wishes,
Michael Morrissey
The below information is added by the admin to give some context, and to figure out who her family were. Easy enough to track Bridget, but we’re at a bit of a loss to figure out immediate family:  [read more …] “Bridget Kelleher, Drishanebeg (1860-1936)”

Notes: O’Hares of Cloghoulamore

Ancestry: Denis O’Hare born 1877 (Jack Buckley – Buckley PRIMARY)
Ancestry Denis O’Hare born 1877 (Jack Buckley – Denis O’Hare Family Tree)


TODO: Can’t Find the Marriage of Thomas Hare and Mary Riordan before 1875 this would clarify for certain who their parents were 🙁

Birth of MARY HARE on September 20th 1875 at Cloholamore
Birth of Denis Hare on December 31st 1876 at Cloholamore
Birth of HONORIA HARE on September 11th 1878 at Cloholamore
Birth of Margaret Hare on September 18th 1880 at Cloholamore
Birth of Michael Hare on October 9th 1882 at Cloholamore
Birth of DANIEL HARE on November 1st 1884 at Clohoolamore
Birth of THOMAS HARE on November 22nd 1886 at Clohoolamore
Birth of JOHN HARE on February 27th 1889 at Clohoolamore
Birth of PATRICK HARE on March 28th 1891 at  Clohoolamore
Birth of WILLIAM HARE on December 23rd 1893 at Clohoolamore

1884 Death of Mary Hare, Cloghoolamore, wife of Denis Hare a farmer, 73 years

1898 Death of Denis Hare – at Cloghoolamore aged 88 – som Thomas Hare
Deduction: in the event that we can’t find any marriage details on the marriage of Thomas Hare and Mary Riordan.

Nora appears to have emigrated to the USA, sailing from Queenstown (Cobh) on May 13th 1900 on the Ivernia, and arriving in New York on May 21st – going to Brooklyn, paid by her sister (presumably her older sister Mary… TODO: had she emigrated previously??)

1901 census: Residents of a house 7 in Cloghboola More (Coomlogane, Cork)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Hayre Thomas 48 Male Head of Family R Catholic
Hayre Mary 46 Female Wife R Catholic
Hayre Denis 24 Male Son R Catholic
Hayre Margaret 18 Female Daughter R Catholic
Hayre Daniel 16 Male Son R Catholic
Hayre Thomas 14 Male Son R Catholic
Hayre John 12 Male Son R Catholic
Hayre Patrick 10 Male Son R Catholic
Hayre William 7 Male Son R Catholic

1909: Marriage of MICHAEL HEALY of Donoughmore and MARY HARE of Cloghoolamore on 31 July 1909

1911 census: Residents of a house 4 in Cloghboola More (Coomlogane, Cork)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
OHare Thomas 65 Male Head of Family R Catholic
OHare Mary 64 Female Wife
36 years married
10 children
10 alive
R Catholic
OHare Denis 34 Male Son R Catholic
OHare Margaret 30 Female Daughter R Catholic
OHare John 22 Male Son R Catholic
OHare Patrick 20 Male Son R Catholic
OHare William 17 Male Son R Catholic

1913 Death of Thomas Hare – aged 62 – at Cloghoulamore. Daughter Margaret present at death

1915 Marriage of Denis Hare and Margaret Twohig of Ballinagree on 27th April 1915 in Macroom

1916 Birth of THOMAS HARE on 20 August 1916 (to Denis Hare and Rita Twohig)

1917 Marriage of WILLIAM WARD of Mallow and MARGARET HARE of Cloghoolamore on 25 September 1917

1918 Birth of JEREMIAH (Jerome) O HARE on 24 March 1918

1929: Birth of Joseph O’Hare on September 24, 1929

1962 Death of Denis O’Hare on July 27th 1962 at the Bon Secours Hospital Cork, from Cloghoola, Millstreet – aged 85

2003 Death of Victor O’Hare, Millstreet on  April 27th 2003 (Patricia O’Hare, Principal, Christ King Girls’ Primary School, Turners Cross, Cork.

2009 Death of MARGARET O’HARE, (née KELLEHER) (Cloghoula House, Millstreet, Cork) on Monday, December 28th 2009 (wife of Victor)

2011 Death of Jerome O’Hare on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at the Bungalow, Coole, aged 92

2014 Death of Reverend Father John Brendan O’Hare or Brendan as most knew him, died July 3, 2014 at his home in Apopka, FL. He was born September 24, 1929

2017 Death of Rev. Donal Joseph O’Hare, Wichita, Kansas, USA & Cloghoula, Millstreet, Retired Catholic Priest, died Sunday, March 12, 2017


A different Hare family from Cloghoulamore?

Marriage of JOHANNES (JOHN) SHEEHAN of BALLYDALLY and HANORIA (HONORA) HARE of CLOUGHOLAMORE on 27 April 1875, – her parents were John Hare and Helen Kelleher [civil]

(At first I thought this was Denis’ (1810-1898) sister, but this Hanoria must have been born after 1840, while denis was born around 1810 … 30+ years apart, so i don’t know where they fit in. TODO … try to figure this out)

… They had four children Timothy, Catherine, John, and Patrick, of which only Timothy and Catherine survived, and wife Hanoria died in 1886.

John Sheehan married his neighbour Ellen Collins in 1889. Notes on that family are in this article on Sheehan / Collins / Hare.



O’HARE Thomas [115] 18 May Probate of the Will of Thomas O’Hare late of Cloghanlamore Millstreet County Cork Farmer who died 11 September 1913 granted at Cork to Mary O’Hare the Widow and Michael Riordan Farmer Effects £225 [willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie]


Local Genealogy Researchers

Looking for a Genealogy Service to do your family history research for you? Here is a list of local Genealogists that are willing to help you in your search:

Ciara Houlihan is a family history researcher who runs findmyirishfamily.com from Mallow. She has ancestors from Millstreet and Kilcorney, so is familiar with families and place names. She do genealogy part time. <houlihangenealogy@gmail.com>

Millstreet.ie – we do family research purely out of interest, connecting emigrants to their ancestral homeland, and if possible reconnecting them to long lost relatives. Our advantage is that we know the people here better than most, and sometimes talking to people on the ground reveals stories/connections that you would never otherwise hear about. Michael, Seán, Marie, and James help when time allows.

If you’d like to be added to this list please let us know!

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Help: Local Genealogists?

Does anyone know of local Genealogists, willing to help people with searching for their ancestors? (professional or non professional).

We often get asked, and much of the time don’t have a good answer, and end up doing much of the work ourselves, but often we just don’t have the time. With thanks any help, Michael.

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Donnelly/Herlihy/Lehane Clan of Ballydaly

Wondering if there is anyone who is interested in mid 1800s family connections to the Donnellys of Caherbarnagh? John and Michael were sons of Daniel and Mary. John was born late 1820s, Johanna, b. 1832, and Michael, abt. 1835. The three went off to America, settling in the State of Vermont. I am descended from John.

Their siblings included Mary, Jeremiah, Dermot and Honora. Honora married John Lehane and lived nearby in Knocknaloman. I know two of those who remained in Ireland were still living in 1917, when Michael passed. Just wondering if there are any Lehanes in that area, these days?

I also have a question about a Mary Herlihy, who died in Millstreet in 1902. Would she have died as a Herlihy, if she had married Daniel Donnelly? She is found in the Lehane household in 1901, but as a lodger, not mother-in-law. Any pointers to folks in the area who might connect to this line would be very much appreciated
—  Jared Handspicker, New Hampshire  <email>
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Margaret Denahy Roney, born in Cloghoulamore 1885

“Looking for relatives of Margaret Denahy born on July 1, 1885. Father was Denis Denahy. Immigrated to the United States as a child. Margaret was my grandmother. Her mother was Johanna Shea. My grandmother had a sister named Claire. They left Ireland sometime in the 1890’s. Margaret’s obituary said they moved from Millstreet, Cork. If you can connect to riversidecemetary.com and look at the genealogy part and type in her last name Roney. She is listed as Margaret Roney, born in 1885, died in 1979. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Ed Tom Roney” <email>

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Ellen Donohue of Carrigacooleen, b.1863

I have just found that my late husand’s grandmother was born in Millstreet in 1863. Her name was Ellen Donohue and her father was Dennis Donohue and her mother was Hannah Riordan. Dennis’s father was John Donohue and her mother was Ellena. I would like to contact anyone connected with this family. Ellen came to Australia in 1888 and I have been looking for her for many years and only just found her.  [read more …] “Ellen Donohue of Carrigacooleen, b.1863”

John R FitzGerald Mahoney

Hi, I’m trying to find my ancestral roots: My Great Grandfather, John R FitzGerald, was born in Millstreet around 1828 and married my Great Grandmother, Mary Mahoney who was also from Millstreet and born in 1844. They came to the US in the 1860’s. His father was Richard FitzGerald born around 1800 and died in 1840. His wife was Nancy Murphy. Both from Millstreet. I was hoping that someone might know something about them. I am planning a visit to Millstreet next year.Any help would be appreciated.

Stuart Burnett, Massachusetts [1]

Great Grandfather Patrick Henry Linehan

I am trying to find out if my Great Grandfather Patrick Henry Linehan is buried in Millstreet.

He was a Master carpenter who lived with his family in Botherbue and had several children including my Grandmother Kattie Linehan who married my Grandfather Thomas Tynan.

He died on the 22 May 1906 – thank you if anyone can help.

Can anyone help ?

I am visiting Cork next week 16 July 2018

Paul Tynan

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I am looking for my Cronin/Lucy Relatives

My name is John P Cronin and my Great-Grandfather Micheal Cronin immigrated to America in 1883, he married a women by the name of Katherine Danahy and had three sons and two daughters. His family was located in Boherbue/Boherboy near Kilmean, my great Grandfather had 10 brothers and sisters, of which one was a Johanna Cronin. One of her children or grandchildren named Sheila married a Tim Lucy. We in America received a letter in 1986 from the Lucy family, there is also a mention of a Catherine Cronin, unfortunately, no one followed up on this letter, now thirty years have gone by so I am attempting to find more of my roots, any information would be gratefully appreciated!

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Genealogy: Murphy / O’Callaghan

Hello! This post might sound random but I thought I’d give it a shot. My mother’s family is from Millstreet (her grandma and grandpa) and I was wondering if there are still any family members who live there. They would be part of the O’Callaghan and Murphy families. They immigrated to San Francisco, CA and Oregon in the early 1900’s but my mom said she kept in touch with family who still lived in Ireland when she was younger. Mary Murphy and Dennis O’Callaghan are my great-grandparents for reference. (Side note: O’Connor is my married name so no blood relation to O’Connor’s that I know of). 😊 – from Kelly O’Connor in California
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Looking for relatives of Timothy Foley

I am looking for relatives of TIMOTHY FOLEY who lived in the Millstreet area. He was born at Doon (Doonasleen) on the 17 July 1902. I recall being told his daughter played cards at Marion’s Bar (McCarthy’s Bar) some 12 or 14 years ago. I myself am from Doon trying to help a relative of the Foleys in Idaho USA. Like to know where Foleys are buried. I suspect the old cementery Cullen. She is visiting Ireland in August, and any help is welcome. I live in New York. Would like to hear from you. <email> [read more …] “Looking for relatives of Timothy Foley”

Researching O’Learys of Dromtarriffe

I am coming to Ireland in April and am looking investigating some family history and visiting cemeteries.
I was looking for information on my grandfather’s family, the Leary/O’Leary family from the Dromtariffe Region. In particular, Cornelius Leary b.1831/1832, son of Cornelius Leary and Catherine O’Shea/Shea. Cornelius married Johanna Horgan and they came to Australia with Jeremiah and Catherine Leary in 1855.
I then came across a document titled From Dromagh to Sydney about the McMurtrie Family. My grandmother was a direct descendant of the family in this document. We never knew of a Irish connection.
I was hoping someone might be able to guide me in the direction of local cemeteries and records relating to theses two families?

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Margaret O’Sullivan born in Cullen in 1855

Every few days, Ireland Reaching Out profiles people from Ireland’s distant past. This week they profile a lady who was born in Cullen in 1855:

Margaret O’Sullivan was born on May 4th 1855 in Cullen, the eldest child of Cornelius  and Margaret Hickey. She came out to Sydney Australia with her sister Mary arriving on 1 July 1880 and was soon joined by her younger sisters Hanora and Julia … [read the full profile on Ireland XO]

One question: The parish records give the location of birth as Gurnabeg in the parish register. Would anyone know where that is? Later the family were recorded in Lisnaboy Upper.

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Denis Lucey and Nora O’Connell

My maternal grandparents — Dennis Anthony Lucey and Nora O’Connell — were born in County Cork. Dennis’ birth may be August 1, 1869 at Horsemount, Kilcarney in Millstreet while Nora’s birth is approximately 1871 in Macroom. Dennis’ parents may be John Lucey and Hannah Toomey. I will be coming to Cork this June and it would be a pleasure to discover family connections, so any suggestions, clues or leads in this search will be greatly appreciated.
Dennis and Nora met in San Francisco, California and married in approximately 1900.

Brian Hassett, Auburn, California.
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