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  1. Thank you Michael that is amazing,
    I have been searching for many years for this information. I was almost giving up hope of ever researching my mums side. Many years ago someone signed my great grandfathers death certificate, basically stealing all of that sides family history.
    Thank you again

  2. I’m seeing numerous discrepancies between the Millstreet Parish church records and the civil records. Mainly in the birth records. In many cases the date of birth in the civil record is a few days after the date in the church records. Has anyone else had a problem with this?

    1. Yes john, this would be a common problem. I would say that the church records where available are more accurate.
      I think that there are a couple of factors. First, many of the people were illiterate and could make simple mistakes when registering the birth. The other one I read somewhere was that there was a fine for not registering promptly, so the birth dates were changed to suit and avoid the fine.

      I have found that the problem gets worse if you compare ages given in official documents – the ones I have had seen this most are in military and census documents, which can make connecting the dots rather awkward at the best of times.

      Yesterday I came across a man with Henry on his baptism cert, William on his civil birth cert and Harry on his death cert. The joys of it 🙂

      1. Thanks Michael. That explains it.

        I also read that some people considered it “good sport” to give wrong information to the authorities. I don’t know if that is the case here but I found the discrepancies are common in some families and nonexistent in others.

  3. Hello from Ohio in the USA! This past Sunday, the Denehy family held a mini-reunion . We are descendants of John and Honora Denehy of Millstreet. Fortunately a frequent visitor of Millstreet and cousin of ours, Patrick O’Leary from Louisville, Kentucky joined us. He has some great family research and we all thoroughly enjoyed sharing stories and pictures. Of course, the interest in visiting Millstreet was elevated. As the Christmas season approaches, may the holidays be warm and enjoyable! Perry

    1. Perry..Many thanks for alerting us to your recent Reunion. Delighted to note that Cousin Patrick O’Leary (who is a regular Listener to our weekly Tuesday “Radio Treasures” online radio programmme on )was present for your get together. He has done some magnificent Family History Research and shares it with such great sincerity. Great to read that you intend to browse our Millstreet website every now and then. Season’s Greetings to All.

    2. Hi Perry, I am doing some research for Michael Dennehy whose family originates from Millstreet. Dennehy with 2 n’s and there are possibly many Dennehys from there. just wonder if you are happy to look for a connection??

      1. Pamela,
        I can’t tell you Perry Denehy replied to your message. Perry and I are cousins. His Great Grandmother and my Great Grandfather were siblings.
        I have been to Millstreet three times and have completed quite a bit of research on my family which includes some Denehy’s. I will be returning to Millstreet this year.

        My real email is <email>

    3. Hello Perry,
      I am also a descendant of John and Honora Denehy of Millstreet. I would love to be included in your next mini-reunion. The reunion I attended was in Wilmington, Ohio around 2000 when my parents were still living. I have collected as much information online as I can. I am having a hard time understanding some of the records not knowing how one name connects to the next. Patrick O’Leary from KY has been a wealth of information and so freely giving of his time and research. My next step is to hire a genealogist that our cousin Patrick recommended to help fill in the blanks. I have booked a trip for June, yeah, with the hopes of walking in my grandfather’s footsteps.

    1. Hi Rob, Yes the annual Willie Neenan Memorial road race will be held late June/ early July next year. I will keep you updated once we get a race date 🙂

  4. Hi from Connecticut, USA. Like many commenters, I am doing family research. My great grandparents were both born in Millstreet. My great-grandfather, Michael Dowe (sometimes Doe or Dow), son of Richard and Ellen (Dineen) was born near Mount Leader in 1858 and my great-grandmother Catherine O’Riordan was born in Gortavehy, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Connell), also in 1858. Despite the available parish records, I can’t seem to get much further. Both of my ancestors emigrated to Lawrence, Massachusetts, around 1880. Any help will be much appreciated.

    1. Hi, my name is Noreen O’Mahony. My great-grandmother was Margaret Dineen, sister of the Ellen Dineen mentioned in Daniel Dowe’s message of 27 November. So Daniel and I are distant relations. I have done some research on the Dowe and Dineen families and would be happy to share this with Daniel. Perhaps you would be good enough to give me his email address Thanking you.

      Noreen O’mahony

      1. Hi Noreen:

        Thanks so much for your reply. I would love to hear from you and learn more about the Dowe and Dineen family. I sent you an email–not sure if you got it.

    1. Just a short note to wish all the O’Shea (re Elizabeth Ann O’Shea / Laurence O’Reilly San Francisco) and their neighbours the Barrett’s (re Anthony Barrett “The Lavander Man”) A Very Happy Christmas . I would love to hear from them in the New Year and try and complete the story.
      Sean O’Reilly

  5. Wishing Sean, Hannah, Michael, Mary and all the people responsible for this amazing site a Wonderful Christmas. Thank you for all you do connecting families!! A very special and blessed Christmas wished for my Morley and Walsh families!! Love to all for a Happy and Healthy New Year!! xoxo

  6. I have been doing some research in the Dromtarriff RC parish marriage registers, and I’ve seen a few references in about 1833-1834 to a placename that seems to be “Crippleford” or something very much like it. I can’t find a townland by that name anywhere. Can anyone help me to identify this place? Possibly it is near Rathcoole, because one of the marriage records was for a husband who probably lived in Rathcoole.

    Thanks in advance. This is a very helpful site.

    Bob Kenney, Potomac MD USA

    1. Hi Bob,
      I don’t recognise it. Being 1833, it’s possible that the townland changed its name sometime afterwards, or maybe it was written in Irish. It’s unlikely to be a nickname for a place as it’s in the parish register.

      There’s a ordinance survey map from about 1842 where all the townlands are marked and outlined in red. See it here (the map is centred at Rathcoole for you):,533263,593983,9,7

      There is also a list of all the townlands of Duhallow here (but nothing like Crippleford on it:

      Failing that, if you could point to where you see “crippleford” written down (or send it to us), then we might be able to decipher it properly

      hope that’s a help,
      michael (one of the admins) <email>

  7. Hello, my great-grandfather (James McAuliffe Possible birth 1859 BOHERBUE – son of John) and great-grandmother (Margaret Mannix Possible birth 1859 Cook/Kanturk – daughter of Denis) in the East End of London around 1880 and married in Hackney 1881. I have no known living relatives that can give me any history of our Irish line but would very much like to know more. I have been looking online for a few years without much luck.
    It would be great if anyone could help fill in some of the many blanks.
    Many thanks – Kathy

    1. Hi Kathy, It seems like your Margaret Mannix was youngest daughter of Denis Mannix and Margaret Daly (or Dady/Deady) and was born in an area known as Sally’s Cross about 2mls from Kanturk on the R580. Her birth/baptism date is given as 2 Aug 1857, baptism in Castlemagner parish. There seemed to be still a Mannix family in the same area in 1901/1911 e.g. here
      I don’t know the area or if any of this family are still there, but I hope maybe somebody from the area might get in touch with you. Contact me <email> if you want further details.

      1. Thanks Mary that is great, I have not been able to find a birth/baptism record for her anywhere. I had found some links to Castlemagner for McAuliffe too but not any real proof to be sure they are line:-)

        I will take up your offer email you as I would love to know where you found the information.

        Thanks again, hopefully as you say, someone in the area might see the plea for help too.

  8. Thank you Mary and Mary, I am so pleased I posted the message, after so long of with no progress from my efforts, this has been like a late Christmas present.
    What a fantastic website!

  9. I just came across this headstone inscription on a website for St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Brockton, Mass. It’s not anyone I’m related to but thought it might interest someone.
    John Regan
    Feb 19 1865
    33 years
    native of Millstreet Co
    To see more –

  10. Hi Millstreet!

    I am making my first trip back to Ireland in many years, and through managed to trace my mother’s family back to Millsteet. John Stephan Browne left in the 1890s with wife Catherine OLeary for Wales and later Boston. John Browne’s parents were John browne and Ann Barry, born in Millstreet around 1830s. Catherine’s parents were Daniel O’Leary and Catherine Moynihan, same era. Catherine had a brother Dennis Moynihan who married Julia riordan.

    I plan on going pub to pub to find out more when I come through March 2. Any info you can provide in advance would be greatly appreciated!

    Martin Healy, USA

    1. Martin
      We might have a family connection. My user name is poleary134.
      Check out my tree. I am currently traveling so I don’t have access to my laptop.

      Patrick O’Leary

  11. My father is Daniel B. Kane, his father, Cornelius D. Keane was b-April 15, 1862 from Co. Cork Ireland. Cornelius came to America at 18 years old. He married Ellen Mary Nugent at Seneca, Wis. Dennis Keane was my father’s Daniel B. Kane lived by other in the Keane family that came to America. Dennis Keane married Mary Kingston, b-Aug 15, 1842 and lived in Seneca, Wis. Dennis Keane father was Cornelius Keanne from Co. cork, and married Mary O’Leary. Do any of you reading this able to know this family of Keanes for Co. Cork? Sure do hope so. And if you do or have any photos I wish you could have someone send them and I will return them back to you unless you don’t need them anymore. I have no photos of Keanes from Ireland. Did anyone do a Keane Family Search from the Family? I would like to but I don’t have any deaths dates and years so without any newspapers from family members I can’t get very far. Did someone from Ireland do a family Tree? that would be great. If you find someone please pass my name to them I would be pleased to have a copy of the Keanes, death, marriages and special events.

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