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  1. Hello,
    I am searching for information about my ancestors from County Cork. My grandmother Catherine Corcoran’s grandfather was Patrick Corcoran (1830-1888) born in Millstreet.
    His parents were Will Corcoran and Ellen Brien. Will was baptised 30 Nov 1800 at St Finbarr’s.
    My great grandfather was Patrick’s son John Simon Corcoran.

    I’ll be visiting Millstreet with my wife and 3 teenage sons near the end of June. I would greatly appreciate some local history and to learn about resources for genealogy.

    Regards,
    Todd Adam Plesco

  2. Hello! I am trying to find the place in County Cork that my husband’s ancestors came from. We suspect that it may be from Millstreet. The family lore has the name as O’Riordan. My husband goes by Rardin. We are wondering if anyone with O’Riordan, Reardan, Rardin, Etc. ancestors from Millstreet have done DNA testing and are on Gedmatch? My husband’s Gedmatch # is A827575. His name is Larry Rardin. If you are a match we would love to hear from you! Thank You, Lauren

    1. Hi Lauren,

      You don’t match with our GEDmatch #, but if you use ‘People who match both kits, or 1 of 2 kits’ with our codes it may help separate the local ish people for you. QM3774276 and UB2969359.

      The cMs aren’t very high but you will have some people to contact.

      Regards

      Mary

    2. We are three Riordan 3rd cousins of which two have 2 chromosome matches to Larry Rardin and my husband Mike (3rd of the cousins) has 4 matches. We are using the cM parameter of 4.
      We understand this is lower than Gedmatch’s default. I does seem that we have a distance relationship. Our Riordan families came from the Millstreet and Macroom areas.

      Thank you!
      Claudia Riordan

      1. Hi Claudia!
        Thanks so much for checking for a match on Gedmatch. We are thrilled. We are also not surprised that the CM’s are low. Larry’s ancestors came to the US in the mid-1700’s. Now I can start my deep search into the Riordan history in the area.
        Many, Many, Thanks!
        Lauren Rardin

    3. I’m not sure it’s worth giving you the result from a negative Gedmatch search but since I did the search I’ll take the time to do so. My grandmother was Margaret Mary Riordan. She was born Feb 7 1872 in Glenmount, Cork. That’s the townland name on the birth certificate although I can’t find that in the census records or Google maps. Anyway it’s in the RC parish of Castlemagner which is about 22 Km from Millstreet town.

      Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful; I suppose we are very distant cousins.

      Frank Long
      Gedmatch Kit QQ6106294
      <email>

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      The below is added by the admin: Civil Birth Register:
      Birth of Margaret Riordan on February 7th 1872 at Glenmount Pk, Castlemagner, to Mary Riordan (née Foley(?)) and Daniel Riordan a labourer of Glenmount.
      https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_returns/births_1872/03254/2192581.pdf

      Glenmount was one of the big houses back in the 1800’s. It is in Glenlohane townland. It is about halfway between Castlemagner and Kanturk.
      Glenlohane townland: https://www.townlands.ie/cork/duhallow/castlemagner/greenane/glenlohane/
      Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/XcqSq7xyGH4ndwGC9
      Glenmount – the entrance: https://goo.gl/maps/WGgVibnR42HF172y6

        1. Hi,
          Sorry i can’t really help you. I don’t know where the ‘longs’ came from. Some distant relative thought that we were related through the longs but i haven’t managed to make the link. I would love to find out more about the longs.
          Angelina

          1. Here is what little I have on Long’s from Millstreet town; not to be confused with the Long’s from Aubane, both of which are in the Millstreet RC Parish. Denis Long, my g-g-grandfather was born abt 1810; he married Margaret Fitzgerald (based on my g-grandfather’s death certificate) and had at least three sons. Those three sons came to the US and settled in and around Boston, MA.
            No baptism records are available for the time that Denis’s children would have been baptised in the Millstreet RC Parish.

            Denis was a blacksmith in Millstreet town. No Long’s are in the 1901 census so Denis likely died before then. Civil death records, which start in 1864, don’t have either Denis or his wife Margaret in the Millstreet Registration District. So they both likely died before 1864.

  3. Hi. I’m looking for information on my ancestry. My great grandparents were Thomas Hinchin and Sarah Cremin, from Kanturk and Banteer. Any information would be appreciated. The name changed to Hinchion, Henchin, and the current Heinchon.

    We’re here from San Antonio, Texas.

    1. I would suggest visiting the Catholic Church and the post office in Banteer. There are still Hinchions in the area.

      Good luck!

  4. Name: Sarah Cremin
    Event Type: Marriage
    Event Date: 17 Jan 1860
    Spouse’s name: Thomas Hinchon
    Parish: Clonmeen
    Diocese: Cloyne
    County: Cork and Laois
    First Witness: William Murphy
    Second Witness: Daniel Hinchon

    https://www.failteromhat.com/griffiths/cork/clonmeen.htm

    On Ancestry there is a tree which includes the following information on Thomas

    Parents
    John Hinchin 1800–1888
    Catherine Sheehan

    Siblings
    Daniel Hinchin 1830–
    Bridget Hinchin 1834–
    John Hinchin 1836–
    Johanna Hinchin 1838–
    Eliza Hinchin 1841–
    Michael Hinchin 1844–
    Margaret Hinchin 1846–

    Spouse & Children
    Sarah Crimmin 1841–1906
    John Hinchin 1860–1888
    Daniel P Hinchen 1863–1905
    Catherine (Kate) Hinchen 1865–1898
    William Hinchen 1868–1946
    Elizabeth Heinchion 1870–1948
    Brigid G Hinchen 1872–1966
    Thomas (“The Carpenter”) Hinchen 1875–1957

    At the moment I am only on my phone, but the link to the tree is https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/tree/160251579/family/familyview

    Some of Thomas and Sarah’s family went to America and some stayed locally.

    1. Thank you Mary! I’ll check out the tree when we get home. Would you have information on Sarah? We’re trying to trace her to my wife’s family line. Her name is Nita Cremeen.

      Cheers!

      1. I believe we spoke previously and are linked in Ancestry. We both have Sarah Cremin- same year but mine married McCarthy. I’m in contact with my Cremin line now!! And I’m dna linked to Irish Mary!!! So if you have a Gedmatch number maybe we can see if we can make more progress?!
        My email is <email>
        Liz
        Ps Mary any way you can find out who Sarah’s parents were? (Daniel’s Sarah)

  5. Dear Sean.
    Just noticed recent article on William Dennehy who was killed on service with US Army in 1918.
    My mother Margaret Dennehy formerly of the Tanyard often mentioned her relation who was in the first world war.
    Williams father Daniel Dennehy was my Great Grand Uncle from Lackadota.

    Keep up the good work Sean,
    Noel Bourke
    Kilkenny

    1. Hi Noel

      Daniel married my gr aunt Margaret Murphy.

      Marriage
      29 May 1888 • Millstreet, Cork, Ireland
      Parents Jeremiah Dennehy and Mary Murphy, Margaret s parents William Murphy and Mary Quill. His homeland Lakdota hers knocknakilla Millstreet7 entry 9. Id. Ky-rc-ma 71540. Witnesses Peter Moynihan and Norah Shea. Daniels address Laccodota.

      Death
      9 March 1893 • knocknakilla, Cork, Ireland
      Phthisis, pulmonary 1 1/2 years. William Murphy registered death. TB.

      This is sadly I don’t have much info on the Dennehy family except I believe Daniel was born about 1838 and he had a brother Jeremiah Dennehy b 1835.

      My tree is on Ancestry
      https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/15896893/person/29577122328/facts

      I am in touch with some of Margaret and Daniels daughters children.

      Regards Mary

      1. Hi Mary
        My 2nd Great Grandmother Mary Ann Murphy was born in Millstreet 1837 to John and Anna Murphy . Mary and her sister Johanna b.1839 , came to NZ in 1862 .
        I have been unable to find any information on the family in Millstreet .Any help appreciated
        Regards Mark

        1. Hi Mark,
          I found your tree online, sadly I can’t see anything to prove who her parents are. I did just see quite a few trees on Ancestry and they believe that Mary was born Quilling (Cullen?), Co. Cork also John, Patrick or Michael maybe her father. Sadly, I think you will have to wait until someone matches your DNA, also I don’t know if you have come across GEDmatch, it’s free and can be very useful at finding mutual matches. Also, a couple of handy DNA groups on Facebook, the first and last ones are basically using GEDmatch codes finds mutual relations.
          North Cork DNA MatchFinder
          Cork Genealogical Society / IGP County Cork
          DNA CORCAIGH Cork Project

          I myself have Murphy’s and on paperwork can’t get beyond 1860.
          Regards Mary

          1. Hi Mary

            Thanks for looking into this for me

            Information on the sisters various birth ,marriage and death certificates confuses the issue
            Millstreet Co Cork is also shown as Mill St Quilling Co Cork
            Mary’s death cert has her birthplace as Stillwater Co Cork ?- but on the birth cert of her daughter Julia – Mary is noted as born in Millstreet
            Mary’s death cert gives her father as Michael .
            Johanna’s death cert gives her parents as John and Anna Murphy – Farmers
            Johanna’s info seems more consistant and complete.
            A work in progress
            Thanks again for your help
            Regards Mark

  6. Dear Mary,
    My Great Grandfather Jeremiah Dennehy was a brother of Daniel.
    He was married to Margaret Collins of Lackadota on 7/10/1877.
    They had 8 children. They lived at the Tanyard Drominahilla.
    Jeremiah died on 6/6/1892 of Pulmonary Phythisis aged 39.
    The youngest child John(jack) my Grandfather was only 9 months old at the time.
    All the Dennehy from this branch emigrated to England.
    My mother Margaret returned to Ireland during the war after a career nursing in London
    She settled down and married in Kilkenny.
    Noel Bourke
    Troyswood
    Kilkenny

    1. Dear Noel,

      I found the 8 children, upon looking at the tree properly last night, I did actually have Margaret Collins down as Jeremiahs wife, but never followed it up.
      Maria Dennehy 1878–
      Jeremiah Dennehy 1880–
      Timothy Dennehy 1881–
      Catherine Dennehy 1883–
      Daniel Dennehy 1885–
      Margaret Dennehy 1887–
      Julia Dennehy 1889–
      John Dennehy 1891–

      Was your grandmother an O’REGAN?

      I will message you on Ancestry, and if you reply back on Ancestry and give me your email address I can link you to my tree.

      Regards Mary

      1. Dear Mary Irish,
        Sorry for delayed response, I think I met you with Michael Cashman in Feb.2020, before lockdown.
        My grandmother was indeed Ellie Regan who married Jack Dennehy in June 1918.
        I have finished my book on Millstreet and hope to publish before end of 2020 dv.
        Noel Bourke
        18/07/2020

  7. Hello…It looks like this is the place to ask help with tracking family history. 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.

    Best wishes,
    Michael Morrissey

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    Admin’s note: Information on Bridget and her family has been branched out to it’s own the article Bridget Kelleher, Drishanebeg (1860-1936)

    1. Thank you very much. That helps a lot with my family tree. I hope to visit Millstreet again soon. Your museum is a great spot.

  8. 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.
    Thank you so much!!

  9. My name is Mary Kay Hayden Carlson. I am looking for my great great grandparents–Timothy O’Riordan and his wife Mary O’Shea O’Riordan from Millstreet, County Cork. I believe they had 8 children, my great grandma was Hannorah O’Reardon who came to America in 1858 age 22. She married Michael Timothy Hayden in New York, USA.

  10. Hi, my name is Jeanne Cianciola. My great-grandfather Patrick Horgan emmigrated 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!

  11. FORDE Good morning all! I am trying to trace my grandads grandparents… they were Richard and Hanora Forde from Bolomore Rathcoole. Just trying to see if there are any Fordes around this area !? Many thanks for your help! I have a great photo of them too -feel free to email or facebook me.. <email>

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    Admin’s comment:
    The family are shown in the 1901 census below. Ask ask for our notes on the Forde family from Bolomore

    Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
    Forde Richard 40 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
    Forde Hanora 37 Female Wife Roman Catholic
    Forde Marget 18 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
    Forde Julia 13 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
    Forde Ellen 10 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
    Forde Edmond 8 Male Son Roman Catholic
    Forde Pat 6 Male Son Roman Catholic
    Forde Hanora 4 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
    1. Hey sean! Thanks for your reply … I dont know of any relations there 🙂 I believe alot of the Barretts went to Albany NYC.. daisy x

  12. Hello!
    My name is Sara O’Connell. My Great Great Grandfather Philip O’Connell was born in Millstreet in the year 1879 to parents Philip and Hanora O’Connell. I found an old correspondence that mentions that they lived in a place called Gorteennafinnoge (spelling?). I believe my Great Great Grandfather came to America in 1888 (very young!)

    I will be traveling to Ireland this summer, and I would love to know if anyone has more information on my ancestors. I will definitely be visiting Millstreet while we are there!

    Thank you,
    Sara O’Connell

    1. Good luck Sarah, my farther and great grand farther were from CULLEN just a wee distance from Millstreet
      I have been back a couple of times. Cottages still there but derelict. My farther was born 1914 in Knocknashinagh. Cullen. So my grand parents & great grandparents were around way back in 1800’s.

    2. Hi Sara,
      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Gorteennafinnoge is showing up next to Dooneens. https://www.townlands.ie/cork/duhallow/cullen/keale/gorteennafinnoge/ There was a Philip Connell born on 28th July 1870 Gorteennafinnoge, Cullen. On the register it lists father as Philip and mother as Hanna Connell nee Murphy.

      His baptism is listed as follows:
      Name PHILLIPUS (PHILIP) CONNELL
      Date of Birth 29 July 1870
      Address GURTHEENEFEONOGA
      Father PHILIPPIUS (PHILIP) NR
      Mother HONORA MURPHY
      Further details in the record
      Father Occupation NR
      Sponsor 1 DANIEL SHINE
      Sponsor 2 CATHERINA (CATHERINE) MURPHY
      Priest T CARMODY
      Book Number Page Entry Number Record_Identifier
      Millstreet 3 72 N/R KY-RC-BA-398199

      According to GM Jones Family Tree on Ancestry PHILLIP O’CONNELL Snr was born in 1838 in Ireland, the son of Margaret Morley and John Connell. According to GM Jones they had three sons (John 1861, Patrick 1867 and Philip 1870) and two daughters (Mary 1860 and Hanora 1863). From what I saw on the tree their children all went to America. This I didn’t check out, I think it’s possible other children were born.

      I did find a possible marriage which would change dates of birth again,
      Area – KERRY (RC) , Parish/Church/Congregation – DROMTARIFFE
      Marriage of PHILIP CONNELL of NR and HONORA MURPHY of LYRIVICANE on 7 May 1854
      Husband Wife
      Name PHILIP CONNELL HONORA MURPHY
      Address NR LYRIVICANE (Poss Lyravuckane next to Gorteennafinnoge)
      Occupation NR NR
      Father NR CONNELL NR NR
      Mother NR NR NR NR
      Further details in the record
      Priest NR
      Husband Age NR
      Husband Denomination RC
      Husband Marital Status NR
      Wife Age NR
      Wife Marital Status NR
      Husband’s Father’s Occupation NR
      Wife’s Father’s Occupation NR
      Witness 1 JOHN KEANE
      Witness 2 MARY MURPHY
      About the record
      Book Number Page Entry Number Record_Identifier
      2 6 11 KY-RC-MA-39306

      You did say you believed your Great Great Grandfather went to America in 1888. I did find a Death which is possibly Philip Senior’s death. 21st February 1888 Aged 64, he is listed as a Widower and he had been a Labourer. The death was registered by his son Philip. The address was Ploverfield.

      6th May 1882 a Hanora Connell died from what looks like Gorteennafinnoge, Cullen, but registered by Patrick Connell (?They had a son called Patrick) and her age was listed as 45years.

      You never know, someone may know what happened to other family members.

      Regards
      Mary

  13. Hello,
    I am looking for some information about Riordans from Kilcorney. My great grandfather, Patrick Riordan, came to America in the 1920s. When he died in 1978, he had two brothers that still lived in county cork, named Michael and Onie( records show his name as Eugene). The family had originally lived in Ivale, Kilcorney. Onie was born in 1907, and Michael was born in 1913. They also had siblings Timothy and Nora that came to America. If anyone knows anything about these two people or anyone connected to them it would be greatly appreciated.

      1. It likely is the same Owen Riordan. I know very little about who he was, but he was definitely born in 1907 and I know that he worked on the farms. He has a great resemblance to my grandfather (his nephew). Thank you!

        1. Jake…I recall Owen often calling to my home at The Square, Millstreet. He always had a smile and a welcome for everyone and was hugely popular in Kilcorney, Millstreet and far beyond. He was a true gentleman. Friday was one of his favourite days to visit Millstreet. His niece, Mary Bridget became one of the very first female Gardaí (Police Force) in Ireland….of whom he would have been very proud.

          1. Seán, it is great to hear stories about someone I knew nothing about. It seems like Owen was a very great man.

  14. Sending good thoughts & prayers that all in Millstreet remain safe and healthy during this unprecedented and most challenging of times. -Jerry Sheehan (New York)

      1. Jack, I never knew that he had been a part of the IRA. It is great to hear so many stories of his life. It seems like Owen was a very fascinating man.

        1. There are two Eugene Riordan names in the 1911 census and are probably uncle and nephew. See house 9 & 16 Brookpark, Kilcorney. Young Eugene in house 9 is aged 4 yrs and Eugene in house 16 is aged 31, and old enough to be in the Mushera company of the IRA. Eugene aged 4 looks as if he could be Owen b.1907 an enjoying the pint in McCarthy’s.
          l think this might be helpful Micheal @ http://www.millstreet.ie
          Jerry

          1. Thanks Jerry,
            Noreen saw the comment too and she said what I was thinking … that it was unlikely to be Owen Riordan in the Mushea Company in 1916, as he would only have been 9.
            In her records, the Owen Riordan in the Mushera Company was from Glenleigh. The family were known as the “Jack Seán Lanes”, and are listed in the 1911 census:

            Residents of a house 9 in Glenleigh (Kilcorney, Cork)
            Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
            Riordan John 49 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
            Riordan Margaret 59 Female Wife Roman Catholic
            Riordan Kate 24 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
            Riordan John 23 Male Son Roman Catholic
            Riordan William 17 Male Son Roman Catholic
            Riordan Eugene 13 Male Son Roman Catholic
            Riordan Denis 10 Male Son Roman Catholic

            http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Cork/Kilcorney/Glenleigh/437562/

            I’d trust Noreen’s notes to be honest, but what i have a problem with is the interchangeability of Owen and Eugene. . Eoghan (Owen/Eoin) is the Irish for Eugene).

  15. Jake, please confirm that with others who know more than me about the War of Independence in the Millstreet area. Jack

  16. We should remember that young boys and girls acted as ‘runners’ for the IRA . Somebody quite young could have been involved so young Owen was likely to have been active in this way.

  17. I wonder Sean if you have a copy of your radio show broadcast about the unveiling of the Bard Monument in August 2016?

    1. Barry…I shall check the audio archives of Millstreet Museum for that important recording. Please remind me of the exact date in August 2016 so that I can access the coverage. Keep safe and well.

  18. Gorteennafinnoge should be retained as the proper name as should Lisnashearshane and others for such evocative descriptions of a place, Jack Lane

    1. References to Ploverfield go back to at least the 1860’s. Gorteennafinnoge is still the official name, but it’s hard to turn the clock back on 150+ years.

      What other name does Lisnashearshane go by?

      As we’re at it, bring back Drom Uí Scanláin … or Dromyskanlane as it was referred to in 1619 during the inquisitions.

  19. Hello,
    I am searching for information in regards to my great grandparents Daniel Kelleher born about 1833 and Margaret Sullivan born about 1835. They both lived in Millstreet, and were married about 1857. I would appreciate any information that anyone has. Thanks
    Paula

    1. A Daniel Kelleher and Margret Sullivan lived in Toureenbawn,Millstreet.
      They had seven children that l can find,there may be others.
      Mary Anne Kelleher married a Patrick Nagle (Lisnaboy) 7 july 1898 – no other details
      Honora Margret Kelleher, b.17 nov 1867
      Daniel Kelleher, b.27 feb 1869
      Timothy Kelleher, b.2 sept 1872 and is married in 1911 census to Hanora (surname ?)
      Denis Kelleher, b.7 july 1876
      Theresa Kelleher, b.11 feb 1878
      Con Kelleher aged 15 yrs in 1901 census
      Hope some of this is of use to you Paula, Jerry.

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