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Liam Coughlan Liam Coughlan from Dublin, Ireland wrote on March 11, 2017 at 4:59 pm
My name is Liam Coughlan and I would love to know more about any my Coughlan ancestors from Castlelyons and Bridesbridge.

In particular, my Great Great Grandfather was Michael Coghlan, who was Baptised on 3rd October 1820 in Castlelyons Church. Michael married Honora Keeffe from Ballynoe / Conna on 29th January 1846 in Conna Church. They lived in Bridesbridge and had 13 children of whom 8 survived. One of the survivors was Thomas Coughlan, who moved to died on 18th December 1901 and who is buried in the old cemetery in Castlelyons.

I believe Michael Coghlan's parents were Daniel Coghlan and Johanna Leahy. His siblings were John (Baptised on 15th Oct 1810), Daniel (Baptised on 2nd March 1814, Elizabeth (Baptised on 9th June 1816), Mary (Baptised 27th July 1818), Timothy (Baptised 11th March 1823) and Patrick (Baptised 15th November 1825).

Any info on Michael's parents or siblings or their descendants would be great.

Many thanks,
Liam Coughlan Liam Coughlan from Dublin, Ireland wrote on March 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm
Hi Kevin,

I have been reseaching my own Coughlan ancestry since last year and have noted that a Maurice Cocklin (a version of Coghlan or Coughlan) was baptised in Castlelyons Church on 9th March 1818. His father was Patrick Cocklin and his mother was Honora Neil. The sponsors at his Christening were John Morony and Ellen Morony.

Maurice's siblings were Mary (Baptised 16th June 1808), Patrick, Baptised 15th May 1809), Honora (Baptised 18th Nov 1811) and John (Baptised 25th Dec 1814).

I hope that is some help,
Liam Coughlan
John F. Lutz John F. Lutz from The Villages, Florida, United States wrote on March 5, 2017 at 4:41 pm
I'd like to correspond with a church member who has an interest in county Cork genealogy, is familiar with the Castlelyons region, and could aide me with two surnames, i.e. McDonnell and Barry. I have written before, but with no responses. Perhaps there are these two surnames still in Castlelyons today who are interested in what information I have on their ancestors who left for Massachusetts in the 1840's??

My ancestors: Mary McDonnell, daughter of John McDonnell and Ellen Barry; Catharine McDonnell, single, aunt of Mary McDonnell; and, John McDonnell who may be connected to Tallow's Bossidy large family.

Please email with 'Genealogy' as the subject to

Thank you very much!

Diane Selby Maley Diane Selby Maley from Campbellville, Ontario, Canada wrote on February 23, 2017 at 1:29 am
Hello. I am working on my husband's (Garnet Maley) family Tree and our journey ends in Castlelyons. Patrick Mealey was born in Castlelyons in 1791 and he was Catholic. There is a birth record, but no mention of parents names. It seems he lived in the area until 1834/1824 when he migrated to Canada with the Peter Robinson group. I would appreciate any help in finding his parents names. I am hoping that there might be a Baptism record with such information. Thank you, Diane Selby Maley
Jim REGAN Jim REGAN from Poughkeepsie, New York wrote on February 12, 2017 at 7:47 pm
Hello!! Looking for any information on my ggg grandparents James O'Regan and his wife Honora (maiden name unknown). They both were born (abt 1796) in Castelyons and married there as well. They had 2 children, John (born in the USA in 1828) and Hannorah born 1823 (unsure where).

Thanks !!
Tony Anderson Tony Anderson from Upper Kedron, wrote on February 4, 2017 at 11:18 pm
My wife's great grandmother, Elizabeth Ahern was born in Castlelyons about 1847. She married John Joseph Neville in Castlelyons on 15 February 1874.

Does anyone have any information on the Aherns or the Nevilles before their emigration to Australia in 1881.

Any assistance at all will be greatly appreciated.
james ronayne james ronayne from Castlelyons wrote on January 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm
Kevin Coughlan have you an email address.
Coughlin, Kevin Coughlin, Kevin from Cross Plains, WI USA wrote on November 27, 2016 at 10:36 pm
Our family will be visiting Castlelyons May/June 2017. My ancester was born in Castlelyons but we are having a hard time finding when he came to the USA. It is possible the spelling changed during the transit. His name was Maurice (Morris) Coughlin or Coughlan and was born 1825. It's possible that his father was Patrick born approximately 1800. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Kevin Coughlin
keith lyons keith lyons from fairview ab canada wrote on August 18, 2016 at 11:48 pm
I am a descendent of john/Elizabeth lyons(dob est 1800) and their son Michael(dob 1825)
they emigrated to Ontario Canada 1830-1836
there was a lyons family reunion in castlelyons approx. 1985 (my father received an invitation and threw it away as he would not be attending)
I am coming to Ireland oct 2016 and would welcome any information
Roger Higgs Roger Higgs from Apple River,Illinois, U.S. wrote on March 21, 2016 at 6:32 pm
I am seeking information of any sort about Thomas Griffin who was baptized July 1842 at Castlelyons. His parents names were Thomas Griffin and Joha[?] Denny. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1863 and fought in the American Civil War in 1864-65. He apparently contacted an eye disease during the war and was blinded to some extent. In 1875 , He married Lucy Belson , born 1836 at Killonan, Limerick . She and her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1858 via Montreal, Canada. They selltled in an Irish community at Erin , Washington Co. , Wisconsin. They had one daughter, Mary Jane. She is the grandmother of Kathy Abruzzo, a friend of ours. I am helping Kathy with her genealogy, as she plans to come to the Castlelyons area this summer. She has the hopes of visiting where her grandparents originated in Ireland.

If there are descendants in the area or genealogists with information, please contact us. Also, information about the area would be helpful. My email address is'

Thank you!
Clare Leahy Clare Leahy from Trabolgan Whitegate Co. Cork wrote on January 24, 2016 at 10:46 am
Hi, my name is Clare Leahy, I am looking for any information on my Grandfather, Matthew Murphy from the Castlelyons area. He married my Grandmother Margaret C "teeny" Kent of Castleview Castlelyons, sometime between 1911 and 1916. He died 12/1/1938 and is buried in the old Cemetary in Castlelyons. They had two sons Matthew Noel & Pierce Joseph (Joe). Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Clare Leahy Clare Leahy from Whitegate Co. Cork wrote on January 24, 2016 at 10:13 am
Hi, my name is Clare Leahy from Trabolgan Whitegate Co. Cork. I am looking for any information on my Grandfather, Matthew Murphy whom I believe was from the Castlelyons area. He married my Grandmother a Margaret C "teeny" Kent of Castleview Castlelyons. I believe between 1911 and 1916. He is buried in Castlelyons old graveyard. his date of death is 12/1/1938. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
JOHN O'CONNELL JOHN O'CONNELL from CBH, CO. CORK wrote on November 12, 2015 at 1:36 pm
Trying to find more information on John Joseph O'Connell a Blacksmith, Born Sept 1861, Castlelyons Parish. At that time would Bartlemy have been included in the Parish.

Does any reader know of any O'Connell's Blacksmiths from the area from around that time to present. Any info at all would be appreciated.

John O'Connell - Cobh
Kathleen Flanagan Kathleen Flanagan from Prince Edward Island Canada wrote on October 23, 2015 at 9:57 pm
FLANAGAN - I have always been told that my great grandfather John Flanagan came from Co. Cork, but I don't know where. He would have been born around 1840s/1850s - possibly even the 1830s. I've been told there are some Flanagan families from Castlelyons. His first son was named William, which makes me think perhaps his father was William? And I should say that I have one cousin who believes my great grandfather's name was Michael - but my grandfather's death certificate says John. I'd love to hear from anyone who knows anything about Flanagan families from Cork.
Noreen Daly Noreen Daly from Cork wrote on October 19, 2015 at 9:35 pm
I am tracing my Grandfather John Daly. He married a Johanna O'Sullivan from Bartlemy in 1853.
Anyone know anything else about these people?
Many thanks
PETER R. O'BRIEN PETER R. O'BRIEN from TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA - USA wrote on September 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm
Our O'Briens were located at Pellick and Kilcor Castles from or before 1525 to about 1850 when Cornelius O'Brien sold the property - Therefore, we have assembled a great deal of information about this clan - In reviewing the Genealogical Table (draft) we became curious about the inter-marriages of the Clans (families) in the area during this period - Because of this, we have begun to research the following groups for our records

They are, the O'Briens, Barry, O'Callaghan, O'Connor, and Coppinger's -

Should you have any information about these great historical families please forward to me at -
Doran Donovan Doran Donovan from Topsfield, MA wrote on August 10, 2015 at 3:25 am
Any info or relatives of Matthew Lyons, born abt 1775 in Castlelyons, son Matthew, born 1800 in Castlelyons, died in Saratoga, NY. Married Catherine "Kitty" Lane born 1801 in Castelyons, died in North Adams MA 1877. One of their children was Henry Milton Lyons, my great grandfather.
Doran Donovan Doran Donovan from Topsfield, MA wrote on July 28, 2015 at 2:32 am
good morning. I sent an email to this site a few days ago. It was about the Lyons family. did you get it. I can send it again.
Doran Donovan
Sharon Doherty Sharon Doherty from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA wrote on June 13, 2015 at 9:59 pm
It is possible that my great-grandfather, James Kent, was from Castlelyons. We think he was born around 1845 and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1860s. He married Catherine Donovan. We believe she was from County Cork, but have no more specific information about her birthplace.

Would anyone know more about either James Kent or Catherine Donovan?

Thank you.
John Shortland John Shortland from Chipping Norton, England wrote on May 21, 2015 at 11:39 pm
Spent an enjoyable few hours in Castleyons visiting the abbey and the cemetery. So impressed by how beautifully well cared for they were.

I have written about the visit on my website, with photos and a link to this site. It can be found at

Looking forward to returning one day to explore all the other fascinating places you list.
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