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Michelle Kennedy Michelle Kennedy from N Ireland wrote on November 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm
Hi, I am trying to trace a family member who lived in Castlelyons in the late 1970s as part of a family tree project. If anyone lived there at this time or knows someone who did and would be willing to help, please get in touch.
John F. LUtz John F. LUtz from The Villages, Florida, USA wrote on November 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm
McDonnell/ Barry/Bossidy: need information & guidance for 1--- John McDonnell b. abt 1807 and wife Ellen Barry b. abt. 1810, Castlelyons, Co. Cork 2---Bartholomew b. 1800 & Johanna McDonnell b. 1802 3---Bartholomew & Mary McDonnell 4---Jeremiah McDonnell b. 1827 Waterford county d. 1889 in Massachusetts, USA & Catherine Nelligan (Mulligan) b. 1828 d. 1882 in Massachusetts USA 5---John McDonnell b. 1821 (Tallow ) & Elizabeth Bossidy b. 1817 ( Tallow ) 6---Bartholomew Bossidy b. 1797 & Alice White b. 1800 (Tallow, Co. Waterford) and 7---Catherine McDonnell b. Castlelyons, Co. Cork 1793 d. 1867 Massachusetts, USA

***If anyone has these surnames for either Castlelyons, Co. Cork or Tallow, Co. Waterford, please email me at:

THANK YOU !!! Also like to get information on Castlelyons recent Gathering.
DIANE MCSWEENEY DIANE MCSWEENEY from USA wrote on October 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm
Greetings, I am attempting to locate records for the McSweeney, M'Sweeny or Sweeny family. I have an Owan McSweeney or Sweeny born 1822 in Castle Lyons Parish. i believe he was married to Julia Mulcahy. I have a hunch ?? his parents are Michael M'sweeney ( or variant spelling) and Mary Powers. Children of owan and Julia were;
John b 9/22/1865
Ellen b. 1863
Nora b. 1879
Any and all help will be so much appreciated.
Thank you Diane
David Lannigan David Lannigan wrote on October 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm
My ancestors were baptized at Castlelyons Parish. James Londrigan and Mary Doyle had Ellen Londrigan baptized 4/6/1820. The sponsors were Michael Croly and Catherine Cronin. Mary Londrigan was baptized 25/3/1822. The sponsors were Patrick Mullins and Ellen Crowley. Of course the name Londrigan or Lundrigan, etc. has changed to Lannigan with many variations. I would love to hear from anyone related to any of these individuals. Thank you so much for this wonderful site. Dave Lannigan, Reno, Nevada, email
Charlene Adams Charlene Adams from Tampa, Florida, U. S. A. wrote on August 29, 2013 at 6:33 pm
Patrick Fitzgerald - born in the parish of Castlelyons, co. Cork (according to headstone in cemetery), Ireland abt. 1781. He married Mary Collins (b. abt 1793 & daughter of Timothy & Mary Collins). They had 2 children (James, b. abt 1819 & Mary) in Ireland before emigrating to Connecticut, U.S.A. Searching for any information on these lines (Fitzgerald & Collins) in the Castlelyons area. Thank you in advance.
anne brady anne brady from 100 % Irish wrote on August 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm
My ancestry is 100 percent Irish, with all eight of my mother's great-grandparents and all four of my father's grandparents having originated in Ireland. I've been tracing them for years; some are more difficult to pinpoint regarding LOCATION of origin. The most difficult are JOHN CHINNERY and his wife, JULIA LEHAN (Lehane, Leehan, Lyons), but after much research I may have them narrowed down to the Clondrohid/Castlelyons area. They were married Sept. 15, 1849, most likely in a Catholic ceremony, then went to Wales, where they had four children and where John died in 1858. Julia then brought her four children to New York. I am descended from her youngest, MICHAEL CHINNERY. I have no parents' names for either John or Julia. Does anyone out there have any info for me? I would be extremely grateful. Thank you!
Jeffrey Coughlin Jeffrey Coughlin wrote on August 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm
My wife and are I traveling to Ireland at the end of September, 2013 and are looking into the history of Maurice Coughlin that seems to have lived in Castlelyons in 1830s. Below is what was researched around 10 years ago. Any information would be great.

"Maurice (Morris) Coughlin was born 1825 in Castle Lyons, Cork Co., Ireland. Maurice Coughlin immigrated with his older brother, John Coughlin, who "was born in Ireland in 1809 or 1810, possibly in County Clare. He married Mary Carrigg about 1836 or earlier. She was born between 1810-1818, also probably in County Clare. John and his family, including Maurice, left Ireland probably before the potato famine of the 1840's and arrived in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Coughlins lived in Hamilton, Canada for awhile, then John and some or all of his family later went to the United States and settled in Elroy, WI. Maurice moved out of his brother's house and married 'Molly' Margaret Powers", another Irish immigrant. Maurice Coughlin farmed near Elroy, where Irish immigrants grew hops and barley that was sold and shipped by train to the beer breweries of Milwaukee."
David (Taff) Austin David (Taff) Austin from Former RAF Fireman wrote on June 24, 2013 at 8:33 am
I and a group of former Firemen who served together at RAF El-Adem, Libya during the early 60's are trying to contact or learn of the whereabouts of former Sgt Jimmy Collins who was in charge of the Fire Crew during that period. We know that he came from Castlelyons and his Service Number was 40009244, it is thought that he was born about 1923/24, we are informed that his last posting was Ballykelly where he had a young Wife and a small child. We would be extremely greatful for any information which may lead to the whereabouts or what became of a good friend.
Please contact Dave (Taff) Austin
Lorraine Thomas Lorraine Thomas from South Wales wrote on June 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm
Hello, my mother's family, the Barrys, left Pellick for Wales about 1850. My great-great grandfather, Bartholemew John Barry, was then a small boy - he was born in 1843 in Pellick. I believe his parents were Phillip and Ellen Barry, but I am not certain of this.
We plan to visit Castlelyons on the 9th and 10th of June (next weekend),and i should be most grateful for any advice as to where I can obtain further information while we are there.
Many thanks
Rita Keefe Rados Rita Keefe Rados from Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin wrote on April 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm
I am so excited. I found this site by accident and found information on my Keefe family born in Ireland. I did not know any more than this and found a post by Regina Anne Keefe Kopp stating facts about my great grandfather James Keefe, married to Mary Toomey and their first born son John Toomey Keefe born Mar 3, 1846. James was the brother of William, her great grandfather. My son and daughter want to go to Ireland in Oct 2013 and now we know a place to search. How can I find more before we go? I would appreciate any more info I can get prior to out trip. Thank you so so so much.
keith lyons keith lyons from fairview alberta canada wrote on March 30, 2013 at 1:05 am
Looking for info on ' Lyons family reunion' held approx 1980 to 1985 in Castlelyons Co. Cork and links back to John Lyons born 1800? emigrated 1826-1834 from Ireland to Bastard Twp Ontario Canada with infant son Michael.
Patrick Crowley Patrick Crowley from Lincoln, Rhode Island, USA wrote on March 17, 2013 at 10:36 pm
Dia Duit! My mothers family, the Ryans, began to leave Castlelyons in the middle of the 19th century. We can trace the family tree to Michael Ryan, from Ballybullane, born in 1815. His wife, Catherine Foley, died in Providence, Rhode Island, 5 miles from where I live today.

It is our plan to visit in April 2014. Happy St. Patrick's Day from America.
judi dixey judi dixey from england wrote on February 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm
Hello. I am researching the names Ginn and Patterson and Lee. I am a decendant of the Ginn family and I believe there are some others still living in the area inc fermoy. My grandmother was Caroline Beatrice Jane bedford who was in touch with relatives from the area until recently. Her mother was called Caroline Jane Ginn. I have a copy of a family tree done in 1973 that states Robert Ginn married Jane Patterson Lee in Douglas. If anyone has done research or is related I would love to hear from them. Thanks
Daniel R. Gardner Daniel R. Gardner from New England, North Dakota, USA wrote on February 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm
My Great Grandfather is Richard Lawton Gardner, Born in Castle Lyon, Cork, Ireland on 1846 to Richard Gardner and Mary Lawton. Richard Lawton married Rose Anna Merriman and had 10 children. He passed away on 1926 in Freeborn, Minnesota, USA. His son (my grandfather) William moved to North Dakota, he had six children. His son Leo continued to live in the family home in ND and had 7 children. I now live in the same home as they did and have 9 children. We farm and raise wheat, sunflower and canola. Would like to visit Ireland someday, go to Mass, drink, get in a fight....maybe not in that order. Best wishes.
Anne williams Anne williams wrote on January 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm
Looking for descendants of Michael mahony blacksmith who married elements verling
Maureen McCarthy Jarock Maureen McCarthy Jarock wrote on January 17, 2013 at 9:52 pm
Hello Castlelyons Parish! My great Uncle John Sullivan is buried in St. Nicholas Cemetery. I recently found his headstone through, in search for missing pieces to my genealogy puzzle. It was quite exciting when I found my way to a collection of headstone photographs from St. Nicholas Cemetery. I know this to be true as I am in posession of a letter written in John Sullivan's hand to my maternal grandmother Margaret Walsh Jones (daughter of Mary Sullivan). He wrote the letter May 31,1936 in Kill St. Anne, Castlelyons. My grandmother(born 1898 in New York) was living in the Bronx, New York. The letter tells us that life was not easy then. He makes reference to having buried his wife 7 years earlier, and that his brother Tom died in September of 1935. He re-married and they had a daughter Margaret Anne who died on Christmas Day 1935 at age 1 yr.& 3 months. Also a son named Fahen born August 1931, ( a photo was sent with the letter). It seems that some of the siblings came to America, ie; sisters Mary (married John Walsh)and Annie and a brother(name unknown), John, Julia and Tom stayed in Ireland. I would love to find Fahen should he still be with with us and his descendants. If anyone has a hint of information to help piece my family puzzle together, I'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks...
Tommy Mooney Tommy Mooney wrote on December 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm
I am delighted to see that the wonderful book "Them Golden Fields I trod" is still selling and I also recommend it strongly as a delightful read.

My purpose in writing to this notice board is to enquire if anybody in the Castlelyons area can give me any information on a man named Mick Mansfield who appears on Census 1901, aged 2 yrs and living with his grandfather Ml. Connors in Castlelyons town and then in Census 1911 in Mohera townland still in Ml. Connors' household ?
I have also come across his name in connection with the East Cork Flying Column of 1920 at "Blackstown Bridge" ambush, near Rathgormack.
Is this the same person ? can anyone help ?
Vincent MacNeil Vincent MacNeil from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada wrote on December 2, 2012 at 3:21 am
I am looking for information on Timothy Murphy who was of the Parish of Castlelyons, Cork. He emigrated to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. He Received land in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia from Edmund Murphy of Castlelyons. Edmund had a brother Patrick who also came to Nova Scotia. Patrick died and left no descendants. His brother Edmund in Ireland inherited it. Edmund passed it to Timothy Murphy of Castlelyons. This document is on file in Cape Breton and probably also is in Cork somewhere. I believe Edmund Murphy and Timothy Murphy are related.

Land Record - Edmund Murphy to Timothy Murphy

Doc P.A. Year - 1812 Name Edmund Murphy to Timothy Murphy Book C Pg 580 Location - Low Point

Irish Stamp Seal
Know all men by these presents that I Edmund Murphy now of the Parish of Castlelyons in the County of Cork, in that part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland called Ireland cart maker and joiner, only brother and next of kin to Patrick Murphy formerly of Coole in the County of Cork aforesaid, but late of Sydney Island Cape Britain in North America now deceased have made, ordained, nominated, constituted, and appointed and by these presents Doth make, ordain, nominate, constitute and appoint, Timothy Murphy late of Castlelyons aforesaid carpenter, but now of Sydney Island aforesaid, my true and lawful attorney, for me, and in my home and for my use, as the only surviving brother, nearest relative, and sole Heir of the said Patrick Murphy deceased, to adjust and settle accounts with all, and any Person and Persons in Sydney Island Cape Britain, aforesaid as elsewhere, who is, or an, as shall be Indebted to the estate of the said Patrick Murphy, upon an account, as by any ways or means, how so ever and also to demand , buy, sue for, recover, and receive by all lawful ways, and means, whatsoever, of and from all and every, as any such person as persons, as aforesaid, and all and every, as any other Person, or Persons , whom it doth shall as may concern all every such sum and sums of money, debts, dues, and all such goods merchandizes and effects, which now are and which shall become and grow due, owing payable, and belonging, to the Estate of the said Patrick Murphy upon by as virtue of any securities made to him as upon any Bond, Bill, Book, as upon account of trading or dealing, as upon as by any other account, as means whatsoever. - And likewise for me and in my name to enter into and upon, and take possession of all and any Lands, houses, messuages, or other premises belonging to the Estate of the said Patrick Murphy, and to demand, sue for, recover and receive, all such sum and sums of money which now are, or shall grow due and payable for rent and ameans? of rent, out of such Lands, Houses, Messuages, as other premisses as belonging to the Estate of the said Patrick Murphy, and if need be to disbrain? for the sums, and to sell, and dispose of such distress according to the Law in that behalf directs, and upon receipt as recovery of all as any of the said debts, dues, ? and sums of money, rent, and ? of rent goods and effects as any of them, as any part thereof, sufficient acquittance, and surcharges, for the same for me, and in my name, from time to time to make, and give?, - And likewise for me, and in my name, and on my behalf to demise and let and also contract and agree for the sale of and to sell and dispose of at such rent sum as sums of money as for such time as my said Attorney shall think fit all and every as any the Houses Messuages, Lands, and other premises and their ? late of and belonging to the said Patrick Murphy, and to Execute such contracts agreements deeds writings on the demising as sale of same as may be required as necessary. and to receive for my use all monies whatsoever that shall ? or be had out of the same and upon receipt thereof to execute sufficient releases, as other discharges therefor, and generally to do negotiate transact perform, and accomplish all other acts, matters and things for me and on my behalf, in and about the premisses, and in and about and concerning the Estate of the said Patrick Murphy in Sydney Island Cape Britain, aforesaid , or elsewhere as fully and effectually to all intents and purposes as I might or could do if Personally present hereby. - Ratifying confirming, and allowing all and whatsoever my said attorney shall lawfully do or cause to be done in and about the premisses by virtue of these presents - In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of February in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twelve ----

Signed and sealed
in the presence of His
Henry Hardy ?, of the City of Cork, Pub, Not. Edmund X Murphy
John Dawman the of the same City, Public Notary Mark

To whom these presents shall come, I the right worshipful Thomas Dorman Esquire, Mayor of the City of Cork in the part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, called Ireland, as hereby certify that on the date hereof personally came and appeared Edmund Murphy of the Parish of Castle Lyions, in the County of Cork cart maker and joiner in the foregoing Power of Attorney named and the said Edmund Murphy did then in my presence duly sign and seal and execute the said power of Attorney in the presence of the witnesses thereto who are persons well known in the said City of Cork and who respectively in my presence subscribed their names as witnesses attesting the due execution thereof — In faith and testimony, hereof the said Mayor have caused the seal of the office of the Mayoralty of the said City of Cork to be hereunto affixed dated in the City of Cork aforesaid the 24th day of February in the year of our Lord 1812.
Seal of office Thos. Dorman (?)

Mayor of Cork

I John Dowman of the City of Cork, in that part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, called Ireland Public Notary by Royal Authority duly admitted, and sworn. Do hereby certify to whom it may concern that the Signature of Thomas Dorman at the Foot of the annexed certificate, is of the proper hand writing of the Right Worshipful Thomas Dorman Esquire, Mayor of the said City of Cork, in whose presence as also in my presence the power of attorney hereunto annexed was this Day duly executed by Edmund Murphy of the parish of Castle Lyons - in the County of Cork, cart maker and joiner, therein named in presence of the subscribing witnesses thereto therefore full faith and credit ought to be given thereto in Indicature? and thereout whereof an act being required I have granted this under my Notarial firm and seal to serve and avail where need may require. Thus alone in my office in the said City of Cork this, Twenty fourth day of February in the year of our Lord, One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Twelve.

In Seal of Office In Testimonium Veritasis

(The signature is cut off of the photocopy that I have)
francie murray francie murray from l Irish from castlelyons wrote on October 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm
There is still demand for my book "Them Golden Fields I Trod " after ten years. I recently got a third print out. This would make a nice present for friends among the Irish in foreign parts.

Open on google and proceed to You Tube, to locate many of my favourite songs some from local artists. Happy searching !!!!!
Donna Hudec-Ignatescu Donna Hudec-Ignatescu from Canada wrote on October 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm
I am looking for ancestry links for my great grandfather, James Lyons, born in Kerry, to Keiran Lyons, born around 1805 or 1810. He came to Canada in 1857. Is there anyone there I can find out more information on this lineage? Believe Keiran's wife's name was Deby O'brien.
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