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Maureen Maureen from Rhode Island, USA wrote on July 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm
I am re-submitted b/c I think I left out my e-mail address.
I am seeking information on the Ryan and Foley families who left Castlelyons in 1851. Michael Ryan (born abt.1815) and Catherine Foley (born abt. 1825) were wed in Castlelyons Parish on 14 Feb. 1840 according to a handwritten note by Fr. Thomas Ferris (on 12 Jan 1890). Michael's parents were Michael/Mary Ryan. Catherine's parents were Denis/Johanna Foley. Their daughter Catherine was born there abt. 1843 and son James Francis was born there on 14 Aug. 1846. Michael's siblings John and Mary (and possibly Catherine) went to the USA as well, in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Any info on their parents (maiden names?) or relatives is greatly appreciated. Please e-mail Maureen at:
Maureen Maureen from Rhode Island, USA wrote on July 14, 2012 at 12:58 am
I am seeking information on my ancestors Michael Ryan (born abt. 1815) and his wife Catherine Foley (born abt. 1925). I have a handwritten note from Fr. Thomas Ferri saying they were married in Castlelyons on 14 Feb. 1840. They emigrated to the USA (Connecticut and Rhode Island) in 1851. Any info on their parents (Michael/Mary Ryan and Denis/Johanna Foley)or the births of their children Catherine (1843), James Francis (1846) would be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail.
Mary Lynch Mary Lynch from USA wrote on July 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm
I have been researching my family and found many of the branches-Sheehan,Lyons,Barry,Lynch,O'Connell and Callahan- came from Castlelyons. I would love to be in touch with someone with any of these names.
Bill Holligan Bill Holligan from Ferntree Gully Melbourne wrote on May 14, 2012 at 10:36 am
Always enjoyable to have a read of the Castlelyons
Parish news and activities. Just a brief note, with
a bit of purpose behind it, to find out how Peggy
Verling is travelling. Our Australian family of Holligan
and Coghlan has great feeling for the Verling family
as greatgrandmother , and as to the Verling priests
who did minister and administer very ably in
Gippsland [Victoria] and Perth [WA} in the second
half of the 19th c. Our regards and love to
Peggy from all the above. And best wishes to all
you hardworking parishioners and community minded! Bill Holligan
Kevin O'SHea Kevin O'SHea from Cork, Ireland wrote on April 12, 2012 at 9:05 pm
Hi, I've just started researching my family history. My paternal grandmother was Maye and her mother's headstone in St. Finbarr's Cemetery in Cork states that her father died in 1914 and is interred in Britway cemetery. I had a look there during the week but many of the headstones are illegible. The sign at the entrance states the registrar is Julia O'Sullivan - does any one know how I can get in contact with her? Thanks, Kevin 12/4/2012
David Pyne David Pyne from Honolulu Hawaii wrote on April 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm
I am looking for relatives that may still live in Castleyons Parish. My grandfather Edmund Pyne was born in Castleyons Ireland on 11 April 1884. I believe he had several brothers and sisters 2 who I believe may have also emigrated to the US. I am not sure but I think his fathers name was Patrick. I have left another post for the guest book but failed to give my email which is as follows; My grandfather left Ireland on the SS Baltic from Queenstown on 5 Oct 1911. He made his way to Illiniois where he farmed and raised 3 sons. I fondly remember him talking about his beloved Ireland and still proudly tell others' of my Irish Hertiage. I am retiring soon and would so much love to be able to go back to his home and possibly even meets some family members. Please feel free to contact me at Mahalo e aloha
David pyne
David W. Pyne David W. Pyne from Honolulu Hawaii USA wrote on April 10, 2012 at 7:19 am
Aloha, I am searching for family that may still live in the Casteyons, County Cork area. My Grandfather Edmund Pyne emigrated from Queenstown Ireland on 5 Oct 1911 on the "Baltic" arrived @ Port of New York on 12 Oct .
I know he was born 11 April 1884 in Castleyon County Cork . Immigration records in McLean County, Illinois, USA show farmers John Sweeney and John Weldon as his sponsors here.. I think his father's name was Patrick and he had several brothers and sisters, two siblings I believe also emigrated to the US. He married Margaret Burke in the US in 1917 they had 3 boys John, William, and my Father Joseph. I now live in Honolulu, Hawaii and have often thought of what he would think knowing his family now stretches half way around the world. He passed in 1963 I was 11 years old but remember him fondly. If anyone is related or knows of any please pass along my information It sure would be appreciated. I will be retiring soon and have always hoped to return to his homeland one day to experience it. Aloha to you all.

David W. Pyne
Maureen Fitzsimmons-Vanden Heuvel Maureen Fitzsimmons-Vanden Heuvel wrote on April 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm
My great-great grandfather (MICHAEL FITZSIMMONS) came from Cork Ireland according to the birth certificates of his children, who were born in America. His birth year was listed as 1817. A dear friend of his buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Merrimac, Wisconsin lists her birthplace as Castlelyons, Ireland, so we were hopeful that was his place of birth also. Below is the information we have on his marriage and births of his children, which all happened in America.

Any help someone might have would be greatly appreciated. Family members believe my great-great grandfather could not read nor write, which would explain no contact with his family in Ireland.

I. Michael Fitzsimmons married Catherine McIntyre
1817-March 27, 1903 (86) 1826 – May 12, 1893 (67)

A. James Fitzsimmons married Margaret Goggin
Born abt 1854 New York 04/22/1890 born Merrimac

B. Michael Fitzsimmons married Kate Kelly Fa: Dan Kelly; Ireland/ Mo: Margaret Delaney; Ireland
1855 Pennsylvania 6/30/1860 WI – 10/30/1929

C. Mary Ann Fitzsimmons married John Fitzgerald
04/04/1857 WI – 12/19/1903 01/28/1887 06/28/1853 Mass - 06/07/1924

D. Peter Fitzsimmons married Emma Neiman
1860 Sauk County, WI 04/03/1895 born Waukesha, WI

E. John Fitzsimmons married Ellen Fitzgerald
1861 WI – 1941 10/07/1890 01/14/1870 – Oct. 1947

F. Rose Fitzsimmons
11/11/1863 – 02/10/1885 (aged 22 years, 10 months)

G. Thomas T. Fitzsimmons married Jennie McIntyre
Dec. 5, 1865 WI 11/18/1896
anne loughlin anne loughlin from UK wrote on April 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm
Hello, I have two questions if anyone might be able to help.

My Grandparents lived in Castlelyons until they became too frail to live alone and then came to live with their only daughter in England. They were Peter and Ellen Browne and came to England in the 1950s. I would love to know which house they lived in.

The second question is a bit more tricky; On the 1911 Census, my great maternal Grandparents lived in Castlelyons with their Grandson Michael Mansfield who was 12 at the time.I have never been told why Michael (who I met once in later years) was living with his Grandparents .. might anyone know please? Thanks for reading my requests. Anne
Enda Joyce Enda Joyce from Barham, NSW, Austrailia wrote on March 23, 2012 at 9:35 am
Great site, great way to see whats going on at home keep it up.....
Lorna Gray Lorna Gray from Australia wrote on March 17, 2012 at 5:17 am
Mary Elizabeth Walsh sent to Australia from Castlelyons in 1850 on the John Knox as a Potato Famine orphan. I am her ggrandaughter and believe her parents were Johanna Ahern and Maurice Walsh. I have her details from 1850 onwards and would dearly love some information from Ireland. She was a very much loved mother of ten and died aged 88 in Tamworth NSW. I would be eternally grateful for any information regarding her parents or her address before leaving Ireland. Many
bob francella bob francella from Castlelyons wrote on January 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm
My grandparents came from Castlelyons, Michael Kenny. My first cusion Ellen (Nellie) Barry maiden name Kenny died in 2003. Im looking for anybody who could link me with the Fleming side of the Family, Mary Fleming was married John Kenny Feb 24th 1838. I have to link the kenny family to the Fleming side of the family.
Im also looking for Nellie Barry's grand daughters e-mail address. If any body could help Please e-mail me. PS How is Father Tommy Lane?,
Aoife Hegarty. Aoife Hegarty. from Glenarousk,Castlelyons & Bournmouth UK wrote on January 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm
Congratulations Sinead on this excellent Website. It is lovely to check out what is happening in your home Parish when you work and live in a different
country. Best wishes to everyone !

John F. Lutz John F. Lutz from The Villages, Florida, USA wrote on December 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm
Genealogy help with Mary McDonnell born Castlelyons about 1829. Her parents were John McDonnell and Ellen Barry. She married Dennis Sullivan from Kilgobnet, Waterford--he arrived in New York 31 May 1840 and married Mary there in 1844. Please email me, thank you.
Robert Francella Robert Francella from Bronx New York wrote on December 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm
My Great Grandfather was Thomas Kenny, Castlelyons. My great Grandmother O'Brien was from Bainbridge Cork. I meet Nellie Barry years ago, she was my first cousin. I have done a lot of research on the Kenny.
I loved the little town, now I see from the Google sky camera there is a lot of communities of new small houses.
Trevor Gasper Trevor Gasper wrote on December 14, 2011 at 9:10 pm
Trying to locate David Fouhy of Castlelyons. Please contact by e-mail.
John Soar John Soar from U.K. wrote on December 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm
JOHN WILLIAM O'SULLIVAN. Looking for wife's ancestors ! Father born 1909 Castleslyons @ 6 Deerpark (1911 cencus) as JOHN SULLIVAN. His father was WILLIAM SULLIVAN, (b.1869/71) living @ 5 Deerpark , with mother ELIZA (b,1831) in 1901 Cencus. Any relations still living in the area or has anyone more info. on our or earlier family.
I wonder if you have an Historical Society for more details & early photo's of Castlyons. Any help appriciated. Merry Christmas to you all. John Soar.
Joe Lyons Joe Lyons from Kerry, Ireland wrote on December 12, 2011 at 2:17 am
It's not everyday you discover that your surname is associated with a parish and castle! I hope to visit the area in the New Year. A happy and peaceful Christmas to all in Castlelyons.
Pat Cashman Pat Cashman from Castlelyons wrote on November 5, 2011 at 9:59 pm
Well done Sinead and all involved keep up the good work
Lourde o'sullivan Bryan Lourde o'sullivan Bryan from Castlelyons wrote on October 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm
Well done to everyone involved. It takes a lot of dedicated hours to have something as nice as this . Well done Sinead your a real trooper . From a Person who has lived a lot of her life in castlelyons and then returned to friends and the brilliant school with my children years after embeds in me how truly special castlelyons really is . All those nice words out there to describe a nice place like Castlelyons should be studied and after long thought a gentle few words should be added about its importance to the entire community and all the work that goes on in the background to keep it all running smoothly. Well done to all involved in a big and not so big way xxxxxx . Lourde
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