I recently wrote Michael Lynch, Archivist from Kerry Library, located in County Kerry, Ireland for traces and clues about my family. Lynch was able to help me more than I could have dreamed. There are many missing links, but great clues to where my family originated from in Ireland with the help of Roman Catholic Records. The Diocese of Kerry in Ireland has a great online link, with church records surviving up to about 1900, are online and free.
Of the interesting facts, it is likely my Great-Great Grandmother Ellen Brennan Foley was from Knockanarroor townland, which is situated about 5 miles East of Killarney town. The relevant Catholic Parish is Glenflesk. A townland or bally is a small geographical division of land in Ireland.
Ellen Brennan Foley was born May 15, 1820 in Kilarney, Ireland the daughter of James Brennan, 1793-1863, and Mary Walsh, birth and death unknown.
Other facts and figures from Kerry Library, Ireland
James Brennan and Mary Walsh, possibly had children named John (16 July 1826), Daniel (30 August 1832), and Charles (1 November 1836).
An Ellen Brennan is listed as a sponsor to a baptism, and may be an elder sister to the child. The family address for this family is given as Knockanarroor townland, which is situated about 5 miles East of Killarney town.
The relevant Catholic Parish is Glenflesk, for which records survive back to 1820. However, all available records only give 13 entries for baptisms in 1820 in this parish, and Ellen Brennan is not among them. In fact, there are no Brennan baptisms recorded in that year for Glenflesk.
In relation to the other children recorded, there are a few anomalies between different sources:
The International Genealogical Index, IGI, and Oâ€™Kief parish record listings record the Charles in 1836 as James, with a baptismal date of 13 November 1836. The listed sponsors are again Ellen Brennan and Denis Sullivan. These listings also record a Daniel baptized on 18 July 1829. He must have died in infancy.
Glenflesk marriage records only date from 1831, so that there is no prospect of finding a record of the marriage of James Brennan and Mary Walsh.
Baptism of CHARLES BRENAN of KNOCKANAROOR
Area – KERRY (RC) , Parish/Church/Congregation – GLENFLESK
Baptism of CHARLES BRENAN of KNOCKANAROOR on 1 November 1836
Name CHARLES BRENAN Date of Birth 1 November 1836 (BASED ON OTHER DATE INFORMATION)
Address KNOCKANAROOR Father JAMES BRENAN
Mother MARY WALSH Further details in the record
Child Denomination RC Father Occupation NR
Sponsor 1 DENIS SULLIVAN Sponsor 2 ELLEN BRENAN
Priest NR About the record
Book Number Page Entry Number Record_Identifier
N/R N/R 118 KY -RC-BA-253676
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