I research the Irish Family History Foundation's database. It contains 12,800,000 surviving rcds for abt 70% of Irish counties. Rcds are increasingly sparse B4 1840, rare B4 1800. Cos. Donegal and Derry were recently added to the database.
Note 1 - Without a KNOWN county, the chance of an ancestor's rcds NOT being in this database is AT LEAST 30%.
Note 2 - Only 1/2 of Co. Cork's rcds are in this database.
Note 3 - The RC church kept control over most parish rcds from Tipperary (north). These are available thru the Tipperary Family History Research center at a substantial fee (regardless of outcome), and the National Library of Ireland on microfilm.
For Ellen Kirwan B 1846 +/- 4 yrs, Co. Tipperary, with a father forenamed John, I found 1 rcd for an Ellena, 1846, St. Mary's RC parish, Clonmel. This MAY be for your ancestor. A view of the detailed rcd SHOULD show her parent's names. This will validate/invalidate the rcd.
For John Kirwan M 1842 +/- 4 yrs, Co. Tipperary, I found 6 rcds: 1838, 1841, 1841, 1842, 1843, and 1846.
For Julia Blake M ditto, I found 0 rcds. This suggest either the M rcds didn't survive, haven't been transcribed, or they married elsewhere. Will leave it to you to search elsewhere. You may want to wait until the database is more complete.
Google the Foundation's name to lead you to this database. Register, opt to be notified as rcds are added and browse. Pls post your search results to my genforum msg.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
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