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Re: James J. Friel, Donegal, Ireland
Posted by: Donal Friel (ID *****4639) Date: July 03, 2002 at 12:47:59
In Reply to: Re: James J. Friel, Donegal, Ireland by Gerard Friel of 840

Thanks for you email. I have looked at my family records and spoken with family members, but cannot establish a connection with your Drumfad Friels. Drumfad is at the southern end of Fanad, whereas we come originally from the northern end of the peninsula. Interestingly, my greatgrandfather was also a Daniel Friel (1835 - 1910ish) and he was also married to a Mary. He was known as Donie (from Donal which is the Gaelic equivalent of Daniel).
However, Daniel and Mary are relatively common forenames among the Friels at the period in question. I suspect that your Mary may have been from the northern part of Fanad, given that their marriage was recorded at Fanavolty. The main parish church for Clondavaddog was, and still is, at Massmount which would be nearer Drumfad. Fanavolty is a little further north. I suspect that couples got married at the chapel nearest the bride's house, hence my assumption re your Mary's origins. Carr/Kerr is relatively common as a surname in Fanad, but I don't really have much history on that name.
I plan to be in Fanad for a few days next week and may ask re your roots but as I don't know anybody from Drumfad, I suspect that it would be a long shot.
Best wishes,
Donal Friel

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