I research the Irish Family History Foundation's database. It contains 12,000,000 surviving rcds for abt 65% of Irish counties. Rcds are increasingly sparse B4 1840, rare B4 1800.
Note 1 - Without a KNOWN parish, the chance of an ancestor's rcds NOT being in this database is AT LEAST 35%.
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 ONLY available thru the Tipperary Family History Research center at a substantial fee (regardless of outcome).
For Mary Smith B 1826 +/- 1 yr, Athy parish, Co. Kildare, with the father's forename unknown, I found 0 rcds. However, within the rest of Kildare, there were 8 B rcds. One of these MAY be for your ancestor, but your chances are slim and your info infers Athy was the parish. Without an exact DOB, and/or parent(s) name(s) it will be nearly impossible to identify which, if any, rcd is correct. The probability at this early date is that the B event wasn't rcd'd.
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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