I search the IFHF's online database at ROOTSIRELAND.IE. It has abt 19 million B/M/D and other records for MOST Irish counties. Records before 1863 are increasingly sparse. By 1800, they are almost non-existant. Many B/M/D events either weren't recorded, or haven't survived.
For Jos(eph) Howard B 1828 +/- 5 yrs, somewhere in Ireland, with the parents' names unknown, I found 4 records: 1-1823, 2-1825, and 1-1828. The associated respective counties are Kildare, Cork, Limerick, and Antrim.
For Joha(nna) Short B 1830 +/- 2 yrs, ditto, I found 0 records. Short isn't a typical celtic Irish surname. Neither is Howard. This suggests they MAY have been protestants. Protestant records are far LESS likely to have survived.
Hope this helps. Good luck and merry Xmas.
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