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Re: Dunlea Family
Posted by: Dave Boylan (ID *****7186) Date: December 27, 2011 at 09:03:41
In Reply to: Dunlea Family by Cheryl of 1656

Hello Cheryl,

I located both the birth and baptism indexes for Jeremiah Dunlea (1880), as well as the birth and baptism indexes for his brother Patrick (1882), and the birth index for his sister Catherine (1887), at the Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) website for County Tipperary (North).

The IFHF website can be found at: http://www.rootsireland.ie/

Before you begin searching for ancestors at the IFHF website you first need to establish an account. Indexes are free to search, but to download a birth, baptism, marriage, or death transcription costs 5.00 Euros, payable by credit card. Once the credit card payment is received a transcription of the record(s) you are interested in, will be sent to your computer.

The indexes below show that Jeremiah’s birth was recorded in the Portroe, Tipperary Civil Registration District (CR), while his baptism took place in the Ballina Catholic Church.

The birth and baptism records for Patrick also took place in Portroe and Ballina respectively, while the birth of Catherine was also recorded in Portroe.

One slight anomaly with the baptism for Jeremiah in the Ballina Catholic Church is that the IFHF search engine would not accept his mother’s first name of Catherine, but did accept Kate for her first name, probably because that’s how she is listed in the original baptism record.

The indexes follow:


1 match for the search criteria: Dunlea (plus variants) Jeremiah 1880 Parish: PORTROE (CR)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Tipperary (North)
Surname: Dunlea       
First Name: Jeremiah
Father's Surname: Dunlea
Father's First Name: Michael
Mother's Surname: McGee
Mother's First Name: Catherine

Year: 1880

Parish/District: PORTROE (CR)


AND


1 match for the search criteria: Dunlea (plus variants) Jeremiah 1880 Parish: BALLINA (RC)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Tipperary (North)
Surname: Dunlea       
First Name: Jeremiah
Father's Surname: Dunlea
Father's First Name: Michael
Mother's Surname: McGee
Mother's First Name: Kate

Year: 1880

Parish/District: BALLINA (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: Dunlea (plus variants) Patrick 1882 Parish: PORTROE (CR)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Tipperary (North)
Surname: Dunlea       
First Name: Patrick
Father's Surname: Dunlea
Father's First Name: Michael
Mother's Surname: McGee
Mother's First Name: Catherine

Year: 1882

Parish/District: PORTROE (CR)


AND


1 match for the search criteria: Dunlea (plus variants) Patrick 1882 Parish: BALLINA (RC)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Tipperary (North)
Surname: Dunlea       
First Name: Patrick
Father's Surname: Dunlea
Father's First Name: Michael
Mother's Surname: McGee
Mother's First Name: Catherine

Year: 1882

Parish/District: BALLINA (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: Dunlea (plus variants) Catherine 1887 Parish: PORTROE (CR)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Tipperary (North)
Surname: Dunlea       
First Name: Catherine
Father's Surname: Dunlea
Father's First Name: Michael
Mother's Surname: McGee
Mother's First Name: Catherine

Year: 1887

Parish/District: PORTROE (CR)
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If you were to order the five birth/baptism transcriptions for the Dunlea children individually, you would pay 25 Euros in total. But, the IFHF allows you to buy all five from one index for 20 Euros. To do this, access the index just as you see it below, without the first names of the children or their individual years of birth and baptism, and without the first name of their mother, or the names of the Parish/District where their births and baptisms were recorded:


5 matches for the search criteria: Dunlea (plus variants)

The cost to view the full details of the 5 records that you have not yet viewed is €20.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Tipperary (North)
Surname: Dunlea       
First Name:
Father's Surname: Dunlea
Father's First Name: Michael
Mother's Surname: McGee
Mother's First Name:

Year:

Parish/District:
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Nest I located the Dunlea family in the 1901 census of Ireland, living in an address of Ballina, Tipperary.

The census shows that Michael Dunlea was a 47 year old laborer who was born in Tipperary, and who could read and write. His 46 year old wife Catherine, also born in Tipperary, could also read and write. In the household with Michael and Catherine is their 21 year old son Jeremiah, a clerk, born in Tipperary, who was not married. Also in the household is a “Female Relative,” 13 year old Catherine McInerney, born in County Tipperary. The census shows she can read and write.

The census transcription below is from the National Archives of Ireland website link at:
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/


Residents of a house 32 in Ballina (Ballina, Tipperary)


Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion Birthplace Occupation Literacy Irish Language Marital Status       

Dunlea       Michael 47 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic       Co Tipperary       Laboure Read and write Married
Dunlea       Catherine 46       Female        Wife       Roman Catholic       Co Tipperary Read and write Married
Dunlea        Jerh       21 Male Son Roman Catholic Co Tipperary        Clerk Read and write Not Married
McInerney Catherine       13 Female Relative Roman Catholic       Co Tipperary       Scholar Read and write Not Married       
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You can view a copy of the original 1901 census for the Dunlea family at the National Archives link at: http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai003898362/


I didn’t find the Dunlea family in the 1911 census.

But, I think I found your Jeremiah’s ship’s passenger list at the Ancestry.com subscription website. The ship’s list shows a Jeremiah Dunlea arriving in the Port of Boston on board the S.S. Cymric, which left Queenstown, County Cork, on April 29, 1905, and arrived in Boston on May 8, 1905. A copy of the ship’s manifest shows that Jeremiah was a 25 year old “Clerk,” (see the 1901 census above), whose last residence was “Ballina,” and who arrived in the States with $50 in hand. The passenger list also shows he was going to the home of a cousin named Mr. (or Mrs.) “Ellis,” living in an address of 525 Dorchester Ave. Boston. (Ironically, there is also a 20 year old Jeremiah Dunlea, from County Cork, on the same ship).

The reason I believe the 25 year old Jeremiah Dunlea is your ancestor, is that his last residence in Ireland, Killaloe (pronounced Kill-a-loo), is located on the western banks of the Shannon River, in County Clare, while Ballina (pronounced Bal-in-ah) is directly across the Shannon from Killaloe, on the River’s eastern bank, in Tipperary. Just north of Killaloe and Ballina is Lough Derg, one of the lakes on the Shannon.

To see a modern Google Map showing the locations of Ballina, Killaloe, and the River Shannon, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/73yhcr5

Also Cheryl, I found descriptions of Ballina and Killaloe in the 1837 edition of Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, which you can access for free from the Library Ireland website link at:
http://www.libraryireland.com/topog/index.php

The descriptions follow:


BALLINA, a village, in the parish of TEMPLEICHALLY, barony of OWNEY and ARRA, county of TIPPERARY, and province of MUNSTER; containing 832 inhabitants. This place is situated on the road from Killaloe to Newport, and on the river Shannon, over which is a bridge of nineteen arches connecting it with the town of Killaloe, in the county of Clare. It contains about 110 houses, has a fair on the 24th of March (chiefly for pigs), and is a constabulary police station. One of the chapels belonging to the R. C. union or district of Templeichally and Kilmastulla, otherwise called the union of Ballina and Boher, is situated in the village, Near the bridge are some remains of an ancient castle, probably erected to defend the passage of the river.
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KILLALOE, a post-town and parish, and the seat of a diocese, in the barony of TULLA, county of CLARE, and province of MUNSTER, 20 miles (E. by S.) from Ennis, and 87 (S. W. by W.) from Dublin, on the road from Scariff to Nenagh; containing 8587 inhabitants, of which number 1411 are in the town. This place, anciently called Laonia, derived its present name, supposed to he a corruption of Kill-da-Lua, from the foundation of an abbey, in the 6th century, by St. Lua or Molua, grandson of Eocha Baildearg, King of Munster, and which became the head of a diocese. Turlogh O'Brien, in 1054, built a bridge across the Shannon at this place, which had grown into some importance, though little of its previous history is related; and, in 1061, Hugh O'Connor destroyed the castle which had been erected here, and burned the town, which was again reduced to ashes in 1080 and 1084, by the people of Conmacne. In 1177, Raymond le Gros, after his triumphant entry into Limerick, came to this place, where he received the hostages of Roderic, King of Connaught, and O'Brien, Prince of Thomond, who took the oath of fealty to the King of England.

On Richard de Clare's obtaining a grant of certain lands in the county of Clare, this town, as containing the only ford over the Shannon, obtained for some time the appellation of Claresford. In 1367, after the recall of Lionel, Duke of Clarence, from the government of Ireland, who had acquired considerable tracts of territory around the town, Murrogh-na-Ranagh, one of the O'Briens, made himself master of all the country beyond the Shannon, and destroyed this town and several others belonging to the English. General Sarsfield, in 1681, posted a strong party at this place, to defend the passage of the river; but having abandoned their post, the English advanced into the western provinces; and in 1691 the same general, at the head of a select body of cavalry, passed the river and destroyed a convoy of ammunition on its way to William III., then at Limerick.

The town is pleasantly situated on a rising ground on the western bank of the Shannon, near the noted falls of Killaloe, and about a mile from Lough Derg, and is connected with the county of Tipperary by an ancient bridge of nineteen arches. It consists of one square, and a principal and several smaller streets, and contains about 300 houses. There is a small infantry barrack. A flourishing trade in stuffs, camlets, and serges was formerly carried on, and two well-supplied markets were held weekly; but both the manufacture and the markets have been discontinued. Above and below the bridge there are numerous eel weirs, which produce a strong current in the river, and there is also a salmon fishery. In the vicinity are some very extensive slate quarries, from which, on an average, about 100,000 tons are annually raised for the supply of the surrounding country to a great distance. A mill, with machinery driven by water, has been erected at an expense of £6000, for cutting and polishing stone and marble, and working them into mantel-pieces, flags, slabs, and other articles, in which about 100 men are employed, and for whose residence near the works are some handsome slated cottages. A spirit of cheerful industry and enterprise seems to promise much for the increasing prosperity of the town.

Close to these mills is a yard for boatbuilding, belonging to the Shannon Steam Navigation Company, whose head-quarters are at this place, and who have established a regular communication by steam-packets, for goods and passengers, up the Shannon, through Lough Derg to Portumna, Athlone. and Banagher, and from Banagher by canal-boats to Dublin. The company afford employment to a great number of persons in the construction and repair of docks and warehouses. About a quarter of a mile from the village of O'Brien's Bridge is the pier-head, where the steam-boats transfer their cargoes and passengers to a packet-boat, which is towed at a rapid rate to Limerick, between which place and Dublin packet-boats ply daily; the trip to Portumna and Williamstown is beautifully picturesque.

Below the bridge the navigation of the Shannon is interrupted by a ridge of rocks, over which the water rushes with great noise; and the appearance of the town at this place, with the waters of Lough Derg in the distance, and its venerable cathedral rising above the bridge and backed by a fine mountain range, is strikingly romantic. To remedy this obstruction of the navigation, the Board of Inland Navigation constructed a canal through the bishop's demesne, avoiding the rocks, and joining the river beyond the falls; it has also erected an hotel, called the Ponsonby Arms, for the accommodation of families visiting Lough Derg and its neighbourhood. This lake is about thirty miles in length, and abounds with beautiful and interesting scenery, more especially in that part which is near the town; the shores are embellished with several handsome mansions, embosomed in luxuriant woods and plantations, and with several ancient and venerable castles. Pike, perch, trout, and various other fish are taken in abundance, among which is found the Gillaroo trout. Fairs are held on April 5th, May 24th, Sept. 3d, and Oct. 20th; and petty sessions once a fortnight. A constabulary police force is stationed in the town.
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For more information about both towns, go to: http://www.discoverkillaloe.com/

Also see: http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotos-g551575-Ballina_County_Tipperary.html
And: http://tinyurl.com/7np25hp
And: http://www.irelandinpicture.net/2011/09/ballina-co-tipperary.html

Cheryl, if you haven’t already been there, I hope someday you can tour the Killaloe and Ballina areas of Clare and Tipperary. I think you would enjoy these towns very much, not to mention traveling the places that your Dunlea ancestors called home.


Best Wishes for a Happy New Year.


Dave Boylan


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