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Re: KEALYs in Corbetstown, Ballyfoyle
Posted by: Michael Drew (ID *****7422) Date: July 01, 2006 at 21:04:25
In Reply to: Re: KEALYs in Corbetstown, Ballyfoyle by Paul Kealy of 215

G'day Paul

Yes, I did get to Corbetstown - just checking my diary - almost 12 months ago, Mon 18 July 2005 to be exact!

I don't know how familiar you are with the Irish townland system but one of the first things I discovered was how small some of them were. Corbetstown seemed to be one pub, the Cave Bar and the Dunmore Caves (and even they might have been outside the old townland). I toured the Cave and then walked a few kilometres to the Cave Bar and had lunch while watching the televised football match.

Didn't actually meet any KEALYs but there are still some of them in the area - two of them had their photo in the local paper having taken part in the re-enactment of the Viking massacre of about 900AD the weekend before I arrived. People I drank with in the pub certainly knew them.

Irish records, as you probably know, are limited. The only definite link to my family that I found was a record at the Kilkenny Archaeological Society of the marriage of my GGG grandfather James KEALY to Mary BYRNE at Muckalee Catholic Church on 4 Feb 1830.

But I did find some info of interest to all KEALYs, I think. You are probably that no Irish censuses exist before 1901, far too late for your family and mine too. But an old Catholic cleric, Canon Carrigan, made hand-written extracts of SOME of the 1821 census for Kilkenny (where most irish KEALYs originate). In some places he recorded only one or two names - in others he recorded quite a bit. He seemed to often single out people with names he knew - and luckily for us he knew Father KEALY - so he recorded 8 households that had KEALYs.

They are a little late for your KEALY but might help locating family members or just point you to a locality. I'll list them here for the benefit of those who are looking:

Castlecomer Parish
Aghamucky Townland
William KEALY, 40, farmer, 42 acres; Elizabeth, wife, 34; Anne, daughter, 14; James, son, 10; Bridget, daughter, 6; Mary, daughter, 4; Margaret, daughter, 2; Judy, daughter, under 1

Castlecomer Parish
Glenmagoo Townland
Thomas MURPHY, [son of Pat MURPHY & Mary FOGARTY], 34, farmer, 17 acres; Mary [KEALY], wife, 26; Michael, son, 3 ["whom I knew"]; John, son, under 1; servants

Kilmadummock Parish
Rootstown Townland
Mary KEALY, 50, widow, farmer, 3.5 acres; Michael, son, labourer, 28; John, son, mason, 25; Pat, son, 16; Peter, son, 14; Michael, nephew, 9; Pat DOWLING, brother, 60

Mothel Parish
Corbitstown Townland
Judith KEALY, 60, farmer, 6 acres in Webbsboro & 6 in Corbitstown; John, son, 32; Patrick, son, 30; James, son, 28; Catherine, daughter, 25; Mary, daughter, 24; John MURPHY, servant, 15; Catherine POWER, visitor, 50

Mothel Parish
Lisnafunshin Townland
Thomas KEALY, 60, farmer, 32 acres; James, son, 22; Richard, son, 20; Martin, son, 16; Thomas, son, 10; Judith, daughter, 18

Sheffin Parish
Tifeaghny Townland
John KEALY, 56, farmer, 90 acres; Catherine, wife, 60; Edward, son, priest, 28 [born 1791, 'Tenniscarty', Lisdowney, ordained Maynooth, 1820, living at home, not yet having received a diocesan appointment]; Martin, son, 26; Catherine, daughter, 22; Nicholas, son, 17; Michael, brother, 52

Derrynahinch Parish
Rossboultera Townland
James KEALY, 55, farmer, 60 acres; John, son, 22; Catherine, daughter, 20; Pat KEALY, brother

Danesfort Parish
Ballydaw Townland
Marks KEALY, 55, farmer, 70 acres; Judy, wife, 36; Edmond, son, 20; Thomas, son, 14; Robbin, son, 11; Judy, daughter, 7; John, son, 5; Henry, son, 3; Margaret, daughter, under 1 year

You might notice that 5 of those 8 families are in the same Barony, so the KEALY tradition seems confined largely to one area. I wonder whether there is anything there that rings a bell with your research so far.

Anyway, good luck.

Michael DREW

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