Hi again Jen - can I tell you who all my ancestors are from Kilkenny? And if any names seem familiar .....you never know!!! On my father's side, John Doyle married Ellen Shea (Shee) circa 1800 and had six children. All came to New Brunswick, except Catherine - my gggrandfather, Patrick married Bridget Daly in Bathurst, NB shortly after she arrived but I have never been able to find out where she was from - I suspect Kilkenny; the youngest son, Nicholas married twice - the first time to Joanne/Ann Fitzgerald who I also suspect may have been from Kilkenny, their daughter, Margaret married a Scottish man and lived on the Gaspe coast in Quebec. The other three sons married 'local' girls! Patrick and Bridget's oldest son's godmother was Genevieve Rafter - she was the daughter of Thomas Rafter who was from Kilkenny. Genevieve was married to John Shea who, I suspect was a brother of Ellen???? Have you come across the surname Brass in Kilkenny? On my mother's side I have great great grandfather, Maurice Sheehan who was from Kilkenny - his parents were James Sheehan and Bridget Grace - I suspect they were from the Ballyragget/Rathbeagh area. Maurice came to Nova Scotia as a young man (to work in the coal mines?) and married a Scottish lady (her name is on ancestry incorrectly as Pitre but she was a Petrie!!! Their daughter married James Shea - his mother was Ellen Murphy. I don't know why Maurice and Mary Ann moved up to northern New Brunswick from Cape Breton, NS - I can only think he knew, or was related to people up there. They were the only Sheehan family 'around home' and none are left now as the oldest son moved to the US and the youngest never married. So, I have lots of connections to Kilkenny but the only ones I can trace are my Doyle ancestors. Oh yes, a relative of John Doyle was Thomas Doyle who was married to Grace Dunphy. Their daughter married Kyran Nowlan (now Nolan) and they lived in Kilkenny until 1868 so they were easy to trace! OK, that's it for now - just hope you can contact me if any of these name are in your family tree? Isn't this the best hobby?
All the best,