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I am seeking information about my family from Mayo in Charlestown, specifically Cloonaweema. 

My grandmother Katie (Catherine) was born in Cloonaweema in Nov 1st 1911, to her Mother Ellen Brett and Anthony Mulligan. Anthony Mulligan was her 2nd husband and died a year later in the coal mines in Wales. Her first husband was Martin Morley . She had my grandmother at the old age of 40 and it was her only child. She did not live much longer but had remarried again to a man with the last name of Burke. Burke raised my grandmother his stepchild till she was 18yo and lived out his days in Cloonaweema until the late '50s when we believe he went into town as an old man (Charlestown).  Given that cloonaweema is so small..  I know the Casey family shows up in many of the records. 

Everyone mentioned above lived in the house of Thomas and Catherine Brett .. Thomas and Catherine show up in the 1911 and 1901 census as being head of household at the old age if 74.  Griffith's land valuation shows a Patrick Brett living in Cloonaweema in the 1850's census. My assumption is that this Patrick Brett is his father. (The father of Thomas Brett). 

I the Brett family seems the most likely to find a relative. I see them in the area and in Sligo and I assume this is where my lost cousins are. Any help would be much appreciated, I visited Cloonaweema before most of this ancestry stuff was online, I met Mr Casey who remembered Mr Burke.. but he was of very ill health and soon died with what memories he could not share with me. I would love any parish or church records.. I have exhausted my online search and have the unlucky situation of having what seems to be An only daughter who had an only daughter which makes finding the family hard. This is not for certain because maybe Thomas Brett and Catherine had more than just one daughter. 

Thursday 25th Apr 2019, 08:58AM

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  • Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    I located a number of records which may be helpful. The first is Ellen's marriage record to Martin Morley. I did not find the marriage record involving Anthony Mulligan. The second link is the civil marriage record with Patrick Burke. I then located the death records for Catherine and Thomas Brett. I located the 1927 death record for Ellen Burke so Katie was 15 when she died. I searched for a Patrick Burke death record but did not see a good lead.

    I then found the 1870 marriage record for Thomas Brett and Catherine Moran. Thomas' father was Patrick which is what you suspected. Finally, I located the 1871 birth record for Ellen Brett. I searched on the subscription site Roots Ireland and did not find any records for siblings of Ellen.

    I may be able to contact someone who might have more information about your family.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 25th Apr 2019, 04:30PM
  • Hello,

    I've been away from actively searching for sometime now but I just read your inquiry and so many of these names are familiar to me.  I will have to look over my records but I know that Catherine Morley was my 2x great grandmother married to Michael Mulhern.  They live in Cloonaweema and had 14 children.  If its the same family, and Im sure it is since it was such a small town, Mary Brett married Martin Mulhern, my great grandmothers brother.  If you feel there is a connection please reach out.  Would love to share info.  




    Wednesday 20th May 2020, 02:29PM
  • Greetings Roger,

    I just logged into the site after a long time and I saw your response. I am so grateful for the work that you did helping me search for additional information regarding my family in Ireland. I am interested in talking or connecting with the man you said who may be able to help with my search. 


    "I may be able to contact someone who might have more information about your family."

    I was also curious if you had any advice as to where I could find land documents about the family farm/location. In Griffith's Evaluation, there was a plot map with all 14 plots in Cloonaweema (Yes it is that small) the tracts had numbers but the numbers did not associate with the plots on the map as far as I could tell. Are there any resources who can tell you the property history of a plot??? Recent also? Historical too? I would love to know exactly WHERE my grandmother's land was. 






    Thursday 29th Jul 2021, 10:04PM
  • Christine how do I connect with you??? My name is Sean Stockmeyer my email is sean.stockmeyer at  my phone is nine seven one six hundred 8389 please reach out. I am sure you are correct, it is much too small to NOT have a connection. My grandmother came over to the USA in 1929 and had cousins who were in the Philly area and NY area and got her a job as a nanny. 


    Thursday 29th Jul 2021, 10:07PM
  • Sean:

    Regarding your land question, there are Cancelled books that show property transfers subsequent to the Griffiths Valuation. Unfortunately, they are only available now at the Valuation office in Dublin. Eventually, they will be available online.

    The person I mentioned in my 2019 response is no longer volunteering with Ireland Reaching Out!  I don't want to place his name here on the board but if you e-mail me at  I will provide his name and contact details.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 30th Jul 2021, 03:17PM

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