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Byrne/Walsh in Fethard

I have traced my Byrne ancestors (on my father's side) back to Richard Byrne, who was married to Hanna Dunphy on Valentine's Day in 1825, in Fethard. Richard is my great great grandfather. His son, Thomas Byrne, born in 1844, is my great grandfather. Thomas owned a foundry and married Johanna Ryan in Boston, but returned to Fethard. They had eleven children, one of whom, John Joseph, born March 7, 1880, is my grandfather. My grandfather was a blacksmith and also did iron work, including the gates and fences surrounding Holy Trinity church and cemetery in Fethard.

My grandmother, Mary Jane Walsh, was born in Clonmel, on January 16, 1889, but the family moved to Fethard, where her twelve siblings were born. One of her brothers, D.P. (Daniel Patrick) Walsh, born June 6, 1892, was very active in the fight for independence. He is buried in the church cemetery at Powerstown. My grandparents came to the United States and settled in the Chicago area.

I am trying to extend my research to the time preceding 1825, the earliest information I have for my ancestors. Any help or information would be great appreciated.

Thank you very much,

Mary Byrne


Friday 22nd May 2020, 11:57PM

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  • Mary:

    Welcome to ireland Reaching Out!

    The Fethard RC records go back to 1806, however, the records are not on the subscription site Roots Ireland. You would have to go to or FindMyPast to look for Fethard record. I did look at FindMyPast and did not see a baptismal record for Richard Byrne or Jane Dunphy. I did find a Tithe Defaulter list record for a Richard Byrne   Hopefully you can see the page. It appears that a Richard Byrne in Fethard could not pay his Tithe tax. This Richard had nine children and could not be the Richard who married Jane Dunphy but possibly it was his father or uncle.

    Roger McDonnell

    Here is an excerpt:

    Number of occupied houses110

    AffidavitSent to them, would not pay. The County being so disturbed did not think it safe to go to harsh measures which even if done would have proved useless- for no person would purchase anything seized. Your Memorialist begs to state that having a family of nine children and his means but small, and for the last year and a half being deprived of his income, of course, he is heavily in debt which circumstance he hopes will be kindly taken into consultation in his aid of the Relief to be now afforded.


    Castlemore Roscommon

    Saturday 23rd May 2020, 02:58PM