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Commogue Ferry Diaster December 1849

Does anyone have information about  Thomas Brew, the boatman in the Commogue Ferry Diaster in which 41 people died?  I wondered if anyone knows anything about his family. Here is a story about the disaster written in more recent times.

https://clarechampion.ie/tragedy-at-cammoge-point-claimed-41-lives/

Nan

Tuesday 13th October 2020, 09:00PM

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  • Hello Nan, that was very interesting, had not heard of it before and makes an interesting read. I see a Thomas Brew died in 1865 in Corofin registration district, unfortunately you cannoot view the certificate entry as of now, it is coming but you can order a copy for €4 online if interested, there is a legal version but this cost €20 and is no different information. All information on the site is free it is just the ledger link for some years is not yet completed, births from 1864 to 1919 and marriages to 1941 are there, death records from 1871 to 1969 I think.

    https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/civil-search.jsp Civil records are for Catholics commenced in 1864. The church records on this site will not cover Clare as yet.

    Not sure if he is you man but there are plenty of Brew people around and not just in Clare. This man was born circ 1793 so we are unlikely to get a baptism for him, you can see where most RC records commenced here https://registers.nli.ie/ not sure what parish you are inerested in.

    I Googled the incident and found a report on the Irish Waterways site and interesting comments etc also there is a Kilrush History society who may have information and I also see there is a Facebook page on the incident with a link on the website here. https://irishwaterwayshistory.com/about/irish-inland-waterways-vessels/o...

    Good Luck

    Pat

    St Peters Louth

    Wednesday 14th October 2020, 09:21PM
  • Thanks, Peter.   I have used the websites https://registers.nli.ie/ and https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/  quite often and found them to be invaluable.   I will look into Kilrush Historical Society and County Clare Library.

    My ancestor is Ellen Brew who married Nicholas Mahony both from Cammoge as was Thomas Brew. I was able to find Thomas in Griffith's Valuation.  I was hoping  someone might know Thomas' wife's name so I could narrow down the number of Brews to search.  I will keep looking.  Thanks again, Nan

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nan

    Thursday 15th October 2020, 02:16PM
  • Hi Nan, while looking at Roots Ireland for deaths pre 1864 there are a nunber of them but really information, Joe Brew, 1854, not a real one, But in noticed the information came from the Clare Journal, the Clare Library may have some information but the British Newspaper Archive (subscription) should have the Irish newspapers for this period if you want to give them a whirl.

    Good Luck

    Pat

    St Peters Louth

    Friday 16th October 2020, 08:03PM