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My grandfather, Michael Kelly, inherited the farm at The Bridge, Croghtenclogh, Coon, Co Carlow.  He was born in 1873, married Ellen Keeffe in 1912 and died in 1950.  His children were

Lena b1912 married Andrew Lawlor

James b1913 became a Patrician Brother Eunan.

Anastasia b1914 became Sister Bernadette or the Cross and Passion Order

Martin b1915 became member of De La Salle Brothers, emigrated to Australia, left the order and married my mother and became the father of three.

Edward b1916 emigrated to England and married with one son.

Thomas b1918 m Anna Lawlor and for a time inherited The Bridge until he became sick and it was sold.

Joseph b1922 emigrated to England.

I would be interested in knowing when The Bridge was first built and I know there are other relatives still living in the area and would love to know any more details about the family.


Theresa Lane (nee Kelly)


Thursday 24th May 2012, 10:32PM

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  • Hi Theresa,

    You should try writing to Carlow County Museum about finding information about The Bridge. You can find their contact details here:

    There are Roman Catholic church records available for the diocese of Leighlinbridge. These date from 1783 for both baptismal and marriage records. You can find these at the National Library of Ireland, Pos. 4195, or the Church of Latter Day Saints, ref. no. 1363869. If you have any difficulty, you could try writing to the parish priest for more assistance.

    You could also try checking the land records called the Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38) or the later Griffith's Valuation (1848-64). Griffith's is freely available here: or here: Failte Romhat has lots of other useful links you could try looking at. Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38). Microfilm copies of the books for all of Ireland are available at the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) or the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS).

    There is a document at the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) dated 1843, which lists Co. Carlow voters. (NAI 1843/55).

    There is a book which might be of interest called, 'Schools of Kildare and Leighlin, 1775-1835', (1935), by M. Brennan.

    There are estate records you could check. The landlord Vigors: Account book, 1826, National Library of Ireland, Pos. 7629. Most tenants. Covering areas in the civil parish of Oldleighlin.

    This link might interest you (Patrician Brothers archive): and this (Cross and Passion Order): and De La Salle: and

    Please make sure you link anyone else in your family who is interested in their Irish heritage to our site - and indeed anyone else you know of Irish heritage.

    Kind regards,

    Sinead Cooney

    Genealogist (Ireland XO)




    Thursday 7th June 2012, 11:14AM

    Hi Theresa, I have a photo of your father taken in Coon school in 1927. I would like to send it to you, but your email address is not working (@bigpond).  If you would like me to send you the photo, please contact me. Your cousin in Cruttenclogh,Pat Kelly


    Saturday 22nd December 2012, 04:50PM
  • Hi Pat,

    Sorry it's taken me so long to answer you, I've been away visiting in laws for Christmas.  Brother Mick sent me a copy of the photo, thanks so much for sending it.

    My email address is the same except for the provider (@tpg).  Hope you and the family are all happy and well.

    Your cousin in Oz



    Wednesday 9th January 2013, 11:53PM