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I have found record of most of the childrens birth in online records (Ireland Births and Baptisims - Family Search). I am wonding if there are images avaialble on line or if anyone can point me to any further information about Edward and Bridget's marriage or their births or parents or when they might have lived. Are there still members of these families around Claremorris? And can anyone tell me about Cloonshanbo? They all emigrated to the US in 1881 and my Great grandmother (child Bridget) died in 1906 so no stories passed down. Thanks Much

Roberta Casey

Husband: Edward Larkin - Birth:1836 in Ireland; possibly county Mayo

Wife: Bridget Gibbons - Birth: 1841 in Ireland; possibly county Mayo

  • Mary Martha Larkin (shows up as John) - Birth: 01 May 1864 in Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Edward Larkin - Birth: 01 May 1866 in Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Bridget Larkin - Birth: 18 Aug 1868 in Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland (my Great Grandmother)
  • Peter J Larkin - Birth:25 Sep 1870 in Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Catherine Larkin - Birth: Oct 1874 in Ireland
  • Martin Larkin - Birth: 10 Jun 1876 in Cloonshanbo, Mayo, Ireland
  • James Larkin - Birth: 08 Aug 1878 in Cloonshanbo, Mayo, Ireland


Saturday 6th April 2019, 07:05PM

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  • Roberta:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

     I did some searching on the subscription site Roots Ireland and found that Edward and Bridget were married in 1850 in the Mayo Abbey parish (see transcription below) which is just to the west of Claremorris RC parish. Cloonshanbo is in Mayo civil parish. They may have gotten the year wrong on the marriage because the first baptismal record I can locate is in 1859 for Patrick and then 1861 for your Mary. There was a John in 1864 followed by  Edmond or Edward 1866 Bridget 1868 Peter 1870 Catherine 1872 James 1875 Martin 1876 James 1878 (first James died young/).

    The free Irish government site has civil birth records images from 1864-1916. I found the first record available for John in 1864. You can look for records for the other children.

    Let me know what questions you have.

    Roger McDonnell

    Date of Marriage:22-May-1850
    Parish / District:Mayo Abbey RC parish
    County:Co. Mayo
    Wife BridgetGibbons

    Name:Patrick LorkanDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:01-Jan-1859Address:CloonshanboParish/District:Mayo Abbey RC parishGender:MaleCountyCo. Mayo
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:Edmond LorkanMother:Bridget GibbonsOccupation:
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1:Patrick Lorkan Sponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Mary Lorkan 

    Name:Mary LarkanDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:15-Dec-1861Address:CloonshanboParish/District:Mayo Abbey RC parishGender:FemaleCountyCo. Mayo
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:Edmond LarkanMother:Bridget GibbonsOccupation:
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1:Martin Gibbons Sponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Mary Gibbons 

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 6th April 2019, 07:30PM
  • You asked what sort of place Cloonshanbo is. It’s a townland of 181 acres. Largely agricultural land. In the 1901 census it had 10 houses with a combined population of 48 people. 2 Larkin households:

    You can see where it is using this link:

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 6th April 2019, 07:43PM
  • Roberta:

    I solved the marriage date issue. The marriage was in 1858 not 1850.  Edward was shown as Ned.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 6th April 2019, 11:56PM
  • Roger and Elwyn - THANK YOU so much! Great information all around as well as great sources for me to try with some of the other irish lines.This is really the first time I have been able to track down specfic Irish records and locations - all my and my husband's other Irish ancestor I just have "Ireland" as the place of birth. I'm pretty darn excited to see Edward's "mark". Many thanks from Minnesota for helping me solve some of the mystery of my Bridget (picture attached)



    Sunday 7th April 2019, 03:16AM

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  • If you want to see more info about Cloonshanbo, you can find it at this link:

    which also has a link to the site which was mentioned above. As you'll see, Cloonshanbo is the anglicized form of the Irish name Cluain Seanbhó ("meadow of the old cow").

    I have a great-grandmother who was born in the parish of Kilcolman/Claremorris, so I can also offer some thoughts on the confusion in your family's memories of where their ancestors lived.  As explained in the prior messages, the parish of Mayo Abbey (after which the county of Mayo was named, by the way, when the counties were created at a fairly late stage in history) is to the west of the parish of Kilcolman/Claremorris.  In fact, Cloonshanbo lies right on the border with Kilcolman parish, and the next townland to the east of Cloonshanbo, Cloonboy (Cluain Buí, meaning "yellow/golden meadow") is in Kilcolman parish, so your ancestors may have identified more with that parish, perhaps because their relatives lived there or they once lived there (also, parish boundaries sometimes changed).

    Another possibility for the confusion is that Cloonshanbo is in the Barony of Clanmorris, which is an alternate form of the name Claremorris.  Much of the parish of Kilcolman/Claremorris is in the same barony, so your ancestors may have been passing on the name of the barony, rather than the parish.


    Sunday 7th April 2019, 10:30PM
  • Kevin - thanks for the info. In my case I think is was simply that my grandfather was only 4 or 5 when his Mum died and his father put him and his brother in an orphanage because he could not take care of them. They had no connection with his Mum's family so there really was no one to tell any stories. The Claremorris and the Cloonshanbo come from the on line indexes that I found and you never know who transcribed things. Thanks for your help.



    Monday 8th April 2019, 03:04AM