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I'm looking for ancestors or living relatives with the last name Connor/O'Connor. They owned/farmed land in Bantry in the township of Gortroe (about 3 miles/7km from Bantry) in the 1800s and early/mid 1900s. Oldest son seems to have inherited the land, with each oldest son naming his first born son after his grandfather (Cornelius had John who had Cornelius who had John, etc.). Most recent land holder that I found was Cornelius (Con) O'Connor, born 1893. He had a son, John O'Connor, and a daughter, Mary O'Connor. I am unsure of their dates of birth, but probably circa 1930s. Their mother's name was Anne Tobin (married Cornelius in 1934). At some point in the 1960s/70s, Mary worked as a secretary at Briggs in Bantry (I am not sure what type of company this was).

Any information would be most appreciated!


Wednesday 8th November 2017, 03:02AM

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  • Hi Kate

    I looked at the Irish phone book ( people search O'Connor Bantry & there are 19 listed so you could try a mail out to them; it has worked for others.

    Another bit of luck is that the National Library of Ireland has the R C registers freely available at

    Search parish name Bantry & you'll find that baptisms are available from 1788 to 1875.



    ColCaff, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 8th November 2017, 04:08AM

    Hi Kate,

    I will have a look to see what I can find for you but dont hold out much hope for update on people born after 1900 as there is a 100 year rule that prevents the publication of personal information for over one hundred years after the birth or marriage of a person. However if you apply to the local Civil Registration Office in Bantry, they should be able to issue you a birth certificate to you.

    One little but important correction to your query is that the Company for whom Mary worked in Bantry was more likely to be Biggs & Company Bantry rather than Briggs. This company is still in existance and may be able to help you if you emailed or mailed them. I will also make inquiries of them to see see if I can get any info for you.

    Frank Fahy

    Abbeystrowry Parish


    Abbeystrowry Cork

    Saturday 18th November 2017, 12:31AM
  • Hi Kate,

    Just one more thing that would help enormously is if you had and ppass on to me, the maiden names of any of the ladies married to the Cornelius's or John's as this is the only reasonably positive way of identifying the correct branch of the O'Connor family in which there were 1160 baptisms and 223 marriages in the period from 1800 to 1920 in the Bantry area many of which have no address to help establish which branch they were of. I will get back to you as soon as I can get any info

    Frank Fahy



    Abbeystrowry Cork

    Saturday 18th November 2017, 12:58AM
  • Kate, are you getting my messages? I have received no response from you and cannot progress without your input.



    Abbeystrowry Cork

    Tuesday 28th November 2017, 07:49PM