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wondering if anyone knows of burial grounds in parish of Ballynakill in western galway (Ballynahinch).
My 2nd great grandparents Tadgh Coyne and Catherine Lydon married and left Ireland in 1862 for America.
I'm wondering where Tadgh 's parents may be buried.. they rented cottage and land between the two townlands of Ross and Tievegariff on southern shore of Ballynakill harbour.
So my 3rd great grandparents were John Coyne and Ellen "Nellie" Walsh/ Welch.
I believe Tadgh was likely the last to leave Ireland a he had two brothers, Patrick (married to Mary Coyne), and Rodger (married to Ann Gannon) and a sister Sarah (married to Philip Gannon) who came over before "Tady" arrived in 1862. They all settled in village of Marcellus in Upstate NY. I would imagine there were more siblings who possibly went elsewhere but I haven't found them although I do have dna matches to coynes in Minnesota and Pittsburgh area.
I know Catherine Lydon's sister Jane, married Thomas Thornton in Sept 5, 1869 in the chapel in Tullycross so that would be their catholic parish. Jane and Thomas then left Ireland right after with the lydon parents Patrick lydon and Bridget coyne and came to Marcellus.
I also know there were two lydon brothers who stayed in Ireland: Michael who was witness to Jane's marriage and John who married honor Corbett and had 10 daughters and lived in townland of Ungwee where the lydon family likely all lived. John died in 1936 and honor in 1932 and their daughter Catherine who martyred James Joyce and died in Ungwee in 1968. James died in 1962.
When I visited the parish 2 years ago I found a small cemetery outside Tullycross but couldn't find anything. Wondered if there were anything near Ross and Tievegarriff where the family might be buried.
I know from Griffiths that John Coyne lived near Thomas Gannon (father of Philip and Ann) in both townlands.
Any info would be greatly appreciated! THANKS!


Saturday 10th April 2021, 09:52PM

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  • Hi,

    If you contact the Heritage Officer - Marie - she will be in a positon to give you the location of the various cemeteries in the area of Letterfrack. Many burials plots do not have grave markers and as the families die out, the location is not always certain.

    Doneen and Moyard would appear to be the main cemeteries in the area. I suggest that you make contact with persons in the Letterfrack area who would have known of the family.

    I replied to your IrelandXO of the 21st June 2019 in relation to John Lydon Family in relation to a graveyard adjoining the townland of Baunog.



    Sunday 11th April 2021, 08:43AM
  • Yes I checked on Baunog then but seemed quite a distance from where the Lydons lived in Ungwee in parish of Ballynakill along Southern shore of the Harbour but maybe that was the only place available as they died in the 30s. I believe I found mention that John's daughter Catherine and husband James Joyce were also buried in Baunog in 1968 and 1962 respectively but I doubt my older family from 1860s would be there but maybe possible. Thanks


    Sunday 11th April 2021, 05:13PM