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Hello, My grandfather was Patrick Joseph Gillen - born 1884/1885 in Ballyconnell. His parents were James Gillen; born: 1835/1836 and Bridget Gillen (ne, Gilmartin) born: 1841(?). I have detailed information re all nine children born to James and Bridget - thank you Sligo Heritage and Geneology Society - between 1865 and 1884. I also have the 1901 and 1911 cencus locating them in Lissadill West. What I'm looking for is information regarding the births of James and Bridget; where, when, names of their parents, etc. I'm mindfull that his is challenging - given how long ago James and Bridget were born. I can't say enough good things about Sligo Heritage and Geneology Society - the wonderful people that work there and how helpful they've been over the years. But it seems - at least for the time being - I've exhausted their resources in re to James and Bridget - so I'm reaching out to the group for help. Thanks! PG




Paul Gillen

Thursday 22nd October 2020, 04:25PM

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  • Hi Paul I live in Sligo and will try and help you with your enquiry. First of all congratulations on the progress that you have made to date with your ancestral research. I am glad that the Sligo Heritage and Geneology Society have been of great assistance to you. As you have identified our records are somewhat sparse it the early 1800s. I have 2 options to suggest to you - first, join the Sligo Heritage and History Club on Facebook - This is a very active group with very knowledgable people from North Sligo participating. I suggest that you post your story there and I expect you will get a response. Additionally can I suggest that you consider writing a letter (on line) to the editor of the local newspaper, the Sligo Champion, at or The paper edition is widely read and it may result in a response from a member of the public who might know the Gillen family history. Hope that helped. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with Kind regards Tom

    Tom Kelly, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 28th October 2020, 08:03PM
  • Hi Tom, Forgive my delay in replying to your thoughtful note. I appreciate your recomendation to post my story to the Sligo Heritage and Geneology Society. As I was already a member - I took your advice and did just that. Thanks also for the rcomendation re a letter to the Sligo Champion. On one of my first visits to SH&GS - I remember one of the staff saying to me - in re to my research - "The good news is - Gilen is a very common name here in Sligo. The bad news? - Gillen is a very common name!" And so my quest will continue! I hope you'll stay in touch. Once it's safe to allow Amerincans in the country - I hope to get back for a visit. PG



    Paul Gillen

    Tuesday 3rd November 2020, 07:56PM
  • Hi Paul I see your post now I have prompted a cousin from the area to see if he knows anyone who might help Let me know if I can be of further help Kind regards Tom


    Tom Kelly, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 4th November 2020, 07:36PM
  • Hi Paul

    Have you taken a DNA test?  I have tests with FTDNA and Ancestry.  My granmother was Bridget Gilmartin from Carrownamadoo near Grange in Co Sligo. I have a match in the 2nd - 4th cousin with a Mark Francis Gillen who has a Bridget Gilmartin who married a Sean Ban Gillen  in his family tree.  Bridget was born in 1851.  Would this be the same family?

    Kind regards

    Siobhan Mc Gloin



    Monday 16th November 2020, 11:44PM