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John Lahiff and Eliza Fitzgerald

Looking for information on John Lahiff born circa 1845 in County Clare and his wife Eliza Fitzgerald. Their children were baptized in St Columba Church in Carran. Any info on Lahiff’s from this area  John’s death certificate says his parents were John Lahiff and Bridget (no maiden name) Eliza’s death certificate says her parents were Patrick and Bridget Fitzgerald  May have gone to South Australia or Melbourne briefly around 1864-1866 then returned to Burren area near Carran  Possibly Kilcorney or Ballydoora    In 1870’s went to America with mother Bridget Lahiff through Ellis Island to Newport Rhode Island where Son Patrick died and daughter Mary Ellen born before returning to Burren Carran County Clare  stayed until late 1880’s and returned again to America Rhode Island



Sunday 24th March 2019, 09:07PM

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  • Dear browjan:

    Thanks for your post to the Ireland Reaching Out message board.

    The parish register for Carron is held within the Diocese of Galway.  It is available online for free under the National Library of Ireland athough, it only begins in 1853.  Here is the link:

    I see that the baptism register has been transcribed through the Clare Library website and here is the link:

    You may already be aware of this.  You might look to see where this family resided before they left for the U.S. and/or Australia.  If there were other family members in the same area, they may have remained.  You can then trace them forward through the 1901 and 1911 Censuses.  


    Please let me know if you have any questions and I will try to assist you.  If you have not looked at the Clare Library website, you should definitely take a look at it.

    The very best of luck with your research,


    Kind regards,



    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Wednesday 27th March 2019, 04:17PM