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My name is Maurice Cotter and am tryin to locate info on the James Cotter and Abigail Mannix family. Their 6 children were baptized in Cloyne Parish while living in Ballycurrane. The names of the children are: Patrick 1804, James@John 1807, Ellen 1809, John 1811, Michael 1814 and Maurice 1816 my Ggrandfather.

My wife and I spent 2 weeks last summer driving Ireland and spent time in Cloyne and tried to find Ballycurrane, however, we were told by a farmer near there that it was farmland. His name was John Cotter and had a brother that owned Cotter's Pub a few k's down the road in Arglish.; or something like that.

Maurice Cotter joined the Loyal National Repeal Assoc. on 3 Feb. 1844. and came to the U.S. around 1848. Maurice became a very successful farmer in Mt. Olive, Illinois. I am the last Maurice and I hold his enrollment card and very proud. We came home and tell everyone who asks " Ireland is the prettiest country we have traveled to.

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Monday 10th March 2014, 08:17PM

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  • Dear Maurice

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out and apologies for the delay in replying to your message. 

    As you can see from the link below, Cloyne is a Civil Parish in East Cork:

    Records for the corresponding Roman Catholic Parish of Cloyne begin in 1791 for baptisms and 1786 for marriages. There are some missing dates, notably between 1793 and 1803 for some marriages records. There are 3 Ballycurrane townlands in Ireland according to the 1851 Index of Townlands. From the link you can see that none of the 3 is in Co. Cork:

    What may be the case, as your farmer friend told you while you were last here, is that Ballycurrane is an area smaller than a townland, perhaps a field name of small cluster of houses. One way to try to locate it would be to take a look at the Ordnance Survey Historical Maps. You can pan across the map and zoom into individual areas. You can use the ?Preview Map Series? panel on the right-hand-side of the map to decide which map you want to view. I would suggest the historic maps listed on the panel.  I attach the link here:,591271,743300,0,10

    Have you already looked at the sites suggested below to find further records: has a huge database of genealogical records including some church records for Ireland. have begun a project to upload Irish church records to their site free of charge. However so far only Counties Dublin, Kerry, Carlow and parts of Cork have been covered.

    Some other websites that may be helpful are:

    Ask About Ireland: where you can see the Griffith?s Valuation for free

    The National Archives of Ireland:

    Remember to post any new information that you find here. The more information you post, the more likely it is that one of our volunteers will be able to advise or assist you. Also include information concerning which sources you may have already used so others may further your search.

    Best of luck with your search

    Clare Doyle

    Clare Doyle

    Tuesday 1st April 2014, 08:10AM