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Seeking information on the ancestors of William Brien (O'Brien) 1840-1920 and his wife, Johanna Connelly 1845-1939. They were married sometime prior to 1873 in St. Patrick's Church, Dunmanway. They resided in Kilbarry, where they had twelve children. Seven of the children (Daniel, Timothy, Nora, Mary, Bridget, William and Annie) immigrated to the US and settled in Massachusetts. Four (Michael, James, Catherine, and Julia) are believed to have stayed in the area around Dunmanway. Have information on those in America, seeking info on those who remained in Ireland. 


Friday 24th June 2016, 02:01AM

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  • Phil:

    Hello again! is a free Irish government site which has the records for Dunmanway parish up to 1880. Also here is a link to the parish register and again records stop in 1880.   I located baptismal records for Timothy September 3 1874 Hanora December 28 1876 Mary October 12 1878

    I was not able to find the marriage record. According to Johanna/Hannah's answer on the 1911 census, they were married around 1870-1871. She also indicated 11 living children out of 12 births.

    The 1901 and 1911 census records are below.

    Roger McDonnell


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 24th June 2016, 05:41PM
  • Roger,

    Thanks so much for your help with the Collins and O'Brien families. I appreciate you taking the time. I also searched the Parish records without much success for the marriage record of Wm and Johanna. I have found Baptism records for the Collins children and some of the O'Briens. 

    Thanks again,



    Saturday 25th June 2016, 01:58PM
  • Hi Phil - I'm interested in your O'Brien and Collins links. 

    I have an Ellen Collins (bc1805) as 'mother-in-law to' my James BRYAN -living in London 1881 

    (James's parents John & Mary (nee Leary) Brien of Dunmanway/Dromleigh/Bandon)

    Ellen's daughter  Catherine Collins  bc1844 in Bantry.'  

    My Brien''s were in Dunmanway/Bandon areas (plus other areas in between!) 






    Saturday 26th September 2020, 05:49AM
  • I have an Ellen Collins (bc1805) - shown as 'mother-in-law' 1881 census - staying with her daughter Catherine (bc1844 Bantry) married to MY James Brien - son of John & Mary Brien (nee Leary) of Dunmanway/Bandon/Dromleigh +.





    Saturday 26th September 2020, 08:14AM
  • Hello bunty

    Thanks for your input. Since my initial post, here's what I've found. On my O'Brien side, my ggrandfather, William Brien was born in Shanacashil, Cork in Apr of 1840. His parents are listed as William Brien Sr. and Norry Horgan. Sponsors at his Baptism were Daniel Brien and Joan Manley. 

    William Jr married Johanna Connelly on 26 May 1872 in Drimoleague Parish. Witnesses were Denis Connelly and John Murray. Johanna Connelly was born Aug 1851 in Cooragannive, Cork. Baptised in Caheragh Parish 31 Aug 1851. Sponsors were Pat Connolly and Anne Browne. Johanna's parents were Cornelius Connelly and Johanna O'Brien. Another name that keeps appearing on this side is Crowley,

    On my Collins side, my grandfather was John Collins, born 3 Jan 1876, Killinga, Cork. His parents were Thomas Collins (b. 1841) and Mary McCarthy (b 1842). Sponsors at his Baptism in Kilmacabea Parish were Joseph Brien and Margaret McCarthy. Thomas Collins' parents were John Collins and Mary Flynn. Mary McCarthys' parents were Dennis McCarthy and Hanora Hurley. 

    I've not found any relatives on either side who migrated to England, but your history is a little earlier, so I wouldn't rule out a possible connection in previous generations. I've had my dna done and am connected to and 




    Saturday 26th September 2020, 03:43PM