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For more than ten years I have been researching my family tree on my mother's side, without a great deal of success.

 The very basic information I had on my Irish great-grandfather David Barry was from his marriage certificate and some work records. The marriage certificate shows that David was born in Cork and his father's name was Robert. Unfortunately the various records do not all have the same year of birth; there is a variation of up to six years.  However the day and month of his birth never varies.

It is only recently that I have come to the conclusion that a  baptism record from The Catholic Parish Registers is most probably the right one:   DAVID BARRY BAPTISED 26TH MAY 1838; PARENTS ROBERT BARRY AND ELLEN LEARY.  BALLYTRASNA KILMURRY PARISH. Two sisters Anne Barry born 9th Dec 1841 and Norry Barry born 22nd March 1836 are also listed in the same parish with the same parents.   I do know that DAVID had an older brother, JOHN who emigrated to BOSTON US, because my grandmother, Ann Barry went to Boston in 1903 and stayed with her uncle for a few years.  From US records I discovered that JOHN was born in Ireland in 1835 and his parents were Robert Barry and Ellen Leary.  To date I have not found a baptism record for John.   I have found a marriage record for a Robin Barry and Ellen leary 9th February 1830 Kilmurry parish in the Catholic Registers and have wondered if these are my great- great grandparents. 

My great-grandfather DAVID BARRY left Cork for Wales sometime in his youth and became employed as a signalman with the Great Western Railways; he married Margaret Barry and settled in Aberbeeg Wales where they had eight children; he is buried there.  

It would be wonderful If I could find out more about the area of Ballytrasna and maybe one day connect with some relatives.

Any assistance would be very much appreciated.

Thank you       







Kernow Maid

Tuesday 18th Oct 2016, 10:51AM

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  • Kernow Maid:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    We have a parish liaison for Kilmurry parish. I will send her an e-mail an alert her to your message.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 18th Oct 2016, 04:41PM
  • Thank you.

    Kernow Maid

    Tuesday 18th Oct 2016, 06:20PM
  • My name is Rose Wall and I'm the parish liason for Kilmurry. Apologies for the delay in replying but I was trying to get some information about any Barrys that lived in Ballytrasna.

    I spoke to a retired teacher from Kilmurry today and she remembers a Nonnie Barry who lived in a cottage on the side of the Cork/Macroom road on the Macroom side of Lissarda village in Ballytrasna. She was an elderly woman in the 1960s and when she died the cottage became a ruin but this ruin is still there today. The teacher cannot recall any other relatives nearby. I also spoke to a neighbour who also remembers as a child that her father regularly visited Nonie Barry but also knows of no other relatives. I am asking other close neighbouring farmers for any more information.

    This is the only Barry that was known to live in Ballytrasna.

    I will write back with further updates.

    I have pasted the google map location of the cottage that Nonnie Barry lived in in the 60s, its on the left., the road was widened and the front garden was taken according to the neighbour.,-8.8908602,3a,75y,309.32h,93.95t…;

    Hope this is of interest.



    Kilmurry Cork

    Monday 21st Nov 2016, 10:04PM
  • Hello Rose,

    Thank you so much for your reply I really appreciate you taking the time to gather some information for me.

    I had wondered if it was my great-great grandmother Ellen Leary who was from Ballytrasna and perhaps her husband Robert Barry's family were from another area or Parish.  If only I could find a birth record for my great grandfathers brother John, the uncle that my grandma visited in Boston, it would establish that I have the correct family. His age varies somewhat in the US records but it clearly states that he was born in Ireland and his parents were Robert Barry and Ellen leary.   Certainly most of David Barry's siblings are baptised in Ballytrasna.

    David Barry had a sister Norry Barry, born 1836 Ballytrasna;  she married a John Hallisey 7th Feb 1863  Macroon. Her daughter was Elizabeth (Bessie) Hallisey.  Bessie was my grandmother Ann Barry's first cousin; they travelled together to Boston US in 1903.  Passenger list records for this voyage show that Bessie's mother Norry was living at Ballyvoige P.O Macroon and naturalisation records confirm this.  From family stories  Bessie may possibly have had a sister named Nora but this has not been confirmed.     It would be interesting to know if the Nonnie you mentioned was any relation.  Thank you for the link to the map it is fascinating.  My email is: rosellekid@ if you wish to contact me directly. 

    Thank you so much for your help,








    Kernow Maid

    Friday 25th Nov 2016, 02:35PM

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