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I'm looking for information on the Collins family. My 4 x great grandfather Peter Collins was baptised at St Pauls ,Annan Quay, Dublin in 1789. His father, also Peter was baptised in Blanchardstown, presumably somwtime in the 1760s. Unfortunately I only have a first name for his mother - Anne 


Sunday 21st September 2014, 12:44PM

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  • Blanchardstown Catholic Parish records go back further than most, average for rural RC parishes is 1830, with the NLI historic films for the parish covering baptisms from 1774, and marriages from 1775. So not quite early enough for anything for your Peter snr.

    There are transcripts of some slightly records for the parish starting in 1771 on Roots-Ireland (pay-website).

    shanew147, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 21st September 2014, 02:41PM
  • Many thanks Shane. It was actually Roots-Ireland where I garnered most of the information I already have. Considering that most records in Ireland have been lost  for one reason or another ,I'm probably chasing a lost cause. Thanks again

    Graeme Collins


    Sunday 21st September 2014, 04:16PM
  • In the case of early Catholic parishes it's more usually the case that they were not keeping written records rather than any records being lost, mainly due to the effects of the penal laws. It took a while after these laws eased before parish structures etc were established and registers were properly kept.

    shanew147, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 21st September 2014, 04:41PM

    I have Ancestors from Blanchardstown also.....some of them attended St. Bridgids Cath. church there.

    Names: O'Bryan, O'Brien, Bryan, Bryne.....Dowling, Dooling, Doolin, Dowlin......

    My O'Bryan's ended up in Pittsburgh PA


    Mary Neff

    Thursday 10th January 2019, 08:57PM

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