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 My name is J. Michael Drew and I am curreently travelling in Ireland and will be in Dublin by Monday...  I have been researching my ancestors and I have been told that some of them may be burried in St. Colmcille's Church Cemetery
Swords Village, County Dublin, Ireland....  I have searched the website, but have been unable to find anything... I would like to visit this cemetary in Swords next week and am looking for any help in finding out if any of my ancestors are burried there...


I am decended from the Drews, Kelly and O'Connors/ Ryans

My 3rd Great Grandfather was was Michael Connor (1790-   )

He was married to Catherine Magrane (or McGrane)    ( 1790 -)

I have been told that there might be O'Connor or Connor relatives in St. Colmcille's Church Cemetery
Swords Village, County Dublin, Ireland


Any help anyone could give me would be great!  Thank you!   Also, if there are any living, Drew, Kelly or O'Connor relatives around I would love to meet them!


Thanks again



J. Michael Drew


J. Michael Drew ( Mike)

Saturday 16th July 2016, 12:11PM

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  • Unfortunately like many Catholic Parishes there seems to be no historic burial registers for St. Colmcille's Cemetery, Swords. You can see some details and a map on the Dublin Graveyards Directory on the City Library Website. It's listed as Swords (Saint Colmcille's)

    There may be some headstone transcripts online for this cemetery on IGP or etc - if I find any I'll post a link


    shanew147, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 16th July 2016, 12:30PM
  • I found headstone transcripts for St. Colmcille's, Swords on - see here

    Bear in mind that not all families could afford a headstone, so there may never have been one, or possibly there was a headstone at one stage but it weathered badly, or fell over.  There are Kellys, Ryans and one Connor, but I dont see any Drews..

    shanew147, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 16th July 2016, 12:55PM
  • This information is very helpful!!  Thank you so much!!  I see the Kelly infor and the ryans etc...  I wish it allowed me to click on the name for more info so I could see the marker etc...  


    do you know what " AR" in brackets means??  see below....
    Kelly, Patrick, d. 2 Nov 1887, age: 78yr, [AR]

    J. Michael Drew ( Mike)

    Saturday 16th July 2016, 02:07PM
  • AR are the intials on the person who transcribed the headstone inscriptions - in this case all by Anna Ryan, see top of the list. Sometimes for larger graveyards on this system you can see initials for multiple transcribers.

    Some transcript sites include photos of the headstones in additional to transcripts - e.g. IGP archives for Co. Dublin. They do have a listing for 'Swords Church' which based on the photos seems to be St. Colmcille's, but with just three headstones transcribed and with photos - including one O'Connor.. .

    shanew147, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 16th July 2016, 02:32PM
  • This is great info and I believe Anna Ryan is a relative somewhere in the cousins... :-)  thanks for all your help...  I also see there is a huge Historical Graveyard  site Glasnevin Cemetery County Dublin, Ireland:  


    I tried to use their search tool, but as I only knew the birthdate and not the death it didnt give me any info...


    J. Michael Drew ( Mike)

    Saturday 16th July 2016, 02:36PM
  • The Glasnevin records should include date of death or burial (the initial search only shows year) and usually give age at death, and last residence but you need to buy credits to see the full details - you can opt view details of other burials in the same plot, often other family which can help you link together.

    If your family lived in the Swords area I'd start there for deaths and burials, as it a narrower area, so smaller numbers to check. For those that died after the start of Civil registration in 1864 watch for deaths in the registration district of Balrothery on the BMD Index, as this district covered north County Dublin incuding Swords.

    shanew147, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 16th July 2016, 03:13PM
  • Good afternoon, since you mentioned the surnames Ryan and Kelly you might be connected to me somehow, here are some family tree clues I have so far even though this information maybe somewhat incorrect compared to whats in my tree on that my mother manages with my dna.

    Name: Katharine Nolan
    Gender: Female
    Christening Date:
    Christening Place:
    Birth Date: 24 Dec 1873
    Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
    Death Date:
    Name Note:
    Father's Name: Peter Nolan
    Father's Birthplace:
    Father's Age:
    Mother's Name: Mary Ryan
    Mother's Birthplace:
    Mother's Age:
    Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C70155-2
    System Origin: Ireland-ODM
    GS Film number: 255894
    Reference ID:

    Citing this Record:
    "Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), Katharine Nolan, 24 Dec 1873; citing Dublin, Ireland, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 255,894.

    On GedMatch my dna kit number is A352115 and Im a positive dna match with:

    Comparing Kit A352115 (Frank John Nolan) and A532089 (Joan Kelly)
    Comparing Kit A352115 (Frank John Nolan) and M536144 (rebecca kelly)
    Comparing Kit A352115 (Frank John Nolan) and T149290 (Shaun Kelly)
    Comparing Kit A352115 (Frank John Nolan) and T301851 (Patrick Kelly)

    Best regards
    Frank John Nolan
    Virginia Beach, Va


    Sunday 22nd October 2017, 05:13PM
  • On with my dna kit number A352115 Im also a positive dna match with:

    Comparing Kit A352115 (Frank John Nolan) and T411378 (*C O'Connor)

    Frank :-)


    Sunday 22nd October 2017, 05:19PM
  • Hello from Chicago,

    Have you done your DNA?  The Heritage Center in Swords could be very helpful to you.  It is run by Bernadette Marks who is very competent.

    My Great Grandmother is Ellen Mary Connor (1839-1906) married to Michael Savage (1833-1897) with both buried at St. Colmcille's.

    My grandmother was McGrane born in Swords and died in Chicago.  She married Henry Savage.  I have an extnsive McGrane Tree but I only go back to about 1850.  I would be happy to share with you.  My e-mail is             All the best,  Paddy


    Monday 28th May 2018, 09:01PM
  • Hello again,  Just read your 2nd post.  So my great grandparents were married on May 17, 1858 and one of the witnesses was Thomas McGrane.  My great, great grandparents were Nicholas Connor and Mary nee Kiernan.  I am wondering if your Connor ancestor is a brother to Nicholas or even a son of Nicholas.    Paddy Savage

    Thursday 4th October 2018, 02:41PM
  • Hello,  I have found my ggg grandparents who are also the same ones as yourself.  I have an extensive tree.  I am going to e-mail you right now.

    Patrick J. Savage   



    Monday 8th July 2019, 08:39PM
  •  Nicholas Hello Again,

    Michael Connor and his wife Catherine McGrane who were married in Lusk on April 5, 1795 begot 3 children:  Nicholas who is also mine and your gg grandfather, Richard whose family I have found in Mt. Sterling, IL, and Margaret.                                         Nicholas married in Lusk to Ellen Kiernan/Kernan.  They begot 5 children:  Margaret, my great grandmother Ellen Mary who married Michael Savage (Grave is in St. Colmcilles), Bridget, James, Mary Catherine (Your ancestor), and Peter.              Let me know when you get my e-mail.    All the best,  Paddy







    Monday 8th July 2019, 08:56PM
  • Hello Again,  Just checking to see if you received my e-mail.  All the best, Patrick (Paddy) Savage of Chicago.


    Wednesday 14th August 2019, 09:43PM