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"Hello" fellow genealogy researchers. My GGG Grandparents were Richard Conolly and Margaret (Peggy) Dwyer married in Dunnamaggan in March 1832. Their son, John Joseph Connolly was baptised in Dunnamaggan, 29 June 1832. They also had a son Michael Conolly who was baptised in Dunnamaggan on 19 Nov 1833.

John Joseph Conolly, my GG Grandfather, emigrated to Australia, and arrived in Moreton Bay, Brisbane on the ship “New Great Britain” in January 1857.

 John Joseph Conolly married Mary Ann O’Neil, who was also from County Kilkenny, on 5 July 1857, in Brisbane, Australia. John Joseph’s Connolly died on the 24 June 1907. His death certificate states that he was born in Ballakay, Kilkenny, Ireland. Perhaps this is a mis-spelling of Ballyhale, Kilkenny, Ireland.  The spelling of the surname Conolly was subsequently changed by my G Grandfather to Connolly.

From my research, it seems that various Conolly families in Australia had close ties with various members of the extended Power family.

As an Australian, proud of my Irish ancestory, I am interested to learn more of the history of the Conolly / Connolly family from Dunnamaggan, Kilkenny, Ireland.


Mark Connolly

Saturday 1st Apr 2017, 06:39AM

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  • Hi Mark

    Perhaps it was Killahy; these are from the Tithe Applotments (free at


    ConnollyThomas Corbally Fiddown Kilkenny 1828

    ConnollyThomas Templeorum Fiddown Kilkenny1828

    ConnollyMichl Ballintubber Killahy Kilkenny1827

    ConnollyJames Ballyknockbeg Killahy Kilkenny1827

    ConnollyWilliam Dangen Kilmacow Kilkenny1828

    ConnollyPatrk Kilmurry Rathpatrick Kilkenny1833

    ConnollyWm Urlingford Urlingford Kilkenny1833

    ConnollyWmWilingfordUrlingford Kilkenny1833

    The address on John's baptism (from is Tinvawn

    Name:John ConollyDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:29-Jun-1831Address:TinvawnParish/District:DUNNAMAGGINGender:MaleCountyCo. Kilkenny
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:Richard ConollyMother:Margaret DwireOccupation:
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1:Margaret Phelan

    On Michael's it's Tinvaon

    Here's another sibling $ it's Kilossory this time

    Name:Bridget ConnelyDate of Birth:
    Date of Baptism:12-Apr-1836Address:KilossoryParish/District:DUNNAMAGGINGender:FemaleCountyCo. Kilkenny
    Denomination:Roman Catholic
    Father:Richard ConnelyMother:Margaret DwyerOccupation:
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1:Richard DevereuxSponsor 2 /
    Informant 2:Ellen Dwyer

    I couldn't find death/burial records for Richard or Margaret I'm afraid.


    ColCaff, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 1st Apr 2017, 09:19AM

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