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I am looking for information about my grand uncle, John Prendergast and his wife, Bridget (Forristal) Prendergast. Particularly about their children and grandchildren.

What I know about John and Bridget so far is the following:

John was born on August 24, 1903, in Thomastown, Inistioge, Kilkenny. His father was Patrick Prendergast who was a farmer and his mother was Julia (Hayden) Prendergast. John was one of five children. His other brothers were William Joseph (my grandfather who emigrated to the United States), Peter who became a Catholic priest and was assigned to the Diocese of Brentwood and Nicholas whom I know nothing about other than he was born on September 29, 1900, he never married and died on December 11, 1965. John had a sister Margaret whom I know nothing about other than she was born On December 4, 1898 and never married. I do not know when Margaret passed away.

I believe John was a farmer and later a retired taxi driver. He passed away on November 9, 1969.

Bridget Forristal was born on December 8, 1902 in Thomastown, Inistioge, Kilkenny. Her father was Richard J Forristal whom I believe was a shopkeeper/baker. Her mother was Anne (Malone) Forristal. I do not know if Bridget had any brothers or sisters. I know nothing else about Richard and Anne. 

I believe Bridget passed away on July 16, 1962 at the age of 59 but I am not 100% certain.

John and Bridget were married on August 21, 1929 in Thomastown.

They had two children, John and Paddy. I know nothing about John and little about Paddy other than Paddy married a woman named Clare. I believe John married but I do not know to whom. I do not know when they were born and whether they are still alive or have passed away.

I believe they both had children and likely grandchildren. I know nothing about their children who would be my first cousins in Ireland.

I believe a Marie Prendergast, who owns/owned a bed and breakfast in Mullinavat, Kilkenny, is a relative. 

Anyinformation about John and Bridget and their children and grandchildren is very much appreciated.

As is any information about these families of Prendergasts, Haydens, Forristals and Malones.

In the interim, I will continue to research my families in Ireland.

Thank you.

Bill Prendergast


Thursday 13th May 2021, 07:38PM

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  • Bill:

    We can start with the Forristals first.

    Richard Forristal and Alice Malone married in 1900  see first record…

    Richard died in 1903  first record…

    The 1911 census shows Alice and Bridget but Alice indicates two living children. However, I was unable to find another Forristal civil birth record with Richard and Alice as parents…

    I did not find a good lead on a death record for Alice.


    Patrick died 1925  third record…

    Julia died in 1943 first record…

    We only have access to civil records as follows on the free site  births thru 1920, marriages thru 1945 and deaths thru 1970. Likely Margaret died post 1970. We won't find the birth records for John and Bridget's children since post-1920 and their marriage records would be post 1945.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 13th May 2021, 08:12PM
  • Roger,

    Thank you for this very helpful information. I very much appreciate it. I have used for some of my research but I sometimes do not have enough information to narrow my research. Thank you for narrowing it!

    Can you help direct me to where I can find information about John and Bridget Prendergast's children John and Paddy?

    Thank you again!



    Friday 14th May 2021, 05:01PM
  • Roger,

    Thank you for this very helpful information. I very much appreciate it. I have used for some of my research but I sometimes do not have enough information to narrow my research. Thank you for narrowing it!

    Can you help direct me to where I can find information about John and Bridget Prendergast's children John and Paddy?

    Thank you again!



    Friday 14th May 2021, 05:01PM
  • Bill:

    There are no other records online to help you. Have you contacted Marie Prendergast?


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 15th May 2021, 01:47PM


    Do you have a phone number or email address for Marie Prendergast so I can contact her?

    Thank you.



    Monday 17th May 2021, 07:59PM
  • Bill:

    Most Internet sites for B+Bs do not show the owner's names. I found one B+B here   but you need to do some searches to see if there are more.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 18th May 2021, 02:42PM
  • Hi Roger,

    I've not had any success over the past months in getting conecting to the Marie Prendergast you mentioned above. Did this Marie marry a Prendergast? And if so, do you know whom she married?

    Since was last corresponded in May, I believe I found another Marie Prendergast (not the same one) who was the daughter of John Prendergast and Bridget Forristal and the sister to John (I believe born in April 1930) and Paddy (I believe born in April 1935).

    John married a Claire Hannigan (who died on October 25, 2017----I cannot locate her birth date). I know from Claire's obituary in Kilkenny People that they had three children Dermot, Cora and Orla.

    Paddy married a woman by the first name of Clare (I have a couple letters Clare wrote to my mother when my mother was alive but Clare's maiden name is not mentioned). I do not know if Paddy and Clare had any children.

    So any help you can provide me in finding additonal information about both Marie Prendergasts' and Claire (nee Hannigan) Prendergast and Clare (nee??) Prendergast is very much appreciated.

    As a side note, I have researched and found much information on other Irish families of mine in Conmys, Clearys, McGrath's, and Conways and on my wife's Irish families of Dalys, Deegans, Finleys and Clarks. It is a great journey to be on.

    Many thanks!



    Friday 15th Oct 2021, 04:05PM
  • HI,

    My Great Grand Father was Michael Prendergast of Ballyshane Inistioge Kilkenny. He died 15th July 1923.

    I believe Bridget Forristal Prendergast is in the same gaveyard at St.Mary's Cemetery in Inistioge Kilkenny. There are pictures of the gaves.

    Here is the link:…

    This is the text on her grave.

    Erected by | EDWARD KELLY | of Inistioge | in memory of his beloved wife | ALICE KELLY | who died 29th March 1886 | aged 72 years | Also his Son JAMES who died | 29th Novr. 1867, aged 14 years | Pray for the soul of the above named | EDWARD KELLY | who died 30th May 1887 aged 78 yrs | R.I.P. | In loving memory of | The FORRISTAL family Inistioge, | Also BRIDGET PRENDERGAST nee FORRISTAL Inistioge | Died 16th July 1962 | Rest in Peace


    Michael's mother was Mary Malone and his wife was Hanora McGrath. I saw you said you have some MacGraths

    This is his grave:

    Erected by | Mrs. HONORA PRENDERGAST | Ballyshane in moving memory | of her husband, | MICHAEL PRENDERGAST, who died | 15th July 1923 aged 75 yrs. | Also her father-in-law | FRANK PRENDERGAST who died | 20th Jan. 1893 aged 79 yrs. | And her mother-in-law | MARY PRENDERGAST nee MALONE | who died 17th June 1850 aged 35 yrs. | Also her daughter | MARGARET PRENDERGAST, who died | 30th March 1906 aged 16 yrs. | And her grandson | MICHAEL PRENDERGAST, | who died young. | Her son FRANCIS died 19. Mar. 1967 | Her daughter-in-law BRIDGET | Died 8. April 1977, | Their two grandchildren died young | R.I.P.

    There are other Prendergast graves at St.Mary's

    Also think I found your Patrick and Julia living at Kilmackshane, Ballyvool, Kilkenny in 1901 and 1911 Census of Irleand

    I'm so excited that I found this connection. 


    Eileen DeLong

    Thursday 24th Mar 2022, 04:43PM
  • Thank you, Roger and Eileen,

    This information about the Prendergasts, Malones, Kellys and Forristals is very helpful. I have a lot to sort through as I confirm the exact connections to my Prendergast family ancestry. It does appear that Michael Prendergast is somehow connected to my Kilkenny Prendergast family, as is Mary Malone.

    I need to find Michael's connection mto my family, if there is one.

    My Malone relatives I have found to date are:

    Alice Malone (born 26 December 1870; died 11 September 1929) who married Richard J Forristal (born 19 January, 1867; died 17 January 1903), and Joseph Malone who I believe was Alice's father. Mary may be related to Alice and/or Joseph?

    I continue to try to find the children of John Prendergast and Bridget Forristal with no success to date. I believe they may be sons John (who married a Claire?) and Patrick (who married a Clare and often wrote to my now deceased mother Peg; last letter I have is dated February 8, 2008; Clarre Prendergast sent it from Kilmacshane, Thomastown, Kilkenny) born in the 1930s. 

    And I am still trying to find my family connection to Marie Prendergast.

    Thank you. Bill Prendergast














    I continue to try ro research


    Monday 28th Mar 2022, 08:30PM
  • Hi Bill, John & Bridget Prendergast of Inistioge had 3 sons & 4 daughters, John (married Clare and had 3 children), Paddy(married Marie and had 5 children), Dick ( married Nuala and has 2 children) Alice (married John and had no children), Margaret (married Billy and had no children), Bridget (married Michael and had one child ) & Julie (married Paddy and had 2 children). Bridget and Julie are still alive. I am Julie's daughter Vivienne






    Vivienne Doyle Maguire

    Friday 22nd Jul 2022, 02:47PM
  • Vivenne,

    Thank you for this family information. I very much appreciate it.

    Am I correct in my understanding that John Prendergast married Claire (nee Hannigan) and their three children are Orla, Cora and Dermot? What more can you tell me about their family? I understand Claire passed away in October, 2017. Do you know when and where she was born? When and where John was born and passed away? 

    Can you tell me more about Paddy and Marie's family? Her maiden name and their childrens' names? Dick and Nuala's family? Her maiden name and their childrens' names? Margaret and Billy's last name? Bridget and Michael's family, his last name and their child"s name? And your mother and father, his last name and your sibling's name?

    I believe you and I are related. My grandfather is William Prendergast, who emigrated to the United States in !915, married Hannah Conmy, and had two sons, John (my father, born in 1927, passed away in 1993) and William, my uncle. I believe your grandfather is John Prendergast and that William and John were brothers.

    If you would like to know more about the generational Prendergast family in the United States, please let me know, I will be happy to do so. We can agree on another format to do so.

    Thank you.
















    Friday 5th Aug 2022, 06:38PM
  • Hi I'm a relative of Marie Prendergast just wondering if you want to forward your contact details to me. Thanks 

    Colette Prendergast

    Tuesday 30th Aug 2022, 04:42PM

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