Thank you very much for your message. I hope that someone who has information on this family makes a connection with you.
In the meantime have you tried looking for information on those who stayed behind in civil records? Civil records are available from the General Register?s Office in Dublin. Here is their website:
You can search the indexes to these records up until 1958 online at:
For records prior to 1864 you will have to look in church records. Most Catholic records are held locally so you may need to write to the local parish priest for possible assistance. One website that you may find useful is the Irish Times where they give an overview of what records are available in specific parishes. It also shows you where copies of the records are available.Coolkerry civil parish is actually a part of Rathdowney Catholic parish. For Rathdowney parish, follow this link:
Most surviving Church of Ireland records are still held by the local clergy, although some are in the National Archives of Ireland and others are in the Representative Church Body Library in Dublin. Here are their websites: http://www.nationalarchives.ie/ and http://ireland.anglican.org/about/42
Lists of these surviving registers can also be found at the National Library of Ireland.
Also you could try checking the 1901/1911 census records to see if you can find any possible descendents in the area: http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/
Some other websites that you may find useful are:
The National Archives of Ireland http://www.nationalarchives.ie/genealogy1/genealogy-records/introduction/
The National Library of Ireland http://www.nli.ie/en/family-history-introduction.aspx
Family Search: www.familysearch.org
Genealogy Links: http://www.genealogylinks.net/uk/ireland/laois/index.html
I hope that some of this is helpful. Please be patient - as our programme has only begun to rollout across the island of Ireland and volunteers in some areas may not yet be organized.