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My great-grandmother, Sarah O'Connor, was born c. 1845ish in Old Court, Clough, Co. Laois.  She was one of 7 children born to Michael O'Connor (from Coolacurragh) and Sarah Delaney (from Whitepark).  We were told that the O'Connors were "evicted" from their home on a farm estate at Coolacurragh (during the famine) and provided with a rat-infested cottage to occupy in Old Court.  They were obviously luckier than those who were simply thrown out.  Sarah left Ireland in the late 1860s, but I believe most of her siblings stayed behind.   If you have any connection with this family I would love to hear from you.


Friday 12th April 2013, 01:32AM

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  • Hi,

    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: and


    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:

    Some other websites that you may find useful are:

    The National Archives of Ireland

    The National Library of Ireland

    Family Search:

    Genealogy Links:

    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.

    Kind regards,    

    Genealogy Support


    Emma Carty

    Thursday 23rd May 2013, 12:36PM
  • Hello All,  Looks like I am a little late to the conversation.  My great grandfather was John Connor born in 1842. His death record indicates he was from Killermogh.  I do not have his parents names but I have identified a Michael Connor and Mary Delaney from coolacurragh who had a son named John in 1842.  I also found the following:   Mary Connor 1832 born to Mick Connor and Sarah Delaney; William (1834) John (1838) and sally (1844) born to Mick Connor and Sally Delaney.  Wondering if my John may be related to this Delaney family?  My John came to USA in 1863.  The old family story says he came over with 2 brothers and his father but I’ve not been able to confirm it. Hoping one of you may have some info to help me?  Also I have my male Conner line DNA results posted on Ancestry and Family Tree DNA.  Let me know if any of you have also posted to one of these sites. Thanks! larry










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