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My gggrandfather Michael Callaghan was born in Effin in 1838 to John Callaghan and Honora Carroll.  John took him and his siblings Kate, James and William to Australia in 1858 (we think after Nora died) then he married and came to America.  I am looking for any information about Nora or John.  Thanks.


Tuesday 29th May 2012, 10:35PM

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  • Hi there,

    You coukd first try checking the local church records in Effin to see if they are recorded there.

    There are Roman Catholic church records available for the diocese of Effin and Gamenderk (Limerick). These date from 1843 for both baptismal and marriage records. You can find these at the National Library of Ireland, Pos. 2427. If you have any difficulty, you could try writing to the parish priest for more assistance. It might seem late in date, but it can be surprising what a local priest can find out for you.

    How do you know that Michael was born in Effin?

    You could also try checking the land records called the Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38) or the later Griffith's Valuation (1848-64). Griffith's is freely available here: or here: Failte Romhat has lots of other useful links you could try looking at. Tithe Applotment Books (1823-38). Microfilm copies of the books for all of Ireland are available at the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) or the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS).

    Have you checked the immigration records in Australia? You have the name of the ship and a date, so this will help a lot. Generally, more information was given at the port of arrival rather than the port of departure. The University of Woolongong has produced, on microfiche, a complete index and transcript of all information concerning immigrants of Irish origin recorded on ships' passenger lists between 1848 and 1867. These are useul for finding out an exact place of origin as well as parents' names. The Public Record Office of Victoria has good online databases of settlers at Otherwise, other records may be found in the Colonial Office Papers of the UK National Archives, class reference CO 201. This class contains a wide variety of records, including petitions for assisted passages, emigrants' lists, records of emigrants on board ship, peitions from settlers for financial assistance and much more.

    There are estate records for the area of Effin. The landlord the Earl of Kingston: Rental, 1840. National Library of Ireland (NLI) Ms. 3276. All tenants.

    Please make sure you link anyone else in your family who is interested in their Irish heritage to our site - and indeed anyone else you know of Irish heritage.

    Kind regards,

    Sinead Cooney

    Genealogist (Ireland XO)







    Friday 8th Jun 2012, 02:35PM
  • Thank you, Sinead,

    I had already contacted the parish priest about 10 years ago and various places in Australia and have quite a bit of information.  I know Michael was baptized in Effin because it was on his marriage certificate in Melbourne.  The ship records gave his father and siblings names (they sailed on the Bee, out of Liverpool, in October 1858) and that was all verified by the Limerick Archives and the parish records.  The Tithe Allotment books and Griffiths were a bit of a dead end, but I was just beginning to kearn how to do genealogical research at the time.  I will revisit them.  I had no idea the estate records were available.  That is a brilliant idea. 


    Thank you again for your help.





    Friday 8th Jun 2012, 03:34PM
  • I recently moved back home to Effin and am interested in Genealogy and Local history.   There are still O'Callaghans living in the parish if you like i can make enquiries.

    Ann Marie


    ann marie kennedy

    Sunday 25th Nov 2012, 05:43PM
  • all graves are uploaded onto the website. 


    Effin Graveyard

    Kilquane Graveyard -


    this may help in your search

    Ann Marie Kennedy

    Monday 2nd Jan 2017, 09:38PM

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