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I am trying to trace descendants of the Clarkes of Shelagh/Sheelagh, Creggan Upper.  My grandfather, John Clarke, was born there in June 1866.  His father was Patrick Clarke, Farmer, and mother Mary nee Ward.  John had several siblings; those known were Michael, born Sep 1863; Ann, born Dec 1864; Thomas, born Sep 1868; Catherine, born Apr 1870; Mary, born May 1872 and Margaret, born Aug 1874.  It's possible the family could have farmed in the Kilcurry/Roskeagh area.  . 

Madeleine J Clarke

Tuesday 26th Aug 2014, 07:42PM

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  • Madeline:

    Kilcurry is in Ballymacscanlan civil parish in the Dundalk registration district. I located the 1873 civil birth index record below for a John Clarke. Possibly this is your GF. There was also an 1871 record in the Dundalk district.

    I assume John left for England before 1901? I did find this 1901 census record for a Patrick Clarke widower in Faughart Upper townland in Ballymacsanlan parish. No idea if this is the father of John but I thought I would share the record. You can get a copy of the birth record for around 4 euros from the General Register Office. Here is the link.

    Print the form, fill it out and mail to the GRO. They will e-mail the record back to you if requested.

    Roger McDonnell…



    First name(s) John
    Last name Clarke
    Registration year 1873
    Registered quarter/year 1873
    Registration district Dundalk
    Volume 17
    Page 748

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 26th Aug 2014, 08:26PM

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