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Hello - My 2GGrandfather, Thomas Feeny was born in 1830 and raised in Carranduff.  He was the son of James Feeny and Kitty Hanley. Siblings, Nappy Born 1826, Catherine Born 1828, Anne Born 1833, Daniel Born 1838, &James Born 1836. I found Baptism information for the siblings on  Am wondering where those that didn't immigrate may have been buried. ( Roman Catholics.)  Thomas immigrated to Schuylkill Haven, PA, USA.  Anne lived in Providence, RI, USA.  I found an advertisement  in the Boston Pilot from Anne requesting the whereabouts of Thomas.  Apparently he was a bad brother and hadn't written in 3 years...  Any information on the Feenys or Hanleys would be greatly appreciated.


Thursday 16th April 2020, 12:25AM

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  • Carranduff (in Irish, An Corrán Dubh, meaning "the black crescent" or "the black hook"), is in the parish of Kilglass on the north coast of Sligo.  You can find more info about the townland at this link:

    I don't know the origin of the name, but interestingly the parish as a whole is shaped a bit like a sickle or hook.

    At the above link, there are links to other records, such as Griffith's Valuation.  I checked that link, and there was only one Feeny listed as a tenant in Carranduff, Owen Feeny.  Perhaps he was the father of your James, or an older brother.

    The parish records for Kilglass which are available online go back to 1825 and, unlike most parishes, they include a register of deaths, along with the usual registers of baptisms and marriages.  You can find the records at this link:


    Thursday 16th April 2020, 06:17PM
  • I thought I would add, in case you're interested, that the (O')Feen(e)y surname originated in northern Connacht, probably a bit further south in Sligo and Roscommon.  According to MacLysaght's Surnames of Ireland, the older form of the name in Irish was Ó Feinneadha, and the more modern form is Ó Fiannaidhe, both meaning "descendant of the soldiers", and they were a sept (a branch, or a "seed") of the royal Uí Fiachrach dynasty, about which Wikipedia has an interesting article at this link:

    The surname Feeney is also found in Galway, but MacLysaght says they may be a branch of the one mentioned above.


    Thursday 16th April 2020, 06:33PM
  • Thank you, Kevin45sfl.  I appreciate your response!


    Saturday 2nd May 2020, 09:29PM