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|The Delahunty Family History:
From Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland to Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
by Catherine Delahunty
Chapter 2: Report from Clare Heritage Centre, Corofin
In January 1994 a report was received from the Clare Heritage Centre (Ref 11018) concerning our Clare ancestry. (Requested by Peter and Catherine Delahunty Wellington and Dunedin, New Zealand respectively).
The following is extracted from the report:
According to the Civil Record of the Marriage between John Doolaghty
(Doloughty) and Eliza O’Connor, John was the son of one John Doolaghty,
a labourer. At his marriage in 1864 John’s address was given as
Toureen (Tooreen). This is a townland of approximately 138 acres situated
in the old Civil Parish of Kilraghtis, which along with the old Civil
Parishes of Templemaley and Doora today form the ecclesiastical Parish
In carrying out our research we made a detailed examination of all the Doolaghty families headed by a John Doolaghty who were having children in the 1830 through to the 1850 period. This search uncovered particulars on just one family unit which we believe are the parents of John Doolaghty who was later to marry Eliza O’Connor, the details on this family are as follows:-
John Doolaghty and his wife Bridget Glynn resided at Corebeg, which is a townland of approximately 134 acres situated in the old Civil Parish of Doora. Here they were recorded as having the following children:-
Anne born 1831 obviously died as an infant as there was another Anne
born in 1839. It was tradition in Ireland at that time that when a child
died that the next be given the same Christian name.
The Land Records covering the period are the Griffiths Valuation Books
of 1855. The Griffith Valuation of 1855 was undertaken to determine
the amount of tax each tenant should pay towards the support of the
poor within his Poor Law Union. In addition to giving the name of the
occupier or tenant it provides the name of the immediate lessor, the
name of the townland or city location, the area and value of holding
and the value of the house. These records contain the names of every
householder and every occupier of land during this period.
Church Registers during the last century did not record Deaths. In fact Deaths were not recorded until the commencement of Civil Registration in 1864. Here at the Centre over the past number of months we have been indexing the Civil Death Registers from their commencement in 1864 up until the late 1930 period. We were therefore in a position to examine these and as a result of which I uncovered particulars on the Death of John Doolaghty and his wife Bridget Glynn Doolaghty, the details are as follows:-
The only conflicting information here is that when John Doolaghty died in 1885 his occupation was given as a tailor, while on the Death Certificate of Bridget Glynn Doolaghty in 1893 she was shown to have been the widow of a labourer. However, from doing research down through the years we have found on several occasions that information given on official certificates re occupations can sometimes be inaccurate. It could of course be possible that John Doolaghty was in fact both a labourer and tailor.
The oldest official Census for Ireland dates back to April 1901. We duly examined this for Corebeg but we failed to uncover any mention of a Doolaghty/Delahunty residing in the townland at this period.
Also in the course of our research we examined the later Marriages and Death Registers for that area, but this search again failed to uncover any particulars on either Marriages or Deaths of any Doolaghtys in Corebeg. So it would appear that the family left the area.
Coming back for a moment to the family of John Doolaghty and Eliza O’Connor the Baptismal Registers for the Parish of Doora-Barefield record the following children to the couple:-
The Church Registers for the Parish of Doora-Barefield in which the above children were baptised suggest that the Doolaghty family resided in the townland of Drumdoolaghty, which is an area of approximately 71 acres situated in the Parish of Doora. From the enclosed copy of the old Ordnance Survey Map you will notice that it is a townland adjacent to Tooreen.
The James Doolaghty who acted as a sponsor (god-parent) to Peter Doolaghty in 1872 was in all probability a brother/cousin of John Doolaghty. The Michael Doolaghty and Pat Doolaghty who later acted as sponsors (god-parents) to the younger Doolaghty children were in all probability your grandfather Michael and his brother Patrick as it was tradition in Ireland at that time that older members of the family would act as sponsors (god-parents) to their younger brothers and sisters.
It was a custom in Ireland at that time that sponsors
(god-parents) were in the majority of cases close relatives of the family.
So therefore we felt that it would be worthwhile examining the families
that were listed above as sponsors in an effort to determine whether or
not any connection existed between them and the families of Doolaghty’s
and O’Connor’s, the following is what we uncovered:-
Unfortunately, at the baptisms of the above children the priest neglected to record the family’s townland address. It is very possible that the Mary O’Connor who is listed above as John Sweeney’s wife may in fact have been an aunt of “your” Eliza O’Connor. But of course owing to the age and condition of the existing records we cannot be 100% certain of same.
You will further recall that at Margaret Doolaghty’s baptism in 1869 one Thomas Roughan acted as her god-father. Our records show that a James Roughan was married to one Bridget O’Connor. This couple were recorded having the following children in the Parish of Doora-Barefield:-
Again it may well be possible that the Bridget O’Connor who was married to James Roughan may have been a sister of “your” Eliza O’Connor. On this occasion also the priest neglected to record the townland address of the Roughan family in the Parish of Doora-Barefield.
At Peter Doolaghty’s baptism in 1872 a Mary Clancy acted as a sponsor (god-mother). The records show that a Tom Clancy was married to one Bridget Doolaghty. This couple were recorded as having the following children in the Parish of Doora:-
At the baptisms of the above children the priest recorded the family’s address as Doora.
While the Bridget Doolaghty listed above could not have been a sister of John Doolaghty who was married to Eliza O’Connor, she may well have been his aunt. But again owing to the age and condition of the records we cannot verify this assumption.
Your records in New Zealand would seem to suggest that Eliza O’Connor was the daughter of one Peter O’Connor and Margaret Ryan. In carrying out our research we made a detailed survey of all available Marriages and Baptismal Registers for the County but after an extensive search through same I regret to report that we failed to uncover any mention of this union. This is probably due to the fact that the Church Registers for the Parish of Ennis do not commence until 1842 and even at this time they are riddled with gaps and omissions.
In your correspondence you made mention of a Casey family who are reputed to have been cousins of Eliza O’Connor. From a survey of both the Marriage and Baptismal Registers for Co. Clare we uncovered the following particulars on the family of Patrick Casey and Ellen O’Connor:-
Patrick Casey and his wife Ellen O’Connor were recorded as having 2 children in the Parish of Ennis:-
At the baptisms of the above children the priest again neglected to record information on where exactly in Ennis this family lived. Again it is quite possible that the Ellen O’Connor who was married to Patrick Casey may have been a sister of Peter O’Connor but of course the records are simply not old enough to allow us to establish whether or not this was the case.
I am enclosing with this report copies of old Ordnance Survey Maps highlighting the Parishes and townlands mentioned in addition to copies of articles on the Doora area taken from 1837 and 1987 publications. (Author’s Note: Doora also known as Dowry or Dowrie (Ordnance Survey, 1837).)
This completes our Research. I hope that you are happy
with the results and should you have any further questions or indeed wish
us to carry out some further research please do not hesitate to contact