Tracing Relations.

Patrick Hogan is trying to trace his relations. His Great-great Grandfather was Michael Hogan (b. 1829- d. 1915) who was married to Mary Kilkeary and they had six children Patrick (my great grandfather)
Peter, Bridget, John, Michael and Mary. He lived in Lorrha where Patrick visited in July 2015. He does have a lot of information gathered already as listed below.  If you think you can help Patrick he can be contacted at:  Estrada de Seac Pai Van, One Oasis – Pena Tower 2, 30E, Coloane, Macau or his father in the US can be contacted at: James E Hogan, 612 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA 19030.

I have been using Ancestry.com to trace my family history. This is what I have so far:

Year Event Source

1829 Birth of Michael Hogan Other Family Trees


1831 Birth of Mary Kilkeary Ireland Census 1901 & 1911


1859 Marriage to Mary Kilkeary Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers 1655-1915

Shinrone, Tipperary and Offaly


1860 Birth of Son – Patrick J Hogan US Census Records and Death Certificate


May 26, 1860, Tubbrid, Ireland

(My Great Grandfather)

1864 Birth of Son – Peter Ireland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1620-1911

February 28, 1864 Ireland Census 1901

Frankford, Kings, Ireland Ireland Census 1911

1866 Birth of Daughter – Bridget Ireland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1620-1911

February 15, 1866

Riverstown, Tipperary, Ireland

1869 Birth of Son – John Ireland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1620-1911

April 25, 1869

Riverstown, Tipperary, Ireland


1871 Birth of Son – Michael Ireland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1620-1911

May 9, 1871

Riverstown, Tipperary, Ireland


1873 Birth of Daughter – Mary Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958

July 13, 1873

Coolross, Tipperary, Ireland


1891 Death of Daughter – Mary Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864-1958

July 3, 1891

Ashpark Townland, Tipperary


1901 Residence – Ashpark Ireland Census 1901

Lorrha East, Tipperary, Ireland

March 31, 1901


1911 Residence- Ashpark Ireland Census 1911(Class RG14)

Lorrha East, Tipperary, Ireland

April 2, 1911


1915 Death – September 1915 Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864-1958



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(116) Leith Daly
Sun, 30 March 2014 23:48:52 +0000

On St Patrick's Day, at the State War Memorial in Kings Park, Perth Western Australia, a wreath was laid by Mr Alan Kelly at the plaque commemorating Martin O'Meara VC.

See "St Pat's Day tribute to our Tipperary VC," reported in the POST newspaper of March 22, page 18. www.postnewspapers.com.au

Highgate RSL members, Kings Park guides, visitors and tourists, including Angela, who writes A Silver Voice From Ireland blog, attended the short but moving ceremony.

Leith Daly

(115) Bernie D'Arcy
Mon, 3 February 2014 09:31:59 +0000

Bernie D’Aarcy in Australia is researching her family history. She is a descendent of Tom D’Arcy 1819 – 1881 from Kilregane in Lorrha who left Ireland in late 1847. She is trying to find out if there are any D’Arcy families or indeed anyone in the area that may also be related to this family as she is trying to piece together some missing pieces. She would love to hear from anyone who may be able to help her to shed light on this family or anyone who may have records that they could share with her. Bernie can be contacted by post at 1 Frayne Court, Highton, Victoria 3216, Australia or by email to bernied067@gmail.com

(114) Patricia Burke
Wed, 8 January 2014 09:34:15 +0000

Patricia Burke is trying to trace her husband’s ancestors who lived in Kilcarron, Lorrha and she has supplied the following information. John Burke ( his father’s name was Martin), married Mary Nolan November 14, 1881 in the Lorrha Roman Catholic Chapel. They had 10 children: Martin born 1883; John Christopher born 1884; James born 1885; Sarah born 1886; Ellen born 1888; Hugh born 1889; Thomas born 1890, Margaret M. born 1896; Winifred born 1898 and Julia born 1900. Patricia notes that the name is also spelled Bourke on the Census which also notes that John Burke ‘Bourke’ lists his birth place as Galway. If you have any information and can help Patricia in any way, she can be contacted by email at patriciaburke@rogers.com or by post to Patricia Burke, 212 Summerfield Drive, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1L 1L3.

(113) Margaret Love
Sat, 4 January 2014 22:52:13 +0000

Happy New Year to Rose , Fr Mulcahy and the kind folk of Lorrha whom we met when researching William Hogan and Annie Doorley and descendants. Special greetings to all Doorley family connections who made us so welcome during our 2011 visit. We are still researching but have had no success finding anything further on Anne Hogan baptised 1/11/1838. The other four children we have baptisms for - Bridget, Michael, Mary and James all emigrated to Australia. It seems a little unusual that there wasn't a son called William after the father. Best wishes Margaret and Brenden Love and Bernice Clarke (Hogan, Doorley, Finnan and Merrigan descendant).

(112) Peter Fitzsimmons
Fri, 29 November 2013 21:18:04 +0000

Peter Fitzsimmons from Queensland, Australia is trying to trace his Lorrha relatives. His great grandfather Thomas was born in Lorrha in 1883 to Thomas Fitzsimmons and Margaret Hoctor and went on to farm there. Thomas Fitzsimons/Fitzsimmons emigrated to Australia on the ship ‘Meridian’ on 10th August 1852. In earlier mentions of Thomas – marriage etc – his surname is spelled ‘Fitzsimons’. However, in this death notice, his name is spelled ‘Fitzsimmons’. Thomas married a Catherine Ryan nee Murphy and raised a large family including Peter's grandfather. He was a cotton farmer in Ipswich which is just outside Brisbane in Queensland. Thomas also had a brother John who was born about 1837 and came out to Australia & raised a family in Victoria. Also a sister Esther (sometimes known as Hester) who was born about 1835 and came out to Australia. Esther died in New South Wales. In the 1901 Census, there is a Margaret Fitzsimons living in House 5 in Lorrha East. She is shown as ‘Not Married’ but this could mean she was a ‘widow’. Peter and his family would be thrilled to hear from anyone who might be able to provide further information on his family. He can be contacted by email at peterfitzsimmons@bigpond.com or by post to 25/2-10 Coolgardie Street, Elanora, Queensland 4221, Australia.

(111) Jim Larkin
Fri, 1 November 2013 20:34:21 +0000

Greetings: Through DNA testing, I have been told that is highly Likely
that we have relations to a Larkin Family who own a farm in Lorrha
My Great Great Grandfather Patrick had a brother- John Larkin - Both Born in the 1820's.....The Larkin Family in Lorrha may have a nephew named David.. I am an exact match to his DNA.......Any help would be great!

(110) Teresa Dillon
Mon, 9 September 2013 14:20:06 +0000

Congratulations once again to Lorrha Development on another outstanding result in the Tidy Towns competition - ye are up there with the best of them!.

(109) Fay Ramsay
Tue, 23 July 2013 04:47:44 +0000

Hi have just received some family history information today and have looked up this area as my gggrandmother was baptised in Lorrha RC parish church on 9th of April 1847. Was hoping I could get some photos of the church and of the town to include in my family history of her. But am a little confused which church it may be. I am from Australia, and her name was Ellen Sheehan and her father was the Sergeant of Police, John Sheehan at this time.

(108) John Moffatt
Mon, 22 July 2013 18:08:36 +0000

Hi, just found Mary REDDEN's baptism 29 Dec 1831 in the Lorrha Catholic Church. Mary Redden and Stephen Moffatt married 15 Aug 1852 at St. Brendan's Catholic Church, Birr, Co. Offaly. Mary's father was Daniel Redden, mother Ann Hough. Baptism sponsors Michael Hough and 'Mrs' Meara. The Moffatt family went to Manchester England c 1857 and lived with my 2nd great-grandfather Thomas Moffett and his family in Irving Street, Hulme.

If you have any connections would be pleased to hear from you.

(107) Pamela Loynes
Sat, 13 July 2013 11:23:19 +0000

Hi Rose and Nora
Last year you did some research for us during our visit to Ireland, tracing my great great grandparents:
JOHN NEVIN & HIS WIFE KATE DOORLEY/DOORLAY/DOORLY with some success and some disappointment – the dream of finding living relatives in Ireland!!!!
You then placed an add in local papers and there were a couple of responses, but nothing definite has emerged yet.
At the time of the request, we had not yet visited Lorrha Parish. When we visited the local Priest there he was able to locate the following entry in the Lorrha & Dorrha Catholic Parish Index to Marriages 1829 – 1903:-
1854/07/20 NAVIN John and DOORLY, Catherine. Unfortunately there was no marriage register in the safe to provide further detail.
It was however reassuring that you listed the same marriage entry in your findings, ... you also found a baptismal record for their son Michael who came out to Australia with them in 1857 on the ‘Parsee’ - all confirmation that we were on the right trail of the correct relatives!!!!
Am now wondering 1) whether you might have access to the Marriage register or other means of obtaining any more detail of the marriage – addresses, family, witnesses etc..
2) Kate Doorley/Doorlay/Doorly ‘s birth origins in Ireland remain a mystery!! Year of birth believed to be 1832 daughter of James Doorley/ Doorlay and ?? Ann Mara... Are you able to check if she came from another county of Ireland prior to marrying John Nevin in Lorrha??? You found her 3 siblings baptismal records for Grange/Lorrha but nothing for her. Am wondering whether it is the same family of children as a sister Bridget has turned up in Oz, (came out with sister Kate on the Parsee!!) but the dates of baptism on your record precede her likely being born!!...how reliable would the baptism info be???
Guess there is a point at which we have to accept that nothing more can be found, but thought another request to follow up on the original inquiry was worth a try!!! Appreciate your efforts, Regards Pamela
Contact Details: Pamela Loynes, PO Box 668, Anngrley 4103, Australia or email: loynesall@bigpond.com

(106) Noreen O'Meara
Fri, 28 June 2013 11:34:21 +0000

Congratulations to the Lorrha Development Committee on a very successful festival. Special thanks to everyone involved in the unveiling of the plaque to my great uncle Martin O'Meara and the other men from the parish who died in the First World War.
It was a very beautiful and moving ceremony, and a day that I will never forget. I hope it is not too long before I am back in Lorrha again.

(105) Stephen Ryan
Fri, 21 June 2013 10:41:24 +0000

People in the area of Lorrha may be interested in this article that appears in Post Newspapers (22 June edition), a free weekly local newspaper serving suburbs of Perth, Western Australia.

Scroll down to page 6, which has the article entitled "It's a close link to Tipperary". The article continues on page 95.


(104) Leith Daly
Tue, 18 June 2013 08:56:08 +0000

Best wishes to all there for the Heritage Festival!

Here in Perth Western Australia the valour and sacrifice of Martin O'Meara VC will be remembered and honoured, as the memorial plaque for him is unveiled in Lorrha on Sunday.

May he rest in peace.
Lest We Forget


(103) Liz Laidlaw
Mon, 3 June 2013 10:58:26 +0000

Liz Laidlaw is trying to trace her relatives. Her Gran’s surname was Horan and she married John Holdsworth Hewitson in Victoria, Australia. Their son Robert William Hewitson married Ann King who came from Devon. Her father was Clement Hewitson the last of nine children to Ann and Robert, but of the nine only four survived.
On her marriage certificate she gave her parents as John Thomas Horan and Johanna Lewis. Liz hasn’t been able to find her on any passenger list, but she does know that her grandmother married Australia in 1858.
Liz says that Lorrha was always mentioned when talking family history as was Birr and even though she has had a researcher look at Birr, there has been no success, so now the focus is on Lorrha. Lis says that any information will be greately appreciated.
Anyone who think they may be able to help you can contact her at 40 Herbert Street, Boronia, Victoria Australia 3155 or by email at pippin4@bigpond.com.au

(102) Jim Larkin
Mon, 3 June 2013 10:34:58 +0000

Jim Larkin is trying to trace his relatives in the parish and would welcome help in trying to piece together his family tree. He has supplied the following information which he hopes will be of help. Patrick Larkin (Great-Great Grandfather) to Ray, Jim, Carol, Joe Liz, Michael) Larkin. Bridget Gill (Great-Great Grand Mother).
Born in or around Lorrha Parish Tipperary County Circa 1825. Married on Nov 27 1845 at St Paul’s Arran Quay (Aside the Quay Wall) in Dublin. Best Man was John Gill (May be Buried in Lorrha Parish Cemetery, bridesmaid Emily Gorman.
Patrick was a Carpenter Builder – 89 North Kings St. Dublin October 1848. He was born around 1816 – 1820 and had a brother John.
Jim can be contacted by phone at 6104492950, or 6106591647 or by post at 5036 Fairway Road, Drexell Hill, PA 19026.

(101) Val Hutchinson
Tue, 28 May 2013 16:04:22 +0000

I am researching my Burke family . John Burke was b 1838 Co Offaly went over to England married , had 4 sons . After the death of his wife he remarried & returned to Lisgreen Lorrha youngest son Hugh Burke came with him He had 5 more children and died in 1895 he is buried at Lorrha .I found Hugh Burke in 1901 census living at house 8 Abbeville with his half siblings both parents now being dead . 1911 census he is on his own a farmer . I believe he spent the rest of his life there don't think he married It would be nice to know when he died
I would love to get information on John Burke b 1838 I have been stuck at this stage for 20 years love to know more Hope someone can help Kind Regards Val ( nee Burke )

(100) Elizabeth Laidlaw
Tue, 28 May 2013 05:55:18 +0000

I am trying to trace my G Grandmother Ellen born ? Lorrha or Birr c.1831/335 to John Thomas Horan & Johanna (Margaret) Lewis. She came to Australia & married here in 1858. Siblings unknown.
Many thanks.
Liz Laidlaw

(99) Elizabeth Laidlaw
Sun, 26 May 2013 05:59:15 +0000

I am trying to trace my g grandmother Ellen Horan who ? came from Lorrha. Her father was John Thomas Horan, farmer & her mother was Johanna Lewis. She was born approx.1835 & came to Australia & married here 1858. Any help appreciated.

(98) James J Larkin
Sat, 4 May 2013 16:58:01 +0000

Through DNA testing, I was informed that my Great Grandfather Patrick Larkin per the following:
I took another look at your DNA results now that your 67 marker test is
complete. Based on your test results combined with my sampling in Ireland, I
conclude strongly that within Larkin Type 01, you are most closely related
to the family that still farms in Lorrha today. Thus, I would say that your
ancestor, Patrick Larkin b. 1816 was highly likely to have been born in
Lorrha Parish, County Tipperary. I believe Patrick was born around 1816 -1820. He was married at St Paul's Arran Quay Dublin in 1885. John Larkin was a brother .. Any information would be great !
Thank You !

(97) Chris Wilkins
Sun, 28 April 2013 01:49:59 +0000

We are researching the Timothy WALKINS family from Sharragh, Lorrha. He was born there 1835- parents John WALKINS and Mary HORAN- sister Mary Walkins.
He became a gold miner in Victoria and Otago NZ and married Ellen BROWNE.Sister Mary married James HEENAN in Victoria AU. We would love to hear from anyone in Lorrha connected to this family.
Chris Wilkins Dunedin NZ

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