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Irish Records: Sources for Family and Local History
by James G Ryan

Ireland: A Genealogical Guide,
the authors begin with a recap of basic search strategies...



Limerick Londonderry Longford Louth Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly

(books are listed by county and in alpha order by parish/diocese/townland/area)

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The Families of County Limerick Ireland: Over One Thousand Entries from the Archives of the Irish Genealogical Foundation (Book of Irish Families Great & Small, Vol 5)
by Michael C. O'Laughlin
Parish:  Ardpatrick
Title:  Reflections, Historical & Topographical on Ardpatrick, Co Limerick
Author(s):  John Fleming
Publisher:  Privately
Year:  1979

Title:  The Auld Town: A Chronicle of Askeaton, Co Limerick
Author(s):  Cronin, Patrick
Publisher:  Askeaton Civic Trust
Year:  1995

Parish:  Askeaton
Title:  Ballysteen: The People and the Place
Author(s):  John M. Feheney
Publisher:  Iverus Publications
Year:  1998

Parish:  Askeaton
Title:  Eas Cead Tine "The Waterfall of the Hundred Fires": Askeaton - 800 years of History
Author(s):  Cronin, Patrick J.
Publisher:  Askeaton Civic Trust
Year:  1999

Parish:  Ballina
Title:  Ballina/Boher Parish, Our History and Traditions
Author(s):  Kevin M. Griffin, Kevin A. Griffin
Publisher:  Ballina Killoloe Pring, Ballina, Killaloe, Co. Tipperary
Year:  2000

Parish: Ballingarry, Granagh and Clouncagh
Book: Ballingarry, Granagh and Clouncagh - Archival
Author: Christy Kerins
Date: April 2000
Publisher: Christy Kerins, 4 Thorndale Drive, Artane, Dublin 5

Parish:  Ballybrown
Title:  Ballybrown (Kilkeedy) Parish Journal
Author(s):  Ballybrown Historical Society
Publisher:  unknown
Year:  2001

Parish:  Ballysteen
Title:  Ballysteen-The People and the Place
Author(s):  Br. John m. Feheney
Publisher:  Iverus Publications
Year:  1998
Lookup Volunteer: 

Diocese:  Bruree
Title:  From Bruree to Coromohide
Author(s):  Mainchin Seoighe
Publisher: not given
Year:  not given
Lookup Volunteer: 
Jack Boyde

Parish: Cappagh
Book: Cappagh - A Sense of History
Author: Frank Whelan
Date: 1990
Publisher: privately published by the author who lives in Ballingrane

Parish:  Cappamore
Title:  Cappamore, A Parish History
Author(s):  Cappamore Historical Society
Publisher:  Litho Press Co., Midleton, Co. Cork
Year:  1992

Parish:  Cappawhite and Doon
Title:  Cappawhite and Doon
Author(s):  Seamus Fitzgerald
Publisher:  Printed by Salesian Press Trust Ltd., Pallaskenry
Year:  1980

Parish:  Castleconnell
Title:  Down Memory Lane
Author(s):  Mary A Moloney
Publisher:  Mary A Moloney
Year:  2010
Lookup Volunteer:  Mary A Moloney

Parish:  Castleconnell
Title:  The Small Ford, The Story of Ahane
Author(s):  Mary A Moloney
Publisher:  Mary A Moloney
Year:  2005
Lookup Volunteer:  Mary A Moloney

Parish:  Castleconnell
Title:  An caislean
Author(s):  Castleconnell Historical Society
Publisher:  Castleconnell Historical Society
Year:  2009

Parish:  Donoughmore, Knockea, Roxborough
Title:  An Antique and Storied Land : a History of the Parish of Donoughmore, Knockea, Roxborough and its environs in Co. Limerick
Author(s):  Thomas Toomey and Harry Greensmyth
Publisher:  T. Toomey and H. Greensmyth
Year:  1991

Parish:  Doon
Title:  Dun Bleisce - A History
Author(s):  Cumann Forbartha Dhun Bleisce
Publisher:  unknown
Year:  1990
Lookup Volunteer: 
Ann Lamb

Parish:  Kilkeedy
Title:  A Corner of Limerick
Author(s):  John Sheehan
Publisher:  John Sheehan
Year:  1989
Lookup Volunteer: 
Roland deCaen

Diocese:  Killaloe
Title:  The Diocese of Killaloe 1800-1850
Author(s):  Ignatius Murphy
Publisher: Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Four Courts Press Ltd.
Year (V1) 1992 (V2), 1995 (V3)
Lookup Volunteer
Jay Wilpolt

Parish:  Killeedy
Title:  Cill Ide  A social and sporting history of the parish of Killeedy 1997
compiled by Father David O'Connor
Publisher:  Killeedy GAA publications
Year:  1997
Lookup Volunteer: 
Angela Bartels

Parish:  Knockainy and Patrickswell
Title:  Statistics from Knockainy and Patrickswell parishes, 1819-1940
Author(s):  Rev. Dr. C. Lee
Publisher:  Journal of the Cork historical and Archaeological Society
Year:  unknown, Vol. 47, no. 165

Parish: Shanagolden, Foynes, Robertstown
Booklet: The Barony of Shanid
Author: Thomas J Culhane
Date: 2003
Publisher: local
Lookup Volunteer:  Julie Koenig

Parish: St. Mary's,  Church of Ireland, Limerick
Booklet: The Monuments of St. Mary's Cathedral
Author: Very Rev. M.J. Talbot, Dean Emeritus
Date: 1976
Publisher: St. Mary's Cathedral

Parish: St. Mary's R.C., Limerick
Book: Light on the Past - Story of St. Mary's Parish
Author: Very Rev. Brendan Canon Connellan, P.P.
Date: June, 2001
Publisher: Canon Connellan

Parish: St.Michael's R.C. Limerick
Booklet: St. Michael's Parish - Its Life and Times
Author: Frank Prendergast, M.A.
Date:  Easter 2000
Publisher:   St. Michael's Parish

Parish: West Limerick Parishes
Title: Working Lives - Memoirs of Rural Ireland
Author: ed. David O'Grady
Publisher: As Dúchas Dóchas
Year: 2001, 2002

Parish: West Limerick Parishes
Title: Working Lives 2 - From Dawn to Dusk
Author: ed. David O'Grady and Catherine Hartigan
Publisher: As Dúchas Dóchas
Year:  2002

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County Limerick maps at

Limerick City maps


An antique and storied land : a history of the Parish of Donoughmore, Knockea, Roxborough and its environs in County Limerick




A pauper warren : West Limerick 1845-49


Exploring Limerick's past : an historical geography of urban development in county and city


Poverty to promise : the Monteagle emigrants, 1838-58


Portrait of Limerick








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County Derry (Londonderry) Ireland, Genealogy & Family History
special extracts from the IGF archives
Parish: Cumber
Title: Cumber Presbyterian Church and Parish
Author: Rev. John Rutherford, B.A.
Publisher: James Colhoun at "Londonderry Sentinel" Printing Works
Year: 1939

Parish: Glendermott
Title: History of Gortnessy Presbyterian Church
Author: Rev. John Rutherford, B.A.
Publisher: James Colhoun at the "Londonderry Sentinel" Printing Works, Londonderry
Year: 1938

Parish: Glendermott or Clondermott
Title: Register of Gravestone Inscriptions in Old Glendermott Burial Ground
Authors: Marjorie and David Todd
Publisher: Unknown
Year: 1988

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County Londonderry (Derry)
maps on

North-West Ulster: The Counties of Londonderry, Donegal, Fermanagh & Tyrone
(Pevsner Buildings of Ireland Series)

Irish Tune from County Derry

Co. Longford Ireland, Genealogy & Family History Notes  
Parish:  Abbeyshrule, Abbeydearg, Taghshinny, Taghshinod and Carrickedmond
Title:  Album & Memorandum of the Parish of the Two Abbeys:  Abbeyshrule and Abbeydearg and of the Two Sineachs:
Taghshinny and Taghshinod and of Carrickedmond's Gleann Na  h-Altora
Author(s):  Rev. Edward O'Reilly, P.P.
Publisher:  unknown
Year:  1942
Lookup Volunteer: 
Pat Wood

Parish:  Granard
Title:  Window on a Catholic parish : St Mary's, Granard, Co. Longford, 1933-68
Author(s):  Francis Kelly
Publisher:  Blackrock, Co. Dublin : Irish Academic Press
Year:  1996
Lookup Volunteer
Margaret O'Reilly

Parish: Longford Town
Title: Exploring Family Origins and Old Longford Town
Author: Harry Farrell
Publisher: The Longford Leader
Year: 1990
Lookup Volunteer: 
Brian Wray

Parish: Stamullen
Title: A History of Stamullen
Author: Brendan Matthews
Publisher: Brendan Matthews
Year: 2003
Lookup Volunteer:
Brendan Matthews

Other Co. Longford books of interest:

Title: Tell me Shawn O'Farrell
Author: Sean Cahill and Jimmy Casey
Publisher: The John Keegan Casey Society
Year: 2002

Title: County Longford Survivors of The Great Famine
Author: David Leahy
Publisher: Derryvrin Press
Year: 1996
Lookup Volunteer: 
Brian Wray

Title: County Longford and its People (An index to the 1901 Census)
Author: David Leahy
Publisher: Flyleaf Press
Year: 1990
Lookup Volunteer: 
Brian Wray


Check out the beautiful old
County Longford maps on


County Longford and the Irish Revolution 1910-1923


Window on a Catholic Parish: Granard, County Longford, 1933-1968
(Maynooth Studies in Local History)








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County Fermanagh & Louth Genealogy & Family History Notes  
Parish: Blackrock & Haggardstown
Title: The Parish of Haggardstown and Blackrock - A History
Author: Noel Sharkey
Publisher: Dundalgan Press, Dundalk
Year: 2003

Parish: Clogherhead & Walshetown
Title: The Medieval Parishes of Clogherhead & Walshetown (1300-1857)
Author: Liam Reynolds
Publisher: Produced in Association w/Clogherhead Historical Society to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of St. Michael's Church
Year: 2003
Lookup Volunteer: 
Margaret Kristich

Parish: Drogheda
Title: Drogheda Before the Famine: Urban Poverty in the Shadow of Privilege 1826-45 (Maynooth Studies in Local History)
Author: Ned McHugh
Publisher: Irish Academic Press
Year: 1998

Parish: Killanny
Title: A Pictorial History of Killanny
Author: Terence Dooley & Frank McKenna
Publisher: Killanny Sports and Community Centre
Year: 2008

Parish:  Killoughey
Title:  Killoughey, A Pilgrimage to Our Past
Author(s):  Killoughey Jubilee 2000 History Group
Publisher:  Killoughey Jubilee 2000 History Group
Year:  2000

Parish:  Kilsaran, Gernonstown, Stabannon, Mansfieldstown and Dromiskin
Title:  History Of Kilsaran, Union of Parishes,
Author(s):  Rev. James B. Leslie
Publisher:  Dundalk
Year:  1908
Lookup Volunteer: 
Pat Garland

Parish:  Monasterboice
Title:  Monasterboice Heritage - A Centenary Celebration
Author(s):  Phillip King
Publisher:  Boylan Print
Year:  1994

Check out the beautiful old
County Louth maps on

Colonisation and Conquest in Medieval Ireland : The English in Louth, 1170-1330






County Mayo, Ireland, Genealogy & Family History,
special extracts from the IGF archives
by Michael C. O'Laughlin


Parish:  Caherlistrane, Co Galway & Achill, Co Mayo
Title:  Achill's Eva O'Flaherty:  Forgotten Island Heroine
Author(s):  Mary J Murphy
Knockma Publishing
Year:  2012
Lookup Volunteer: Mary J Murphy


Parish: Bahola
Title: Bohola, It's history and it's people
Author: People of Bohola
Publisher: Sheridan Memorial Community Center Committee
Year: 1992
Lookup Volunteer: 
Ann Grisham


Parish:  Ballina
Title:  Exploring Family Origins in Ballina
Author(s):  unknown
Publisher:  unknown
Year:  2005

Parish:  Ballinrobe
Title:  A Short History of Ballinrobe Parish
Author(s):  Msgr. E. A. D'Alton
Publisher:  unknown
Year:  1931

Parish:  Ballycroy, Belmullet, Kilcommon & Kiltane
Title:  Where the Sun Sets
Author(s):  Father Sean Noone
Publisher:  Erris Publications
Year:  1993

Parish:  Ballyhaunis
Title:  Annagh Parish Magazine    
Author:  Various contributors
Publisher: Annaghmag Society
Year:  Annual, 1978-2010

Parish:  Beacan/Bekan
Title:  A Portrait of an East Mayo Parish
Author(s):  Fr. Michael Comer and Nollaig O'Muraile
Publisher:  Ballinrobe
Year:  1979

Parish:  Burrishoole
Title:  Annala Beaga Pharaiste Bhuireis Umhaill: A Short Account of the History of Burrishoole Parish
Author(s):  Padraig O'Morain
Publisher:  unknown
Year:  1957

Parish:  Claremorris
Title:  Claremorris Parish: A Short History
Author(s):  compiled by Padraig Brennan
Publisher:  unknown
Year:  1998
Lookup Volunteer: 
Maureen Shelly

Parish:  Crossmolina
Title:  Crossmolina Parish: An Historical Survey
Author(s):  Crossmolina Historicaland Archaeological Society
Publisher:  Crossmolina
Year:  1986

Parish:  Crossmolina
Title:  History of Crossmolina
Author(s):  Tony Donohoe
Publisher:  Edmund Burke
Year:  2003

Diocese:  Elphin
Title:  The Diocese of Elphin
Author(s):  Francis Beirne
Publisher:  Columbia Press
Year:  2000

Parish: Islandeady
Title: Reflections, Islandeady and Glenisland
Author: Marion Irwin
Year: 2000
Lookup Volunteer: 
Mary Tuohy Jochum

Parish: Killasser
Title: the archaeological heritage of killasser, county mayo
Author: bernard o'hara
Publisher: the author
Year: 1991

Parish: Killasser
Title: callow school reunion, a celebration
Author: marie boran et al
Publisher: callow school reunion committee
Year: 2000
Lookup Volunteer: 
Marie Boran

Title:  Kiltimagh, Our Life and Times
Author(s):  Peter Sobolewski and Betty Solan
Publisher:  not given
Year:  not given

Parish:  Killedan
Title:  Kiltimagh4
Author(s):  Jerry Walsh
Publisher:  Cashin Printing Services
Year:  July 2004
Lookup Volunteer: 
James McNicholas

Parish:  Killeen
Title:  History of the Half Parish of Killeen
Author(s):  Edited by Jimmy Egan
Publisher:  Killeen Community Council
Year:  1999

Parish: Knock
Title: The Story of Knock
Author: Thomas Jennings
Year: 2002

Parish:  Louisburgh
Title:   A History of Louisburgh
Author(s):  John Lyons
Publisher:  Louisburgh Traders Association
Year:  1998

Parish:  Louisburgh
Title:  An Coinneal, A Parish Periodical
Author(s):  Fr Leo Morahan
Publisher:  Berry's Printing Works (Westport) ltd
Year:  published every 2 years

Parish:  Turlough
Title:  The Parish of Turlough - History and Tradition
Author(s):  Paddy Jennings
Publisher:  unknown
Year:  1976

Parish:  Diocese of Killala
Title:  The Parishes in the Diocese of Killala
Author(s):  Rev. E. McHale
Publisher:  unknown in Ballina
Year:  1985


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County Mayo maps at


Louisburgh townland map


Claremorris townland map




Land and Popular Politics in Ireland : County Mayo from the Plantation to the Land War
by Donald E. Jr Jordan (Author), Lyndal Roper (Editor)


The history of the county of Mayo to the close of the sixteenth century





Lough Corrib: its shores and islands









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Parish:  Dunderry
Title:  A History of Dunderry
Author(s):  Patrick Keely
Publisher:  Dunderry History Group
Year:  2005
Lookup Volunteer: 
John Keely

Parish:  Dunboyne Clonee Kilbride
Title:  Strong Farmer:  The Memoirs of Joe Ward
Author(s):  Ciaran Buckley & Chris Ward
Publisher:  Liberties Press
Year:  2007
Lookup Volunteer:  Ciaran Buckley


Parish: Dunshaughlin
Title: A History of Dunshaughlin, Culmullen & Knockmark
Author: Oliver Coogan
Publisher: A & J Print, Dunshaughlin
Year: 1989
Lookup Volunteer: 
Mary Kay

Parish: Dunshaughlin
Title: Graziers and Grasslands: Portrait of a Rural Meath Community, 1854-1914 (Maynooth Studies in Local History)
Author: Jim Gilligan
Publisher: Irish Academic Press
Year: 1998

Parish:  Kildalkey
Title:  Kildalkey - A Parish History
Author(s):  Olive Falsey
Publisher:  unknown
Year:  2001

Parish:  Kilmainhamwood and Moybologue
Title:  Kilmainham of the Woody Hollow
Author(s):  Parish Council, Danny Cusack, Editor
Publisher:  Kilmainhamwood Parish Council
Year:  1998

Parish: Moynalty
Title: Not So Much to One Side
Author: Valentine Farrell
Publisher: self
Year: 1984
Valentine Farrell

Parish:  Moynalty, Church of the Assumption
Title:  Moynalty Parish: The Millennium Record
Author:  Maureen Murchan & Joe McKenna, Editors
Publisher:  The Millenium Record Book Committee, Moynalty, Kells, Co. Meath, ROI
Year:  2000
Lookup Volunteer: 
Robbin Smith

Parish: Navan Town
Title: County Meath Navan Town Roots
Author: Noel Farrell
Publisher: Noel Farrell
Year: 1998
Lookup Volunteer: 
Margaret Bonar

Check out the beautiful old
County Meath maps at


The Land and People of County Meath, 1750-1850


Rossin, County Meath: An Unofficial Place (Maynooth Studies in Local History, Number 44)









  Co. Monaghan Ireland, Genealogy; Family History Notes  
Parish:  Ballybay
Title:  Full Circle - A Story of Ballybay Presbyterians
Author(s):  David Nesbitt
Publisher:  SCahans Publications, Printed by McArdle Printers Ltd., Monaghan

Parish:  Ballybay/Tullycorbet
Title:  At the Ford of the Birches
Author(s):  James H. and Peadar Murnane
Publisher:  R & S Printers, Monaghan
Year:  1999

Parish: Carrickmacross
A History of St Joseph's Church, Carrickmacross
Peadar O Caiside, editor
privately published?
Lookup Volunteer: 
Dennis Hughes

Parish:  Clontibret
Title:  The Book of Clontibret
Author(s):  Brendan O'Dufaigh
Publisher:  R & S Printers
Year:  1997
Lookup Volunteer:
Anthony Windrum

Parish: CLontibret
In Faith & Hope, a history of St Michael's Church, Annyalla and The Parish of Clontibret
Gary Carville
Castle Print
Lookup Volunteer: Gary Carville

Parish: Donaghmoyne
Title: "The Farney Fontenoys"  (Mostly Gaelic football teams)
Author: Frank O. Duffy
Publisher: Not mentioned (Probably local)
Year: 1986
Lookup Volunteer: 
Pat Traynor

Parish: Killanny
Title: A Pictorial History of Killanny
Author: Terence Dooley & Frank McKenna
Publisher: Killanny Sports and Community Centre
Year: 2008
Lookup Volunteer:  Frank McKenna

Parish:  Kilmore & Drumsnatt
Title:  Replay, A Parish History
Author(s):  Compiled by Eamonn Mulligan and Fr. Brian McCluskey
Publisher:  Sean McDermotts G.F.C. and printed by R. & S. Printers, Monaghan
Year:  November 1984

Parish:  Magheracloone
Title:  The Hills of Magheracloone
Author(s):  Fr. Michael Gilsenan, S.S., C.C.
Publisher:  Magheracloone Mitchells Gaelic Athletic Association
Year:  1985
Lookup Volunteer:
Roisin Nelson

Parish:  Magheracloone
Title:  Footprints in Stone: Around the Rockchapel
Author(s):  Liam McCaul
Publisher:  self?, printed by R & S Printers, Monaghan (town)
Year:  2001

Parish:  Muckno (Castleblayney)
Title:  On The Way:  The Journey of the People of Muckno
Author:  Gary Carville
Publisher:  Muckno Parish Pastoral Team
Year:  2011
Lookup Volunteer:
Gary Carville

Parish:  Oram
Title:  Beyond the Big Bridge
Author(s):  Paula McGeough
Publisher:  R & S Printers
Year:  2000
Lookup Volunteer:
Anthony Windrum

County History: The Monaghan Story
Author: Peadar Linvingstone
Publisher: Clogher Historical Society
Year: 1980, printed by R & S Printers, Monaghan (town).

County History: The History of Monaghan for Two Hundred Years, 1660-1860
Author: Denis Carolan Rushe
Publisher: Clogher Historical Society
Year: 1921, paperback reprint 1996


Check out the beautiful old
County Monaghan maps at


The Plight of Monaghan Protestants, 1912-26
(Maynooth Studies in Local History, No. 31)



Charles Powell Leslie Ii's Estates at Glaslough, County Monaghan, 1800-1841: Portrait of a Landed Estate Business and Its Community in Changing Times
(Maynooth Studies in Irish Local History, No. 38)











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Kings County (Offaly) & Queens Co. (Leix-Laois) Ireland genealogy & family history notes  
Parish:  Banagher (St.Rynaghs)
Title:  Midlanders (Chronicle of a Midland Parish)
Author(s):  Valentine Trodd
Publisher:  Sceal Publications Co.Offaly
Year:  1994
Lookup Volunteer: 
Roland deCaen

Parish:  Clara
Title:  Clara Parish, Burials from Earliest Times
Author(s):  not stated
Publisher:  not stated
Year:  2003
Lookup Volunteer: 
Pete Schermerhorn

Parish:  Clara
Title:  Kilbride-Clara, A Study of its Archaeology, Architecture, History & Folklore
Author(s):  Theresa McDonald & Jim Higgins
Publisher:  Kilbride Abbey Preservation Group?
Year:  1999
Lookup Volunteer: 
Pete Schermerhorn

Parish:  Daingean
Title:  From the Quiet Annals of Daingean
Author(s):  John Kearney
Publisher:  John Kearney
Year:  2006
Lookup Volunteer: John Kearney


Parish:  Dunkerrin
Title:  Dunkerrin: A Parish in Ely O'Carroll
Author(s):  Seamus O'Rian
Publisher:  Dunkerrin History Committee
Year:  1988

Parish:  Ferbane
Title:  A Land by the River of God
Author(s):  Brendan Ryan
Publisher:  St. Mel's Diocesan Trust
Year:  1994

Parish: Kilbeggan and Neighbouring Parishes
Title: Who Answered the Bugle Call? Kilbeggan and Neighbourhood During WW1
Author: Ray Metters
Publisher: Kilbeggan Heritage Group
Year: 2011
Lookups: Ray Metters

Check out the beautiful old
County Offaly maps at

The Medieval Churches of County Offaly



Irish Counties: A Guide to the History, Culture, and Traditions of Your Irish Past (Salamander Distro)
by Damien Enright (Editor),
J.J. Lee (Editor)

Irish Church Records
by James G. Ryan


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