Monday, April 11, 2016

I is for Ireland

I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet.

I is for Ireland

One fourth of my ancestry is Irish.  This comes from my father’s side of the family. Here you can see his ancestry on his mother’s side of the family.

My father's maternal Irish ancestry
Irish surnames I am researching:
  • Gleeson
  • Tierney
  • Murray
  • Sullivan
  • Sheehan

The Gleeson, Tierney, and Murray families ended up in Ontario, Canada. Some of the Gleesons moved to the United States. I think the Tierney and Gleeson families came from County Tipperary, near Nenagh.
County Tipperary

The Sullivan and Sheehan families were from County Cork near Castletown Berehaven, which on the map below is near Schull. The Sullivans arrived in the United States in the 1860s. 
County Cork

I hope to someday visit the land of my Irish ancestors, both in Canada and Ireland.

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  1. I'd love to visit Ireland someday. It's possible I have a drop of Irish blood, since one of the two stories about my nine-greats-grandpap's national origins says he came to the Colony of Virginia in the 1640s to escape Oliver Cromwell. I'd prefer to believe that story over the one claiming him as just another English immigrant.

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  2. I have Sheehans from Limerick, but I believe they were right on the border of Cork. My family always said they were from Cork, but baptism and birth records say they were from Limerick. Maybe we're related! My great-grandmother and her sisters came to New York in the 1880s. One brother remained in Limerick, but I have not found the other brother. It is possible he immigrated to Nova Scotia (just a guess based on ONE photo of a girl labeled "In Nova Scotia"). I wrote about my Irish ancestors during the month of March for St. Patrick's Day.
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