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Hi. I'm researching my family history and have found many baptism and marriage records which refer to Burriscarra parish. The family names are Staunton and Kerrigan, and both families lived in Derrendaffderg (though I have found thirteen different spellings of that place name!).

We hope to visit this summer to explore the area, and to learn more. My query today relates to the parish. Can anyone tell me which churches the various baptisms and marriages might have taken place in? I have one marriage confirmed to be in St Patrick's, Killawalla. Are there any other likely churches nearby?


Monday 17th Jan 2022, 10:34AM

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  • Elaine:

    This link  is the 1837 Lewis Topographical Dictionary article for Burriscarra civil parish. The very end of the article describes the RC parish situation and mentions a chapel in Carnacon which would be Carrownacon currently. There is also the Ballintubber Abbey in the area. The present day parish mentions the Abbey plus St. Mary's in Carnacon/Carrownacon and also St. Patrick's in Killawalla

    The NLI parish register for Burriscarra parish shows Killawalla, Carnacon and Ballintober.

    Derrindaffderg townland is in Ballintober civil parish.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 17th Jan 2022, 02:50PM
  • Elaine,

    To add to Roger's Post, Check out Ballyovey which is another name for Partry/Tourmakeady.

    Baptisms: 1869 to 1880 and Marriages 1869 to 1878. Baptisms: Partry 1869 to 1878.

    Partry is on the North side of Lough Mask and Tourmakeady is on the South side.. Killawalla (Killavally) is closer to Westport. Road No. R330.



    Monday 17th Jan 2022, 03:19PM
  • Hi Elaine,


    Following up on the previous replies, the graveyard for Carnacon is Burriscarra which is just at edge of village.

    The church would be Carnacon church.

    It is a beautiful village in a very scenic area on the shores of Lough Carra.



    Monday 17th Jan 2022, 03:30PM
  • Thank you all very much for your replies and for the further information. I look forward to finding out more, and to visiting the area too!


    Tuesday 18th Jan 2022, 08:46AM
  • Can I ask who your Kerrigans are please Elaine?

    I have a Peter and Margaret Kerrigan with a Michael Kerrigan in the same parish.


    Friday 21st Jan 2022, 08:17PM
  • My grandmother was Mary Kerrigan (1894-1977), daughter of Patrick Kerrigan (born about 1861)and Bridget Conroy/Conry who were married in 1888.I haven't found any Peters in my search so far, but Mary had a brother Michael and a sister Margaret.




    Saturday 22nd Jan 2022, 09:46AM
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    Saturday 19th Feb 2022, 03:29AM

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