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I am trying locate relative or obtain information for my great grandfather John Quirk. He emigrated from Ireland in 1863 on the "Peerless" at the age of 19, he records  note his native place as Clonoulty and his parents were Michl and Joanna who were both alive and living in Clonoullty, he also had a siste Ann who was already in New South Wales. John's cousin William Quilan who was aged 22 emigrated with him aboard the "Peerless".

I believe that he was also related to a Sarah Fanning(Fannan) who had emigrated to New South Wales in 1855 aged 29 aboard the "Golden Era".

Any information would be greatly appreciated.



Sandra Potter


Tuesday 13th Jul 2021, 06:29AM

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  • Local volunteer contacted.

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 13th Jul 2021, 03:47PM
  • Hello Sandra, 

    I belong to the Quirke Ancestry and DNA Facebook group found at     Please consider joining our group. I will tell the group about your post and we will be watching your progress.  

    My Quirkes lived in Tullamain, Tipp before 1864. 1864 was the year that their two sons Edmund and Thomas in America paid 10 pounds steriling to have a tombstone put over their parents' graves. They were buried at the long time family cemetery in Railstown much nearer to Cashel than Tullamain is.  

    When there were obits in US newspapers with their birth locality my 2X Gr GF Thomas Quirk and his Lonergan nephews listed "from Cashel". 

    "Ireland Reaching Out" volunteers found that burial location when we had neither the name of the deceased nor the name of the cemetery. Luckily their names Edmond Quirke of Galveston and Thomas Quirke of Wisconcin (sic) were carved into the "tomb" as it was called in an 1864 letter.

    Hoping that you have the same level of success with your search. 



    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA 

    Mary M. Quirk-Thompson

    Tuesday 13th Jul 2021, 05:13PM
  • Looks like they were related Sarah paid for Annie and Annie paid for John.
    FANNAN / FARMAN Sarah 1855 29 Clonoulty William/Margaret both dead None . R.C. Ship = Golden Era

    QUIRKE Annie 1862 22 Clonoulty xx xx Paid for by Sarah FLANAGAN . Ship = Lady Milton

    QUIRK John 1863 19 Clonoulty Michael / Johanna -at Clonoulty. Paid for by his sister =Ann Quirk of Parramatta .S.Fanning ? Ship = Peerless




    Wednesday 14th Jul 2021, 12:34PM
  • Thanks Magot

    Yes I have this information on their immigration - I was hoping to find some trace of thier families in Ireland



    Wednesday 14th Jul 2021, 11:51PM
  • Hi Sandra, Mary and Margot,   I found four  Michael Quirkes in the Catholic parish of Clonoulty and Rossmore, Barony Kilnamanagh Lower,  Tipperary South Riding, in Griffiths Valuation two in townland of Cloneyharp, and two in Turraheen Upper.

    They were still in Cloneyharp in the 1901 census  in Cloneyharp and  Clonuulty Church Quarter,  Also I see a headstone in the graveyard in Clonoulty  no 298.

    Headstone ins, for Clonoulty  on line free to  access at Tipperary Studies Digutisation Project.

    Also an ad, looking for relatives in The Tipperary Star, could help.

    Let  me know what you think and if you have any questions.

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    Christina, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 15th Jul 2021, 09:40AM
  • Hello again All, 

    Since the surname Fanning was mentioned I want you to know of the Kathleen Fanning website which is a fantastic Tipperary resource. I let Kathleen know of this post. She asked that I share a link to her Fanning site. I picked the one that goes into the research done by the late Rev. Walter Skehan in his Vol 43.…; But please look over the entire Fanning site to see how it might help you in your research. 

    I was told that the original Skehan document is held by the Thurles library. The Irish Genealogy Projects, IGP, has also posted a link to the Skehan document at…; I had found cousins of my 2XGrGF in Skehan. I put that Quirke line on an Ancestry tree and found family in Australia. The patriarch who sent me his handwritten copy of the same family tree was actually listed on Skehan. He DNA tested and matched me in the 4-6th cousin range at Ancestry. He was my true 5th cousin. Skehan is a gold mine for those with family listed in it. Please also look over the IGP Archives. 



    Mary M. Quirk-Thompson

    Thursday 15th Jul 2021, 05:55PM
  • Hi Sandra, I too am trying to find  my Quirk family line. My Quirks were not far from Clonaulty, in Mullinahone and Minauns (abt 40 mins). Thomas my GGrandfather came to Australia in 1855 lived in Mooroopna Victoria. His parents were Nicholas 1812 -? and Ellen Phelan 1812-1882. They had 7 children Mary, James , Thomas, Ellen, Nicholas and Micheal. 


    Christine Sanger

    Saturday 17th Jul 2021, 02:03AM
  • Hi, this is the only Nicholas Quirke I found.
    Griffith's Valuation (


    Sunday 18th Jul 2021, 09:41AM

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