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Hello I have recently been in contact with a distant relative through a DNA match. He has previously used this message board when he was looking for information on his Great Grandparents Bernard Bryan Grennan and Catherine Callahan (Callaghan) Bellanagare

A previous reply to this message responded with ' your search should include the spelling variations: Grinan; Grinham; Grenan; Grennon; and Gridham.  Bryan & Catherine have 4 children: Mary Margaret Grennan (b. 1865), Peter Grennan (B. 1867), Elizabeth Grennan (B. 1869) and Kate Maria Grennan (b.1872).  

Elizabeth was born on 22 May 1869. Her parents are Bernardo Grennan and Catherina Callaghan of Belangare. The second page of the register shows that Elizabeth was baptized by the Rev. Pat McDonagh on 22 May, which was the day she was born. Her godparents are Joanne (John) Grennan and Brigida Tighe

John & Michael Grennan was Bryan's brothers (see John Grennan of Tully just southwest of Bellanagare)

My GG grandfather John was born in Roscommon around 1854. The only documents I have are census records from England stating his Birthplace and Marriage Certificate 1876 Stoke-on-Trent  to Maria Duffy from Co Mayo. On the Marriage Certificate John's fathers name is Bryan, Maria's father Michael. However I do believe this John Grennan is my GG grandfather as the shared link I have with regards to DNA so far is Elizabeth and Bryan either being John's father or brother. So if anyone is able to confirm if John was Bryans brother. 

Maria was born around 1856 and I have no information as to where she lived in Co Mayo so any insight on this would be amazing.

Apologies for such a long post, but I wanted to share the pieces of the jigsaw I have so far so that I am able to visit soon and be in the right area.

Thank you and Best Wishes   

Bernadette Grannon



Sunday 26th May 2024, 01:37PM

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  • Bernadette,

    I searched the subscription site for Maria Duffy with father Michael and born about 1856. I found Maria Duffy in Clooncara townland Kilmovee parish. She was born in 1857 to Michael Duffy and Winifred Horan. Some of this might ring a bell with you. Andrew, born to the same parents was baptised in January 1855. I couldn't find any other siblings. Kilmovee parish isn't far from Knock airport. 

    Best wishes, Kieran

    Kieran Jordan, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 27th May 2024, 05:16PM
  • Brilliant, thank you Kieran. That's amazing!  I didn't know this information. You have even kindly told me the closest airport. I am hoping to come over in Sept 24


    Tuesday 28th May 2024, 08:36AM
  • Bernadette,

    If you are coming to Ireland in September, IrelandXO runs a FREE Meet and Greet programme. If you fill out the form at this link, it may be possible to arrange for you to meet a local person, if there is a volunteer in that area:

    Best wishes, Kieran

    Kieran Jordan, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 29th May 2024, 03:20PM
  • Thank you 



    Monday 3rd Jun 2024, 09:45AM

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