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I am seeking information on Patrick Maguire who married Bridget Donohoe possibly around 1825. Patrick was a farmer from around the Ballyconnell area County Cavan. They had 4 children Bernard (emigrated to Canada), Thomas (emigrated to Australia), Bridget (Emigrated to Australia, then New Zealand) and James (emigrated to India). Patrick was noted as deceased in 1859 on the Hornet shipping records for Thomas and Bridget. The family was Roman Catholic. Associated families are Gaffney and Freehill. Bernard Gaffney paid the deposit for Thomas and Bridget's passage to Australia and he was noted as the cousin of Thomas and Bridget.  Mr Patrick Freehill is noted as Bernard Gaffney's uncle in newspaper articles. Patrick Freehill is noted as having a sister Mrs Anne Gaffney, mother of Bernard Gaffney. Bridget's native place on the shipping records is noted as Tomregan, County Cavan. Thomas's native place is noted as Snugborough, County Cavan. The ship's deposit journal states Ballyconnell, County Cavan as where they were living at the time the deposit was paid. 

The Griffith Valuation of Tomregan, County Cavan lists a Patrick Maguire at Carrowmore. There are Donohoe's, Gaffney's and Freehill's in the district on the same Griffith Valuation register. 

Thomas Maguire, son of Patrick Maguire and Bridget Donohoe, is the Great Great Grandfather of my husband Terence Maguire. As we will be visiting this area of Ireland, we seek any assistance on records which may exist, or from persons with genuine connections to this family.  Thanks in advance. 




Maguire, Donohoe, Ryan, Duggan, Conlon

Thursday 23rd Jun 2022, 06:52AM

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    Unfortunately it's not looking very promising in terms of locating vitals records on your Maguire/Donohoe family....

    As you have probably already discovered Tomregan is a Civil parish primarily in County Cavan but also partially in County Fermanagh. The townland of Snugborough is in Tomregan civil parish and adjacent to the village of Ballyconnell, Carrowmore townland is located immediately to the west of Snugborough.

    I've attached a modern map with the townland boundaries marked below for the area surrounding Ballyconnell.

    Civil registration started a little after your family left, so a search of Church records would be required to establish baptisms & marriages etc. Three separate Catholic parishes covered Tomregan civil parish in the early 1800s :

    Drumlane with chapels at Drumlane and Staghall
    Knockninny with chapels at Knockaninny, Glassmullen, and Drumderrig
    and a parish Union of Kildallan/Killdallin and Tomregan (Ballyconnell) with chapels at  Ballyconnell, Ardloher and Kildallan

    The last one would seem to be the most likely parish for your Maguire/Donohoe line.. as it's closest to the location you mentioned. The Ballyconnell chapel was slightly to the south west of the town and in the townland of Cullyleenan.

    In an 1837 listing (Lewis) the chapels at Ballyconnell and Kildallan are noted as being thatched buildings.

    Unfortunately none of these parishes has very early records - the baptisms and marriages for Kildallan and Tomregan Catholic parish only cover back to 1867, no earlier records are documented for this parish, even though the parish and chapels are noted as existing back to the early 1830s at least.

    The other two parishes are a little better, those for Knockninny go back to 1855, and those for Drumlane back to about 1836.

    I checked for Catholic baptisms of any of the children in North Cavan/South Fermanagh area in the available records, the only matches by parents names I found were in County Longford and much too late  - 1880s.

    I've also attached a wider view of the area showing the locations of the Catholic Chapels as they were in the 1830s.The slightly darker blue boundary is the County border between Cavan and Fermanagh - the other part of Tomregan civil parish is to the north east of this.


    Shane Wilson, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 24th Jun 2022, 01:01PM
  • Thank you Shane for the information you have provided. We will look at it with my family researcher friend to get a better understanding of the maps. 

    Kind regards

    Kris & Terry


    Maguire, Donohoe, Ryan, Duggan, Conlon

    Saturday 25th Jun 2022, 02:25AM

    Dear Kris and Terry

    I'm an indirect descendant of Anne Freehill Gaffney.   I was born in Ballyconnell and now reside in Dublin.    

    Some years ago i was contacted by Linda Maguire Maitland from Canada who is a direct descendent of Bernard Maguire.  She visited Ballyconnell and discovered that Maguires lived in Aughrim - a town land close to Snugborough, these town lands are all  in the hinterland of Ballyconnell. Aughrim is on the border of Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    If you would like me to send you her Ballyconnell report visit, write to me at

    Warmest regards

    Mary Freehill



    mary Freehill

    Sunday 26th Jun 2022, 08:15PM

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