Based on a book titled The Dulany's of Maryland, my husband is descended from one of the sons of Thomas Delaney, who was born circa 1662, presumably in County Laois. We do not know a parish or townland and no sources are cited regarding his place of origin. His son Daniel was said to have started university, perhaps Trinity in Dublin, but emigrated to America (specifically Maryland) in 1703 when Thomas remarried after the death of Daniel's mother and reduced Daniel's financial support. Thomas, his second wife and sons from the second marriage (to a Sarah), emigrated "several years later." Thomas died in Baltimore, Maryland in 1738.
We would very much appreciate any information on this early Irish family. We will be traveling to Ireland in May and would love to visit the area where they are from, but we are uncertain where that is beyond -- possibly -- County Laois!
Perhaps someone at the Laois Heritage Society could assist you:
I have been to Laois many times, so can recommend you visit the Rock of Dunamase, Abbeyleix, Heywood Gardens, Gash Gardens, the Mountmellick Embroidery museum, Emo House and Gardens.
You might also plan to spend time in the west and southwest of Ireland: Cork, Kerry, Galway, Mayo. The scenery is spectacular.
There is a Laois author you might be interested in, Tom Phelan. www.tomphelan.net. His most recent book is a memoir about growing up in Laois: We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It.
Good luck with the Delanys!
Thank you so much, Patricia! This is really helpful information that I will follow up!
I appreciate your thoughtfulness!