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Im researching the Doyle family from Bagnelstown, Carlow.

Thomas Doyle (1843 - 1916) married Bridget Reddy (1851 - ?) on Oct 28th 1888. They had 8 children;

Elizabeth (1889 - 1981)

John (1890 - ?)

William (1892 - ?)

Mary Anne (1893 - 1990)

Thomas (1896 - 1914)

Katie Anne (1898 - 1975)

James (1899 - ?)

Richard (1902 - ?)


Elizabeth and Mary Ann emigrated to Canada in October 1911.

Thomas died in WW1 in 1914 and is buried in Belgium.

John never married and died in 1970's / 80's.


I am in search of any information on James or Richard.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Thursday 6th Jan 2022, 03:42PM

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  • Elaine:

    I searched the civil registers at  and did not see a good marriage or death lead for either Richard or James. Possibly they emigrated.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 6th Jan 2022, 05:50PM
  • Elaine,

    Richard and James appeared in the 1911 Irish census:…


    Thursday 6th Jan 2022, 07:12PM
  • Elaine,  There is a James Doyle in my family tree though he was probably not the one you search for.  He was a blacksmith and lived in Carraig Beag after marrying my g-g-aunt Margaret Coogan Doyle in St. Andrew's Church in Bagenalstown.

    James and Margaret emigrated to New York City, Harlem, with their children, in the late 1870s (probably '78 or '79). James died several years later, as recorded in the 1880 US Census.  Margaret continued the blacksmith shop on east 110th St, with her occupation listed as "Horseshoes."  She succeeded, bought a second house across the street from their first home, and her children also did well in NYC: her sons were a veterinary, a fire insurance agent, a leather goods dealer, etc. Her twin daughters, Katie and Bridget (Bridget's name changed to Delia after the family's arrival in NYC), were baptised in her parents' home in Baile Loughan; I think the other children were born/baptized in the Doyle home.

    The family suffered poverty during and after the years of An Gorta Mór, and Margaret was the last of Mathew and Catharine Coogan's 12 offspring to emigrate (one brother stayed in Ireland), joining her widowed mother and siblings in Harlem.  Two of her letters to her mother tell of their life in 1870s Co. Carlow.

    If James might be related to your Doyle's, I can send more information,  photos of Margaret (1880s,1890s), and photos of her twin daughters. I don't know whether photos of her sons exist, but many, many years ago I met one of her grandsons who owned a leather shop in lower Manhattan. When he saw my name, he said we might be related, but I knew nothing then of my family history-- a missed opportunity alas!



    Sunday 6th Nov 2022, 02:36PM
  • There is a Richard Doyle bc 1902 who died in Camden near Sydney Australia in 1926. He was supposedly in the British Army in WW1 then in the IRA 3rd Tipperary Brigade. 


    Sunday 19th Feb 2023, 06:09AM
  • Hi,

    Why not contact the Carlow Historical Society?  Perhaps they can help.



    Sunday 19th Feb 2023, 03:24PM

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