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Hi,I am tracing my great,great grandmother,Maria Dillon,who emigrated to New Zealand and married another Irish immigrant Daniel Mahoney(from Cork) in Timaru,NZ in 1881.

I have located her brother and sister both born in Caher Feakle parish to Tom and Catherine Dillon.

Sister Margaret was baptised on 3/10/1852 and brother Pat was baptised on 20/1/1854.This iformation is from the Catholic Parish Registers 1655-1915.

On Pat's record his surname is spelt 'Dellon' and Catherine is called 'Kity'

According to the marriage certificate, which I have a copy of,Maria was 24 years of age and there fore would have been born around 1857.I have not been able to locate her arrival into New Zealand on shipping records although I believe I have found the arrival of Margaret,her sister,who was the witness at Maria's wedding.

I am interested in finding Maria's birth information and also information on when she left Ireland to come to New Zealand.

Also if there are any online records that I can research about her parents(I have their marriage date of March 1851).Also are there online pictures of the church?

We travelled to Ireland last year and did some family research although it has only been this year that I have joined and found out more precise details.

Any help and advice you might be able to give me would be much apprecitaed.


Sunday 28th May 2017, 12:36AM

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  • Feakle Parish had 10,000 parishioners in 1839. The Parish was split into Feakle and Feakle Caher to make life easier for the clergy at the time.

    There are 2 churches associated with Caher Feakle. There are no Churches in Caher itself.

    Flagmount R.C. Church 1842 onwards

    Killanena R.C. Church 1842 onwards

    You should find photos with a Google search.





    Sunday 28th May 2017, 06:46PM


    The Caher Feakle registers are online through the National Library of Ireland website. The records start about 1833.  The Feakle records are also available online there but they start in 1860.  The Clare Library website has transcriptions of the Feakle registers.  go to the Genealogy and Family History section.   

    Good luck and any questions, please let us know. 

    Kind regards,         Jane            

    Tulla Clare, IrelandXO Volunteer

    Monday 29th May 2017, 03:07PM

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