Welcome To St Mary.
You are very welcome to the Ireland Reaching Out parish of St Mary.
Our aim is to connect all people with a link to St Mary. You may live here, have visited here or maybe are tracing ancestors who left long ago. In any case, we’re sure to have lots to share and are delighted to welcome you.
St.Mary civil parish district Dublin (sometimes called St.Mary's) is located North of the Liffey River, as wonderfully outlined on this map from the Irish Times as #14 :
http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/fuses/townlands/index.cfm?fuseaction=TownlandsInCivil&civilparishid=2834&civilparish=St. Mary&citycounty=Dublin city
It was only during the Georgian period when it is said "the fashionable moved southeast".
Until that time, St.Mary parish was the residential heart of the city.
The "center point" of St.Mary civil parish map, at the corner of Wolf Tone and Mary Street, was St.Mary's Church (Church of Ireland), whose former parish district became the civil parish boundary.
As described in the Wikipedia bibliography, that old church building has been decommissioned and is now a neighborhood resturaunt.
The current outline for the Church of Ireland parishes, which overlaps the civil parish area, would likely include parts of Christ Church Cathedral Group of Parishes, and St George and St Thomas, and can be examined at this detailed Google Map:
Because of certain ordinances at the time, records for people of all faiths may appear in the Church of Ireland holdings, and should not be overlooked by any genealogy efforts. Today, even moreso than in the past, there are many churches and denominations within the civil parish. So it is important to notate when each began, and what historic records have been preserved, for what years.
We have not been able to find yet a Roman Catholic Parish map for Dublin City. However the Diocese has a text list breakdown covering the areas.
The Irish Times also has a text list for Dublin city at:
County Dublin and Ireland by RC map at:
Each Roman Catholic Parish listing also also has a representative page here at Ireland Reaching Out.
[County Limerick has the best RC parish maps we have yet seen at: (link to be inserted) ]
The Roman Catholic community area serving approximately part of the St.Mary civil parish district today is St.Mary's Pro-Cathedral at 83 Marlborough Street, an outgrowth of the former RC chapel (St.Mary's) on Liffey Street.
The page here at IRO for the RC parish is at: St.Mary's Dublin
There is also a St. Mary's (RC) parish district (Haddington Road) in Donnybrook.
There is also a parish Sacred Heart (RC) Donnybrook, which used to be called St.Mary's (now Graveyard only) Donnybrook.
In County Dublin there are several (RC) St.Mary's:
St.Marys in St. George
St.Mary in St. Thomas
St.Mary in Howth
There is also a St. Mary Of The Angels Church (denomination to be determined) on Church Street (between Smithfield and Four Courts) north of the Liffey River in Dublin
St. Mary (RC) aka St. Agatha's North William Street
There may be other St.Mary's, so make sure you have the correct one, based on the time period and denomination you are researching.
Many, but not all, of the Church Records of the area can now be found indexed at:
Most RC parish registers have been microfilmed from the parish held originals and viewable at the National Library of Ireland, as outlined in this PDF file:
Most Church of Ireland originals are held at the Representative Church Body.
Other indexes by various groups or websites may be available. Do you best to determine when records started, where they are held, who may have indexed, and if perhaps online.
We are always working on this parish page and can add more content here with your assistance. Feel free to post your message and we will respond as soon as possible. Remember to post as much information as you can with regard to the people you are researching. The more information you post, the more likely it is that one of our volunteers will be able to advise or assist you. Also include information concerning which sources you may
have already used so others may further your search.
Please be patient - as our programme has only begun to rollout across
the island of Ireland and volunteers in some areas may not yet be fully
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We will do our best to source information on your ancestors.
Ba mhaith loim ta go maith ar do thuras na fionnachtana , I wish you well on your journey of discovery.