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My great-grandmother Margaret Flaherty was baptised in Claregalway on 23 Apr 1860. Her parents names are listed as John Flaherty and Mary Fahy from

Ballynamany or Ballynomany. I read on another board that name might be a localized name in Claregalway. I did go to a Griffith's value page for Claregalway and

saw that there were several Flahertys listed as well as Fahys. 

We will be coming to Galway, Ireland toward the end of April 2023. I would like to know more about the families, as I would love to see where Margaret grew

up and also to see if I can go further back into either families tree. My cousin in England wrote that the Flaherty's moved to Warrington, outside of Liverpool, by 1871.

I don't know that this is my Flaherty. That Flaherty I found did have a Margaret, but she was born in Warrington, one of six children. That is what gives me pause. Also,

Margaret ended up marrying Charles Edward Winstanley of Liverpool and went on to have six children. Charles died in 1900, Margaret was still alive in 1901 census.

Ancestry does not have the 1911 census, so I don't know where she went or when she died.

I would love it if someone could help me find more out about the Flaherty' and Fahys. Also. how do I find if Margaret's family did move to Warrington? That would make

sense as to how Charles and Margaret met. Thank you so much. Amie


Saturday 5th Nov 2022, 09:42PM

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  • Amie:

    I searched on the subscription site Roots Ireland but was unable to locate the marriage record for John Flaherty and Mary Fahy. There were baptismal records for six children: Patrick 1851 Peter 1854 Edmund 1856 Bridget 1858 Margaret 1860 Michael 1862. The townland or place name shown on the records changed from Clogher to Gortatleva to Cloonacan (Cloonacauneen?) to Ballynamany. Not sure if Ballynamany is a local place name or a townland in another parish.

    I also checked the 1855 Griffiths Valuation head of household listing for Claregalway civil parish and all of the eight Flaherty records were in a townland known as Cahergowan or Summerfield.  Possibly the John Flaherty is your ancestor. So I would focus on this townland when you visit Co. Galway.

    Did you have a chance to fill out this form regarding your trip?

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 7th Nov 2022, 04:47PM
  • Thank you for looking for me. I have been emailing with a woman in Liverpool who things my Margaret was born in Warrington, outside of Liverpool.

    That makes sense because they had to meet! But I am not sure. My grandfather said his father was from Liverpool (as was he) and his Mother from Ireland.

    He just never said where in Ireland! On one the Census in America he put that his mother was from Ireland.  A cousin in England sent me down the path of the baptism in Claregalway. I know the Flaherty name is correct.

    I will keep looking.



    Thursday 10th Nov 2022, 10:48PM
  • Flaherty/Clarke

    I am so sorry, but I made a mistake in my post before. I have since straightened it out! Mary Clarke (1828-1918) was from Ireland, as was her husband John Flaherty (1833-1905). They were married in Cheshire, England, Dec 1855.

    I decided to look in England and found a Mary Clarke and John Flarty there in Macclesfield, Cheshire. The certificate said his father was Michael and her father was Patrick, deceased.  It was not till the 1911 Census that Mary Flaherty had her place of birth as Dunmore, Ireland.

    I just can't find any record of her being born in Tuam, Dunmore with a father named Patrick. I saw there is a Dunmore in Waterford. Should I be looking there? 

    I don't anyway of finding John Flaherty. I see there are a billion at least in Galway!

    I would appreciate any help y'all would give me, as well as any suggestions.

    Thank you,





    Thursday 2nd Feb 2023, 02:30AM
  • Amie:

    There are three Dunmore RC parishes in Ireland. The one in Galway near Tuam, one in Waterford that you mentioned and another up in Co. Down.

    Your Mary was born around 1828 and many RC parishes do not have any records back to 1828. Dunmore in Galway has records starting 1833.

    I did a search on Roots Ireland for all of Ireland. There are many Mary Clarke baptismal records with father Patrick but we don't know the maiden name of the mother. I don't see any Mary Clarke baptismal records around 1828 in Waterford, Down or in Galway (and we already know that Dunmore does not have records until 1833).


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Friday 3rd Feb 2023, 11:29PM
  • Thank you for looking Roger. I just don't want to give up hope. We are coming to Ireland in late April this year and I want to know where she is from. Of course, I want to know about John Flaherty but have no clue how to look for him. There is a Patrick Clarke who died in 1850 in Cheshire, England. I will go and see if  I can find a wife for him!



    Saturday 4th Feb 2023, 05:18AM
  • Amie:

    Right, without parents names for your John Flaherty, you won't find him if there is a record out there. 


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 5th Feb 2023, 01:22PM
  • Amie,

    Not sure if this is your John Flaherty, but here is a catholic parish record found on Ancestry:

    Johannes Flaherty

    Birth 19 Aug 1832

    Baptism 26 Aug 1832

    Aughrim, Galway



    Michael Flaherty

    Caths Egan




    Tuesday 7th Feb 2023, 07:15AM
  • Thank you Carolyn. I appreciate your looking. I did find a Patrick Clarke in Cheshire, that looks

    good, but I need to see if the other children have the same names as the John Flaherty/Mary Clarke children do.



    Wednesday 8th Feb 2023, 01:10PM

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