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Looking for info. I have family originating from Clontuskert. I visited last month for a few days from England. My grandmother was Elizabeth Colohan born 22 May 1906 and died 5 Jan 1997 in Loughrea. Her supposed husband was a Thomas Williams, I have no information about him at all. I assume they were married 1926/1927 as my mother Mary Williams was born 12 March 1928 in Chelsea, London. She never met her father as he supposedly died before she was born. If you can help at all I would appreciate it as I have no one left to ask and it’s a mystery. I may even have a family from my maternal grandfather somewhere.


Thursday 28th Apr 2022, 07:16AM

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  • Jaycee,

    There are "Colohan" and "Calahan" in that area of County Galway. Do you know the names of Elizabeth's parents and if she had siblings?

    There is a record of a Thomas Williams in Swansea in 1918. Recorded as absent without leave from his ship.

    His native place recorded as Galway, possibly Gort area.

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    Thursday 28th Apr 2022, 12:22PM
  • Jaysee,

    Reference in previous Post in relation to a Thomas William in Swansea in 1918, this is an error in transcription. The original entry relates to a nephew of his who was a Boy Cook and who arrested in Galway and handed over to the Naval Service.




    Thursday 28th Apr 2022, 04:40PM


    My grandmother was one of 11 or possibly 12. Thomas b 1900,  William b 1901,  Margaret b 1902, John, b 1905, Mary b 1904 Ellen c1910,  John, b 1915  James. b 1914, Catherine b 1913 (Kitty Quinn), Louisa (Lucy Lyons), b1908. 
    Her parents were John Colohan b 1863 and Louisa Carey c1875 in Tipperary her surname can also be in some places) 

    John's parents were Thomas c 1825 and Bridget (Madden) 1845  

    Louisa Carey parents were William Carry c1856 and Elizabeth Carry (Farrell) c1853  

    Hope that helps  




    Friday 29th Apr 2022, 11:47AM
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    Civil marriage record for John Colohan and Louisa Carry show that they married in Clontuskert R.C. Church on February 12th 1899. Witnesses: Martin Colohan and Maggie Carry.

    John is recorded as Garraveen and Louisa as Cloonascragh?. Both recorded as 22 years of age. 1901 and 1911 Irish census records both. 1911 census records 8 children having been born alive, with one death.

    With so many siblings, it is unfortunate that there is not more information on Elizabeth.

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    Saturday 30th Apr 2022, 02:51PM
  • Thank you anyway for searching. I can't find much at all. 



    Joan Capon 




    Sunday 1st May 2022, 11:57AM
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    Hi Jaycee, My name is Brid Lyons from Clontuskert. I saw your post and was interested because my great grandmother was a Colohan. Her name was Brigid (born in 1863)  and both her brother and father were also called Martin, the same as the witness on your relatives wedding cert. I don't have that side of my family tree properly traced out yet but I am working on it.

    One thing I noticed is there is a mistake in the address for John Colohan, that should probably read as Ganaveen not Garraveen.Check out the Clontuskert heritage website - it has a map of Clontuskert here -

    If I find out any more on the Colohans which are very numerous around Clontuskert and Lawrencetown, I will let you know.


    Brid Lyons.

    PS, I've also attached the small amount I know so far only side of the Colohans


    Wednesday 28th Sep 2022, 10:45AM

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