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I am looking for any information on James, Patrick and John Rourke who resided in Lissatunny, Kiltartan listed in Griffiths Valuation 1847-1864.  My great-grandfather Dennis Rourke emigrated about 1854 to Williamstown, NY. His father was James Rourke and mother was Celia Heath.  I have found evidence that Dennis was from Galway County and I am trying to find which town he was born in about 1833-1834.  He had a brother John born in 1825 and a sister Anna born in 1829.  Two other brothers, Patrick (born 1830) and Thomas (born ?), remained in Ireland.  A later brother James (born 1843) emigrated to the US in 1860 and also resided in Williamstown, NY.  Thank you for any information you can provide.  Bruce Hale


Monday 28th Nov 2022, 03:27PM

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  • Bruce: I searched the subscription site Roots Ireland and did not find a baptismal record for a Denis Rourke with the parents names listed in your message. In fact, I did not find any baptismal records for children of James Rourke and Celia Heath. You mention the Rourkes from Lissatunny, Kiltartan parish. Do you know for sure that this is your family? In any event, Gort RC parish baptismal records do not start until June 1848 which would explain not finding any baptismal records. Let me know if you have any questions. Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 28th Nov 2022, 05:53PM
  • Bruce, A James Rourke, Senior and Junior in North County Galway 1853 - Townland - Cloonfaghna - Civil parish of Ballynakill - Griffith's House Valuations 1853 - Barony of Ballymoe The surname "Heath" is recorded in the Barony of Ballymoe - townland of Glinsk - Civil parish of Ballynakill. The surname "Heath" is recorded in various parts of County Galway and the adjoining county of Clare where the surname "Rourke" is also present. I am unable to Post the entries, but they can be accessed at free site Regards,


    Tuesday 29th Nov 2022, 11:48AM

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