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I am looking for birth or baptismal records of Mary Shay (Shea) born 26 March 1844 in or near Cahirciveen to John (Sean) and Ellen Shay (Shea). Please let me know if you can find anything.


Thank you

Brian Cook

Plattsburgh, New York, USA


Wednesday 1st Mar 2017, 08:34PM

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  • Brian:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    Unfortunately, the Caherciveen RC baptismal records start in November 1846.  Church records for Cahirciveen are included on   I looked for siblings of Mary but did not find any records.

    Don't know if John Shea was still alive in 1852. The 1852 Griffiths Valuation head of household listing for Caher parish shows four John Shea records and your ancestor could be one of them.   

    Have you considered autosomal DNA testing?

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 1st Mar 2017, 10:08PM
  • Thank you for looking Roger. Yes, I have had a DNA test which shows that I have some Irish ancestry, but I have not found anyone yet who shares this line.

    Brian Cook


    Thursday 2nd Mar 2017, 04:46AM

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