Kerry Genealogy


Want to find your roots in Killarney? We Irish are renowned for enjoying our conversations about family roots and connections.

You’ll often find that a lot of people share family names, and that sometimes family names carry a nickname to help distinguish one family from another.

Here are a few useful resources to help you trace your roots:

  • Irish Genealogy hosts some of the most comprehensive links and information to help you find your roots including links to parish databases, cemetary records, census information, and other research aids.
  • Check out the Google group for genealogy Ireland and submit your questions. Its also a great source of info and links to sites with extensive databases that go way back.
  • Another great place to start is at the cathedral in Killarney, St. Mary’s: + 353 (0) 64 32764

Feel free to comment on this and share your resources with others.

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janice mccarthy May 26, 2008 at 7:34 pm

I am trying to find the parents of The Rev.Dr. Florence McCarthy the Bishop of Cork. born about 1762.

Come on all you Irish, can anyone tell me..

Need to know.

Loretta Ford August 14, 2010 at 12:53 am

Does anyone know or belong to the LEAHY FAMILY Some of the children Cornelius b ? 1813 ; John; Denis; ? Thanking you in anticipation.

bella pitches November 17, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Please could any tell me if there are any familes with the surname CATT living in or around KILLARNEY , as we as a family believe they came from IRELAND
Thanks Bella

Jean February 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I am trying to locate any family of Bridget Kennedy, who was born in the 1820s in Killarney. She married Denis Carey of Limerick, who was also born in the 1820s. They left Ireland in around 1845 and settled in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. As far as we know they only had one child, Mary, who was born in Montreal in 1849. They later moved to the United States, we think in 1860. Family reports Bridget’s maiden name as O’Connor and that she was buried in New Jersey. However the only record that matched them and the date Mary was born states the mother as Bridget Kennedy.

Donna McKenna March 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

ANy records of Margaret and /or John McKenna

Pamela D'Angelo March 16, 2011 at 9:35 am

I am searching for the Birth, Communion, Confirmation, Marriage and death Certificates for Thomas McCarthy and Margaret Ellis McCarthy my GGGgrandparents. Also the Birth, communion, confirmation Certificate for their son Michael McCarthy. I know Michael come to New Orleans and married Margaret Enright in 1879. I was told that our family was from Killarney. I don not know if Thomas and Margaret had other children or if the immigrated to America.


Terry April 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

Looking for family surname Cole. My great-great grandfather, William Thomas Cole, was born in Killarney, Ireland about 1818. He married Elizabeth Buckingham from England (Devon, possibly) in 1846 and traveled to Boston, Massachusetts that same year. Thanks for your help!

Viki June 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

My GG Grandfather was a Thomas McCarthy who i am led to believe is from Killarney. I know that he was a sailor/seaman and had a daughter called Margaret who settled in Liverpool.
Looking for more info
Thanks :-)

Mary Muller July 15, 2011 at 10:35 am

I am trying to trace any record of my Great-Grandfather, John Dooley who married Maria (Mary) Moriarty in the Cathedral, Killarney in 1850. My grandfather, Robert James Spillane Dooley was baptised in the Cathedral in 1855. His sister, Mary, in 1853.
Perhaps other children?
John Dooley is said to have been born in Cork, but there are many of that name in Cork records, so it’s confusing as to who is whom.
Why he married in Killarney I do not know, or how long the family lived there. Can anyone help with more information? Thanks

Timothy Healy February 10, 2012 at 4:07 am

Looking for information on my Great great grandfather Patrick Haly/Healy born about 1815 and his son James Haly/Healy born about 1844.
James was married in London to Honora Scanlan in 1866
There is a strong connection to the O’Donoghues of Glenflesk
Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Daniel Dwyer March 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Looking for info of John Dwyer,Born 1821,maybe in Killorgllin, Been l ooking since 1993 Five times over there and continusuly ever since on PC Landed in Medford Mass i852

pauline o'sullivan April 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I am looking for any information about the marriage of Honorah mary Doyle to Patrick Sullivan they married in 1847 I only know of three children John , Daniel, Peter There may have been a girl Mary John went to Australia in1877 Peter & Daniel followed in 1878 Peter was my great grandfather and I want to find out about Honora Mary & Patrick Sullivan if any one has any information I would love to know thanks for any help you can give .

Rita June 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Trying to find where Michael Moriarty (& Hanorrah Ohalihote ?) were from. I’m told most like Kerry but probably sailed for Cork. Sailing was on or about May 19, 1847 and they arrived in Nova Scotia. They sailed with three sons, John, Michael, Patrick and two daughters who were buried at sea. They came to the USA in 1849 and settled in Indiana. Would love to know “where” in Ireland we came from. Thank you for any assistance you may share.

Elaine Ryan June 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Can anyone give me the name of a genealogy researcher who for a
fee would help find GG grandfather Simeon Sullivan who was
born 1830 in townland of Scrahan, Co Cork right on the border near Knocknagree which we believe to be in RC Parish of Rathmore part of the Kerry Diocese. Leaving for Ireland July 12 and would love to have an answer.

J.McCarthy June 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Does anyone have knowledge of the early history of the McCarthys? I’m looking for more info on Finghin McCarthy, descendent of Donagh, 4th son of Cormac McCarthy, Prince of Desmond 1271-1359 . For more on him visit:….0 and click on Note Number 79.
Any other information on him or ancestors is welcome.

Kevin O'Connor August 14, 2012 at 5:25 am

I would like to trace brothers and sisters of my Grandfather MICHAEL O’CONNOR, Baptism registered Derighurimu, Glenflesk 10 November 1860. He migrated to Australia in 1880-1885, married in Ballarat Victoria 1889. We cannot find a death certificate (but know his wife died young and the chidren were adopted out).

I am looking for any of descendants or relatives.

He had brothers and sisters:
Mary O’Connor born 1851
Ellen O’Connor born 1853
Patrick O’Connor Born 1856
Timothy O’Connor 1858

Do any descendants recognise these names?

Kevin O’Connor

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