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Genealogy Resources 

Walking in the Footsteps...

The County Cork Public Library has recently developed a third edition of its very helpful guide to genealogy entitled Walking in the Footsteps of Your Ancestors: a beginner's guide to family history in Cork, compiled by the Local Studies Library to assist researchers. 


If you know the parish of birth of your ancestor, the Local Studies Library may be able to assist you.  Email them for details.  Their contact information is on the back cover of their booklet. 


Click on the book cover image at right to read the PDF.   

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  Catholic Baptisms & Marriages in the

  National Library Microfilm Collection



Since December, 2014, The National Library of Ireland has given free access to its archive of Catholic Church records, the earliest of which dates back to the 1700s. These microfilmed records are the single most important source of information on the family history of the majority of the Irish diaspora prior to the 1901 Census. They cover 1,091 parishes throughout Ireland and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.


The availability of these records from the National Library is a great boost to their research resources and means real progress in creating the online Irish Diaspora community.  You can get started by accessing


The year 1880 was taken as the cut-off date for the microfilming of parish registers. By that date, civil or State registration was well underway, and post-1880 genealogical information should be available from the General Register Office.


The List of Parish Registers on Microfilm includes a list of parishes (by diocese), the covering dates of the registers in each parish, and the National Library Call Number (P.xxxx) of each film.


To establish the start-date of the parish registers relevant to your research, check the Library’s List of Parish Registers on Microfilm - also available online at


  • Parish Register List : Achonry - Cloyne  (1.12 MB, Adobe PDF)

  • Parish Register List : Cork - Dublin  (1.02 MB, Adobe PDF)

  • Parish Register List : Elphin - Killaloe  (1.18 MB, Adobe PDF)

  • Parish Register List : Kilmore -Waterford  (1.36 MB, Adobe PDF)


Further information on Catholic parish registers is available in the National Library of Ireland information booklet Family History Research: Sources at the NLI  (0 MB, Adobe PDF).

Microfilms of registers for the following dioceses are available for consultation in the Library (names in brackets refer to counties or part of counties included in each diocese:

Achonry (Mayo-Roscommon-Sligo)

Ardagh and Clonmacnoise (Longford-Leitrim-Cavan-Roscommon-Sligo-Westmeath)

Armagh (Derry-Tyrone-Armagh-Louth-Meath)

Cashel and Emly (Tipperary-Limerick)

Clogher (Fermanagh-Monaghan-Tyrone-Donegal-Louth-Cavan)

Clonfert (Galway-Offaly-Roscommon)

Cloyne (Cork – North & East)

Cork & Ross (Cork City and the SouthWest)

Derry (Derry-Tyrone-Donegal)

Down and Connor (Antrim- Down-Derry)

Dromore (Antrim-Armagh-Down)

Dublin (Dublin-Wicklow-Carlow-Kildare-Laois-Wexford)

Elphin (Roscommon-Sligo-Westmeath)

Ferns (Wexford-Wicklow)

Galway (Galway-Mayo-Clare)

Kerry ( Kerry-Cork, the Beara Peninsula and North-West)

Kildare and Leighlin (Kildare-Offaly-Laois-Kilkenny-Carlow-Wicklow-Wexford)

Limerick (Limerick)

Killala (Mayo-Sligo)

Killaloe (Clare- Laois-Limerick-Offaly-Tipperary)

Kilmore (Cavan-Leitrim-Fermanagh-Meath-Sligo)

Meath (Meath-Westmeath-Offaly-Longford-Louth-Dublin-Cavan)

Ossory (Kilkenny-Laois-Offaly)

Raphoe (Donegal)

Tuam (Mayo-Galway-Roscommon)

Waterford and Lismore (Waterford-Tipperary-Cork [north-east area])







































The O Mahony Society suggests that members wishing to post their genealogy/family tree use the (free) site.  Many will know that FamilySearch is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and has one of the largest genealogy databases available, and has the greatest longevity potential.   The O Mahony Society has no responsibility for the accuracy or veracity of any information posted by an individual. 


As a service to O’Mahony Society members, we publish their genealogy queries and postings with email addresses and/or websites in hopes they will be contacted by others seeking or providing similar information. They are listed in order of the member name as submitted.   Members wishing to add, edit or delete a posting should email Linda McConnell Baker ( or via the website message box on the welcome page.  Please note that any entry herein listed is done at the request and with permission of the member. 

Clare Matheson, Victoria, Australia

I’m interested in finding something about my ancestors, George (1820-1902) and Sarah (1830-1906)  née Cloonan, Mahony, who came to Victoria, Australia in 1841 aboard the Duchess of Northumberland ship. They are my great great grandparents and I know quite a bit about them here but I was wondering if anyone knows anything about their time in Ireland. They were born in Glanmire and Tullamore, I think. Sarah’s parents are James (     -1893) and Margaret/Sarah Howard (not known) and her siblings, Laurence (1835-1908) and Mary (1834-1902), came out to Victoria, also. 


I’m also interested to know if Francis Sylvester Mahony (Father Prout 1804-1866) is related to us all and would appreciate any information you may be able to give me apart from what is available online. 


Also another Francis Mahony (1862-1916) who was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Timothy and his Cornish second wife, Elizabeth Johns. He was an artist and illustrator in Australia and added ‘Prout’ as his middle name. He went to London in 1901 and joined the Langham Sketch Club with only limited success by then. He died of cancer in 1916 and is buried in Hanwell cemetery in Middlesex.


Thank you so much if you able to help me with all these requests.

Macaire Mahony Stein, New Hampshire, USA

My grandfather, John Mahony, was born at Quitrent, Kildorrery.  His father was John Mahony and his mother was Johanna walsh.  I would appreciate any genealogical information one might have on my great, great grandparents, Patrick and Catherine (Ryan) Mahony, who were married in Kildorrery in 1833.  My research indicates that Catherin's parents were Andrew Ryan and Peggy Murphy.  So far, I have been unable to identify, with certainty, the parents of Patrick Mahoney.  I would appreciate any help regarding their parentage.  Thank you! 

Kathleen Scheg, Maryland, USA.  301-681-6531

Hi, I am wondering if anyone would know about the O'Mahony who married Bohane around 1800 in Gortnakilla. My great great grandmother was Ellen Bohane. I have found three possible sets of parents for her Daniel Bohane married to Johanna O'Mahony, Daniel Bohane married to Margaret O'Mahony and Daniel Bohane married to Mary O'Mahony. I have done DNA testing and have multiple confirmed matches to others descended from ancestors from Gortnakilla, including O'Mahony. Thank you for any help you can give me.

At this point, I am trying to figure out IF I am a Mahony. There are three possibilities through the wife of Daniel Bohane, which I have shared. The other possibility is that my Ellen Bohane's parents were Timothy Bohane and a McCarthy, which would make me a double McCarthy. Ellen's second son is Daniel and there are no Timothys in my family, so the Mahony mother seems like the better possibility.

Rebecca Watters Teylouni, Spain.

Looking for a Horse Soldier from Bandon, Co. Cork.


I am looking for the parents, siblings and/or ancestors of my great great great grandfather Patt Mahony 1783-1875 m Catherine (maybe Cummings) 1804-1884.

They had 2 known children:

Tim Mahony (my gr gr grandfather) 1837-1897 and Catherine Mahony Cummins 1839-1827.


According to a letter written by my grandmother Kathleen Mahony Watters 1910-1979, Patt Mahony's ancestor was a Horse Soldier who was dispossessed of his lands in Bandon, Co. Cork and moved to Connacht where he is said to have farmed in a big way. For unknown reasons Patt Mahony ended up on the Ashford Estate in Cong, Co. Mayo/Galway, we think in the 1830s.


We don’t know if the Horse Soldier was Patt’s father or from previous generations. I have not been able to find birth/baptism records for any of them nor a marriage record for Patt and Catherine.


Their daughter Catherine married John Cummins b 1819, they 9 children, including a daughter Julia 1875-1964.


Their son Tim married Anne Loftus 1847-1896 and they had 10 children, of the 9 who survived, 7 immigrated to the USA:

Katherine Mahony Sarsfield, Patrick Mahony (shot in a saloon in Butte, Montana in 1904), Ellen Mahony Lee, Michael Mahony, Mary Mahony Christian, Bridget/Beatrice Mahony O’Brien, Annie Mahony O’Leary, baby Thady. 


Two brothers remained in Ireland;

my great grandfather Owen Mahony 1874-1950 m Maggie Morrin 1880-1954 and Martin 1878-1964 who married his 1st cousin Julia Cummins (mentioned above), daughter of Catherine Mahony Cummins 1839-1827 (Strong Mahony genes there!)


If a story of a Horse Soldier or anything here sounds familiar, I’d love to hear from you!


My GEDMatch is DW2848025 and I am also on Ancestry and My Heritage."

Richard Burbach, Minneapolis, MN.  +1-651-343-5877

Julia A Mahoney (possibly Mahony) born around 1822, presumably in County Cork; died 9 December 1885 in South Boston, Massachusetts. Space for the name of her parents on the death record is blank. Julia was my great-great grandmother. Our first record of her is a marriage 18 February 1849 to Timothy Hannon at St Peter & Paul Church in South Boston. That record lists the names of Timothy’s parents (Daniel and Mary) but does not give the names of Julia’s parents.  Timothy and she had four children: Ellen (1850-1882), my great-grandmother who married William Casey (1835-1883) in 1870 at St Augustine’s Church in South Boston; Daniel (1853-1854) died of measles; Thomas (1855- ???) whom we presume survived to adulthood and appears to have been present at his mother’s death in 1885; and, Charles (1857-1859) who died of dysentery. We have a few records which include Julia’s middle initial “A” but can only presume it stands for “Ann”. US Census records consistently indicate that Timothy and Julia were both illiterate. We know nothing more for certain. 


Our many searches have yielded no more information. We have located only one record that raises our curiosity but is unverifiable at this time — a Sunderland to New York passenger list from 3 May 1826 which lists: Jeremiah Mahony, age 29; Ann, age 25; Julia Ann, age 4; and John, age 2.  The passenger's age matches and her middle name matches the middle initial “A” for which we have documentation. One more fascinating coincidence... Timothy And Julia followed the traditional naming pattern by naming their first born Daniel after Timothy’s father. Although they named their first daughter, my great-grandmother Ellen, she and my great-grandfather named their first-born (my grandmother) Annie.  


Any and all information, insights, suggestions would be welcome and greatly appreciated.           

The following have consented to having their names and contact information shared:

Deb Palmer Redfearn , Mansfield, Ohio   (  

My MAHONY connection is through my mother's family, whose mother, Rachel Jennings McDANIEL Norman, was born in Bandon, Ireland.  Rachel's grandmother was Mary LAMBERT b. @1808 , Butlersgift, Drimoleague, d/o Thomas LAMBERT and Anne JENNINGS. 


According to family notes, Mary married Michael MAHONY, blacksmith (no documentation to support) about 1832. 


Their first child, Thomas was bp 1833 in Drimoleague; with the second child, Jeremiah, bp same place in 1834; Sponsors: Sam Jagoe & Mary FULLER; and, Charles McCARTHY & Mary FULLER. 


Then, Anne of Chapel Cross was bp 1837 Dunmanway with sponsors being Jeremiah & Julia MAHONY; Ellen bp 1840, Dunmanway, Riverlane - sponsors: William MAHONY & Johanah (sic) DONOVAN. 


The rest of the children were born in Bandon: Mary, 1832, Susan Elizabeth Jennings, 1844 (my great grandmother) and Michael 1846.


Do any of these names/places connect with another member??  I would like to know more of Michael's heritage/family.  I do have information on some of the others and willing to share. Any and all suggestions welcomed! Thank you.

Helen O'Mahony Mangan (Ireland)

My father was Joe O'Mahony from Cork and I remember when I was a child that he used to get an invitation to the gathering each year. My father lived in 1, O'Connor Ville until he married and then lived in Sliabh na mBan, 26 Ardfallen Estate, Ballinlough, Cork until we moved to Dublin in 1970. 


My grandfather was Michael O'Mahony. He worked for Cork County Council from about 1920 until his death in 1946. Previous to that he worked in the Post Office in London. He was a work colleague of Michael Collins.

He is listed in the 1901 and 1911 census as O'Mahony but the rest of the family are Mahony.


My great-grandfather was Simon Mahony. He was elected as Town Councillor for the South Ward in Cork in 1911. He also served as a Poor Law Guardian. Simon was listed in the 1911 census as a 'butter box manufacturer'. Simon died in 1928 and most of his children emigrated to America. There are about 300 descendants living there.

We think Simon's father's name was John Mahony but we cannot go back any further and we do not know if he had siblings.


James Castellan  (USA) (, website:

Welcomes contact with family and researchers of the extended John O’MAHONY family of Ballydague near Ballyhooly, Co. Cork, circa 1800. In 1860s grandson Patrick went to Australia and later married and settled in New Zealand. Grandson Edmond/Edward married Kate (nee McAuliffe) Mulcahy in 1880 and farmed in Ballinaglough West near Whitecross, Co. Cork. Edmond’s son Bartholomew, my grandfather, went to the US in 1912 and settled in Highwood near Chicago, IL, and Edmond’s daughter Catherine/Kate went to the US in 1909 and settled in Yonkers, NY, marrying Patrick J. Byrnes. See the family tree posted at:

Kathleen Jones  (Southfield, Michigan) (

Is looking for any information regarding Mort Mahoney, wife Sarah McInnis (sp.) of Farrelton, Quebec. Arrived in Quebec approximately 1850.


Bernie Mahoney, Jr.  (Fredericksburg, VA) (

Is looking for information about his GGF Daniel Mahoney who was born about 1826 in County Cork to Timothy and Mary Gantry Mahoney. GGF Daniel and his future wife Ellen Dugan, born in County Cork in 1827, emigrated to the USA around 1850 and settled in Manchester, MA. They married shortly thereafter. They had eight children: Mary (about 1854), Katy (about 1857), Margaret (about 1858), Daniel (about 1859), Timothy (about 1862), Ellen C. (about 1864), Hannah (about 1867), and GF John B. (about 1868). Most of these births were in Manchester and Beverly, MA. Many of them and their children were buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem, MA. GF John B. Mahoney died on January 21, 1938, in Belmont, MA and was buried in Cambridge City Cemetery. His only son Bernard L. Mahoney, Sr., is also buried with him there.


Bill Mahoney  (USA)  (

Believes he is the great-grandson of John O'Mahony (1855-1936) of Ballyloughran, County Kerry. John was married to Johanna (Kennedy) (d. 1924). John and Johanna had nine children, Edmund (Edward?) (1874), Ann (1876), Mary (1878), Catherine (1881), Ellen (1883), Margaret (1885), John (1887), Delia (1890) and Bridget “Bridie” (1894). Edward (Edmund?) Mahoney came through Ellis Island on April 24, 1900 and settled in Waterbury, Connecticut. In 1903, Edward married Mary Lynch who also immigrated in 1900 from County Kerry. Mary’s parents were Daniel Lynch and Margaret (Murray)of County Kerry. Edward and Mary had seven children: Helen, Johnny, Danny, Mae, Margaret (Peggy), Eddie and Frank.


Francis and Kathy Mahoney  (USA) (

Francis is a first generation American whose parents came over from Cork in the early 1920’s. Francis’ parents met and married in San Francisco. (Website Carneros Wine Company)


Fr. James M Mahoney  (Boston, MA) (

Is a Priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and Pastor of Saint Bridget Parish and School in Abington, MA, as well as Saint Patrick Cemetery in Rockland, MA. His family comes from Lowell, MA, for three generations. Before then, from Co. Cork, Dublin and Waterford, Ireland.


 Karen Mahoney  (Australia) (

Is seeking connections to the O’Mahony family who left Cork June 1st 1844 on the Abberton and arrived in Australia 22nd Sept. William O’Mahony b.1820 and Johanna Sweeny b.1821 were married in Carrigaline, Co. Cork, in 1842. They had a son Timothy baptised in Carrigaline on the 28th Oct 1842. He likely died in infancy as he is not on the ship’s list to Australia. Timothy’s God parents were Michael Keefe and Mary Sweeney. William and Johanna O’Mahony farmed at Glenlyon near Daylesford in Victoria, where they had 4 sons and 4 daughters: Margaret, Ellen, Johanna, William, Mary Cecilia, Maurice, Terrence and John. William’s parents are unknown. It is possible he was born near Tracton. Johanna’s parents were Miles Sweeny and Ellen Sullivan. I have an tree to share with interested parties.


Katherine Mahoney (USA)  (

Is looking for information on her Father, Harry James MAHONEY, born June 1 1897, died Sept 3, 1953. Had one brother Daniel and sisters Mary & Catherine. Mary was a government worker in Wash., D.C. and Catherine lived in Va. and had a son named Tom. They may have had more children.


Stephen Mahoney  (USA) (

Is interested in the following Mahoney families from Maryland: The father’s name of his ancestor John Smith MAHONEY b~1760 who married Elizabeth Moore ~1785. The names of the sons of John Smith MAHONEY b~1730 who lived in St. Mary's County, MD. The sons of Dennis MAHONEY b~1685 who also lived in St. Mary's County, MD, and Dennis’ parents Timothy MAHONY and Elizabeth Smith who married ~1685.


Timothy J. Mahoney (

Is interested in gathering additional information on the family of Cornelius MAHONY (GGG grandfather) of Macroom, County Cork, Ireland circa 1780. He was married to Margaret Donovan and the father of Denis "Patrick" MAHONY (GG grandfather). Patrick MAHONY married Catherine Creedan of Clondrohid, County Cork. She was born October 25, 1807 to John "Daniel" Creedan and Margaret Lucey. Patrick MAHONY and Catherine Creedan had 3 children born/baptized in Coachford, County Cork: Cornelius MAHONY born/baptized February 25, 1836, John Daniel MAHONY born/baptized November 14, 1841 and Denis Patrick MAHONY (G grandfather) born/baptized June 22, 1844. Patrick MAHONY and family emigrated to Boston, MA in 1850. In 1856 John Daniel and Denis Patrick MAHONY relocated to New Orleans, LA. After 1855, the whereabouts of Patrick MAHONY, Catherine Creedan MAHONY and Cornelius MAHONY are unknown.


Virginia Mahoney (

Is seeking family of Joanna MAHONY Hogan, daughter of James Mahony and Catherine McNamara born 1830-32 in Ireland. Possible sister or cousin of Edward MAHONY born 1835 in Ireland. Emigrated in 1837 according to 1900 US Census. A possible area location for Edward was Lockport NY in 1850. Listed in 1871 Census in Goderich, Huron Co. Ontario, Canada. Both in Minnesota in 1875. Some connection to Brooklin, Ontario, just east of Toronto. Have land information in Canada and Ireland from Boston newspaper column "Search for Missing Friends.” Edward’s brother Daniel wanted to contact them. The last time he knew of them 1850-51. Daniel gave their arrival location as Toronto. Origin in Cork: Fanlobbus Civil Parish, Moreagh Townland, Dunmanway Poor Law Union, Carbery East W.D. Barony. Family lore: Daniel was coming to join them in Minnesota, in Chicago area he sold into the Civil War for someone, lost a leg. He never arrived as far as we know. Also interested in finding information on descendents of James MAHONY born 1792, wife Nancy (Ann) born 1794. Children: Denis born 1810, James born 1812, Julia born 1815, Nancy born 1819, Daniel born 1820 and Jeremiah born 1824. Their Ireland site is listed as Knockacapell, Kerry. Emigrants to Canada in 1825 with Peter Robinson Emigration with over 400 others. Have information on two other Mahony families headed by Henry and William with land information in Ireland and Ontario.


Séamus Shortall (

Is co-author with Maria Spasova of the Bulgarian/Irish Association of the book 'Pierce O MAHONY' an Irishman in Bulgaria. He is interested in learning new details of the life of Pierce Charles de Lacy O MAHONY (1850-1930) and also of the lives and descendents of the orphans of the St. Patrick orphanage in Sofia, Bulgaria, which closed in 1915.


Mary McCarthy Simpson (Dorset, England) (

Is the gggranddaughter of Charles MAHONEY and Bridget Rahilly/Reilly, who farmed in Knockagallane, parish of Kilmoe, Co. Cork, and the ggranddaughter of their son Denis Mahoney. Denis was born 1846-50 and had siblings Charles, Mary, and Johanna. Denis went to London just before 1870 and had a daughter Johanna, my grandmother. Denis’ sister Johanna appears in the 1901 Knockagallane, Crookhaven, census as wife of a farmer (not listed) with son Charley, age 21, and daughter Kate, age 22.


Margaret Oudsema Tanner (USA)  (

Is the great granddaughter of John & Julia Harris MAHONEY. They arrived in NYC June 20, 1847 on the maiden voyage of the Irish Bark “Free Trader” having departed Cobh about May 15, 1847.


Susan J. Barretta (

Is looking for descendants of the siblings of Mary Mahony Collins, b. 1825?, married Daniel Laurence Collins 4-Feb-1845 at St. Finbarr's in Drimoleague. Denis Mahony was a witness. Mahony baptismal sponsors of the known Collins children were: Kean(Cain) Mahony - for Mary Collins, 1852; no Mahony sponsor for Diana, 1854; Daniel Mahony - for Jeremiah Collins, 1856; Catherine Mahony - for Margaret Collins, 1858; Timothy Mahony and Margaret Mahony - for Denis Collins, 1860; Kate, for Johanna Collins - 1863; no Mahony sponsor for Daniel, 1865. The Collinses lived in Cullomane East, near Bantry; Daniel Collins was a son of Laurence Collins of Adrigole, Castlehaven parish; Daniel is in Griffith's Valuation in Cullomane East though not in the tenure book taken prior to Griffith's publication in 1853; Daniel died 1894; Mary Mahony Collins is in the 1901 census, age 75, living with son Denis; she died August 1901 age 75. It is unclear whether Mary Mahony Collins is a relative of the Margaret Mahony who married Denis Collins of Lissane in 6-Feb-1853, and who was from Bredagh. The Lissane Collins children have baptism sponsors with the same names, except no Mary Mahony.


Barbara O'Brien Schweizer (

Seeks information abourt her Co. Cork ancestor ELLEN MAHONEY and her husband William Murphy. Their daughters had to leave the premises of the school where their father was employed, we do not know in what capacity, lest they distract the young men students. Daughter Mary had already caught the eye of student Michael J. Murphy, and when she came to Cambridge MA, USA, he followed & they married @ St. Mary of the Assumption RC Church 22 Nov. 1868. Michael, s/o Daniel Murphy & Catherine Hanaford, was baptised KIlmichael RC Parish, Cork, 8 July 1841 & died Cambridge 1911. He was a gardener here, so we assume he had attended some type of agricultural secondary school. Mary A Murphy was b. c. 1845 and died Cambridge 1930. The oldest of their seven children, Joseph C., supposedly was sent back to go to the school his father had attended, but I haven't been able to verify this. Their second child. William D. was my maternal grandfather, and my siblings & I are the only survivors of Michael & Mary's children. Four other daughters of William Murphy & ELLEN MAHONEY came to MA. Catherine, married widower John Sullivan, a stonecutter from Cork in Cambridge in 1880. He died in1888 & she in 1920; there are no survivors. Honora (Nora) married widower Cornelius McCarthy in 1875. Cornelius, a clothing cutter, s/o Thomas McCarthy & Mary Sheehan, was baptised Kilmichael RC 8 Nov 1848. He died Cambridge 1914; Honora Cambridge 1891. There are no survivors. Johanna married Eugene McCarthy of Cork in Boston 1891; he died there 1925, she 1924. They had no children. Ellen/Helen never married and died Lynn MA 1933. In the records of the RC Parish of Ballinhassig, Cork, I found a marriage of ELLEN MAHONEY and William Murphy on 19 January 1840, and a baptism of their daughter ELLEN MAHONEY there on 18 May 1849, but no records of other family members, so this may not be my family. Any help will be appreciated.


Philip Mahoney:  Auckland, NZ (

Believed to be Co Cork ancestry with John Mahony. His name appears on marriage certificate of Daniel Mahony b 1840 Ireland d 1901 (came to London prior to 1864?) and Catherine Greehy(Greel,. Gray)  (born 1838 Clapham) at St Mary's Church, Clapham Road, London in 1864. Her parents Patrick and Catherine born Ireland. (Little known of Catherine's family, however, she had several brothers , one of whom (John) emigrated to NZ, settling Christchurch. The name became Grey in NZ). Children Joseph Stanislaus( 1865-1933),George Augustine (1860-1930), Mary Ann known as Cecilia Mary (1872-1921). Daniel and Catherine emigrated to New Zealand in 1874. Two further sons were born in Wellington : Patrick Joseph (1877-) and Alphonsus Patrick (1880-1953). Daniel and Catherine died within months of each other in 1901. They are buried in the  Karori Cemetery, Auckland.

Cecilia (Mary Ann) married John Lawrence Engel. Both of her brothers were priests, Father Stan Mahony performed the ceremony. Two babies Joseph Watson Mahony (Gus) born 1892 and Thomas Wilson Mahony born 1893 were brought up in the Engel family. The origins of these two Mahony boys is unclear. Catherine refers in her will (1897) as adopted sons and names them. No record of legal adoption. Marriage certificates of both state Cecilia as their mother but no birth certificates to confirm. Both served in the first world war. Cecilia's son Harry Engel was killed. The NZ Mahony family tree stems from Joseph (Gus)  Mahoney and Thomas Wilso Mahony.

Trish (Patrica Elva O'Mahony- O'Reilly ) : Huntly, NZ  and  Colleen Rodgers : Mossman, Australia (

Possibly early ancestors Patrick O'Mahony, married Cath Ryan, John James O'Mahony 1815-1877 m? (brother Dennis O'Mahony 1810-1870  m 1840?).

John James O'Mahony: 3 brothers- Patrick, Edmund, Denis: 3 sisters -Mary, Kate? Clancy, Julia (Hefferman)

John James O'Mahony b 1848 married Catherine "Kitty" Barry (1845-1886) 26 July 1873. Disappeared to the USA in 1886 ( escape conviction for political activity -Whiteboys, Land League, Fenian Brotherhood). History has it that his father,uncles and cousin were involved in leagues.  In 1886 Kitty died after the birth of her seventh child Agnes. Kitty's spinster sister Anne Barry helped take care of the younger children.

The six siblings were Edmond James b 1874, Patrick Aloisus  b 1876 Jack (South Africa), William 'Will' (USA), John 'Jim' (Ireland),Margaret "Maggie'  who died in 20's. Agnes was a spinster and went to Spain. Kitty is buried in Monanimy Castle cemetery, along with her parents. John Mahony brother of James was a wealthy landowner of a property Quitrent, Kildorrery, barony of Condons and Clangibbon, Co Cork offered to take all the children. Property part of the estate of the Earls of Kingston and offered for sale in 1855/56.

Edmond James O'Mahony b 1874-1943 m Isabella Maria Miloro  b 1886 d  ? They migrated to New Zealand and arrived  Westport (South Is)1910/11. When orphaned Edmond and Patrick worked in the Barry Brothers Grocery and Tea Merchants for Kitty's brother Richard. Became dairy farmers. Had six children.  Eileen Cathleen (Leo) , Gwen Isabella (Southcombe), Edmond 'Ted' m Elva King, Maureen 'Jacquelyn m Clem Fabish', George Richard 'Dick' m Joan Harden and Carol Ann married Cobber Hurley.  Died due to heart difficulties. Buried Aromo Cemetery, Wanganui.

Patrick Aloisius 1876-1936, buried Passage West, Ireland with his sister Margaret and wife Catherine. He married Catherine (Kathleen) Allen (1884-1936) from Queenstown. An original member in Ireland of "Florist Telegraph Delivery Assoc" forerunner of "Interflora".

Jack: Capetown, South Africa.  Served Boer war thought to have died. Large branch of O'Mahonys in Capetown are suspected to be connected. Brother Edmond visited him on way to NZ. wanted them to stay in South Africa. Gave money to him to start life in NZ.

William "Will" went to USA and worked on Pacific Railway near California. (others say he went to South Africa.)

John  'Jim' married Margaret Casey,Ballyyorhan, Rochestown . Her brother Dominic married Nelly Barry. John ran the farm at Ballyorban owned by Annie Barry his mother's sister around 1936. They had four children-Annie (USA) -nun, Kathleen (USA)-nun, Margaret (Ireland), John.

Margaret 'Maggie' died in her 20's.

Agnes was a spinster and went to Spain.

NB Patrick Athanasius b 1916, son of Patrick Aloisius, married Elizabeth Finn. Involved with the early OMahony Gatherings and writer for the Cork Times.

Kate Mahony Burrowes :  Wellington (

First ancestor, Ned O'Mahony (wife unknown) came from Macroom in Co Cork to Castleisland with his four sons, one of whom died aged 18.  I estimate him to have been born around 1780. When his son died, he built a tomb with a printed inscription giving his son's name Edmond, and the age at death, and date of death. The tomb is still in the cemetery at Scartaglen, near Castleisland, and was used by all the O'Mahony lines until 1938; now it is used by just one line. The three surviving brothers all set up on land more or less along the same road in Castleisland. The farms were known as Camp (later East and West Camp), Bullockfield, and Clounacurrig. The same farms are still lived on by O'Mahony descendants to this day.

Cousin  Donal O'Mahony, the IRA leader and lion hunter; my great uncle John O'Mahony went out to Africa with him at one time. There are also articles dating back to 1877 from a local newspaper (re my great-grandfather).Many went to the USA from the family and I have been in contact with a number of these cousins who have also sent me information about their people in the US. There were some interesting and well educated priests within the family (two eg Monsignors O'Mahony in NewYork), also a well known rugby player (Moss Keane, in Kerry).

Jill Mahoney: Wellington and son Dave Mahoney: Christchurch (

  Charles Mahoney and  Mary Ellen McAleer  m 3October1896 at  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

  Patrick Joseph Mahoney b 11 March 1902 - d 1965

Patrick had 5 sisters - Jean, Ellen, Mary Ann, Bridget and Catherine ( sisters' birth dates, nor order of birth is known)

Patric kMahoney m Mary Doherty in 1934. Children - Margaret (known as Rita) b 1934. Theresa  b 1935, Colette  b 1937  d 1992 or 1993, Gerard (known as Gerry) b  1940 d 2011, George b 1942,  Phyllis b 194, Patricia- b 1946

Jill's husband Gerry's ancestors are most likely from County Cork. Lived Belfast before emigrating to NZ in the 1950's. Dave has decided to do the DNA Test, as part of their search to establish early ancestors. Daughter Catherine.

Neil Mahoney: Auckland ( and Jim Coleman( Patrica (Trish) Mahoney: Huntly (

Trishes grandparents married in 1912. No names, just  a wedding photo.

Parents are Michael (Micky) Gordan Mahoney and Marjorie Gordan Mahoney. Three children: Michael (Micky)  Mahoney b 13 August 1938 and twins Patrica and Bruce  Mahoney 16 November 1941. Mick married (Janet/Jan)1951, son Brent Mahoney. Trish married  (1)Walter 'Wally' Perston, five children, Sharon,Peter,Gary, Anne and Wayne. (2) Jim Coleman m 2008. Patrica (Trish) Mahoney Perston died Oct 2015.. Bruce married Mary (1), two daughters Sonia and Vicky. (2) Kath.

Note. Michael Gordan  Mahoney has a sister Eileen (nickname Gan or Ganny)

Ian Packwood: Sunnyhills , Auckland (

Edmund Mahony (great grandfather of Ian Packwood) and Edward Mahoney (not related) married  two sisters Katherine and Elizabeth BARRY in Ballincolig, Cork.Edmund and wife Katherine went to South Africa. Edward and his wife Elizabeth went to Australia. Edmund Mahony with a group of Cape Settlers came to NZ in 1848. Two children (1) Edmund born abt 1853, Auckland m Thersa Hanly d 11 Mar 1926.(2) Elizabeth b abt 1843 m John Edward HAVEN b  29 Jul 1837 (USA). Ian Packwood descended from  John Edward Haven and Elizabeth Mahoney. He is continuing his Mahoney research.

Edward Mahoney later came to  NZ from Australia.

Edward Mahoney  b 1825,Cork m Margaret Elizabeth Barry. Children : Thomas  b 1855 Auckland ; Monsignor William Henry  b 1857-1925); John  b 1859; James; Cyril b 1859;Robert;Ellen;Kate;Walter.

Carol  Murphy : Pukekhoe (

Jeremiah (Thadius) Mahony married Julia ? son Jeremiah (Thadius) Mahony  married Ellen Sullivan. Children were (1) Thadeus Mahony   b 30 Jan 1872, Carron, Co Kerry,Ireland. Baptism certificate has Mahon(e)y. Sponsors were Thadius and Julia. (2) Mary Mahony, b 25 Feb 1874, Carron, Co Kerry, Ireland. She married Patrick Murphy b 30 Jul 1880, Gortdromakiery, Killarney, Co Kerry Ireland (son of Daniel Murphy and Bridget Donoghue), on 21 Jan 1904 in Rathmore, Co Kerry. Patrick died 17 May 1937, Hawera Public Hospital, Taranaki, NZ. Mary died 14 April 1939, Hawera Public Hospital,Taranaki, New Zealand.

Raewyn Irwin : Red Beach, Auckland (

Descended from James Mahoney.  James arrived prior to 1950. He married Agnes Craig. Search continues . Any information grateful.

Patrick  Mark Mahoney : (

Patrick Mark Mahoney (RN) ex coastal guard officer -Lyme Regis. Born 1832 Milltown, Co Kerry, Ireland. Died 19 Feb 1898, Portsea, Portsmouth. Married Sarah Ann Forwalk b 1832 Ramsgate, Kent. Died 4 January 1898. Portsea, Portsmouth.

Patrick Mark Mahoney Portsea grave head stone (Royal Navy family plot) has engraved on the side family names-Flora Agnes-James George Forwalk-Grace Maude (died in infancy); Laura Madelena died  16 April 1908 (husband Robert Bidwell);Harold  F Mahoney died 8 June 1903 (wife Jane) Children: Kate Ann  b 1860 Portsmouth, Amy Helen b 1863 Portsea,Sarah Marian b 1867 Landport, Portsmouth,Florence Mildred b 1868 Landport, Portsmouth, Laura Madelena  b 1869 Southsea, Portsmouth,Conrad Mark Patrick b 1872, Ireland,Harold F  b 1874, Ireland

Conrad Mark Mahoney (great grandfather )m Ruth Agnes Chamberlain b Longburn, NZ 1882 died abt 1947, Wellington. Conrad died 1946, Wellington. Buried together in Karori Cemetery, Wellington.Children: Harold Edward (Ted) Mahoney b 1908 Wellington, died 20 Sept 1965, m Edna (Eddie) Benge 8 Aug 1930. Born Carterton 22 Dec 1907 d 1 Aug 1994, Waikanae, NZ.Rene Mahoney (no information),Winnie (Minnie) Winn Mahoney  m Ngaire Murray d 1984 Palmerston North.

Harold Edward (Ted)  Mahoney and Edna children-Terence Mark Mahoney (father) b 17 April 1932,Masterton d 18 Nov 2015, Hamiliton m  11 Nov 1953 Joyce Doreen Harrison. Children four.- (1) Colleen Iris  Mahoney b 10 May 1935, Lower Hutt m  1955 Vivian Lawton (1 child) and  m 8 March 1960 Robert Hendry (2 children) Died 8 May 1992 (2) Maureen Ida Ruth Mahoney b 14 Dec 1939, Lower Hutt m 28 March 1959, Peter Thomas Fahey (3)Toni Irene Mahoney b 8 October 1941, Lower Hutt m 23 August John Laurence Turner d  12 October 2015, Hawera (4) Brien Patrick Mahoney b 10 Feb 1946, Lower Hutt d 2 July 2011. Unmarried, two children.

Frances Mahony Van Lier : Papakura, Auckland (

John Mahony, farmer  Killarney, Co Kerry, Ireland d before 1840 m Mary ? died after 1840. Two children: Timothy Mahony b abt 1819, Co Kerry, Ire m  Morpeth, Australia 1843 Margaret Wren (1819-1911) d ? and Julia b abt 1818, Kerry, Ire m John O'Neil 1842 Morph, Aus d 1873.  Both arrived on the "Isabella" in 1840. Timothy Mahony had six children-(1) Maryanne b 1843, Morpeth, m Patrick Hurley d Sydney. (2) Ellen b 1845 Morph m Michael Hurley d ? (3) Julia b 1847 Morpeth m John Walker d ? 9(4) John Mahony b 18521 Sydney m Catherine Coyle  (1841-1888) 1880 Sydney d 1917 Sydney (5 )John b 1850 d 1850 (6) Margaret b 1853 d 1872.

John Mahony and Catherine Coye two children  (1) Ernest Victor Arthur Mahony b 1881, Sydney m Edith Bouskil (1885-1952)l, 1905, Auckland d Dundedin (2) Florence May Mahony  b 1883, Sydney d 1943, Sydney

Ernest Victor Mahony had five children (1)  Jack Ernest Mahony b 1906 Auckland m 1935 Marie  Louise Young  d 1975 Auckland (2) Trevor Mahony b   1910 Auckland m Joan Adelaide Mason  d 1982 Auckland (3  )Owen Coyle Mahony b 1913 m Vivienne B Adams d 1972 Pukekohe (4) Rex Victor Mahony b 1920 Pukekohe m Anita Merle Maunsell d 2006 Pukekohe (5) Florence Mary b 1923 Pukekohe m Keith Stevens and Staff Mc Donald d 2002 Auckland. Of 13 Mahony cousins seven attended the  O'Mahony Clan Get- Together in Pukekohe.

 Helen Mahoney: Huntly,  Judith Hickman : Hamiliton , Pat Hone; Cambridge (

 Kerry (mostly Killarney? Cornelius Mahoney c 1769 m Jane Sheahan . James Mahoney  b 1794 m Ellen Manly Great- great grandfather, James Mahoney, emigrated to Australia in the early 1800s with some of his children on a ship called ' The Bussorah Merchant', disembarking in Tasmania but then moving to Bacchus Marsh, outside Melbourne, where he ran a farm and did stonework for Captain ? If you Google James Mahoney + Bacchus Marsh you will find lots of info. His grandsons, Cornelius (Con) Mahoney and John (Jack) Mahoney then emigrated to New Zealand in the late 1800s.  Con was my (Helen)  grandfather and Jack was Judith's and Pat's grandfather.Photos of Bacchus Marsh Mahoneys and Marina Hennessy in Melbourne is a descendant.

Linda  Ann (Willings) Whitcombe :  Auckland (

Her mother is Hannah O'Mahoney  b 8 June 1927, Cork.Her parents were Patrick O'Mahoney and Ellen O'Mahoney nee O'Mahoney. Hannah  (Tea packer)married  William Willings  (Ship repairer) in Hackney, London 6 October 1954. Address was 411 Kingsland Road, Hackney. Father a builders labourer.

There are multiple online genealogy resources, whose records are now digitised:

Additionally, there are fee-paying services some have found useful, including:

(The O Mahony Society has no interest in, nor endorsement of,  these services.  They are provided here for your information only.)

 1926 Irish Census

The Dick Eastman Genealogy Newsletter recently included information regarding the petition being circulated for the early release of the 1926 Irish Census.  Many will know that approval for its release was given in 2012 but has not yet been enacted.  Although not a formal endorsement of the petition by The O Mahony Society, the information is being provided to individuals who may wish to participate:


Bill Badzmierowski  (USA)   (​)

Ihave been heavily involved in genealogical research for many years. For very specific reasons, I stepped up this research after my mother’s passing in 2010. 
I am proud of my family’s Polish and Irish Heritage. My father still boasts that he gifted us with the “biggest name in town.” He is certainly right about this fact!
A few years ago, I learned that I was legally eligible for citizenship in the Republic of Ireland. This is because:
          A. My grandmother – Bridget Gifford-Mahoney was born in Carrigtohill, County Cork, Munster, Ireland in 1886. My grandmother emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1905.
          B. My mother – Rita Janet Gifford-Badzmierowski – became an Irish Citizen on the day she was born in Boston in 1929. My mother’s Irish Citizenship was automatic because her mother was born in Ireland.
Over the past three years, I have been gathering all of the extensive documentation I needed to prove my Irish lineage to the Irish Government. I finally submitted my application last year.
On August 8, 2016 I received notification of my Irish Citizenship from the Government of Ireland! I now officially, legally, and proudly hold Dual Citizenship in the United States of America and in the Republic of Ireland!
I see this step as a singularly unique way to honor the life of my mother and grandmother.

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