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In an ironic twist, one of Ireland’s most poetic counties – Co. Monaghan – has a name that means “Place of the shrubs.” Still, beloved Irish poet, Patrick Kavanagh, found something inspirational in the lofty mountains and sweet lakes of his home county. And if you’ve ever drunkenly belted out “Danny Boy” on a piss up night at the pub, you were singing about a son heading off to war from none other than Clones, Co. Monaghan.

 

Castle Leslie, home to an Irish branch of Clan Leslie, is located on a 1000-acre (4.0 km2) estate adjacent to the village of Glaslough, Monaghan.

Credit: Castle Leslie Estate

There is very little to do in Monaghan that doesn’t revolve around its sweeping natural environment. That’s why poets like Kavanagh, writers like Patrick McCabe (The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto) and artists like George Collie have all found the county so inspirational. Even comedian Oliver Callan of “Nob Nation” fame has drawn inspiration from his home county. Nicknamed the “Monaghan Mimic,” Callan offered his first performances to a field of cows in his hometown of Inniskeen, and often jokes about Monaghan’s unique dialect, which is largely unintelligible to the rest of Ireland.

Sculpture of famous Irish poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh who was born in Inniskeen Co Monaghan in 1904.

Writers Centre in Inniskeen Monaghan

In light of this, a visit to Monaghan should, first and foremost, include a trip to the Patrick Kavanagh Rural & Literary Resource Centre in Inniskeen, which houses an exhibition on the poet's life and a research library. Otherwise, Monaghan is all about outdoor activities. Angling on the Rivers Fane, Glyde and Blackwater, cycling the county’s back roads, golf and hillwalking atop Mullyash Mountain, Slieve Beagh and Coolberrin Hill are popular, as well as waterskiing on one of the many lakes, such as Lough Muckno.

Lough Muckno, Monaghan

Monaghan hasn't just produced world-famous artists. Barry McGuigan, WBA Boxing Champion in 1985 is a native of Clones (which was also the birthplace of Patrick McCabe).

Carrickmacross lace, which adorned the sleeves of Princess Diana's wedding dress, is one of Monaghan’s most prized traditional crafts, with its own gallery in the town. Or if you fancy yourself a boy racer, you can take a spin around the tarmac at Rally School Ireland in a souped-up Subaru, Ferrari or Porsche.

101 Must-Do’ ways to live your regional connection.

Our 101 team have been working with local tourism, business, community and Council initiatives to bring you some of the best ways for you to live your connection to Monaghan.

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Martin

My 5th great grandfather George Martin reportedly sailed to Chester, PA in America from Ireland some time in the mid-1700s, before marrying Annah Cloud in Wilmington, DE in 1761 and settling on a farm in Hampshire County, WVA where he lived and raised a family until his death in 1806. I have not been able to trace his country of origin or parents across the pond and was hoping somebody on this site may have information on George Martin to share. My family lore says our Martin line were Scotch-Irish, which I take to mean a family from Northern Ireland that originally came from England or Scotland. My ancestry goal has been to trace each branch of my tree back to their country of origin. I have done that for all the women who married into my Martin line, but not yet for my Martins. Hoping somebody here can help!
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Martin

Laura Ann martin I stay right across the school st.martin north schools on lemoyne and my family name is martin of Orland Scottish and Welch and united kingdom I stay in Mississippi on lemoyne this is where I lived at the st.martin school on lemoyne Blvd. I I seen a begger at fountains piers under the bridge I then rushed home and put a a brand new church suit with brand-new church shoes in a plastic bedspread bag clear so it was neatly folded and I put it on my back and carried it to him with one hand on my bike I was 9 years old and I had no fear I rode my bike into the shadows under the bridge and I gave him a cloak a brand new church suit and shoes black and shinny so he had rags and walked away in a brand new suit this was my clack to him my coat of arms. I have my paper work stating our martin coat of arms.
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terry douglas martin

I am looking for info and parents, grandparents, etc. of Thomas Martin born 1800 Tennessee married to Nancy Hatton born 1805 virginia. They" had son William D. Martin 1828-1911 tennessee who married 1853 Louisa Jane Scott 1832-1901 Indiana. Also info Robert joseph charlton 1861-1957 Kentucky married to Mary Murphy 1861-1933 St. Louis, Mo. tmartin5678@yahoo.com
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terry douglas martin

i am looking for parents,etc. of William Martin born circa 1800 tennessee, his son John Martin born circa 1800 tennessee married circa 1853 tennessee elizabeth scott (born 1824). William not married. john martin's son James henry martin 1854-1931 who married phoebe jane wells (1861-1950) tmartin5678@yahoo.com
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Gorman

I am looking for living descendants of Bernard Martin & Sarah, nee McGrath. Their son, Joseph married Sarah Frazer (or Frazier/Fraiser) in the Carnteel Catholic Parish, County Tyrone on 9 August 1843 (microfilm 1D/36) and emigrated from Liverpool 15 March1844 on the ship, Briton, to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Sarah's sister, Jane, also emigrated with them. Joseph's shipping record has his native place as Drumlane, County Cavan and he came as an agricultural labourer. Have done extensive genealogy searches for Bernard and Sarah for marriage and children but to no avail. Visiting Ireland October 2018; would be great to link with relatives. Jill - gormanjilly.6563@yahoo.com.au
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Rosemary mcmahon

Is Queen Elizabeth of England blood related to King Brian Brou High King of Ireland
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McMahon

Jp McMahon, celebrity Chef, Galway. Owner of Aniar, Michelin Star Restaurant My Brother
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Karen Jean Rumble

Hi Karen Rumble (nee McMahon here again. apparently I got it all wrong and My ancestor Hugh is from County Clare. would truly love to hear any info at all for Hugh and family. not holding my breath though. Thanks all the same
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Susan Hill

Looking for family related to Sir John MacMahon born 1686 in Meath,Ireland and died in 1746 somewhere in Ireland, also another person would be Robert Joseph McMahon b 1706 county Clare Monaghan Ireland died May 5 1769 in Williamsburg,Virginia..
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Tawny Marie McMahan

I am just trying to learn more. Someone guild me right?!?
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Karen Rumble

Hi My Maiden name is McMahon. I am a descendant of Hugh McMahon of Cootehill Co. Cavan. Hugh was born in 1815 as far as I can tell and was sent to Australia (where I live) for being a naughty boy :)...not uncommon for us Aussies. I would love any information on Hugh if there is anybody out there that might be able to steer me in the right direction. I'm just starting out on my family history Thank you in advance Karen
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ashley marlow

Hello My name Is Ashley Marlow, My maternal grandfathers Name is Paul McMahon. I am trying to build my tree but am not making much headway when I comes to anyone beyond Peter P. McMahon who born somewhere around 1806 in Ireland and died Nov, 18th, 1856
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Mcmahon

Sir William McMahon d.1980's (a former Prime minister - Australia) Son Julian (actor) living.
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PAULA EWEN

Thomas Duffy was a Spirit Dealer in the Offaly area in the 1800's. He married Esther Mara. Do these names ring a bell with anyone?
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Duffy

Hi All, I can trace my family back to Cootehill, Cavan, Ireland, 1786, Starting with Hugh Duffy (Cootehill, Cavan, Ireland, born 1786) moving on to Owen Duffy (County Monaghan, born 1820), then Peter Duffy (Cootehill, Cavan, Ireland, born 1846) then Francis Duffy (Hamilton, Scotland, born 1880) then my Grandfather James Duffy (Fife, Scotland, born 1909) then my Father James Duffy (Finglesham, Kent, England, born 1937) and then me (Ramsgate, Kent, England, born 1962) My Maternal Grandmother was born in Cork, Ireland, and although to English parents, I have been able to gain my Irish Citizenship through her.
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Duffy

To all my Duffy family from Sligo and Ross Common ?? I also have dunleavy, fitzpatrick and Fitzgerald on my direct family tree. Duffy is my farthers line. I'm very interested in finding my tribe ????
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Christopher w Rushkin

My grandmother was Helen Marie Duffy (1897 - 1980) and her father was James Duffy (1875 - 1946) who was born in Donegal Ireland.
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Danny L. Duffey

I had always heard, that some of the Duffys, who immigrated from Ireland, to America, (and who were Protestant) changed the name and added an "e" to indicate that they were Protestant instead of Catholic. My GGGG Grandad, Michael Duffey, immigrated from Londonderry in the later half of the 1700s, with his friend, Thomas Ramsey and actually fought in the American Revolution. After the war, he settled in Fayette county, PA and eventually migrated to Adams County, OH (via the Ohio River.) My father's name was Denver H. Duffey, born in Springfield, OH (10/01/1920).
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Duffy

You need to remember that most of DUFFYs who immigrated to the United States actually change their name to DUFFEY it was a way to set themselves apart from the Roman Catholics.
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Andrea Parrish

My great grandfather John Duffy, married Ellen Brett, and came from Ballaghaderreen, Ireland when it was still part of County Mayo.
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Teresa Duffy-Phillips

Looking for information on Patrick Peter Duffey. Born in 1797 Lived in Stonepark Ireland Married Mary McMahon In 1824 They migrated to the US I’m not exactly certain when. Patrick went by Peter Duffey. He had several children including John Patrick Ellen and Peter. Ellen Duffey married Charles Arthur Lennon in Ireland. The Duffys migrated to Philadelphia Pa. Patrick Peter died in 1853 at the age of 55 any help would be most appreciated Teresa
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Bill Duffy

Yes if you find more information on the John Duffy/ Mary Whitney family history,In Longford Ireland. Please share with me.
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Duffy

James Duffy (great grandfather) was born in Inniskeen (Inishkeen) -- 22 August 1843 to Catherine Cooke and James Duffy. Emigrated to NYC (Manhattan) in 1869. Died there in 1905. He had sisters and brothers -- John, Michael, Catherine (who married Patrick McGeough of Dundalk). She (Catherine Duffy) was born in Inniskeen in 1857 and moved with her husband Patrick to Dundalk, where she died in 1956.
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Sugrue

My ancestor is John Duffy who married Mary Whitney. They had James Duffy June 29, 1834 in Co Longford. I would love to make connections to my Irish relatives!!
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Boyd

My great grandfather
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Harte

Hello Helen My Grandfather Martin Joseph Harte b 1904 was Your gran Margaret's( b 1902) brother. They also had another sister name unknown who left young and possibly moved to the st Nee ates as a Doctor. Our great Grandparents on your Mothers side were James Harte b 1855 and Bridget Harte b 1864 Nee Lyons. Hope this helps. Kind regards John.
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Michael S Connolly

My grandfather Thomas Connolly came from Clifton, Ireland. His parents settled in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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Galway Connolly

Connolly's from County Galway. My third great grandfather was Michael Connolly/Connolley. Michael Connolly was born around 1835 and died January 5, 1893 in Morgan County, IL. He and his brother, Martin Connolly came to the United States around 1850. The brother's married their spouses on October 29, 1854 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois. By the 1860 census, both were living in Morgan County, IL. Martin Connolly born 1829 to 1832 census varies on his birth year. Birth month: October (tombstone) or November (1900 Census). Martin died March 1, 1904 in Morgan County, IL. Both brother's and their mother, Mary (died 1884) are buried in Calvary Cemetery, Jacksonville, Morgan county, Illinois.
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Connolly

Thomas Zacharia Connolly Born 1811 Ireland Married Mary Clara Larney both died in Manchester, Eng
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CONNOLLY

Patrick Connolly Born 1839 County Kildare Died 1903 Loyalton,CA USA
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Helen Connolly

My father was from Holywell Ballyhaunis Co Mayo as was my grandfather My dad was one of five boys Peter James Martin John Francis and Michael my grandmother was Margaret Connolly ( nee Hart)
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Julie Hedge

My Grandfather was John Connolly, had a brother named Patrick. Owen Connolly was his father
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Phil Pip Turner

My Gr. Grandfather was James Connolly, born 1859 Cork. his father was Patrick Connolly. James was a Merchant Seaman, who lost his right? leg and he was a ship's cook. Can anybody relate to this James Connolly?
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Evelyn McGregor nee Conno

My family were from Monaghan, where my father grew up. His father was Owen Connolly, and the family had a farm in south Monaghan in a place called Derrygooney.
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Kathleen Wieman

My GGgrandmother was Mary Moan and gggrandfather was Edward/James Connolly. They met and married in Baltimore,MD 12/1866. Their Children's baptismal certificates list Fermanagh as their birth places.
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Conolley

My Irish heritage is through my mother Billie Conolley. We are not sure when/why this unusual spelling of Connolly came into existence, but my mother was born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Her father was Clarence Webster Conolley (1897-1982) also born in Baltimore, whose father was Charles Read Conolley (1861-1928), born in Maryland. I am trying to find out where in Ireland they might have come from.
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123margaret Connolly

sorry should be redirwin@eircom.net limerick Connollys from Adare Kilmallock , Bulgaden , Knockainey and any area would like to hear from any Connolly families, Mgt Connolly.
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Nirekat

Hi, I am a Connolly from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
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123margaret

Hello all if any one has a connection to co limerick of their Connolly family Id love to hear from them or any relations who left and went to other Countries. Mgt Connolly Irwin. redirwineircom.net
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McKenna

My Great Great Grandfather Peter Mckenna was born around 1835 he was a farmer and lived in Aughnacloy County Tyrone around 1883, i don't know his wife name, I only know of his son my Great Grandfather Hugh mckenna who Married Ellen Quinn in Aughnacloy In the year 1883 her fathers name was John Quinn he was also a farmer, I have hit a brick wall I can't seem to find anything else out
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Breedeen Nulty

My great great great grandfather was Patrick McKenna, I don't know whom he married or where he was born. He had at least one child - Peter born c1833. Peter married Margaret Cassidy from Co Meath in 1869, they were living in Drogheda and they had at least 8 children. They were Patrick, James, William, Thomas, John, Peter, Elizabeth & Mary Jane. Patrick, James and William went to Iowa, John went to Iowa/Wisconsin, he died in a railroad accident and his wife and children came back to Drogheda. Thomas died aged 5, Peter died aged 20. Lizzie married John Matthews in Drogheda and stayed there. Mary Jane went to Scotland and was a teacher, she never married. John was my great great grandfather, he married Ellen Hogg in 1901 in Drogheda, they had 2 children before John was killed - Peter (my grandfather) and Margaret.
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Kathy

My Great-Grandfather, William Henry McKenna, lived in Mayo and moved to Tyrrellspass, Westmeath around 1890. He was more commonly known by his second name, Henry, instead of William. My father told me, many years ago, that our ancestors originally came from Monaghan, but being too young to care I never thought to ask how he knew this. Would be grateful if anyone has information regarding McKennas from any of those areas.
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Mckenna

Patrick McKenna Born 1820 Mayo Ireland Died March 5, 1904 Pittsburg Pa
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Tom Guldner

Looking for any information on McKenna of Lobinstown, Meath My Great grandfather Bernard McKenna was born in Lobinstown, Meath, Ireland on 30 Nov 1835. He was the son of John McKENNA and Ann (HUGHES) McKenna. Mother name may be Marry Ann (Hughes) McKenna. Bernard and his parents and Bernards Grandmother Margaret McKenna emigrated to USA arriving on May 1, 1847 along with Bernards siblings John (Johah) age 6, Margaret age 4, Elizabeth age 2.
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Kiefer connally

Trying to find more info on the connally (how my family name is spelt), name I've done little research here and there, the four tribes of Tera, the hostages of the nine nial where we claim ancestry from one of them and I believe there is a Norse leader that we have claimed descendants from other than that I know nothing much else
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Stephen Connelly

Have begun tracing my family in Ireland. Looking for Felix Connelly in the 1600's
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Jessica McNally

We are only 4 generations in the United States. I’m interested in finding my roots. My great great grand father was born on the boat coming over here. His name was King John McNally. Can you help me with finding my roots?
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Jessica McNally

My name is Jessica McNally. My father’s name is John McNally. We are in the United States of America. All of our families names are either John, James or Francis.
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Tommy Mckenna

Hi Shane we would be related i live in Tyrone my mother was McNally are you on Facebook i have something of interest that you might like to see
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shanemcnally

Hi, Yes my Grandfather and his Brother were stonemasons from Co tyrone moved to Galway, there are still a good few of his nephews in Co Tyrone and of course now in Galway.
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Tommy McKenna

I had Ancestors McNallys Stonemasons that were from Derry and went to Antrim to live and then on to Townland Derry just out side Coalisland in County Tyrone I believe some of the McNally Clan went to Scotland and worked as Stonemasons on l Bridges
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john mcnally

Any McNallys here from County Derry that had ancestor that were stonemasons
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MCNALLY

John Mcnally 1808 to 1888
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edward thomas mcnally

i'm sorry john joseph mcnally was my great grandfather hugh francis mcnally is my grandfather
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edward thomas mcnally

i'm looking for mcnally family from devlin county monaghan my grandfather john joseph mcnally was born there he is the son of patrick and anne mccahery mcnally he had 10 brothers michael,patrick,edward,henry,cornelius,francis,charles,peter,james and owen
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Ms Petite-Cherie Boylan-K

Grandfather was from Dublin and immigrated to Western Australia in the early 1930s, I think.
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Dan Hoeye

I live in Chicago, IL in the US. However, I have traced my ancestry back to John Hoeye (born Oct 1789). We think he came to the US from Ireland in 1809. I cannot find any information about him or his family in Ireland. It's become clear to me that his last name must have been Hoey, and maybe added the "e" at the end of his name when he arrived in the US. Would really love any information anyone might have about him from Ireland.
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James Michael McQuade

Looking to find our coat of arms and diving my into our family lineage. A lot of references say that we came from Monaghan, Ireland. Wanting to dive deep and find out more.
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Gilroy

My maternal grandmother Sarah Gilroy who migrated to US from Shranakilla, County Mayo, Ireland. She settled in Philadelphia PA. USA
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Patrick Gilroy

My Grand Father was James GIlroy from BallyShannon, Ireland. He came to the States in 1840 more or less. He first settled in New York and in 1854 moved to Iowa and homesteaded the family farm. He helped at least one brother, Patrick and a sister Bridget come over also. As far as I know he never heard from either once he sent the cost for the tickets in.
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Shawna Young

My Gilroy family once lived in Nebraska. My grandma is Charlotte Gilroy. They moved to White Swan Washing Tom.
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Gilroy

I live in Nebraska and am searching for information on my Gilroy heritage. The story I know is that two Gilroy brothers planned to leave Ireland bound for America. One brother apparently boarded a ship headed to Australia by accident. I think my relatives settled in Pennsylvania before some found themselves in Nebraska. My great grandfather's name was Edward.
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Susan Gorst

Hello, I am researching Charles McEntee who arrived in Victoria, Australia on board the "Barrackpore" on 13th February 1853, having departed from London, England in November 1852. He was of Irish birth, and I believe his parents were John McEntee and Anne McDermott. According to the shipping passenger list, Charles was about 11-14 years old when he arrived. I am hoping to find connections to Charles to gather information and possibly photos for a book I am writing on the "Barrackpore" and her 2 voyages to Victoria, Australia - 1852-53 and 1853-54. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanking you in advance, Regards Susan Gorst
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Justin Jespersen

Hello. My name's Justin William Jespersen. I am the great grandson of Jean Bucella nee McEntee. I know she moved to America when she was young with her parents, but not much else. I don't even know her parent's name's. So if anyone has any idea of anybody who left with a daughter named Jean from Ireland to America I'd like to know more about this part of my family. So please find me on Facebook and send me a message.
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Kevin McEntee

I am the great grandson of James McEntee (McAtee) born about 1839 in County Monaghan. Before 1850 he and his family emigrated to Prince Edward Island, Canada as part of the Monahan exodus led by Rev. John MacDonald. On PEI he was a farmer and married Catherine Gillis and raised 12 children, 5 sons, 7 daughters. I would truly like to know more about the McEntee's in Co. Monaghan and find possible family members there. If your surname is McEntee, I would enjoy hearing rom you.
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carol milburn

looks like a lovely place
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