The extensive research and rewarding nuggets of history discovered in the hunt to find our ancestral home in Ireland.

We have had the fantastic experience of visiting the home townlands of many of our Irish American immigrants. We have “chased” Kate’s ancestors back to Enniskerry in Co. Wicklow, Ballydurn Townland in Co. Waterford, and Templemore in Co. Tipperary.

As for Mike, we have “chased” his ancestors back to Ballyheigue in Co. Kerry, Litter More Townland in Co. Wexford, and Dunganstown in Co. Wexford.

Finding where our ancestors lived in Ireland was the endpoint following extensive research.

We both found a number of Irish ancestors with surnames we never knew about. Kate’s family history stories said her Regan and Fitzpatrick clans were both from Carrick-on-Suir.

As it turns out, the Regans were indeed from Co. Waterford, but not so for the Fitzpatricks. As you search for your Irish ancestors, make sure you soak in all of the Irish history along the way!

Patrick Byrne and Mary McGuirk, Kate’s 3rd great grandparents, were married in Roman Catholic (RC) Parish Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow in 1825. The address given for Mary was Tonegara. Four male McGuirks lived in Tonegara Townland when the Tithe Applotment Books were recorded in 1825. One of them was undoubtedly Mary McGuirk’s father. Tithe Applotment Books were recorded between 1823 and 1838 as a survey of land to determine the payment of tithes as a religious tax.

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