Brennan Families in Ballaghaderreen Roman Catholic Parish Records, County Mayo and County Roscommon, Ireland

Ballaghaderreen Roman Catholic Parish is covered on LDS microfilm number 1279232 in items 1-9. The film is listed in the LDS catalog as Parochial registers of Ballaghaderreen (Mayo and Roscommon), 1830-1963. There is another film covering this parish as well: FHL British film 926005. I am in the process of completing this film.

Ballaghaderreen Roman Catholic Parish was previously referred to as "Castlemore and Kilcolman." Castlemore Civil Parish and Kilcolman Civil Parish are both covered in this Catholic Parish. These Civil Parishes straddle the borders between Counties Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. Kilcolman Civil Parish (that contains Ballaghaderreen) in Costello Barony was transferred to County Roscommon in 1898 in a Local Government Act.

Item one of this film is described as the Diocese of Achonry Ballaghaderreen Parish Baptisms (Baptismal records 1851-1864). Item two is described as covering "baptismal records of the year 1861 and of the years 1864-1872." Item three is described as covering Baptisms of Ballaghaderreen, Diocese of Achonry. Item four is described as Baptisms, Diocese of Achonry, Ballaghaderreen Parish. (Parochia Ballaghaderreen --- de Kilcolman that I can't transcribe). Item five covers baptisms from Ballaghaderreen Parish, Diocese of Achonry.

Summary of findings: In item one, the priest failed to document the mother's maiden name in the first few years of the film. These records will be listed in the "unknown surname" section of the Ballaghaderreen families. What is startling is that this priest wrote a whole page at the start of item one about the importance of preserving these records due to old age pension applications and loss of the census records and then he goes and leaves out vital information! Initially all of the wives were listed as given name, d.o. (ditto). This would seem to indicate that their maiden name was the same name as their husbands's surname, but every record on the first page was indicated as such which most likely means it is their married name and not their maiden name. There were several pages in item one that were so blurry I couldn't read them at all. Item two is a very clearly written documentation that repeats many of the records in item one with some spelling variations. I have included both records if there was any discrepancies.

After completion of the first four items, I have identified 87 different Brennan families plus 10 Brennan families with an unknown spouse's surname.. The vast majority of these Brennan Families were listed as living in the Townlands of Drumacoo, Ballaghaderreen, Cloonlumney, Creggan and Cross(all of which were part of Kilcolman Civil Parish, Costello Barony, County Mayo before the 1898 transfer to County Roscommon. Of interest was that there was a significant concentration of Brennans from Kilcolman Civil Parish in County Sligo including Monasterredan, Annaghbeg, Clogher and Fauleens. These townlands are up closer to Boyle than the Town of Ballaghaderreen. Ishlaun in Castlemore Civil Parish, County Mayo and Lissian in Castlemore Civil Parish, County Roscommon were also represented. Ballaghaderreen is often referred to as B-Derrin in these records.

I have done my best to correctly transcribe these records, but after five or so hours behind a microfilm reader, the likelihood of mistakes in both interpretation and transcription most certainly increases. I have the microfilm and item numbers on which the records were found so you can confirm the information. In an attempt to minimize download times I have limited the information presented on each family. The records in this section will document Baptisms (B) and Marriages (M). I also have documented all of the baptisms and marriages sponsored/witnessed by Brennans; although these are not included online, they can yield valuable clues such as "circles of friends" and possible townlands that might provide a missing link. There are additional details in these records such as date of birth, sponsors, priests, and at times notes in the margin detailing marriages and deaths. If you feel that your family is in this compilation, please feel free to contact me and I will share with you the additional details.

Analysis of Findings:

I am currently analyzing the Brennan/Corcoran/Coffey and Gahagan families that I have identified in the Townlands that were included in the Ballaghaderreen parish records. I intend to look at clusters of families in each townland, try to identify connections between them and attempt to determine what became of them- whether they remained in Ireland, left for England, the US or elsewhere. I would welcome any and all feedback on this compilation. Please contribute so that other Brennan researchers might find the missing pieces of their Irish ancestral puzzle!

Brennans from Ballaghaderreen Identified in other records:

  1. 1911 Bradford, Yorkshire District 46: Elizabeth Brannon 25 Servant, Hospital Nurse who was born in Ballaghaderreen, Roscommon, Ireland worked in the Workhouse ad administered by the Poor Law Board of Guardians.

These are the Brennans and their respective Townlands that I have analyzed thus far:

  1. The Brennan Families of Creggan, Kilcolman Civil Parish, County Roscommon Ireland found in Ballaghaderreen Catholic Parish, Census and other Records
  2. Brennan Families from the Townland of Ballaghaderreen, Kilcolman Civil Parish, County Roscommon, Ireland in Church, Census and Other Records
  3. Brennan Families from the Townland of Drumacoo, Kilcolman Civil Parish, County Roscommon, Ireland in the Ballaghaderreen Church, County Roscommon, Ireland Census and Other Records
  4. An Analysis of the Brennans, Corcorans, Coffeys and Gahagans (and all variations) from Banada, Keel Banada and Lung, County Roscommon Ireland in the Ballaghaderreen Church, Ireland Census, Griffith's Valuation and other Records
  5. Brennan and Corcoran Families (and all Surname Variations) from the Townlands of Sroove and Falleens, Kilcolman Civil Parish, County Sligo, Ireland in the Ballaghaderreen Church, Ireland Census, Griffith's Valuation and other Records
  6. An Analysis of the Brennan and Corcoran Families from Monasterredan, Lomcloon and Islands, County Sligo Ireland found in the Ballaghaderreen Church, Ireland Census, Griffith's Valuation and other Records
  7. The Brennan and Coffey Families (and all Surname Variations) from the Townlands of Boghtaduff, Ardkill, Ishlaun and Drumnalassan, County Roscommon Ireland in the Ballaghaderreen Church, Ireland Census, Griffith's Valuation and other Records
  8. The John Towey and Mary Brennan Family of Ishlaun, County Roscommon, Ireland: An Analysis of some of their Children's Journey's from Ishlaun, Roscommon Ireland to Lancashire and Yorkshire, England and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A

These are Brennans from Ballaghaderreen that I have identified in other Genealogical Records:


These records will be presented by spouse's surname:

Surnames A-C Surnames D-F Surnames G-I
Surnames J-L Surnames M-N Surnames O-R
Surnames S-T Surnames U-Z Unknown Spouse's Surname