Brennan Families Identified in Boyle Roman Catholic Parish Records, County Roscommon, Ireland

Boyle Roman Catholic Parish includes Boyle Civil Parish and is located in the northern portion of County Roscommon Ireland. Logistically speaking, Boyle Catholic Parish lies roughly east of Gurteen Catholic Parish in County Sligo and Charlestown Parish in County Mayo. The LDS Church microfilm covering Boyle Catholic Parish in Elphin Diocese are #989743 (that I am presently viewing, that has earlier records) and #989744 that has later Baptisms (1864-1879) and Marriages (1864-1881).

Microfilm 989743 is going to be a challenging film as it was done in Negative, is all in Latin, the records from the late 18th century are pale and run together and the images are too big to fit on my viewer screen! UGH! Hopefully these earlier records aren't representative of the quality of the entire film! I will do my best to transcribe them, but would highly recommend obtaining this film for personal review if you feel your family may be in there, as it is one of those frustrating films where you feel like you are going to miss something!

Boyle has some of the earliest records that I have seen in two years of microfilm viewing of both Mayo and Roscommon Parishes. Father Jacobus Tyrell was the Parish Priest until 1794. He died July 27 and Roger Byrne became the Priest at this point. There were a whole slew of Catholic Priests that served this Parish between 1837 and 1864 (20 to be exact). One of them was Rev Wm Brennan who served the Parish of Boyle between 1845 (when Reverend Thos Dwyer left) and 1854. The National Library of Ireland in Dublin appears to have a film NLI Pos 4692 from 1848 on the Male Catholic Inhabitants of the Parish of Boyle according to John Hamrock's great publication "Tracing your Roscommon Ancestors" that would definitely be worth a look if you happen to visit Dublin! There is a notation on March 9, 1861 that mentioned Rev'd Mich's Brennan and Finn? of Ballaghaderreen giving permission for a Marriage.

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. Unfortunately no item numbers are given for this particular film and like most Irish films there is no index. 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. My objective to be able to trace the families that left during and after the famine for England and the U.S. I would love to hear from Descendents of these Brennan Families! These records are from film 989743 unless mentioned otherwise.

Special Note: There is an entry mid page in August 1842 of the Boyle Marriage section that states "In Cloonloo by Rev'd A Cosgrave and Davy V Brennan which would seem to imply that two priests possibly officiated three marriages in Cloonloo in August." The notation followed three marriages: Gulielmus Kennedy/Rosa Brennan, Reilly/Ryan and Lee/Scally. There was also a notation for a Boyle Male National School in the September 1864 section of this film.

The 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
Brennan Death Records