Coffee (Coffey, Coffy) 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. 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!

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 have also documented all of the baptisms and marriages sponsored/witnessed by Gahagans (or the surname variations); 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 Coffee (Coffey, Coffy) Families!

I have gone through almost 3/4 of this film and have seen very few Coffee (Coffey, Coffy) family records thus far. I have found Coffee's witnessing records in 1834, 1836 and 1838 and have only found one actual Coffee record in the first part of this film. Because of the limited number of Coffee families, I will document them on this page. They are as follows:

Date Event Coffee, Coffey, Coffy Spouse Townland Child; Misc
January 13, 1842 M Coffey, Johannes Fallon, Maria   (he is a member of the 24th Regiment)
June 13, 1853 B Coffy, Patt Mullin, Anne   Patt