Kildare Genealogy Tours

Kildare Genealogy Tours
Saint Brigid’s Cathedral and Round Tower (Kildare)

Finding the Correct Church

Having found the Townland we must now find not just the Civil Parish identified on your records but the correct Church. On your records you may see a Civil Parish this most likely is not the Church your Family used for Marriage/Baptisms and weekly use.

An Example

As an example take County Meath there are 146 Civil Parishes in County Meath. Your Families Church may be Culmullin it is bordered by 7 different Parishes but it is also in the Parish of Dunshaughlin. Your records may say Parish of Dunshaughlin but your Ancestors Parish and church they used for important events is actually 10 Miles away at Cullmullin. To Compound the issue there are 5 Baronies in Meath with the word Rath and 47 Townlands with the word Rath included. 

Finding the correct Graveyard

Finding the correct Graveyard for your family for the Townland. Again an example a Parish like Dunshaughlin may have 10 Graveyards in Fact the Parish of Cullmullin above which is in the Civil Parish off Dunshaughlin has 3 Graveyards alone one for 1700 one for 1800s and a Modern graveyard.

Again this is our responsibility to find the Correct Graveyard for your Church and your families Townland.

Finding Relatives and Neighbours of your Family

At My Ireland Heritage our Data Base allows us to find the exact Location of your Families house in the 1800s. Once we travel her on your Behalf we will know very quickly if the family are still in the vicinity. In fact even if they are not we have the knowledge to know if the neighbors who may be there for 200 years are also still in the Vicinity.

  • Kildare has 14 Baronies
  • Kildare has 113 Civil Parishes
  • Kildare has 89 Electoral Divisions
  • Kildare has 1210 Townlands
  • Kildare has 66 Sub Townlands

Rich in heritage and history, Kildare Town dates from the 5th Century, when it was the site of the original ‘Church of the Oak’ and monastery founded by Saint Brigid. This became one of the three most important Christian foundations in Celtic Ireland. It was said that Brigid’s mother was a Christian and that Brigid was reared in her father’s family that is with the children of his lawful wife. From her mother, Brigid learned dairying and the care of the cattle, and these were her occupations after she made a vow to live a life of holy chastity.

Both Saint Mel of Ardagh and Bishop Mac Caille have been credited with the consecration of Brigid after which the woman established a community beneath an oak tree, on a hill on the edge of the Curragh. Hence the name Cill Dara, the church of the oak.

Kildare was shired in 1297 and assumed its present borders in 1832, following amendments to remove a number of enclaves.

The county was the home of the powerful Fitzgerald family. Parts of the county were also part of the Pale area around Dublin

Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD

•          Irish – O’Connor, Kelly
•          Norman- Eustace,Fitzgerald,De Clare,De Vessey,talbot
•          Scottish -None
•          Viking – None

County Kildare – Things to do and may be possible to include within your Ancestral Townland Experience Tour

·      Irelands Ancient East
·      Irish National Stud & Gardens
·      Newbridge Silverware Visitor Center
·      Kildare Village
·      Castletown House
·      St. Patrick’s College (Maynooth)
·      Saint Brigid’s Cathedral and Round Tower (Kildare)
·      Mondello Park International Motor Racing Circuit
·      Donadea Forest Park
·      The Curragh Racecourse
·      Maynooth Castle