Laois Genealogy Tours

Laois Genealogy Tours

Stradbally Laois

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.

  • Laois has 10 Baronies
  • Laois has 51 Civil Parishes
  • Laois has 93 Electoral Divisions
  • Laois has 1112 Townlands
  • Laois has 7 sub Townlands

County Laois is located in the south of the Midlands Region and was formerly known as Queen’s County. It was shirred in 1556 by Queen Mary as Queen’s County, covering the counties on the southwest side of the River Barrow also. Laois received its present Irish language name following the Irish War of Independence. Portlaoise (previously Maryborough) is the county town.

The population of the county is 80,559, according to the 2011 census which is the highest percentage of population growth in the country

Laois was the subject of two Plantations by a mix of Scottish and English settlers. The first occurred in 1556, when Thomas Radclyffe, dispossessed the O’Moore clan and attempted to replace them with settlers. However, this only led to a war in the county and left a small Scottish and English community clustered around garrisons. There was a more successful plantation in the county in the 17th century, which expanded the existing Scottish and English settlement with more landowners and tenants from both Scotland and England. Neither plantation was fully successful due to a lack of tenants and because of continuous raids and attacks by the O’Moores.

Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD

•          Irish – Dunne, Dowling, Molloy, O’Carroll, O’Moores
•          Norman- Fleming
•          Scottish -None
•          Viking – None

County Laois- Things to do and may be possible to include within your Ancestral Townland Experience Tour

·      Rock of Dunamase (Portlaoise) Emo Court
·      Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum (Portlaoise)
·      Emo Court
·      Abbey of Aghaboe
·      Portarlington Golf Club
·      Heywood Gardens (Abbeyleix)
·      Heritage House Abbeyleix (Abbeyleix)
·      Irelands Wild Atlantic Way