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Portlaoise: Forty Historical Facts. By John Dunne — 7 Comments

  1. Fascinating information. I presume this is the same person who gave a talk on music in the town last year? I missed it but I kept hearing about it. Are there any plans for a repeat or maybe put it on this website?

  2. I am researching the McCue (McKew)(McHugh) family whose history is connected with many Dunnes from Maryborough, Queen’s Co and Portlaoise. Perhaps you can help me with information. Here’s what I have so far.
    Michael (McKew)  and Mary Dunne -married Aug 28, 1825 at St. Michael’s Church in Portarlington Co. Laois- witnesses Bernard Whelehan and Anne Dooley.

    Mary Dunne and Michael McKew had the following children baptized in Portlaoise:
    Judy  16/9/1828 – godparents John and Betty Kelly
    Patrick 14/11/1830 – godparents James Conroy and Bridget Dunne
    Bridget 5/8/1833 -godparents James Conroy and Ellen Kelly
    Michael 16/3/1836 – godparents Michael Dowling and Dora Dunne
    John       13/1/1839 – godparents Edward Kavanagh and Catherine Dunne
    Fanny      7/6/1840  – godparents James Dunne and Anne Byrne

    Another brother listed was Jeremiah McCue born 1841-44 – I do not have any information on where he was baptized. I also was given information that another daughter named Julia born 1833-35 was born in Killinard, Leix Ireland. Finally daughter Maria ( Mira) born 1829-31 married Edward Moran. Maria ( Mira) and Edward show up in Ossining, Westchester Co. New York in 1860. In Maria’s will – Fanny Dunne is mentioned as are Bridget, Marcus, Mary and James Dowling. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! !!!

  3. Very interesting . I am researching my father’s family. They owned a farm called Boglone on the Dublin Rd. I am wondering if the Grattan House is my father’s home, now housing dept agriculture, etc. Anyone with any information on the Grattan family and property , help would greatly be appreciated. Thank you

    • The only Boughlone I know of is situated just off the Mountrath Road. I believe that the Grattan family once lived there, but I have no further information. Sorry.

      P.S. The Dep.t of Agriculture offices are on the Abbeyleix Road.

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