My first visit to Ireland was in late August 2013. I only had a few photos and even less information about myIrish ancestory or the history of Ireland and the region where my father’s Irish ancestors. Many of the photos I gathered and used for this website came from a chance meeting on that road trip and the subsequent ongoing research.
My grandfather was James Joseph Judge (Born 1889) in Carracastle, Ballaghadereen, County Mayo, Ireland. He immigrated to Australia in the early 1930’s and went onto become a publican of several large hotels/pubs in Queensland, Australia. His descendants knew very little about their Irish history, because he never spoke of his life in Ireland, excepting to mention his father’s surname and where he was born.
Prior to visiting Ireland I came across some invaluable information about the shires or counties in Ireland and where to visit. On arrival in Ireland and over the course of just one week, I located my great, great grand parents graves, a photo of my great grandmother and visited her small farm on the river Moy. I had the good fortune of meeting with my fathers’ cousin, the late Jim Coleman, who had purchased, many years ago, my great grandmother and fathers’ farm and an old granary that was later restored. Jim’s generous spirit and excellent memory provided me and my family with some valueable information going back several generations, including several relatives living in the USA. This site is a result of that trip and the subsequent family tree research conversations.
- The Breheny’s spelling throughout this website and on the family tree linked to it, there are several slight variations according to the census of 1901, of the spelling of Breheny into Breheney.
- Importantly so as to embrace the philosophy of continuous improvement we welcome your ideas, facts and or feedback comments on this site and or anything else presented. There will be certain to be some bits of information that are not correct. I have put down things the way I found them, and things were often wrong on census forms, other handwritten documents, records written down from the spoken words of a citizen, but written the way the scribe thought it sounded, often because the citizen in those days could not read or write. Sometimes people in recent times have given me or someone else information they thought to be accurate, but turns out to be not quite right. I can only say I have made every effort to get things down correctly, but inaccuracies are bound to exist.