Portumna / Lickmolassy Parish

LickmolassyParishTownlandsThe FHL film for Portumna Parish was scanned for the following families of interest: BOHAN/BOOHAN, MULDOON, HIBBITTS, FAHY and CONNOR

The selected families’ marriages and Baptisms are in the following document:

Portumna Parish Records 1830-1891

Family Groups

The following two documents are family groups. When a marriage is found, it is followed by all the Baptisms of the children born to that couple.

BOHAN Family Groups

MULDOON Family Groups

Catholic Parish Registers Online


Donna Moughty news article

The National Library of Ireland made its collection of Catholic parish register microfilms available online for FREE.

These records, which are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census, consist primarily of baptism and marriage records and date from the 1740s to the 1880s. These are raw parrish book images and are not indexed.

Donna Moughty is a professional genealogist who has written an article about what you can expect from this collection. Read her blog by selecting the image to the right.

Irish Catholic Parish Registers via National Library of Ireland


The Baptism registers are indexed and FREE to search at FindMyPast.com


Griffith’s Valuation


Portumna – 1818

“The primary valuation of Ireland or Griffith’s Valuation – carried out between 1848 and 1864 to determine liability to pay the Poor rate (for the support of the poor and destitute within each Poor Law Union) – provides detailed information on where people lived in mid-nineteenth century Ireland and the property they possessed.”

Griffith’s Valuation For Lickmolassy

Griffith’s Valuation (1847 – 1864)
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(Portumna image is from the book Lickmolassy by the Shannon)

1901 / 1911 Irish Census

Coolnageeragh Townland 1901 / 1911 Census

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There is an old story in our family about the “Black Irish.” One gg-uncle had black hair and dark skin “like a Spaniard”. The rest of us are white as paper. This parallels one of the folk tale variations that has been carried on by some Americans from Galway. The Spanish Armada sent to invade England lost many ships in a storm off the coast of Galway. The folk tale says that the survivors intermarried with the Irish and that is why the dark complexion skips a generation or two. However, it is very unlikely that the English allowed any escapees. This is just a folk-tale. For more information select the link:
Black Irish (by T. Kunesh).

  1. James G. Ryan. Irish Records – Sources for Family and Local History.The Flyleaf Press, 4 Spencer Villas, Glenageary, Co. Dublin, Ireland, 1997. Also, Ancestry Incorporated, USA.
  2. John Joe Conwell. Lickmolassy by the Shannon. Published by John Joe Conwell, JayCee Printers Ltd., Galway, Ireland, 1998. ISBN 0 9534776 0 6.
    NOTE: This book retails at €15 plus postage and packing and can be obtained by contacting the author at 09097 41342, Mobile 087 2963803, Email: jjconwell@hotmail.com or follow the link → http://www.portumna.net/johnjoeconwell/#lickmolassy

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