Thomas Joseph Brennan was born on Clawinch Island, Co. Longford in 1909. He was baptised in the RC Parish of Newtowncashel. His parents were Thomas Brennan of Clawinch and Margaret Tracey of Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon. His godparents were Patrick and Mary Garrick (mistranscribed in some records as Gavick)
Patrick Garrick of Clooncraff married Mary Gilleran of Emoe on Feb. 9 1899. The marriage is registered in Ballyleague, Co. Roscommon.
According to the civil registration certificate for their marriage, Patrick's father was Edward and Mary Gilleran's father was Patrick. Their witnesses were Patrick Gilleran and Mary A. Dolan. Patrick and Edward Garrick and Patrick Gilleran were all recorded as Farmers.
Baptism and Civil Registration records show that Patrick's father, Edward married Catherine Brennan c.1863. The Census records of 1901 record Edward as a Widower.
Edward and Catherine's children were;
Mary, his twin, 1872 Mary was baptised 8 days before Patrick, I wonder was this because she wasn't well
(Garrick sometimes spelled Gaurick )
The 1911 Census records Edward as the father of 8 children with 6 living children but I have been unable to find a record for an eighth child.
I wonder if Thomas Brennan of Clawinch and Catherine Brennan Garrick of Clooncraff were brother and sister?
I'm a Brennan with clear roots in Clawinch Island, Co. Longford (on the Shannon) Brennan Family Clawinch, Co. Longford and possibly in Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon. As a child my father's people told me that our family came from Kilkenny originally and that Cromwell threw us out. This story has intrigued me all my life and of late I have begun to collect information about Brennans the world over. If you have Brennans in your family, you are cordially invited to join me and maybe we will get to the root of this family story, or maybe not...