My great great grandfather was Patrick Brennan of Clawinch Island, Co. Longford (sometimes spelled Claunch) He married my great great grandmother Bridget Delmar on Jan. 28 1850 in Newtowncashel Parish Church, Co. Longford. Their witnesses were Patrick Tracy and Mary Keeny. Griffith's Valuation records Patrick Brennan as a tenant of Francis Featherstone and Chas O'Neill on Clawinch Island in 1854. He is a tenant in common with Martin Delanour (who I believe to be the father of Bridget) of 30 acres of land worth £13 and a house valued at 10 shillings.
Their first child Martin, possibly named for Bridget's father, was baptised Feb. 11 1851.
His sponsors were Michael Foey and Brigid Kearney.
Ann Brennan was baptised on Aug. 8 1852.
Her sponsors were John Brannon and Mary Delmore.
Patrick Brennan was baptised June 11 1854.
His sponsors were Martin Tracy and Bridget Killian.
Luke Brennan was baptised Oct. 11 1858.
His sponsors were Luke Brennan and Catherine Brennan.
Ann Brennan was baptised May 11 1861. (This sadly suggests that Ann born in 1852 has died).
Her sponsors were Michael Gerely and Brigid Clarke.
Michael Brennan was baptised April 4 1868.
His sponsors were Andrew Tracy and Ellen Kenny.
Thomas Brennan was baptised Dec. 22 1871.
His sponsors were Michael Brennan and Mary Brennan.
None of Patrick and Bridget Brennan's children appear to have married in Newtowncashel RC Church or indeed the whole of Co. Longford and Co. Roscommon. However since few of the Church records record the mother's name, it may be that they are hidden in plain sight.
By 1901, only Thomas, the youngest is living at home with his elderly mother Bridget.
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...