Some of the older generation in my family are convinced that my great great grandfather Patrick Brennan of Clawinch Island, Co. Longford was born in the townland of Clooncraff, Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon. So in my search for clues I have zeroed in on the 1901 Census for Clooncraff.
The results are fascinating. Of the 14 distinct families listed in the 1901 Census only 2 do not have a Brennan as a parent!
Catherine Nolan Gillooley age 57, the widow of Patrick Gillooly is one exception. Patrick Gillooley of Carnbane appears to have married into the farm of Michael Nolan & Julia Tracy of Clooncraff, Catherine's parents in 1871. Indeed, Michael Nolan is listed as a tenant of Admiral George Crofton in Clooncraff in 1857.
John Gilleran, the other exception, married Anne Fox in 1872. But just to make the research lively, Anne Fox was the daughter of Michael Fox and Margaret Brennan so there is still a Brennan connection. And I almost forgot to mention that John Gilleran is another of my great great grandfathers!
Thomas Brady & Catherine Brennan
The 1901 Census, Ireland
Rootsireland and a special word of thanks to all the members of the Roscommon group who selflessly gave up their time to provide us with these records