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skibbgirl (#47408455)
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Bio Photo I started doing family history research in April of 2009 starting with my mother Mary Collins, an Irish girl born in Bauravilla, near Drimoleague, and her mother, Mary Collins, an Irish girl born near Bantry. Later I began digging into Barretta, DeSantis, Barardi, and Rullo on the Italian side!

Cork Gen was launched in late 2010. I work on it almost every day. I also blog about families in my own research at

The West Cork Database at Skibbereen Heritage Centre is also a valuable tombstone resource.

USE PROPER CITATIONS for Find A Grave and attribute these pages accordingly. See EVIDENCE EXPLAINED for a discussion of proper citation. At least, PLEASE give credit where credit is due.

The Collins photos and a few McCarthy photos for All Saints in Drimoleague were taken by Tommy Collins of Dunmanway. I took several more photos in 2016.

Tommy Collins also provided tombstone photos of Caheragh Old Graveyard except for Daniel Collins. Patricia Tomlinson provided that photo.

Photos of St. Edmund in Coolkellure, Dunmanway and of Maulinward Burial Ground, Durrus, were taken by Pat Crowley of West Cork History - History of Durrus/Muintervara. I have a backlog of work from Pat, so expect more from him !

Photos of St. Mary's in Leap, Co Cork were taken by Nick Turner of Drimoleague.

A photo of the tombstone of Dyna Downes in Clunes, Australia was provided by Rev. Fr. John Walshe of Victoria.

Photos of the Collinses in County Kerry (descendants of the Skibbereen Larrys) were supplied to me by my distant relative Michael Collins in Killarney. Stop by the Kilcummin Inn and say hello if you pass through.

On a spring 2016 trip to Ireland, I started cemeteries for St. Kieran's on Clear Island, St. Patrick's in Skibbereen (across from Abbeystrowry), Caheragh New Cemetery, Christ Church (Church of Ireland) and Sacred Heart (Catholic) in Drinagh, and St. Fachtna's Church in Glandore. I am working on getting these photos uploaded. I also took photos at Abbeystrowry Cemetery that I can call my own, plus additional photos of Mount Melleray (which I launched after a trip in 2009).

I would love it if someone photographed The Abbey in Rosscarbery. It is accessible from The Square. Circumstances prevented me from getting back to Rosscarbery one last time to do any photography.

My family trees are under construction at Sorry, I can't help people by private email. Good luck with your research.
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Hi SB -

We have a pretty darn good match, on FamilyTree DNA or Gedmatch (can't recall which right now) between my McCarthy father who is in his 90s, and your aunt Theresa Bernadette Collins Walsh (going on my memory of the name).
I strongly believe that our connection is McCarthy. I wrote an email to you a month or so ago, and then again when I got the spam blocker response. I know it's complex, and that the genetic lines crisscrossed many times in the villages over a 500 year period, making everyone related on some level........But this is still a good match, because of my father's age, and the purity of his DNA. Hope to hear from you in 2017. Thank U :-) pmcc
Added by Deir on Mar 17, 2017 1:43 AM
RE: Memorial# 163614545

Please send all edits through the edit option on the memorials. TY
Added by Scout on Jun 10, 2016 3:08 PM
I am a cousin of the Ross/Collins gang (Noel Ross). Kingston's are cousins, etc. Willing to share info - just contact me.

Also - if anyone has any Ross, Kingston, etc info they would like to share - I would welcome it -

Thank you -
Added by Anonymous on Aug 01, 2015 10:53 AM
Eric Forbes
Forbes Family at Saint Edmund's
Continue to work hard on assembling what I can of the sets of Forbes families that came from this area. I have a very sketchy tree from a family living in Clodagh; it shows this William Ross as having been married to Elizabeth Kingston (1939). She was the daughter of John Kingston & Catherine Forbes. CF was likely the granddaughter of George
Forbes and Elizabeth Ross. I believe that the above William & Elizabeth had a son named John Edward Noel Ross(deceased) who was married to a Collins. I have a Patrick Crowley in this tree too.

You are doing such wonderful work; your website is a pleasure to read. Hope to retire soon in order to spend more time on this family project. Best wishes, Eric Forbes
Added by Eric Forbes on Feb 08, 2015 8:45 AM
collins of west cork Ireland
I am not sure if I have asked you before regarding my family. I have used various online resources to trace my family and have found many christening and marriage records. My hopes are to perhaps locate the actual graves or cemeteries. My ancestors are from Drimoleague and Dunmanway county cork Ireland.
I am a descendant of Jeremiah(Jerry) Collins parents Jeremiah(Jerry Collins and Margaret Shimmick/Shenick?) b 1819 and Ellen Hurley b 1919.. her parents Tim Hurley and Hanora Driscoll(or some similar spelling. I do know very little about them other than a few records that place them in that area. You said you are related to a Collins are you connected to this family? I am just hoping to learn more about this family and my ancestors. I noticed that many of the cemeteries you have info on could possibly match some of my ancestors. To put it into perspective Jeremiah Collins is my great great great great grandfather or something like that
Added by Heather on Jun 01, 2014 8:45 PM
RE: Florence Driscoll
Also...this may be the tombstone already posted for James E. Driscoll....are you sure about the years. Actually, the years do sometimes differ, but usually only by a year or so
Added by Hobby_Horse on May 04, 2014 10:13 AM
RE: Florence Driscoll
Who was James E Driscoll if Florence was the husband of Mary Minihane?

There are other Driscoll' it if you want the photos. Same cemetery ~ Mt. Hope:

Michael R. Driscoll Sr. 1921 - 1962
m. to Theresa C. 1926 - 1993


Joseph P. Driscoll 1870 - 1946
w. Christine A. McGillis 1871- 1942
Janet Ann 1898 - 1898
Mary 1899 - 1904
William 1903 - 1904
Irene 1900 - 1985

William J. Driscoll
1932 - 1985

John J. Driscoll
1926 - 1986
Added by Hobby_Horse on May 04, 2014 10:09 AM
RE: Florence Driscoll
thank you for clarifying that's a Mr. Driscoll ;) That helps...That list is unfortunately not a sure fire way to determine if someone is actually buried at Mt. Hope, and unfortunately, there is no office at that cemetery to confirm.

Will look a bit more~
Added by Hobby_Horse on May 03, 2014 9:29 AM
Stone Finders
RE: Mount Hope records
If Someone dose not claim the request, next time I get to Lewiston I will stop in to get them. I will go back and add locations to the names I have added. The list I have dose not have them. It dose help to have them.
Added by Stone Finders on Apr 29, 2014 3:35 AM
Stone Finders
RE: Mount Hope records
I now know why I though The stone was in c. It was on a hill in the back. I looked at the map of the cemetery and thought c was were I was. I took that stone photo in 2010 and just never added all of the ones I took at that time. My grandson and I took a lot last week that I was working on. We did section H.
Added by Stone Finders on Apr 29, 2014 12:33 AM
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