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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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