Searching for Co. Galway Cassidys (Cornamona/Dooros)
- Greetings Cassidys and friends:
I'm searching for my lost Cassidys. Actually, I know who they are;
I'm just at a dead end in the 1850's. They lived on the Dooros
Peninsula that juts 7 miles into Lake Corrib, the largest lake in
the Republic close to Joyces Country in Galway County and next to
the border with Mayo.
The largest nearby town is Cong (known for Ashford Castle and
where the movie the Quiet Man was filmed); Clonbur is closer but
smaller than Cong. At the top of the peninsula is the village of
My great, great grandfather was James Cassidy and his family lived in
the middle of the peninsula. From the 1901 census, the parish was
Cong, the barony Ross, the townland Dooros, and the district
electoral division was Cong. James had already died, but his wife,
Sarah Cassidy, was the head of the household. She was born in 1843,
and James was born about the same time. Sarah Cassidy's maiden name
was Coyne. Sarah and James had 4 children; James, the oldest son, is
my great grandfather.
Only James married, and he came to America and lived in Saratoga
Springs, New York. My grandfather (John) and father (Paul) lived in
The other children of Sarah and James were Michael, Mary and John.
Michael and Mary lived on the farm on Dooros (which often has various
spellings, including Doras) until their deaths around 1950. Then the
farm passed to Bridget Coyne and later her son, Tommie, who lives
there now with his wife Josephine. Tommy comes from the same Coyne
family as Sarah Coyne Cassidy born in 1843.
I'm looking for other Cassidys that lived in the area and in
particular on the Dooros Peninsula. I found a reference to a Diana
Cassidy in the 1850's on land valuation records living there. I
assume I'm related to her, but don't know the precise connection. I
looked at the local parish records, visited the records center in
Galway City (where I obtained the marriage license for Sarah and
James Cassidy), the National Archives and Land Valuation Office in
Dublin. I don't know how to go back any further.
I'm also be interested if anyone has insight into the migration
around Ireland of the Cassidys (which also could be an interesting
article for the Cassidy Clan website which I operate). Thanks for
Finally, the next Cassidy Clan Rally will be August 2008 in County
Fermanagh. Details and photos of past rallies are on the Clan