|Bulgaden Parish Church|
County Limerick, Ireland
Recently, I received two inquiries about my connection to the Leahy family. One was via an ancestry.com message and the other was though MyHeritage dna. The dna match is to a Leahy branch that settled in Canada in the 1820s and the message board connection is to a Leahy who is still in Ireland whose aunts still live in the same area the Connerys lived in. So I decided it was time to learn more about my Leahy ancestors.
My great-grandmother Mary Leahy was born 5 January 1827 to Patrick Leahy and Ellen McCarthy and baptized on 6 January 1827 in Bulgaden Parish, County Limerick, Ireland. She married Patrick Connery of Kilfinane, County Limerick, Ireland on 4 March 1851 in Bulgaden Parish. Patrick Connery and Mary Leahy had eleven children including my grandfather Michael Joseph.
Tracing and recording the births and baptisms of these children I have been able to determine the siblings of Mary Leahy. As far as I have traced her siblings are:Thomas, Michael, Roger, John, Elizabeth, and Catherine. Based on the Baptismal records of Mary and her siblings their Leahy aunts and uncles are:Patrick, Mary, Thomas, Roger, Ellen, Michael, John. The only unique name in these two generations of Leahys of Limerick is Roger.
Leahy and Lehy are interchanged on a regular basis. I have seen both a Roger Lehy and Roger Leahy in the church records and until older records are available I will have to accept that my Leahy line will end in 1790 with the birth of the first Roger Leahy.