I hope you can help. I was based in Clonmel recently for a few days trying to get a feeling for the background of my father's family and of course find any relatives I thought might help.
My great-grandmother, born Catherine Elizabeth Burke in October 1842, said she was born 'near Clonmel' and raised 'near Cashel'. Her father was Richard Burke who worked for Col Palliser as a land steward and also schoolteacher. She was born a Catholic but later (perhaps in the 1840s) the family worshipped at New Inn. The family moved to Blackrock near Dublin to start a school for William Prim Perry and by 1864 was in Newcastle (sister Mary Burke married Michael Thomas Shea, a schoolteacher in Templemore there). Richard Burke gave his occupation as land steward. No death record in Newcastle.
My great-grandmother became a teacher and married in Dungannon where she taught for many years. Her brothers and sisters may have gone to America (Chicago).
From Griffiths, I realised that Cloneen/ Cloran was a place where there were a number of Burkes and Heffernans and I visited the old graveyard where I found the stone inscribed 'Give a prayer for the family Burke', together with the later memorial to Bridget Burke.
Do you know anything about the Palliser estates (I think the family may have lived at Outeragh rather than Derryluskin)? I am interested not only in my family but also in the working of the land more widely. Or can you point me to anyone who might know.
Regarding Richard Burke and his wife who was a Heffernan, probably Margaret or Catherine) is it possible that he was from the Cloneen area? There were six children born approx 1840 to 1855, boys: Richard H, John, Patrick (possibly David); girls: Catherine, Mary and another. Richard Burke lived to age 85, his wife to 92 and the mother of one of them to 102. Do you know whether any Burkes still resident in the area might know or have connections with the family?
I wish I had found Fethard earlier on my trip - it seems a fascinating place with people very friendly as well as proud of the place. I chatted for a while to a helpful chap down by the former toffee factory as well as people in the pub at the wall.
Any pointers would be most welcome. With best wishes, Rosemary Wake. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org