My thanks to Michael Purcell, Jane Lyons, Tom LaPorte, William Muldowney, Peter Walker & Dan Brennan and many more who very kindly shared their knowledge of Co. Laois and allowed me to include their work on this site.

A special thank you goes to Mrs Rita Murphy (nee Moran) who has helped in the research of both the MORAN and the BRENNAN families.

THE CHURCHES OF KILDARE & LEIGHLIN 2000 A.D. by John McEvoy & John Duffy ISBN: 2-7468-0293.7

'The Course Of Irish History. 1994. by T. W. Moody & F. X. Martin.

'Beneath Slievemargy's Brow' 2001. by Brother Linus Walker.  ISBN 0 86335 042 9

'Abbeyleix Life, Lore & Legend. 1998. by Kevin P. O'Brien

'LAOIS An Environmental History'. 1983. by John Feehan.

'The Oxford Illustrated History of IRELAND'. 1995. by R. F. Foster.

'The Dictionary of Irish Family Names'. 1997. by Ida Grehan. ISBN 1-57098-137-X

'The Parish of KILLESHIN, Graiguecullen'. 1972.  by P. MacSuibhne.

'A SENSE OF PLACE', Leix Anthology of Literature. 1997. by Patrick Galvin.

'1916 IN LAOIS'. 1996. by Jim & Brendan Fleming.

'Atlas of Irish History'. 1997. by Sean Duffy.

'Official Irish Tourist Guide to County Laois'. 1998. by G. Cunningham.

'LAOIS History & Society'. 1999.  by Padraig G. Lane & William Nolan. ISBN 0-906602-46-7

'Illustrated Road Book of Ireland'. 1966. Automobile Association.

'Gravestone Inscriptions' Killeshin, Sleaty, Graiguecullen, Mayo, Arles, Doonane, Castletown, Rathaspick, Shrule, Rathnure etc with historical notes. 1997. by Paul Redmond N.T.

'Tracing Your Irish Ancestors' Second Edition 1999. by John Grenham. ISBN No. 0-7171-2796-6

The 'Carloviana' (various issues).

The 'Index to Griffiths Valuation of Ireland 1848-1864' on CD ROM.


The Portlaoise Public Library, Portlaoise, Co.Laois. IRL (1999).

Antiquities of Ireland ii, 1795.

c1900 Ordnance Survey map of Co. Laois.

PIGOT and Co.'s Provincial Directory of City of DUBLIN and HIBERNIAN 1824

'A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland' (1998) by Brian Mitchell.

'Tracing your Ancestors' The A-Z Guide. Fifth Edition 1995. by Pauline Saul.

Pat Purcell Papers (Michael Purcell)

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The information contained in these pages is provided solely for the purpose of sharing with others researching their ancestors in Ireland.
MICHAEL BRENNAN July 2001. All Rights reserved

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