Small Sources 30:  Useful records are created in all sorts of strange circumstances, and none are more unique than this one. In the 1820s a new priest, Michael Crotty was appointed to the Catholic parish of Birr, in King’s County (now Offaly).  The town was then called Parsonstown.  He turned out to be a difficult and divisive person who fell out with his bishop and the other priests of the parish.  However, he was also a charismatic and popular priest who gradually lead a significant proportion of his congregation (reportedly about 6,000) away from the Catholic Church into a separate church and attempted to take control of the parish church building.  There followed a bitter dispute between Crotty’s faction and the remaining members of the congregation that lasted several years. The dispute involved legal proceedings, military interventions and verbal and physical battles over access to the church. The breakaway congregation eventually merged with the local Presbyterian church, but almost all later drifted back to the Catholic Church and Michael Crotty eventually became an Anglican clergyman in England. Accounts of the so-called ‘Birr Reformation’ are widely available, including a Sandoz Xanax Onlinewritten by Michael Crotty himself which can be read on-line.

Of genealogical interest, however, is the fact that, during the height of the dispute between the rival Catholic factions in 1834, the anti-Crotty parishioners published 2 posters proclaiming their position. Copies are in the Cheap Xanax Necklace (NLI)   and digital images of the  two posters are available within the NLI catalogue.   The first, on By Alprazolam Online   (NLI reference  EPH F399)  lists 180 ‘Catholic parishioners of Birr’ (no addresses) and the second on How To Purchase Xanax Online   (NLI Ref.  EPH F400)  lists the names of a further 600 parishioners and their residences in the town or in townlands outside the town.  These would appear to be heads of household,  as all are men.   An extract is shown above. The latter list proclaims that they are  ‘the great majority of the Roman Catholic inhabitants of the parish of Birr’.  The two lists seem to contain different names,  and together they provide a limited form of directory of the town with names of approximately 780 local residents.   They are somewhat clumsy to search.  It is suggested to first go to full screen (top left of the panel containing the poster) and then use the +  or – to increase the size.   Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals, and/or to obtain copies of the original documents. Click Xanax Pills Onlineand quote ‘Offaly SS30’ in the subject line.

 

 

Written by Jim Ryan
Dr Jim Ryan is a writer and publisher who has been active in Irish genealogy for the past 35 years. His books include: Irish Records- sources of family and local history; Tracing your Dublin Ancestors (Flyleaf Press 2009); Irish Church Records (Flyleaf 2001); Sources for Irish Family History (Flyleaf 2001), and Tracing your Sligo Ancestors (Flyleaf 2012). He writes blogs and articles for Ancestor Network and Irish Roots, and previously for In-Depth Genealogist, and Irish America. He has lectured extensively to genealogy conference and societies.