Our Family Storybook

This page will feature posts about our own family history. I am regularly reminded that I need to get it written down (presumably in case I die and all the ‘stuff’ dies with me!) Notwithstanding such concerns about my possible(?) demise I have until now resisted committing keyboard -to -screen as there are so many gaps. I realize of course that the gaps may never ever be filled so I will run with what I know so far.

Our family names are  Gallagher from Glenties in County Donegal, Ireland and Friel from Fanad County Donegal on our father’s side. On our mother’s side we have Clinton from County Kildare and Williams from Edenderry County Offaly.

Irish family research is notoriously difficult on several fronts – sheer number of families with same surname; sheer number of families who, as a badge of honour and out of respect, named their children after parents and other family members; the propensity for members of families to live close to one another and/or to follow same occupations, and the lack of family grave headstones. Add these to the challenge of Irish vital records  – civil registration for Roman Catholics only began in 1864 so  it is difficult to get back past this date. Availability of Church records depended on the local clergy but thankfully in some instances, with a smattering of Latin and an ability to  decipher challenging handwriting, it may be possible to get  some earlier confirmation of  family members. Some parishes have records going back much longer, but our family seem to have avoided living in those!

How I wish that our parents were still with us to know what we know now about their origins. These posts are about deceased members of our family.

The Gallagher Side

Daniel Gallagher son of John Gallagher of Mulnamina and Isabella nee Mulloy, daughter of John Mulloy of Strasallagh, Glenties were married on February 2, 1874. They had 10 children

  • Ellen, born December 2, 1874 in Strasallagh.
  • John born August 19, 1876 in Mulnamina, the place of birth of all subsequent children)
  • Ann born Jul 18, 1878
  • Mary born on June 4, 1880
  • Bridget arrived on June 1, 1882
  • Catherine born May 22, 1884
  • James born March 15, 1886
  • Sarah born September 28, 1888
  • Rose born August 12, 1890
  • Margaret born December 28, 1893

See the following posts

Gallaghers from Mulnamina Glenties

James, their 2nd son and 7th child was our grandfather. He married Mary Friel on September 26 1915. They had 5 children. Daniel Gerard, their 3rd child and 1st son was our father.

  • Mary Isabella 1917
  • Eileen Ann 1919
  • Daniel Gerald 1921
  • John Francis Columba 1923
  • James Patrick 1925

See the following posts

Remembering our grandfather

Eileen Ann Gallagher 1919 to 1999

Mary Isabella Gallagher – 1

Mary Isabella Gallagher -2

The others are work in progress.

The Friels

John Friel and Anna Coll had 8 children


Discovering our grandmother, Mary Friel


The Clintons

The Williams



Living family members

A family milestone

A cousin reaches 70