The completed hardback study is the result of more than two decades of research which has taken author, Westport native, Peter Hennelly McLoughlin, to both sides of the Atlantic. “This book has come full circle. It began with research into the people of Tooreen, the homeplace of my mother, but has grown and developed to include all the townlands of Partry. It traces the history of family connections from the earliest records in the 1800s and now I am delighted to say it will be launched in the Monsignor Horan Centre in Partry in the coming weeks thanks to community council chairperson, Sean Bourke,” outlined the author.
“It has been a labour of love which has led me to the National Archives as well as those in places such as Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Louisville – but this process has also put me in touch with people across the globe with connections to Partry. I feel like I know every single family in this book,” he added.
Partry People of Co Mayo Family Histories 1856 and Beyond focuses on the wider Partry region, taking in the townlands of Aughnish, Ballygarry, Ballinerroun Beg, Ballinerroun Mór, Ballinaslee, Carrowneeragh, Carramoney, Cloonee, Cloonlagheen, Derrada, Derrew, Derrymore, Furnace, Gallagh, Kilfaul, Kilkeeran, Knockleanore, Knocknagool, Portroyal, Newtown, Srah, and of course, Tooreen. The family records for each area are chronicled in alphabetical order; and draw information from rare documents such as letters, ship records, marriage certificates, newspaper reports, naturalisation records, as well as census archives and photographs. The book also features a history of the area, drawing on The Primary Valuation of Tenements or Griffiths Valuation, the Land Acts, and scores of other historical sources. Bound in hardback, the cover artwork was designed by well known local artist Deirdre Walsh. “I had a fantastic experience studying, exploring and delving into history while writing this book. The staff at the National Archives in the National Library were so helpful, as were all those in record centres across the States, and the countless people who have made contact with me through the years. The research element of this project has been truly fascinating and as far as possible, I have endeavoured to create a complete history of the families of the area,” said Peter Hennelly McLoughlin.