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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Church of Assumption, Howth, Dublin, Ireland: Where one set of my great-great grandparents were married

Thanks to the Catholic Parish Registers at the National Library of Ireland coming online and also thanks to the detective work of a long-lost cousin (thanks, John!), we know now where one set of my great-great grandparents' were married:

Joseph WALTERS and Maria (or Mary) HOEY were married at the Church of the Assumption, Howth in the Parish District of Baldoyle, North Dublin, Ireland on 3 January 1867.

Their marriage record:

Source: Catholic Parish Registers, National Library Ireland, Howth, Archdiocese of Dublin | County of Dublin. Microfilm, 06618 / 05. 

Information extracted from the above record:

  • Groom's name: Joseph WALTERS 
  • Groom's place of residence: Glasgow
  • Bride's name: Maria HOEY
  • Bride's place of residence: Howth
  • Groom's father's name: John WALTERS 
  • Groom's mother's name: Maria Beanan (or Branan)
  • Bride's father's name: Thomas HOEY
  • Bride's mother's name: Maria or Mary MURPHY
  • Date of marriage: 3 January 1867
  • Church: Church of the Assumption (Catholic), Howth in the Parish District of Baldoyle, North Dublin
  • Witnesses: J. Watson Jnr, from Glasgow, and Celia MacNamara, from Dublin.

When I visited Ireland in 2012, I visited the town of Howth and took some pics of a few churches while I was there but was never sure until now which church they were married in. Luckily, I took a picture of the church where my great-great grandparents were married.

Relevant websites:

Website of the Church of the Assumption at Howth, Ireland.
Photos of inside the church, taken by a recent visitor to the church

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