Need info on Peter O'Rourke born 1810. Maybe in Sligo/Leitrim. No info on family.

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I need some serious help!  I am leaving for Ireland in two weeks and part of my trip is for genealogy purposes.

I am trying to locate ANY information on Peter O'Rourke born 1810.  I have no specific information on location/county, but small hints lead to the Sligo and Leitrim area.  And, no I have no specific info on parents or siblings.  It's like he is a ghost!

I would be very grateful for any assistance

Deborah Harvey
in Genealogy Help by Deborah Harvey G2G Crew (840 points)
recategorized by Lynda Crackett

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Is he Catholic?? ,need month day year of birth.Who did he marry?

Many paper records were destroyed by Irish Government.

If he was Catholic ,i will look.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (843k points)
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This is from a travel blog I did when we went to Ireland in 2014.  Perhaps it will give you some information.


First stop on our drive was the Dromahair area in County Leitreim to see the Creevelea Abbey where an O'Rourke is supposed to be buried (we didn't find him). Owen O'Rourke started the Abbey. I love graveyards and it seems that in England you call you mother, Mum. Here it could be Mother, Mum or far more common, Mam. The graveyard is still being used and it strewn all through the ruins of the Abbey in a very pleasant way. Interestingly, many of the stones gave the town and street where the deceased had lived. We then drove over to Parke's Castle which was built on the original site of the O'Rourke castle. My maternal grandmother was a Roark....which was the morphed name of the O'Rourke's. This area was their kingdom...for they were the clan chieftains, the Kings of Leitrim. The kingdom ended when Brian O'Rourke was executed in the early 1600's in London for high treason for helping and giving aid to the shipwrecked Spanish Armada in 1588. (Interesting note...the Spanish Armada crashed here and stayed. They knew no English except the words SHIP and SEA....words that they could point to the object. They intermarried with the Irish women here and there are now quite a few Irish black-haired, darker skinned people with the last name of Shipsea or Shipsee). Anyway...Brian O'Rourke is super busy in 1601 being drawn, quartered and hanged for finally being a nice guy and helping stranded sailors and Parke, an English dude, swoops in and takes this now unoccupied land and moves his family in. Ok...it was like 100 years later...but still. We toured the castle and it was pretty darn neat. There is a wall that was the original O'Rourke castle (super excited...my ancestors had a moat !!).

by Angie Chute G2G Rookie (260 points)
Thanks for your response.  I also went to Parke's Castle and loved it.  Maybe we are related?

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