Reply To: Neely / Donovan – Thurles Tipperary area

 IGRS Editor

I’m not too surprised by you getting DNA matched for Neely in Co Derry as it is a surname found in the northern counties of Ireland.

Did you check the entries in the original Holycross parish register? If not, you should. They are free at

Check for the home townland of the family in the marriage record and the subsequent baptisms. When Margaret married Michael Fogarty, what was her home address?

Hope this helps



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