On The Trail of the Enrights

My family name, Enright, is Irish.  And this week I have been exploring the spectacular countryside of the Emerald Isle, in search of deceased ancestors and spectacular photo opportunities, not necessarily in that order. (We also spent several days in the wonderful city of Dublin, which I will attempt to chronicle in a future story.)

Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare. I don’t actually have ancestors from there; it’s just a fantastic place to photograph.

The Enrights are ethnically Gaelic in origin. That might seem obvious, but this week I learned that only about 60% of the modern Irish are Gaels. The Vikings, Normans, English and many others have contributed to the Irish mosaic over the centuries; the venerable Irish names Fitzgerald and Fitzpatrick are in fact Norman.

Back in the day, my Gaelic forbears were named mac Ionnrachtaigh. I’m really not sure how it was pronounced, though some of the earliest English translations give a hint: it appears as Kinrechtan, McEnrachty, Erraught, and later Enright, Enwright, Henright and Hanratty, among others. The earliest written record of the name is the account of one Father Maurice Kinrechtan/Enright who was chaplain to Earl Gerald Desmond in the late 1500s. The Earl of Desmond was a rebel, and when Elizabeth I cracked down on his activities, our man Father Maurice was thrown in prison and ultimately got his head lopped off for sneaking out to say Mass one Easter.

Thus our travels in Kerry this week took us to the rebel earl’s castle, Carrigafoyle, where they put up a valiant fight against Elizabeth’s crew. There was a beautiful ruined chapel across the way and I wondered if Father Maurice had worked there—I thought of saying Mass myself but my cassock was in the laundry.

Carrigafoyle Castle
Carrigafoyle Castle, where Elizabeth put the smackdown on the rebel earl.

Touring these castles and farmlands and graveyards, I tried to weave together a narrative of these early Enrights and where they lived. It’s a question that has been unanswered for a long time: fast forward a few hundred years to 1835, and my Irish ancestor Dennis appears out of the blue in Lanark County, Ontario with no immigration records, no birth certificate, nothing. His great grandson, my father, spent a fair bit of his spare time trying to track down Dennis’ story, and I think my travels in Ireland this past week were a way of trying to complete all the hard work Dad did before he died. I often wish Dad had survived to do his genealogy in the age of the Internet; the resources we have now would have amazed him. I enjoy leafing through his notes, reading the hand-written letters he sent to various parishes in Ireland. At one point Dad writes to a Sister Rita asking for her help and including a $50 cheque for her troubles; a few months later she returns the cheque as she has turned up nothing.

It turns out that there are very few written records from the pre-famine era. One of our mysteries has been why Dennis emigrated at all, since it was well before the potato failure of 1845-52. All we know about him comes from a letter from one of his sons, saying his dad was from County Limerick, and he emigrated alone at the age of 21, and later sent for his widowed mother and a brother and sister. I imagine at that age Dennis would have been a burden to his mother, and had no choice but to move out and make his fortune one way or another. Canada would have been quite attractive at that time.

Ruined chapel, Carrigafoyle
Ruined chapel, Carrigafoyle

Dennis doesn’t show up in any Irish census; most of the early ones have been lost (or blew up with the rest of the archives in Dublin in 1922). But the trail is not completely cold; we have a good idea of where the Enrights lived. The Irish have traditionally been a sedentary lot, and where the families show up in the 1911 census is likely where they’ve been for hundreds of years. From that census, it’s possible to deduce that the Enright country is the spot where western County Limerick meets northern County Kerry along the river Shannon. I spent four days there, at a beautiful cottage near Ballylongford, poking around graveyards (“burial grounds”, the Irish call them, even the modern ones), and seeing the spectacular sights of coastal Kerry.


Based on my own research, there were two spots I needed to investigate. Although Dennis left no trace behind, he did leave a dead father in the ground somewhere. I’m fairly sure I know his father’s name. The Irish at the time had a tradition of naming their children along strict conventions. Your firstborn son was named after his paternal grandfather; your first daughter was named after her maternal grandmother. Son number two was named after the maternal grandfather, and onward it went. Both Dennis and his brother named their first sons Richard, so Dennis’ dead dad should have had that name.  And, lucky for me, Richard is a surprisingly rare name in that era.

Widow Richard Enright’s neighbourhood, Glencullaire.

I had a bit of a breakthrough a few months ago, looking through one of the only surviving records of the day: the tithe applotment of 1825. This was a kind of inventory of all the Catholics’ material worth, to calculate how much they had to tithe to the Protestant clergy. (You can imagine how that went over.) I was elated to find a “widow Richard” in the records. The only problem was that she was in Kerry, not Limerick, contrary to our family history. No matter; this week we made our way to her beautiful town land, called Glencullaire near Tarbert, Kerry, and walked through green, rolling farmlands within sight of the great river Shannon. It was quite moving for me, to imagine all the generations of poor farmers there that make up my ancestral background. (Well, a part of it. I have ancestors from Ireland, Scotland, Luxembourg and Alsace, and I have now visited all four homelands.)

Tithe applotment detail

There is one other candidate site for our Dennis’ home, a bit further east in county Limerick. Its story is a bit more complicated. From my reading, I discovered that Dennis, his brother and his sister were all very tight with a Sullivan family. They lived close together in Ontario; Dennis’ sister Ellen married into their family, and they all emigrated together to Minnesota less than a generation later. These Sullivans were from a spot in Limerick called Lisready Cripps; did my Enrights and the Sullivans know each other from the old country?

Further evidence: there was one more family in that Ontario-Minnesota clique, a group of Enrights who were from Kilcornan, in that same region of Limerick. I still don’t know how my Enrights fit with this gang, who also married into the Sullivans and eventually intermarried with my Enrights (cue sound of banjos…) But it seems possible that my Enrights, the Sullivans and these other Enrights all came from the same area. I needed to visit that part of Limerick, about 50 km west of Limerick City.

Traveling through Limerick, it was odd to see my family name everywhere. At one point I was spelling my name for the man who was renting me a car, and my partner leaned over and said, “You don’t have to spell it here.”

Kilcornan. That’s a two-way road.

So off we went to Kilcornan, and spent part of an afternoon driving down impossibly narrow country roads (me at the wheel of a left-handed stick shift) looking for a very old cemetery we never found. It too was beautiful country: lush and wooded and overgrown with ivy and oak. We fancied it would be a perfect spot for a leprechaun sanctuary.

Did I find anything concrete? Alas, no. But I now have a much clearer picture of where I need to focus my research. And, most importantly to me, I have a feeling for the place, for the land and the skies and the sweet-smelling deep green fields of the Enright homeland. I have a feeling I’ll be back.


  1. Netty Widjaya

    C'est un plaisir de lire ton blog, et surtout de regarder des splendides photos que tu as prises de partout!

  2. William Enright

    Hi. Nice blog. I'm from Ireland, now living in Ontario (there are many Enrights in Renfrew County). Yes, most Enrights originated in North Kerry/Southern Limerick area. But spread out of that area too. My Dad's family moved to Tralee area in early 19th century. The Irish name is MacInnreachtaigh which literally translates to "son of the unlawful". Pronounced "Mock-In-Rock-Tig".

  3. Laura Enright

    This is fantastic! I really enjoyed this post. My family is from Listowel, Co. Kerry. My dad's name was Dennis. His dad Michael came over to the U.S. in the late 100 and teens, I believe. I hope to get a chance to go over and look up my family one day.

  4. Peter Enright

    Great read Don, I felt I was with you all the way. I even think we shared a few ales. Also as a fellow photographer, I enjoyed your shots; they really embed the reader into your travels. Like you, I really must visit the home country soon & trek the Enright trail in search of long lost cousins. Speaking of which, Laura above is an adopted Chicago cousin. Our branch of the Enright tree sprouted in Australia after my father Maurice Enright emigrated the family from Burnley, Lancashire in 1959.

    Keep the travelogues coming.

    Peter Enright, Shanghai, China

  5. Kenneth Enright

    We are researching our Enright roots, also from Ireland to Canada, but by way of Quebec. They also immigrated before the famine and ended up in the small town of Frampton. In July 2015 there will be a “Gathering of the Clans” in that area to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Irish settling there. We plan to go. Enjoy your blog!

    Ken and Jan Enright

    • Our great great great grandmother (from County Kerry) had a sister who married an Enright. They all went through Quebec to upstate New York. We have atDNA matches with descendants of those Enrights (but through our common McCarthy ancestors).

      However, we’re told by an Enright descendant from that upstate New York family that he is an “exact” y-DNA match with a Kenneth Enright who is descended from the Enrights of Frampton, Quebec — meaning that both Enright families probably have a common Enright ancestor within several generations.

      I understand that those Enrights from Frampton are reported to have been from Limerick (or Clare). But based on the Kerry connection, we suspect that the Mary (Cusack) and Michael Enright from Frampton, Quebec, may be the ones who had sons in Tarbert, Ballylongford, Kerry, Ireland in the late 1830’s. See http://www.irishgenealogy.ie Many records from Ballylongford Parish from that time period are missing or mutilated. See http://registers.nli.ie/parishes/0654

      Our supposition would be consistent with this bloggers’ reporting that his “Limerick” Enrights also ended up in Tarbert in County Kerry.

      • Hi- that’s interesting re: the Frampton Enrights. I seem to have a DNA match with them, too.
        I think it’s a bit misleading to talk of Kerry Enrights vs Limerick Enrights- I think it’s more accurate to think of the Enright homeland as North Kerry/West Limerick. Tarbert and Glin, in Kerry and Limerick respectively, are within walking distance of each other.

        • I agree! When I saw this blog of yours pointing out that Tarbert was on the border with Limerick, that cleared things up for me! I think your conclusion was correct.

        • BTW, the McCarthy-Enrights were from the Coolkeragh/Affouley area in Ballybunion Parish (about 10 miles from Tarbert). They immigrated to Quebec in the late 1840s. But then made their way to Moira, NY. We have DNA matches on FTDNA and Ancestry.

  6. Hi Don, Really enjoyed your blog. I have been on the trail of our Enrights with a lot of frustration and fun. John Enright from limerick and Mary Hayes from Cork came to Canada prior to 1847 and raised a family of six on the shores of the Welland Canal in St. Catharines. He was employed by Shickluna Shipyards as head teamster and they were involved in building the Catholic Curch in St. Catharines. Information of how and when they got here is non existent at this point. Two years ago we toured Ireland in search of hints of our Enrights. It was a wonderful trip and a beautiful country but I still haven’t uncovered the area of their birth. Really, really felt you walked my walk.

    • Patty- glad you enjoyed it. I didn’t know there were Limerick Enrights in St. Catharines. My Enrights lived near Sarnia for a while before continuing on to East Grand Forks. Best of luck with your research!

  7. Hi–I married into a family with Cornelius Enright as a grandfather, who lived in Munhall, Pennsylvania (United States). It’s a pleasure to peruse your blog and learn a little more about their roots! Beautiful photos, by the way!

    • Marilyn Commerce Storch

      Hi Ellen,
      My grandfather was Cornelius Enright in Munhall. Been researching Enrights a long time. Cornelius ‘ father was Michael Enright. Michael and his brother came to Pittsburgh around 1865 and both married at St. Andrews in Pittsbugh ad they both worked on the railroads. I gave Kitty and Karen copies of the genealogy I did> Micheal as married to Mary Sullivan from Cahersiveen and Patrick was married to Anna Kineally


        • Marilyn Commerce Storch

          Im not 100%sure but most of the DNA matches with Enrights are from this general area. I dont know for certain if I have the right parents for them. On Patrick Enrights death certificate it lists Parents ar Patrick Enright and Mary Buckley. I don’t know what our connection is but on my DNA report on ancestry you are a match, though distant. Death certificates can be wonky and aren’t always reliable since the informant may not know the information

          • robert Walsh Fister

            Hello Marilyn, Thanks for your information. I have spent many hours as you researching these families, Today I tried matching names for Michael and Patrick. Buckley does not match anything for these Enright brothers, I have cross matched many Mothers last names to a Patrick Enright and only found one that could be the one. I would like to have some dates for Michael and Patrick, I have found a Michael born 1836 and Patrick born 1842. Give me some rough dates of Birth, Marriage, and Death. If I have that info I might have the mother of these two Brothers. Thank you and Happy hunting. I have others in Pittsburgh that are Kin to me through DNA that I communicate with.
            Thanks again, waiting for your reply. Bob Fister.

          • robert Walsh Fister

            Good morning.
            This is what I found yesterday for the Parents Of Michael and Patrick Enright. This is the only connection that I found for Both Men with the same Mother and Father around those times in Kerry. Michael was born on 17 August 1836 in Finuge, Lixnaw Co Kerry.
            Patrick was born on 1 March 1842 (Assumed) in Ballylongford Co Kerry.
            The Parents for both of them were, Patrick Enright and Mary Walsh.
            This info is from the Irish Church Records, Irish Geneolagy.ie. I am not familiar with This Mary Walsh being any Kin to me as there are so many Walsh families in that area in those times, I could not find any connection to A Buckley for these two men, I need some info from your searches in Pittsburgh for these two men. Dates, Children’s name etc. I am not on Ancestry now and cannot get the census for some of those years. I will keep searching as it gives me something to do and I want to find my connection to my DNA MATCHES. I do have Walsh, Stack, Enright, Shanahan and others from back in that era in Kerry and possibly Limerick. Looking forward for more information from all interested for these names.
            Thank You. Bob

          • robert Walsh Fister

            I am still searching for more info on Patrick Enright, I did find a Michael Enright born 1 January 1839 assumed, in Ballylongford to a Michael Enright and a Mary Buckley, the sponsors are Mary Tompkins and a no first name Finucane. The Priest is Rev, J ,Collins.
            There is also born to Michael and Mary a Juliana Enright born 5 May 1838 with the Same Priest . and a Catherine born 16 June 1835 with Sponsors James Kissane and Mary Enright and the Priest is Rev, D, Enright.
            the Sponsors are like Witnesses here in this country.
            I would like the death certificate for Michael if possible. I have the one for Patrick, If I can get some more info on Michael I might be able to find some more on him. I will keep searching. do not forget that you can contact me if you want.

  8. Karen wooldridge

    Awww so lovely to read this my family were Hynes from lisready cripps but i remember the family Enrights last time i was back was 1998

    • Don Enright

      Karen- thanks so much for your note. I’ll have to look for the Hynes name as I do my reading. My latest avenue of research is genetic- I’ve had my Y-DNA done and we’re showing a strong relationship to other Enrights (naturally), plus a certain branch of the Hurleys, and a few Whites and Endertons. It’s fascinating stuff.

    • Patty Enright Leaming

      Karen, in my search of the elusive Enrights, my great great grandfather married a Mary Hynes.
      They came to Canada, specifically St. Catharines Ontario . They had 6 children Thomas, Anna, Marion, James, Dennis and William. I know they were in Canada for the birth of Thomas in 1847. He worked at a shipyard and they were devote Roman Catholics.

      My issue is that reading the baptismal info I have for three of the children their mother, Mary is written as Mary Hogg, Mary Hynes, Mary Hayes. Three priests hearing different names?
      Your comment about linking Enright and Hynes caught my eye. I don’t know where in Ireland they come from and I would appreciate your help

  9. Steven enright

    My family of enrights from carrigaholt County clare. They moved to Vermont then Troy NH there is a Thomas Enright son dennis enright who was in that group not sure how he was related. Also found a dennis enright son of Thomas who immigrated theough Nova Scotia. More clues in the wind I guess

  10. My sister just visited Ballylongford that’s where my family of Enrights are from and by asking around she meet my 3rd cousins us Enrights live on Long Island New York My Great Grandfather was Patrick Enright he came to the USA from Ballylongford in 1890s

  11. Dear Don,
    What a fabulous read!
    My husband Colin & i will be travelling like you to Limerick next June in search of answers .
    We live in NSW Australia and our ancestors came here in 1860 as sponsored settlers ( no criminals here).
    Patrick Enright and his wife Maragret nee McElligott left the Glin area ( Ballyhahill, Shannongolden )for a better life. They are all burried in Cowra NSW.
    We would like to find out more about Patricks parents James and Mary Enright who were farmers and very poor. Like you we have come to a deadend because of lost records and we feel we may learn more from making the journey.
    Even if we don’t get any concrete results, seeing and feeling the surroundings of our ancestral home will be wonderful.
    Thanks again

    • Hi Jane- thanks for your comments. Good luck in Limerick- it’s a beautiful place. I hope you find what you’re looking for. Out of interest, who sponsored your ancestors to Oz? Was it a John Hurley? Feel free to email me via my “contact” section.

  12. Paul Enright

    Hi Don good read ! My family also comes from Ballylongford and has a connection to the Sullivan’s My dad was born in Toronto in 1905 and one of his brothers use to say he was the 7th son of the 7th son all born in Toronto. My fathers grandparents family spread over Ontario and the US. When I was in Ballylongford I was told that there were 350 Enright families in the area at one time. My cousin is Michael Enright from the CBC.

    • Don Enright

      Hi Paul- When did your Ballylongford ancestors come over to Ontario? I’ve often wondered how Michael fit into the picture.

  13. Paul Brown

    Hi Don

    Interesting reading…my mother is Judith Enright (b 28/07/38) originally from Burnley. We have traced our family routes back to Ennis County Clare, where I believe a Thomas Enright emmigrated to England in the 1880’s. I believe life was hard for an Irish immigrant family in late Victorian times as my uncle says his ancestors were known as ‘ The scraping Enrights’, presumably an indication that they frequently found thenselves dealing with hostility. Below is a copy of parish records from Burnley detailing my mothers marriage and naming her father Richard who had a brother named Fred and a sister named Ellen. He also had another brother who was killed in the 2nd world war and I think he was called John

    Marriage: 14 Feb 1959 St Matthew the Apostle, Habergham Eaves, Lancs.
    Kenneth Brown – 22, National Serviceman, Bachelor, 163 Branch Road, Burnley
    Judith Marie Enright – 20, Telephonist, Spinster, 93 Nairne Street, Burnley
    Groom’s Father: Albert Brown, Joiner
    Bride’s Father: Richard Enright, Bricklayer
    Witness: Richard Enright; Roy Kilner Jurgen?
    Married by Banns by: Charles Gordon Bellamy, Vicar
    Register: Marriages 1958 – 1980, Page 19, Entry 37
    Source: Original Parish Register

    • susan doran

      Hi Paul
      That is very interesting. My 2nd Great Aunt Mary Rostron married Thomas Joseph Enright in 1902 in Burnley. We have a wedding photo in our family. i understand that Judith Enright may be one of the bridesmaids. We cannot name the others in the family. Perhaps you are able to help?
      Are you on ancestry?

    • Jonathan Enright

      Hi Paul, I sent your post to my father, who has been looking into our family history. He thinks we may have a connection and would like to discuss it with you. Would it be possible to email you, please?

  14. Hi Don, my mother (now deceased) was an Enright. She descends from Hugh Enright of County Cork (1816-1889) who arrived in Australia February 1838. Hugh wed a Cork woman, Margaret Howard (1821-1868), and had 6 sons plus 3 daughters. He was a rural labourer, settling in the Mudgee NSW district till his wife died, worked as a shearer and farm worker, tried his hand at mining after gold was discovered in the nearby Bathurst district but died a pauper at Parramatta (now a Sydney suburb).

    • Michael Kauter

      Hi Garry. My family also descends from Hugh Enright. Would love to discuss with you if possible.

      • Robert Walsh Fister

        Hello Don, my great grandmother is said to be Julia Enright. My great great grandfather is John Walsh born in or near Newtown Sands about 1806 to 1810 to Catherine Kennelly and Patrick Walsh, I was going to Ireland this past spring but the Virus put a stop to that. Thanks for your taking time to pass this on to others,
        Thanks, Bob Fister

        • Robert Walsh Fister

          I made a mistake on my older post about Julia Enright and John Walsh born about 1810 in Newtownsandes Kerry, they were my Great Great GrandParents not my Great Grandparents. My great grandfather Patrick Walsh was born to them about 1832 in kerry, I have not found his birth in or around that area as of yet.
          Thanks to all of you for your posts on the Enright family.

        • Marilyn Commerce Storch

          Hi Robert,
          You show up an a match on my DNA profile.

          • Robert Walsh Fister

            Hello, this is Robert Walsh Fister born in Lexington Ky. Please contact me as I heard that you are a DNA to me.
            PH 704 791 4651

          • Robert Walsh Fister

            I believe that you are Private and that is not bad these days, I do not wish to make a Butt of myself but I wonder who you think our connection could be? Enright from Kerry or Limerick or some one else from another county. If I never hear from you that is alright as I do care about one’s privacy as we all should in these times that we are living in, Sad time for people in this world not just here in our country but the whole world. Stay Safe and enjoy your family, I Do.

  15. Hi Don,
    Both of my grandparents were Enrights, from Ballylongford area. I know of at least 3 distinct Enright families from the area, and I’d love to untangle all the Enright lines some day. Have you had your DNA tested? I have mine on Ancestry, I would guess we might be some degree of cousins

    • Robert Walsh Fister

      Hello, I am Robert Walsh Fister born in horse county near Lexington Ky. My my GG Grandmother is Julia Enright Married to My GG Grandfather John Walsh from the Moyvane area of Kerry previous named NewtownSandes. Are you on GedMatch? It is a site that you input your DNA from other sites and you see others that are or could connected to you through DNA, it is for the most part a free site until you want to do more of which I do not care to do. I have Walsh, Enright, Stack, Shanahan, Kennelly and others from the western part of Kerry and the east part of County Limerick. Thank you.

      • John Enright

        Hi, I’m John Enright. My Enright line comes from Ballylongford as well (specifically the village of aghanagran). I’m in contact with my grandfather’s 2nd cousin who still lives in ballylongford (her direct line never left Ireland). I’m sure there is more I can share but did Julia Enright immigrate to the Chicago area?

      • Marilyn Commerce Storch

        I have your name on my DNA matches. Dont recall if it is on 23 and me or Ancestry. I also have a Kenneally (sp varies)

    • John Enright

      I’ve had mine tested (John Enright). My enright line is from ballylongford, with culhane, mulvihill (moyvane), and shanahan lines from Kerry as well. I have the enright line back to the farm enright brothers immigrated from in aghanagran, Ballylongford. Happy to be of assistance.

      • Marilyn Commerce Storch

        MY GGfather came from Ireland with his brother about 1865. Married here in 1867 in Pittsburgh He as Michael Enright and brother Patrick did the same. I do not have exact info on how they came or when, just what happened when they got here. However most of my DNA matches by the name Enright lived in the region you are speaking about. I have also suspected they may have come in thru Canada and come down the rivers to Pittsburgh All theory, no fact. However on Patricks death certificate in Puttsburgh it states that his father was Patrick Enright and mother Mary (?Buckley)Do you have any of these in your records? Both brothers were born in the 1840s.

      • Robert Walsh Fister

        Hello John. This Bob Fister from Lexington Ky originily, My G G Grandmother Julia Enright married My GG Grandfather is John Walsh born in NewtownSandes in 1806 as far as I can tell. He married Julia Enright sometime in the late 1820 time frame. I do not have any info on Julia at all. John Walsh my G G Grandfather is burried in the Paris Ky Cemetery and on his stone it says born in NewtownSandes county Kerry. Have you heard of GedMatch.com? You insert your DNA from other sites to connect to people through DNA.

    • Rrobert Walsh Fister

      Have you looked into GedMatch yet? it will help you to connect to people with a DNA Match.

  16. Carole White

    Hi Don,
    I am the cousin of Judith Enright, as post from Paul Brown, one of her sons
    I have been tracing the family and believe I have some interesting information with regard to my great grandfather Thomas Enright who was born in 1850.

    • That is very interesting. My 2nd Great Aunt Mary Rostron married Thomas Joseph Enright in 1902 in Burnley. We have a wedding photo in our family. i understand that Judith Enright may be one of the bridesmaids. We cannot name the others in the family. Perhaps you are able to help?
      Are you on ancestry?

    • Robert Walsh Fister

      Hello Carole, this is Robert Walsh Fister. I am kin to Julia Enright that was married to John Walsh my G G Grandfather from NewtownSandes now Moyvane Kerry. John was born 1806 and as far as I can tell no Marriage has been found. There is a site called Gedmatch.com that you insert your DNA and match people through DNA, I have had good connections through this site. Good luck on your searches.
      Bob 704 791 4651

  17. Kirk Fansher

    Don – good read. My maternal grandmother is a Minnesota Enright from Clare I was told. My mother had a good geneolgy – in a folder hiding someplace in the house. I will need to dig it out and take a closer look at the post emigration family tree but sounds like we are in the same Enright clan – I remember some talk of 5he Sullivan’s as well.

  18. Dennis Enright

    Hi Don. All of my knowledge of my origins fall in with your map. My family came through the U.S. to Saskatchewan , Canada. I would be interested in any upcoming gatherings of the Enright clan. It seems with or with out detours we are all related. I would love to be able to attend any of these upcoming events if people would supply the info as to where and when.
    April 14/2018
    (Son of the unlawful)
    Dennis Enright
    Saskatoon, So

    • Don Enright

      Dennis- I’d like to hear more about your family’s history. I didn’t know about the Saskatoon Enrights. I have family connections to Saskatoon, but on my mother’s side.

  19. Hi, im looking for information on Eliza Enright,
    Birth: Jan 21 1838 – Newcastle West, Limerick, Ireland
    Death: Dec 13 1884 – Jamieson, Victoria, Australia

    Her father was John Enright and mother Mary McEnery

  20. Hi Ellen. My mother was an Enright, and her uncle was Cornelius H Enright, but he was born in 1883 in Mississippi, probably Vicksburg. Since The Irish passed on First names, and Cornelius is an unusual name (at least now), it’s likely I’m somehow related to your spouses family.

  21. Pamela Enright

    Hi Don. My last name is Enright. My family heritage come from Limerick as well. My dads first name was Richard middle John and his dad’s first name was John. My dad has two brothers named Paul and Kevin. All have the same dad.

  22. Robert W Fister

    Hello Don, This is Robert Patrick Walsh Fister from the USA. I was born near Lexington Ky in 1941, my mother is a Walsh her father Robert Patrick Walsh was born in Ky about 1864. His father Patrick Walsh and his Grandfather John Walsh were born in Kerry and came to tha states about 1849 Patrick was born about 1830 possibly in Moyvane and John my great Grandfather was born in 1806 as far as the date is we are never sure of some of these things. What I am getting at is My G G Grandfather John was supposed to be married to a Julia Enright, John is listed being born in Newtown Sandes Kerry. I do find a John born in 1806, I do believe that it is the correct John Walsh. What I would like to find if anyone has any idea of this family or any info on julia Enright. I read all I can about Kerry Ireland and enjoy your articles.
    Thank you Don.
    Bob Fister

  23. Philip John Enright

    Greetings Don, this is Philip Enright from Markham, Ontario. My late father, John Christopher Enright, was one of 9 children born to Joseph and Margaret Enright in the town of Foynes, County Limerick. My father (born in 1929, died 2011) went to London England in the early 50s to find work, met and married my mother there and the two of them emigrated to Toronto in 1958 for a better life. I came along in 1960. I have approximately 50 first and second cousins all going by the Enright name living in and around Limerick county. My father’s last wish (decidedly un-Catholic!) was to have his ashes strewn in the Shannon River at the edge of Foynes, and that it was what I did after his death in August 2011. Your photos are lovely and remind me of the rural beauty of my ancestral home.

    • Philip- thanks for sharing your Enright family story. Limerick is a beautiful place, especially along the shores of the Shannon.

  24. Robert Walsh Fister

    Hello Don Enright, I am Robert Walsh Fister from central Ky now living near the coast of South Carolina. My Walsh family came fro the Newtownsandes area of Kerry about 1849 to Ky also coming to the area is Mary Stack who married My G Grandfather Patrick Walsh in Paris Ky. Ellen Shanahan Stack Gregory also came to the same are, Ellen is the mother of Mary Stack Walsh. I have been searching for many years on Info on John Walsh born about 1812 in Newtownsandes, I am fairly sure that he married a Enright from the Leitrim area, I thought it was Julia Enright But after several years am changing it to Mary Enright born 3 March 1814. One reeson is that a Mary Walsh was born to that union in 1837 and I found through newspaper clippings about visitations from family to family from Louisville Ky to Mt Sterling and visa versa. I wish to know if we are a DNA match? I am not sure if we are or not.
    Thanks Don, I am thinking that we might have communicated before.
    Robert Patrick Walsh Fister (Stay safe)

  25. Great read Don. We are Enrights in London and have family of Enrights in Listowel still uncle Catchie aunt Ammimay my sister Angela our grandfather Thomas Enright was from Ballybuff he was in the USA Massachusetts and his suster married out tgeir to Readons early 1900s came back to Kerry 1918 and met the matchmaker and married my grandmother Nel Murphy from Listowel a great woman she was to.

  26. John Enright

    Great read, Don. My Enright ancestry is also from Ballylongford in county Kerry, specifically the Aghanagran Upper townland. I have them there back to the early 1800s to Daniel Enright and Mary Culhane, but only on their children’s birth certificates in the 1830s/40s (I’m through John Daniel Enright). I think it’s difficult to find records before that time frame due to the penal laws which restricted catholic parish record keeping as I understand it.

    I have come across many Enright families in north Kerry as you mention. Interesting to see how many immigrated to Canada, my lineage immigrated to Philadelphia in the 1880s and most are still there today.

  27. Elizabeth Enright

    Hi Don,
    I, too, am descended from a Dennis Enright, born 1813 in Ireland, though I don’t know the name of the county where he was born. He emigrated to North America and sent for his mother, sister, and a brother. His son, Edward, related that Dennis was 20 (1833) when he moved near Almonte, Ontario. He married Catherine O’Neill, and they lived near Clayton, Ontario, until after the first three of their children were born. They then moved near Sarnia, Ontario, where they had nine more children. In 1878, they moved to East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

  28. Jenny Enright

    Hi Don! This is very interesting. I’m Jenny Enright, living in NC, USA. My grandad, Patrick Joseph Enright, emigrated from Tarbert, County Kerry in the early 20th century (early teens). He settled in Chicago and married my second-generation Irish grandmother. Don’t know anything about her heritage other than her parents emigrated from Ireland. Our part of the Enright clan is spread out all over the US.

  29. Christina Enright power

    Hi Don ,my name is Christina Enright I’m trying to track down an Enright woman possibly a Mary Enright born 1/10/1865 or a Bridget Enright 25/5/1870, they are booth sisters. l believe one of these ladies immigrated to the usa and married an Arthur Macarthur they were from Dromerin (Drummurin) Cross listowel co kerry

    • Jashayla Gillespie

      Christina, I am a descendant of a Mary Enright who had sisters named Bridget and Margaret or “Maggie” Enright. She also had two brothers, John and Mike. Mary was the oldest and the first to immigrate to the US. She then sent for Maggie, who arrived when she was 16 years old. The two of them saved enough money to arrange for the rest of their family to come. John and Mike were 12 and 14 when they arrived around 1877. Bridget was 8. Their parents were Dennis Enright and Elizabeth McGarry-Enright. If this is the family you are looking for, let me know. I have an abundance of information, including journals written by Margaret Marie Donley (Bridget’s Daughter).

  30. Natasha Enright

    Hi I’m an Enright, my grandfather Edmund enright was a said to be a settled traveller from limerick, where there are still many of his family living today

  31. Don,
    Just came across this blog in my start of research of the Enright linage. I have an old painting of a castle Enright that supposedly came from my grandparents, Cornelius John Enright, in the Titusville/Warren Pennsylvania area. This has been a good read, thank you for your posts and those of many others.

  32. Sue Shannon

    I also descend rom Enrights. Hit a dead end as of 1814 in Dublin.
    I have Walsh Hurley White and Madigan as connected surnames….Jeremiah Catherine, Patrick, Julia and James forenames. I have hints they were from Limerick near Shannon River….the homebase origins for Enright/Madigan is Limerick and Kerry. He (my 3x great gfather) moved to Dublin had 2 children and immigrated to Gaspe Quebec between 1815 and 1820. My grandfather went to Saskatchewan early 1920 to visit? and Detroit and Minnisota to work and stay with a brother who had moved there early 1900. Other 2nd generations moved to Ottawa area as well. Wish I could find more info. Jeremiah Sr b ca 1790’s had a brother Patrick in the same area and there were many other Enrights in Gaspe…..I’m still documenting marriages and baptisms of those other Enrights with my family as witnesses to try and connect everyone. It is said they left to escape an unlawful event that occurred and came here under the alias Shannon….(river Shannon?) and we are all still “Shannons” this and others’ comments were an informative read. Thanks

    • Don Enright

      Thanks Sue- I have Whites and Hurleys as a fairly close Y-DNA link. I would like to know more about your connections there. Jeremiah was my great grandfather’s name.

  33. I am married to an Enright from New Zealand. His Great Grandfather Michael came from Ireland to NZ sometime in 1880!

  34. Hi, I’m on the hunt for a Joseph Enright who was married to a Bridget Linehan/lenihan from Munster area of Ireland. I think they have a grandson called Timothy, who would be in his late 30s. I’m really keen to contact.

  35. Steven Enright

    Really good blog, im an Enright my dad who passed is obviously an Enright. My grandparents lived in cork. Ive not been as i was a British soldier and served in the north. I don’t even know there names. Would love to visit if i new more about them.

  36. Michael Enright

    Hi I’m an Enright from limerick and have family in kilcornan area u still looking

  37. I’m Patrick Enright from Ballybunion Co kerry family members from lahardan and Lahesheragh Ballybunion Co kerry. Also from Balllylongford Co kerry and some parts of Limerick I believe.

  38. My great grandfather, Michael Enright, emigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio around 1870. Most of his siblings came with him. His parents were John and Catherine Connors Enright. He and most of his siblings were baptized at the Catholic church in Athea, Limerick. We think a sibling, Jeremiah, stayed behind. We know that Catherine died in April 1886 in Athea. Last summer we visited Athea and walked the local graveyard without finding her grave. For some reason the baprismal record for Jeremiah is in the Abbeyfeale church book. Perhaps they lived somewhere in between the two villages. I am currently trying to contact a Denis Enright of Abbeyfeale to see if he is descended from the Jeremiah in our records. Any connections please give me a shout out. John King, Arkansas, USA

  39. Anne Ashurst nee Enright

    Hello. My name is Anne ashurst nee enright.my great grandparents were Michael enright 1841/1842 limerick county.
    Married Ellen hickey County Clare. 1845 around.they had 5 siblings.
    My grand father James William enright was there youngest sibling.
    James married Gertrude Anson.1912.
    My dad James Charles Fredrick (fred)
    Was born in Waiuku nz 1913.
    My dad married Frances Alice Martha Myrtle fraider. And I was born in 1950 in ngaruawahia hospital.anne Frances may enright… my parents have both passed… and I’m 73 years old living in hamilton nz…
    Is there a connection Don. Loved your article.

  40. Hi Don – I am also descended from Dennis Enright on my maternal grandmother’s side
    It would interesting to compare notes

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