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"Please excuse my long delay in writing. I found it difficult to trace details of the ENRIGHT family locally. This was simply due to the fact that the church registers had been taken away for re-binding etc, and we had to wait for their return. A few days ago I was able to get my hands on them and make a detailed search. Alas, not a great deal of information due to the fact that they only go back to 1850. Some years ago a fire in the priests house destroyed all previous records. This, of course, means quite a loss to anyone seeking details of ancestors prior to 1850. However, I am sending you on what I did find and hope it helps in some way. I do commend you for your efforts. I am enclosing one or two photos of our locality. I would be delighted if you could visit us some day and really see what a pretty place we've got. I'm sure you'd be pleased with your visit. Let's keep hoping it works out in the not too distant future. I hope your Mammy and all the family are keeping well. Give them my best regards. I am writing to Doreen also - I'm sure she must have been wondering what was wrong - she hasn't heard from me for so long. Anyway I must close now so I'll say God bless and fondest love, Davy.

Stephen RYAN & Mary BROWNE married in Castleconnell 1848
Mary RYAN (daughter of above) born - Castleconnell 10th April 1852
Mary RYAN married Edward ENRIGHT - Castleconnell 13th June 1873
Margaret ENRIGHT (daughter of Edward ENRIGHT & Mary RYAN) born - Castleconnell 24th June 1884

Note: The ENRIGHT family are one of the oldest families in this Parish - many relatives are still living here."

from a letter from David Quaid, Castleconnell, dated 29th May 1985
 

Census Returns for the night of Sunday 31st March 1901
County: Limerick
Parliamentary Division: East Limerick
Poor Law Union: Limerick
District Electoral Division: Castleconnell
Townland: Lacka
Barony: Clanwilliam
Parish: Stradbally

Number 12
Built private dwelling with no out buildings
Inhabited: Yes
Walls: mud, wood or perishable
Roof: thatch, wood or perishable
Rooms: 2, 3 or 4
Windows in front of house: 2
Class of house: 3rd
Distinct Family: 1
Head of Household: Edward ENRIGHT
Rooms occupied: 2
Total number of people: 4
Form collected on: 6th April 1901
Anyone sick on this day: none
Name of Landholder: Kate ENRIGHT*

12 Lacka, Castleconnell
Edward ENRIGHT, Head, marr, 48, Salmon Fisherman, born Co Limerick, RC, Read only, Eng only
Mary ENRIGHT, Wife, marr, 49, born Co Limerick, RC, Read only, Eng only
Janie ENRIGHT, dau, unmarr, 18, scholar, born Co Limerick, RC, R&W, Eng only
Michael ENRIGHT, son, 7, scholar, born Co Limerick, RC, R&W, Eng only

Heads of Household for Townland: Lacka
John SHANNON
Mary McNAMARA
John CONNELL
James McMAHON
John RYAN
Michael O'DONNELL
Mary EDMONDS
Pleasance E CRABBE
Walter SANDBACH
Sir David FRASER
James SHEEHAN
Edward ENRIGHT
Mary BOURKE
James O'DONNELL
Michael TUCKER
John HARTIGEN
John DALY
Bridget TUOHY
Honora RYAN
John TUCKER
Patrick TUCKER
Jane HEGGART
Anthony MACKEY

NB: *Kate ENRIGHT was also the Landholder of number 24 which was uninhabited, and the Hotel, Clanwilliam Stradbally. She was a widow, 59 years old, born in County Limerick.

*updated Dec 2006:SMW