Bourney & Corbally Fanning Marriage Records, Co Tipperary & Co Offaly, Ireland, 1836- 1880

Fanning Marriage Records in Bourney & Corbally Parish, Co Tipperary & Co Offaly Ireland, 1836- 1880

Fanning marriage records for Bourney & Corbally Catholic Parish in Co Tipperary & Co Offaly: 28 June 1836- 1880. This parish is in the Diocese of Killaloe.

These marriage records are taken from the National Library of Ireland parish registers, which are online and free.

Variant forms of the parish name are Corbally, Bournea & Couraganeen.

Rootsireland is an excellent subscription service with search options. Makes using the free National Library records much easier. Rootsireland has Cournageen (Bourney)  Parish marriage records from 1836-1880, with 1873 missing.

Irish civil marriage records from 1864 and older than 75 years are online and free at

I have included any marriage records with a Fanning bride or groom or witness. While anyone could be a witness, from my experience, the witnesses are nearly always related.

If you are on a PC you can search these records using Control + F

27 Feb 1838, Patt Carty & Sally Hamill, Asmere or Armere wit: William Tracy & Mary Fanning

19 Jul 1843, Michael Gorman & Anne Fanning, Ashbrook? wit: Martin Ryan & Eliza Dooly

20 Oct 1846, Patrick Meara & Mary Maher, wit: William Fannon & Tom Fannon

12 Feb 1850, William Fann?? & ????? Malone, wit: Rev P Hennessy & Patt Terny

28 Feb 1854, Patt Costigan & Eliza Brien, Corriga, wit: John Costigan & Nicholas Fannon

21 Feb 1857, William Fannon & Sera Guidera, wit: Philip Fannon & Johanna Guidera. This couple emigrated to New Zealand with most of their children. I have written a post about them, William Fanning and Sarah Guidera.

I noticed that from the time of William and Sarah’s marriage in 1857 within three days two other Guidera marriages had taken place.

Between Feb 1857 and Feb 1863, a total of eight Guideras had married. I wonder if these marriages were prior to emigration.

22 Jan 1859, Dan Quinlon & Judith Hamill, wit: Tom Fannon & Mary Hamill

14 Feb 1895, Bourney Civil Marriage record. William Fanning, age 28, farmer of Loran & Margaret Coonan of Ashmere, age 26. His father William Fanning, her father Michael Coonan. Witnesses were Michael Hardgrove & Mary Coonan. Married in Couraganeen RC Church.

After 1867 there were so few marriages one wonders if this was the result of the famine and mass emigration from this parish.

William Fanning & Sarah Guidera Co Tipperary and Wellington New Zealand

William Fanning c1828-1907 born Co Tipperary Ireland emigrated to new Zealand and lived in Wellington. He may be related to the Lissaroon Fannings.

I came across this obituary for a William Fanning from Co Tipperary born about1828 and he died in 1907. The fact that he is said to be related to John Eviston got me interested. How is he related? and could he be part of my Fanning clan?

William Fanning Wellington NZ Obituary 1907
William Fanning Wellington NZ Obituary 1907

The John Eviston he is related to was born in Clonomocogue just north of Thurles in 1844 and died in Bathurst, NSW Australia in 1925. His mother was Mary Fanning, daughter of William Fanning and Hanera Cormick of Lissaroon, my ancestors.

On William Fanning’s death certificate his parents are listed as Phillip Fanning and Mary Fanning nee Eviston. They were married in Loughmore Parish Co Tipperary on 31 Jan 1822, witnessed by Robert Eviston and John Leahy. So John Eviston and William Fanning were first cousins. William’s mother Mary Eviston marrying Phillip Fanning of Dunkerrin.

I could not find a birth or baptism record for William but did find records for two of his sisters. Margaret was born in Castleroan Dunkerrin Co Offaly, her godparents were John Hennesy and Mary Fanning. Mary, the other sister, was born in the same address and baptised on 7 Oct 1838, her godparents were John and Mary Maher.

Phillip, William’s father, died on 15 April 1875 in the parish of Shinrone, Kings county. He was a farmer.  He  died from bronchitis, aged 82. His mother Mary Fanning nee Eviston died in Castleroan on 1 Mar 1886 in Shinrone Parish Co Offaly(Kings). She was 86 and cause of death was marasmus, severe malnutrition.

Death certificate of William Fanning 1907
Death certificate of William Fanning 1907
Nenagh Guardian 28 Sept 1912


Nenagh News 23 Feb 1923

William was born in Castlerone (I think this is Castleroan) Ireland and had been in NZ for 20 years. He was married in Ireland at age 30, to Sarah Guidera. Nine children are listed on William’s death record but only their ages are given. Five Males aged 46, 44, 34, 30 and 29 years. Then there were four females aged 40, 38, 36 and 32 years.

William’s death record had him dying at 2 McFarland Street, Wellington on 13 August, 1907. He was 79 years old and died from “old Age”.

There are baptism and birth records for the following children of William and Sarah Guidera. The family lived at Oldcastle in the parish of Cournageen (Bourney) Co Tipperary.

Daniel baptised 26 July 1862 sponsors: Phill Fanning and Mary Guidera.

Mary birth 1 Feb 1864, baptised 13 Feb 1864 sponsors: James and Anne Fanning

William born 19 May 1865, baptised 30 May 1865, sponsors: William Kealy and Johanna Guidera

Elizabeth born 23 Dec 1866 and baptised on 5 Jan 1867

Sarah born 15 July 1868 and baptised on 17 August 1868

Margaret born 19 Dec 1869 and baptised on 19 Jan 1870

Patrick born 1 Mar 1871 and baptised on 1 April 1871

Johanna born 6 Jan 1873 and baptised on 22 Jan 1873

Michael born 17 Sept 1874 and baptised on 3 Oct 1874

Unk Fanning female born 23 June 1876 and baptised 23 Aug 1876

James born 23 June 1876 and baptised 23 Aug 1876 twin of above unnamed child.

Two of the children of William and Sarah, William and Phillip, are said to have gone to America instead of emigrating to New Zealand.

William Fanning is buried in Karori Cemetery in the Wellington region with his wife Sarah and sons, John Joseph and Frank.

William Fanning grave Karori Cemetery Wellington 1907

William Fanning & family grave Karori Cemetery Wellington NZ
Family grave of William Fanning Karori Cemetery Wellington New Zealand