It's lovely to hear that you and your parents will be over to see us next year looking to visit some of your ancestors old stomping grounds!
There is some information on the townlands of NewPark
and also Blackcommon
that you can have a look at and hopefully when in the area, the old buildings will still be there. Once in the location, a visit to the local pub or shop will offer some more information.Kilcooley Abbey
, not too far from Gortnahoe near the County Tipperary/ Kilkenny border should be easy enough to find once in the area, although a ruin it is still a substantial building. Kilcooley parish church
is also in the area and has several graves which may also hold some information.
While the coal mines are now closed and flooded, again once in Ballingarry you should be able to locate them. Ballingarry
have a Facebook page that you may be interested in, it has a link to a youtube video of the mines when in operation.
I couldn't find information on Bonlea or the church in particular, not sure if they are still known as areas or very old townlands now no longer recognized.
I hope this gives you lots of inspiration, and hopefully, your fellow members and some industry partners will be able to add to this information!