In our 1984 journey, it took a while to discover- turn off, a mile outside Mount
Bellew Bridge on the way to Galway.
The land is very low lying, almost bog or drained marshes-very little evidence even now
or crops or animals. Menlough- lough means lake and is pronounced "la" as in
Menla. It looks very poor, sparsely populated. The village is just one street with a
garage, a general store, a church, and a few houses. We visited the church first, and
while there, we were able to search the register for the names of our ancestors. The
parish register goes back too 1800.
The register has the records for Garbally, Skehena and Menlough. In those days, the
parish was centered at Killascobe, where all remains now is a ruined church and graveyard.
We came across the record we were after on page 134 which read
Thomas Costello marries Bridget Flemming 26th February 1844 and witnesses
were Dennis Costello and Mary Flemming.
Costello's appeared all over the register. For instance-
p 124 Thomas and Mary Costello p.125 Pat and Glyn Costello
p.126 Peggy Costello P 129 Celia and John Costello
147 Katherine Costello p.149 Tom Costello
P.171 Pat and Allen Costello P.173 Pat Costello
P. 176 John Flemming and other entries on pages 123,134,168,180,181,187. We may have
passed over others, but we looked right up to 1900.
Garbally- we are told is the place where James Costello was born.
Skehanagh used to have a church where James used to go.
Menlough(Tiaquin) was the name of the family home in Ipswich-Australia which he called
after the place he came from in Ireland.
For Birth Certificates registrar General Custom House Dublin, Eire
Deputy Keeper, Public record office of Ireland, the Four Courts, Eire.
We headed out towards Mt. Bellew Bridge (pronounced Bell-Ya) and the cemetery and there
we found found only two Costello's buried-
Patrick Costello died march 27th 1907 aged 82 years Wife Anne September 27th 1912 aged
75 Daughter Mary October 17th 1889 aged 16 years and son Patrick May 26th 1936 aged 73
years and wife Katherine May 2nd 1937 aged 73 years and son Martin August 18th 1969 aged
58 years. Erected by sons Tom and Pat. Notice the same Christian names that are on our
side of the Costello clan.
When we followed our contact, the local Paris priest Fr.Canney's advice to
contact a Costello family who ran the general store beside the church at Skehana, we
missed the route and ended up miles away. But we managed to find a Sean Costello whom we
called on the phone- He was able to tell us that his grandfather John had migrated to
Australia, but had returned later on and married a Mary Riley. He didn't know who John's
parents were. He remembered he had a cousin in Australia now deceased named Nellie O'Brien
and that an Uncle was killed Sydney just outside the cathedral. But that was as far as we
Married on Boxing Day 1898 at St. Mary's Ipswich
Marriage Certificate of
James Costello/Catherine Lynch
Marriage solemnized in the district of Ipswich in the colony of Queensland 1899
registered by Robert Miller, District registrar.
Number 1121 4504
When and where married- 26th December 1898 Ipswich
Name and Surname- James Costello (born 16th June) Catherine Lynch
Birthplace- Garbally Galway Ireland / Kilbenhing Limerick Ireland
Profession- Blacksmith / Tailoress
Age- 25 / 22 years
Usual Place of residence- North Ipswich/Ipswich
Parents- Thomas Costello and Bridget Flemming / James Lynch and Margaret
Father's rank or profession- Farmer / Bootmaker
Conducted in St. Mary's Church according to the rites of the Roman
Catholic Church in the presence of David Lynch and Margaret O'Toole and date of
registration January 5th 1899 by me, James Duhig, Officiating Minister.
I, Harold William Tesch, Registrar General......extracted 2nd March 1981.
The Costellos' in the area who may be the relatives we lost contact with are Mrs.
M.A.Costello at the General Store (Merchant) Skehanna, Menlough phone 0905 8 47 34
Ballinasloe. Sean has died since our visit.
The parish house at Menlough was Father Canney at parochial House Menlough
St. Michael's 0905 4 21 16. Father Canney has died since our visit.