Request to Consolidate all Parle Information

11.2.2001,  from John Patrick to Mike Parle

Hello Michael,

The idea of a Parle family story document sounds great. And yes, the Deeps area in Tikillin (where my family is from) is about four miles northwest of Wexford Town in County Wexford.

On another matter, I often suspect that all Wexford Parles have a common ancestor going way back. For instance, the Wexford Heritage Centre in Tagoat quotes data that in the 1659 "census" there were 19 Parles living in the southeastern portion of Co. Wexford. If these were the only Wexford Parles then, only a few Parle families existed in circa 1660, and they were quite possibly related.

Let me know how things are progressing on the Parle document, when you are able.

Bye for now.

John Patrick Parle, Michigan, USA



County Distribution of Parles in 1853

Hello Michael,

This shows that in the Griffiths Valuation of 1853 there were 94 Parle households in Co Wexford; five in Co. Galway; one in Co. Longford; and one in Co. Wicklow.

Bye for now.
John Patrick Parle



5.03.2001  From John Patrick

Hi Mike,

As I was looking around the Net, I discovered that Bandon is not only a town in Co. Cork, but a river that starts at the coast at Kinsale. There is also a Bandon Valley. Fr. Richard Parle noted that he thought the Parle domain at Bandon was north of the town by that name. There is a John Parle living in the city of Cork. I've e-mailed him to see if he knows anything about the Parle-Bandon theory. I sent the e-mail to his workplace, so he may not have time to respond (the business e-mail was the only one listed).

The Swords connection would be neat to check out, and if there is any documentation of a family of Parle nobles in the Cherbourg area of Normandy.

Bye for now, and happy writing!
John Patrick


6.03.2001  From: John Patrick Parle  To: Mike Parle

Subject: Fwd: Parle Family

Hi Mike,

This [the email below] is from the John Parle from Cork; looks like he came originally from Wexford. He would like to receive the 60 page Parle history when you are done, via Internet attachment I gather.

You are probably right about the in-person research in Bandon and Swords. Also in Cherbourg, when possible. Have not been able to get a Parle connection in these areas via Internet. Have been able to get such a connection in Manadon in Devon (Parleby) and in India, per the Aston Manor Document.

Bye for now.

John Patrick


03/05/2001  From John Parle, Bandon, Co. Cork  To JP Parle

Hello John,

I'd be interested in the Parle family history if you can get it.

The first reference of Parle I know of (from memory) is 1647 - a court reference from County Wexford.  Most of the todays Irish Parles are living in County Wexford, where I'm originally from.

I checked the ancestors’ section of Ireland.com recently and there were 94 Parle households in County Wexford in 1853.

I never heard that King Charles/James story before. I always assumed that Parle was originally a Norman name or a derivative of one.


John Parle

P.S. As a matter of interest, where did you find my e-mail address?



Dear JP,

Dennis forwarded me a copy of the note (see Ausstralia pages) you sent him a few days ago.

I had a quick look at the telephone book for Duncormick, Co. Wexford, to see if any of the 9 Parle names came up. Only one is registered though the other 8 may be ex-directory.

The one listed is Ellen Parle, Duncormick Tel: 051-563229.

This may be of interest.

Kindest personal regards



5/5/2001   From JP to Mike

Hi Mike,

I posted this [the message below] at the Parle eGroup at Yahoo. I couldn't remember if you had Wexford John Parle in your family tree. Bye for now.

John Patrick


5/5/2001  From  John Patrick Parle  

Subj: Griffith's Valuation lookup on "John Parle" in Wexford

Greetings Parle researchers,

Someone asked me to look up "John Parle" in the 1853 Griffith's Valuation for Co. Wexford. I decided to post the results, in case there are others who have Wexford John Parles in their family tree. If any of these look familiar let me know, and I can provide more info regarding the listed item.

In the 1853 Griffith's Valuation in Co. Wexford for that year, there were 24 "John Parle" listings in all. These were heads of household renting property in Co. Wexford. Some of these may have been the same person renting more than one lot of property.

The civil parish and townlands for these 24 listings for "John Parle" are given below.

A civil parish in the 1800s was a governmental administrative and record-keeping unit. In County Wexford there were 134 civil parishes. Townlands were subdivisions of civil parishes, and there were often ten or so townlands in a civil parish. Townlands often were 200 or 300 acres in size. All these John Parle listings below were in civil parishes in the southern half of Co. Wexford, that is south of Enniscorthy.

"John Parle" listings in the 1853 Wexford data were in the:

1) Ambrosetown civil parish/Ambrosetown townland
2) Ballylannan civil parish/Ballyowen townland
3) Ballylannan civil parish/Rochestown townland
4) Ballymore civil parish/Ballyregan townland
5) Ballyvalloo civil parish/Ballyvalloo Upper townland
6) Carrick civil parish/Ballindinas townland
7) Carrick civil parish/Park townland
8) Coolstuff civil parish/Garradreen townland
9) Duncormick civil parish/Commons townland
10) Duncormick civil parish/Johnstown townland
11) Killinick civil parish/Horetown townland
12) Kilmore civil parish/Beak townland
13) Kilmore civil parish/Crossfarnoge townland
14) Kilmore civil parish/Newestown townland
15) Kilmore civil parish/Great Saltee Island townland
16) Kilrane civil parish/Churchtown townland
17) Kilrane civil parish/Hayesland townland
18) Kilturk civil parish/Ballyhealy North townland
19) Kilturk civil parish/Newtown townland
20) Meelnagh civil parish/Toberlomina townland
21) St. James & Dunbrody civil parish/Coleman townland
22) St. James & Dunbrody civil parish/Coleman-Arthurstown townland
23) Tinturn civil parish/Coolroe townland
24) Whitechurchglynn civil parish/Wilkinstown townland

John Patrick Parle, USA



By Hilary Murphy

Wherever you come across an Irishman with the surname Busher, Colfer, Codd, Corish, Devereux. Esmonde, Furlong, Hore, Lambert, Parle, Rossiter, Sinnott, Stafford, or Whitty, you may be fairly sure that he has his origins in County Wexford.

--taken from Local Ireland website


July 16th 2001 – Death Notice in the Irish Independent

Parle (nee Redmond) (Tacumshane, Broadway, Co Wexford) – July 16, 2001 Catherine (Katie), beloved wife of the late Paddy; deeply regretted by her loving sons Paddy and John, sisters Statia, Betty, Nellie and Gertie, daughters-in-law Sheila and Bernadette, grandchildren Cormac, Suzanne, Bryan, Padraig and Eoin, relatives and friends.

R.I.P. Removal from her residence at 7.30 o’c. this (Tuesday) evening to St Catherine’s Church, Tacumshane. Funeral after 12 o’c. Requiem Mass tomorrow (Wednesday) to adjoining cemetery.

From John Patrick Parle - Pontiac, Michigan, USA.


16 Sep 16 2000  From: John Patrick Parle

Subject: Background on Wexford Parles

Greetings C. Lynn,

You asked about Wexford. It is a county on the south eastern coast of Ireland, and it has as its primary municipal centre--Wexford Town, on the coast. Below are some good websites to start learning about County Wexford.

These have links to maps of Wexford, the "Wexford People" weekly newspaper on Internet archives and a lot of descriptive info on the county:


It appears that the vast majority of Irish Parles have their roots in County Wexford (see Murphy and MacLysaght below). In addition, from Judy Parle's research, we know that the vast majority of Wexford Parles were in the southern half of the county in past centuries. Now, their descendants are in many counties in Ireland, and in England, Scotland, Wales, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere.

I've copied below a lot of basic Parle family stuff, some of which you may have already seen (though in case you haven't these are good beginning points for research). 

Here is the entry on Parle in Edward MacLysaghts "More Irish Families Vol II" (MacLysaght is a well known Irish historian)


Although at the present time we have both Pearls and Perrills in Co. Clare, which are presumably varients of Parle, the latter is, and has been as far back as it is recorded in Ireland, almost exclusively connected with Co.

Wexford. Although an early reference (1570) shows one Edmund Perle of Brotta,(is this a typo. For Brittas?) Co. Wicklow, to have been a galloglass, those of the name who appear in records have been almost uniformly of what we call now the strong farmer class, e.g. Thomas Parle, of Cowlesheiken, Co. Wexford, who was killed in a quarrel in 1563. Griffiths Valuation (1852-3) indicates that there were nearly 90 families of Parle in Co. Wexford at that time, mostly so spelt, though a few are returned as Parl, Parrel and Parrell. A curious spelling recorded at Gorey in 1725 is Parolz: the same man is given as Parole. The name derived from pierre (Peter) with diminutives el and in forming Perrel and Perrin, the latter more usual in England.

Taken from the Parle-list archives

Welcome to the family of Parle family researchers.

John Patrick Parle  



From: Seamus Parle
Sent: Saturday 6 October 2001 
To: parle@yahoogroups.com  

My father James Parle from Drinagh,Co.Wexford, has just published a book on the history of mumming in County Wexford. His father, Nick Parle of Ballycogley (1896-1973) was crowned King of the Mummers in the late 1960s. Mumming was the main source of entertainment in rural Wexford up to the middle of the 20th century, before the advent of 
cars and television.

Seamus Parle
Wicklow, Ireland

We then had a number of emails asking:  What is mumming?

From: Seamus Parle
Sent: Monday 8 October 2001 
To: parle@yahoogroups.com  

Mumming is a performance of dancing and storytelling. A set of 12 perform by reciting rhymes and then stepdancing with wooden sticks, which they clash in time to the music. The performers dress as characters from Irish history , e.g. St. Columcille, Brian Boru, Fr. 
Murphy of Boolavogue fame, etc.

After introduction by the Captain, each character recited autobiographical rhymes describing his deeds. The recitations were punctuated by dancing.

Mumming competitions seem to have originated with Feis Charman in New Ross in 1918. They were quite plentiful throughout the twenties with the same few sets usually competing at local level. Many sets ignored the competitions, or considered themselves below the necessary standard but continued to operate locally, visiting private houses or 
barns and usually winding up the season with a ball.

In the thirties the competitions took off and up to a dozen sets would compete at such popular venues as Camross, Broadway, Rosslare Strand and Ballymitty.

During World War 2, mumming was hit by emigration and a shortage of candles and paraffin oil and struggled until Bord Failte promoted An Tostal, an annual festival of mumming, in 1954 to bring emigrants home for holidays. Mumming was the main source of entertainment in rural Wexford until the coming of radio and "talking pictures". The 
annual mummers ball was the highlight of the winter for many.

In the above summary, I have quoted liberally from "The Mummers of Wexford" by James Parle (b. 1932), published September 2001. He is currently involved in promoting and selling the book (700 sold so far @ IR£15), but when he catches his breath in a few weeks time I shall ask him for some more material, and post it here then.

Seamus Parle


From: Ken Pfrenger 
Sent: Tuesday 9 October 2001 
To: parle@yahoogroups.com 
Subject: Re: [parle] Mumming

Seamus a chara,

Thanks for the rundown on mumming. My only knowledge of it came from the Loreena McKennit "Mummers Dance" song that came out a few years ago. I had thought the song was an original of hers but about a year ago on the net I ran across some lyrics to some Border Ballads (If my memory serves me correctly) and there they were...the lyrics to Loreenas song!

It's nice to see this list getting used a bit more for posts like yours and some of the others we have been seeing on here lately. It is nice to learn more about my distant Parle cousins other than just who their grand parents were :-) If anyone else has any other info or even just wants to share something with the rest of us....please do so. Our volume is so low that I don't think anyone will be overcome by the great deluge of mail here.

SlŠn agaibh
Ken Pfrenger




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