The name comes from the Gaelic “O’Cuirc”, another form is “O’Coirce”. In Galway, the name also took the form “Oates,” to distinguish between branches of families. Quirke in Gaelic sounds like the word for Oates in Gaelic. It was common for parish registers to have a person’s records include both spellings of Quirke and Quirk, if an unrelated person such as a neighbour was sent to register the birth, the name was not always spelled correctly.
James and Alice Quirke were married around 1796 at Tipperary, Ireland and soon after moved to Mount Nugent, St Johns Well, Kilkenny Ireland. Their children were:
Nicholas Quirke (details unknown)
They also had another 6 males and 2 females, of which details of their names are unknown . A few years ago, a distant cousin that I was in contact with, sent me a copy of a document that was written by Thomas Quirke (b:1834-d:1908) In this document Thomas writes about his life and experiences but the most interesting thing was that he wrote about his parents and grandparents.
Who were the Quirke’s who came to Australia
Many of the Quirke Family came out to Australia between 1849 & 1865. Of which my GGG Grandmother, Mary Quirk was one, who had arrived on the ship Athenian in 1853.
|First Name||Birth Date||Native Place||Ship Name||Arrival Date||Reel Numbers||Comments|
|Margaret Quirk||Abt 1828||Goran, St Johnswell, Kilkenny, Ireland||Victoria||2nd Sep 1849||Reel 2136, Reel 2460, [4/4915]||Sister to James|
|James Quirk||Abt 1824||Goran, St Johnswell, Kilkenny, Ireland||Victoria||2nd Sep 1849||Brother to Margaret|
|Peter Quirk||Abt 1798||St Johnswell, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||6 Feb 1852||Reel 2136; Reel 2463, [4/4926]||Father to Margaret & James above|
|Mary Quirk||Abt 1814||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||6 Feb 1852||Wife of Peter Quirke, maiden name Connon|
|Michael Quirk||Abt 1832||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||6 Feb 1852|
|John Quirk||Abt 1835||Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||6 Feb 1852|
|Mary Quik||Abt 1849||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||8 Feb 1852|
|Nicholas Quirk||Abt 1839||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||8 Feb 1852|
|Thomas Quirk||Abt 1834||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||8 Feb 1852|
|Peter Quirk||Abt 1842||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Neptune||8 Feb 1852|
|Mary Quirk||Abt 1831||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Athenian||15 Dec 1853||An Uncle Peter Quirk living in Sydney|
|Patrick Quirk||Abt 1835||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||David McIver||18 Dec 1854||Reel 2137; Reel 2466, [4/4937]||Sister Mary living in Sydney|
|Catherine Quirk||Abt 1811||Tipperary, Ireland||Matoaka||22 Jan 1857||Reel 2138; Reel 2476, [4/4970]||Mother of Mary Quirke & Patrick, maiden name Slattery|
|Margaret Quirk||Abt 1840||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Matoaka||22 Jan 1857|
|Catherine Quirk||Abt 1842||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Matoaka||22 Jan 1857|
|Thomas Quirk||Abt 1821||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Nile||4 May 1861||Reel 2139, [4/4796]||Brother to Peter Quirk|
|Mary Quirk||Abt 1846||Lancaster, Lancashire, England||Nile||4 May 1861|
|Johanna Quirk||St Johns Well, Kilkenny, Ireland||Nile||4 May 1861||Mother of Mary Quirke & Wife of Thomas Quirke|
A searchable index of the NSW Assistant Immigrants is available on the NSW State Records website. You can also scroll through the digital copies of the Bounty Immigrants lists, 1838-96, ship by ship. These digital copies are the Agents Lists and the reels numbers range between 2134 & 2137. More detailed shipping lists can be found on the reels that begin with 24 and these can be found at your local library or at the NSW State Records. These show more detail such as names of parents and comments such as ‘Uncle Peter Quirk, living in Sydney’.
1847 – 1864 Griffith’s Valuation
James Quirke acted as a landlord for a man named Millet at Mount Nugent. After James died his son John was appointed Agent for the landlord and held the position until he was accidentally killed by being crushed between a gate post and a vehicle.
Lessor: James Millet
Townland: MountNugent – Lower
Nicholas Quirle – Land. – Total net value of Land : £3.
Peter Quirke – House, Office & Land. – Total net value of Land/Buildings: £18.5
William Quirke – House, Office & Land. – Total net value of Land/Buildings: £13.10
Townland: MountNugent – Upper
Nicholas Quirke – Land. – Total net value of Land : £4
Catherine Quirke – House, Office & Land. – Total net value of Land/Buildings: £3.5 – cannot be sure, but I think this Catherine is possibly the wife of John Quirke (who died prior to 1850).
Nicholas Quirke – House, Office &Land. – Total net value of Land : £21