I research the Irish Family History Foundation's database. It contains 12,000,000 surviving rcds for abt 65% of Irish counties. Rcds are increasingly sparse B4 1840, rare B4 1800.
Note 1 - Without a KNOWN parish, the chance of an ancestor's rcds NOT being in this database is AT LEAST 35%.
Note 2 - Only 1/2 of Co. Cork's rcds are in this database.
Note 3 - The RC church kept control over most parish rcds from Tipperary (north). These are ONLY available thru the Tipperary Family History Research center at a substantial fee (regardless of outcome).
For Ann(a) Fogarty M 1827 somewhere in Ireland, I found 1 rcd in Co. Limerick, Pallasgreen & Templebredan parish.
For Martin Maher M ditto, I found NO matching rcd.
For Martin Maher B 1811 (exact) somewhere in Ireland with the father's forename unknown, I found 1 rcd in Co. Galway. This MAY be for your ancestor. At this early date, most rcds didn't survive. The surname Maher is synonymous with Conner/Connor.
Google the Foundation's name to lead you to this database. Register, opt to be notified as rcds are added and browse. Pls post your search results to my genforum msg.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
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