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 county, 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 Mat(hew) Murtagh B 1829 +/- 1 yr, Co. Westmeath, with a father forenamed Mat(hew), I found 0 rcds.
For Pat(rick) Murtagh B 1824 ditto, I found 0 rcds.
For Rose " B 1821 ditto, ditto.
For Edward " B 1819 ditto, ditto.
For John " B 1816 ditto, I found 1 rcd in 1816, Coole RC parish.
For Mat(hew) Murtagh M 1813 +/- 3 yrs in Co. Westmeath, I found 1 rcd in 1815, Coole RC parish.
For Ellen Fagan M ditto, I found 0 rcds. This looked like a slam-dunk. You may have the wrong maiden name, or the IFHF didn't transcribe the bride's part of the rcd. It may be worth the cost of a peek at Mathew's M rcd just to see what the rcd'd bride's name is.
For Mat(hew) Murtagh B 1790 +/- 3 yrs, Westmeath, I found 1 rcd in 1787, Delvin RC parish.
For Ellen Fagan B ditto, I found 0 rcds.
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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