New Beginnings Part 2

The newly married Rev Burke needed a new position in the church. In March 1862 the Incumbency of Castlejordan, Co. Meath became vacant, he either applied or was recommended for the job. He got the position. The Incumbency paid £250 (€15,000) per annum, not very much for a family to live on but it was a new beginning for the Rev Burke.

Job for Rev Burke, Dublin Evening Mail 12 March 1862. p4The Rev. Thomas Marshal, A. M., has been appointed to the Union of Tryvett, in the Diocese of Meath (net value, £250), in the room of the late Rev. T. H. Barton. Patron the Crown. Mr Marshal vacates Incumbency of Castlejordan, in the same diocese.

By mid 1862 he was attending to the parishioners of Castlejordan. His first ceremony in the parish was the burial of Mr Michael Gill aged 70 years on 17th September 1862. His wife Emily, son William and their new baby joined him a year later. It seemed that he had left his past and the persecution, suffered by religious converts, behind in the West of Ireland, but it did not take too long for it to follow him in his new life.

The ruin of the Church at Castlejordan, Co. Kildare where Emily's father was Incumbent

The ruin of the Church at Castlejordan, Co. Kildare where Emily’s father was Incumbent

Dublin Evening Mail 12 March 1862. p4
National Archives of Ireland, Church Records
Special thanks to Dr Ciaran J. Reilly Therese Abbott and the members of Edenderry Historical Society.