Hmmm, if the family's oral history states from Cork, and with Milford fairly close, and suspecting a fairly soft border with perhaps a bit of moving around (it seems my Patrick moved a bit anyways), I hope you can find something in Cork OR some corroborating info in Limerick.I like the chances given the link of the family surnames, and the fact that we've both hit a wall in our respective counties. Unfortunately, I don't have immediate access to any Ireland data anymore, it was kind of a one off on a 5 week trip in 1988. So I guess I'm relying on you to follow this one up...Why do you get to have all the fun...:)
But if you could possibly do another look up for me concerning this family in Limerick, especially regarding the possible son Patrick Fitzgibbon, who would have married Mary Magner before 1854 as their oldest surviving child was born about that year.We have church records for a number of their children born in Newtown-Shandrum after 1861, but no trace of baptism records in Cork for Honora b. 1854, William (definite birthdate of June 8, 1855 according to a later Canadian census record), John b. 1858, Johanna b. 1859, and Margaret b. 1862 (although Mary Ann was born in Newtown-Shandrum on April 8, 1861 according to the church record).
So if you could keep in mind some of these earlier Fitzgibbon births or a possible Fitzgibbon/Magner marriage in the early 1850's, any discoveries would definitely help me, but may also provide a piece of the puzzle to any Egan/Fitzgibbon data corroborating with yours. Lets hope!!!
Yours, with much gratitude for all of your efforts on my behalf, and a Merry Xmas as well...