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 John Scully B 1816 +/- 4 yrs somewhere in Ireland with a father forenamed Edmund, I found 1 rcd in 1819 Kilkenny. This doesn't match your timeline or placename. I also searched for Denis, but found NO rcds. This leads me to believe that either Note 3 applies, or rcds of these events have been lost to history.
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.