Image: Church Records at www.irishgenealogy.ie
Image: The National Archives of Ireland, Census of Ireland 1911
Parents and grandparents
Look at that marriage entry again. The full record image contains more information than the summary. It tells us that Thomas was living at 20 King's Inns Street and that his parents were John (Purcell) and Ellen, living in Tralee in Kerry. Ellen was living at 57 Jervis Street in Dublin and her parents were John (Kent) and Jane. The witnesses are James O'Grady and Catherine Purcell, both of 20 King's Inns Street.
At the time, King's Inns Street and Jervis Street were full of near-derelict tenements. Both of John's parents were poor.
Where were Thomas and Ellen in the 1901 census, just three months before their marriage? Thomas was at 20 King's Inns Street, with his sisters Kate and Bridget, young John's soon-to-be aunts, and seven boarders. Kate was a witness to his marriage in June, along with the only Kerry lodger in the house, Jeremiah O'Grady. Ellen was living at 57 Jervis Street, with her parents John and Jane, brothers Charles and Bertram, and sister Florence. This return also tells us that her father John was an army pensioner aged 56, born in New Ross, and that Ellen's siblings were born in Aldershot, Edinburgh and Manchester, almost certainly as their father moved army postings.
It's always a good idea to check sources that may not be directly relevant - so where were Ellen and Thomas' families in 1911? Ellen's father John, now a widower, was living in Lower Gardiner Street, a neighbour to his married daughter and Purcell grandchildren. Look at the original record image - it shows much more than the search summary, particularly that John Kent served in the Royal Irish Regiment, while also confirming that he was born in New Ross.