I'm puzzling over the matter of why a Catholic family is not where it "should" be in County Cork RC records.
Reading some social history of the area to which the family first emigrated (Wales), I have found the surprising statement, "While many of the Irish were baptized Catholics, they had been to a large degree 'unchurched' before leaving" Ireland. Priests found that many/most of the pre-famine Irish in Wales were not interested in the practice of religion.
That makes me wonder if the children in this family were simply never baptized in Ireland. I assumed such a thing was impossible. Has anybody ever encountered non-practicing Catholics in 19th century Ireland?