Thanks for your quick reply. It is exciting to know that the surname is actually a surname as I was beginning to believe it may have been a middle name. The details on the Queensland death certificates that I have are very brief so little detail is given. I am going to Ireland in a couple of weeks and hope to scout around for some information. I have a daughter over there at the moment and she has been travelling around asking questions and visiting graveyards in the Westmeath area to no avail. My email in Australia is: firstname.lastname@example.org
if you want to contact me. Good luck with your research and hope to hear from you soon.