I hope you are still watching these boards. My wife is a Nugent of a (the?) Nugent family in Ballinacura, Rathgormack, Waterford.
Her great grandfather was Patrick J Nugent, born 1872 in Ballinacura and died 1913 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Patrick was the son of a John Nugent and Mary Joy Regan. Patrick has several siblings. A descendant of one of them still owns and runs the farm in Ballinacura. We visited them in 2007 - very nice folks!
It would be interesting to determine the connection between our Nugent family members.