Are your ancestors from County Clare in Ireland? More specifically are they from the townlands of Moyriesk or Rathclooney, or perhaps nearby parishes of Doora, Clooney, Kilraghtis, Drumcliff, Quin, Tulla or Ruan?
- My 2nd great grandmother Mary Sweeney was b1821, she was the first to emigrate to Australia in 1839 aboard the Roxburgh Castle, along with her brother Terence;
- Her father John Sweeney was born some time before 1795 and can be traced to Rathclooney, County Clare where he lived with his MacNamara cousins;
- Mary's grandfather was Daniel Sweeney and his wife was believed to be a MacNamara;
- John's grandfather, Roe Sweeney died in 1800, but is believed to have lived in Moyriesk, County Clare. He was a gentleman and his children married into distinguished families, including the O'Connell's.
The key surnames of interest in this project include McNamara/MacNamara, Sweeney, Hanrahan, Enright, Hehir, O'Connell, O'Donnell, McInerney and McMahon/Mahon.
Uploading your DNA results to the FTDNA project
As part of the project we are documenting and trying to connect our ancestors on Wikitree.com - a one world tree AND a free family tree site. The FTDNA project administrators will add the oldest known ancestor to Wikitree and we encourage members to add more of their known County Clare ancestors to the tree.
You can find other people who have connections to our townlands of interest on Wikitree:-
We are particularly keen to connect with people who have ancestors identified in one of the following sources for these key townlands:-
Ireland, Tithe Applotment Books, 1805-1927 Griffith's Valuation, Moyriesk, Parish of Doora; Griffith's Valuation, Moyriesk, Parish of Clooney; Griffith's Valuation, Rathclooney, Parish of Clooney; 1901 Ireland Census, Townlands of Moyriesk and Rathclooney; 1911 Ireland Census, Townlands of Moyriesk and Rathclooney.