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Maloney family from Doonass/Clonlara 1852

My MALONEY (MALONY ETC) ancestors left Doonass, Co. Clare for South Australia in 1852. John and Mary Maloney were the parents. They had three unmarried sons: Matthew, John and Michael. Three of their daughters were married: Catherine to John KEANE (supposedly of Co. Limerick), Mary to Patrick KEOUGH, Bridget to Patrick White. Other daughters included Margaret, Julia and Ann. Michael Maloney left Ireland for Cape of Good Hope with his sister Julia some years prior to the others emigrating. In South Australia, the family was closely connected with Edmund and Michael Sheedy. Interested if anyone in Co. Clare or elsewhere has a connection with this family or knows anything of them. I understand that Doonass could refer to the RC Parish that is now Clonlara. Would like to identify which townland/s or estates they came from and any other families from Doonass who emigrated to South Australia. Thanks.

Maloney Clonclara/Doonass

Wednesday 5th December 2018, 03:01AM

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Kiltenanlea (Clare)

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  • Dear Maloney Clonclara/Doonass:

    Many thanks for your query to the Ireland Reaching Out message board and welcome to the site.

    Unfortunately, the Clonlara parish registers only begin in 1851 and therefore, they are not much use to you.

    The marriage register might be of use as that begins in 1851 and it is possible that some of the family may have married before they left.  The link to that marriage register is below:

    Tradition had it that the bride married in her home parish. 

    Did you check Griffith's Valuation on the Clare Library website?  That might give you a townland where John Maloney resided before he left. 

    I have had a quick look at the 1852 Griffith's Valuation Transcriptions from the Clare Library.  Parts of County Clare that bordered Limerick were enumerated in 1852 while the rest of the County was done in 1855.  In your case, Kiltenanlea was 1852.  There are several listings of John Moloney, but I note that in the townland of Knockbrack Upper, both Moloney and Sheedys are located.  It would also appear that a Denis Sheedy and John Moloney are located there next to one another.  This is a very good clue for your research.  You can access the original version of the document on the website:'s

    The Clare Library website is a good source for other information in the civil parishes and you should check out the other documents or references for Kiltenanlea Civil parish.

    You might also note that even though your ancestors name was spelled with an "a", others may have spelled it differently.  It is good to keep in mind spelling variations.

    If you have not created an Ancestor Profile for any member of this family, please consider doing so under the XO Chronicles tab at the top of the page.

    Please let me know if you need further information.

    Kind regards,


    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Wednesday 5th December 2018, 02:51PM
  • Dear Jane, thank you for your thorough response. I was very interested to learn that Griffiths surveyed Kiltenanlea in 1852. I look forward to linking up with other family connections as your site grows. Regards, Jane






    Maloney Clonclara/Doonass

    Thursday 6th December 2018, 12:58AM