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I am trying to find my Cunninghams roots in this area of Clare but my Gr Gr Grandmother was Mary McMahon. She was said to be from a well known & wealthy family. My Gr Grandfather was given 12 pounds by the McMahon Family when he emigrated to Australia in 1862, this was a considerable amount of money for the time. He travelled with his cousin Thomas Casey/Cassey.  I am interested to know where Kilmurry McMahon gets its name. Jo Barker






Saturday 27th Feb 2016, 01:01AM

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  • Jo:

    The Co. Clare library genealogy site has info for the parish of Kilmurry Clonderalaw    including the blurb below.

    Roger McDonnell

    The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost
    Part I. Topography of Thomond Chapter 5. Ui Cearnaigh; Ui Conghaile; East Corcabaskin

    East Corcabaskin

    Kilmurry (MacMahon) Parish

    The ancient church of this parish was pulled down about ninety years ago to supply materials for the existing Protestant church which stands upon its site. It was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary as its name implies. In the townland of Kilmore was another church, but to whom dedicated cannot be ascertained. In this parish stood the castle of Clonderalaw, the principal residence of MacMahon, chief of East Corcabaskin. Only a few fragments of the building can now be seen. It belonged in 1580 to Teige MacMahon. The other antiquities of the parish are holy wells, little burial places, and earthen forts not of sufficient importance to call for detailed description.


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    Saturday 27th Feb 2016, 03:13AM

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