This in reply to Anne's message of June 5th 2007.
I will try to include a website address below, on which I have publicly posted a rough draft of my Ginnane genealogy notes. They concentrate on the New Zealand branch, which originated from a pair of 40 acre family farms in the Townland of Rahona East, Carrigaholt village, Parish of Moyarta, south and west of Kilrush, on the Shannon Estuary, County Clare.
I strongly suspect that these are also the 2 families of your interest, Anne. I presume you can find my website, and use "EDIT" & "Find On This Page" commands to look around on it by 'Word Search'.
I am still sorry that I haven't made time to tidy it up.
In that disorganised information, you will see that the "Connor Murrays" and the 2 Ginnane families were near-neighbours, and also intermarried in 1850. The common first names would back that up. My first name also derives from that inter-marrying.
A Daniel Ginnane was born there about 1779. A son of his (Patrick Ginnane, born 1809) married a Mary Murray (daughter of Conor Murray) about 1850, and soon after had my great-grandfather, John Ginnane, who emigrated to New Zealand about 1878. John had several younger siblings who survived.
The Ginnane family on the other 40 acres have a separate family tree as far as anyone can prove, although a distant connection is obvious. All Carrigaholt area Ginnanes are related to these two families. Other Ginnanes further up the Shannon River at Ennis, Coney Island & Kiladysert, etc etc must be further distanced up the lineage?
It seems that both 'my' side of that pair of 'Ginnane' families, and the "Con" Murray family, have apparently died out locally, although the "Murray Pats / Gents" and the 'other' Ginnanes survive. The ruins of both houses are still there. My last direct, local relative, Michael Ginnane, died in the old thatched house about 1965, and about then the thatched roof blew off, & Margaret Ginnane Ryan (living in Texas) inherited it from her brother Michael G, and sold 'our' 40 acres to Tony Ginnane next door to add to his 40 acres. Tony rebuilt next to the old house, and still lives there. His sister Mary also lives locally, and retired as postmistress in Carrigaholt in 2006.
I continue to be interested in genealogy, and am in contact with a few others who may also be able to help further. I'd love to hear of any progress, or corrections.
All the best, Slainte & Guinness. MMG
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