Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Return to Ireland - in search of Maloneys

First day in Ireland.

Went to Ennis where we mostly walked around looking for the records office, got wrong directions, finally found it. Spent time with Peter there the records person who helped us with starting our search for John Maloney (I attempted this last time we were in Ireland). Peter was very helpful.

We now believe John Maloney may have left Ireland in 1839 which was before the potato famine. Our search will probably now go back to Canada where we will see if we can find where he and his brothers entered Canada.

We also learned that Catholics had to pay tithes to the Church of Ireland (protestant) even though they were Catholics. That's fair right?

Seems that the spelling of Maloney was most likely Molony at the time and probably lived in the parish of Drumcliff, where we found some James Molonys, John Molonys, and Michael Molonys. We think that John Maloney's father was probably Michael Maloney.


  1. So what was his reason for coming to Canada if it wasn't because of the potato famine?

  2. We don't know at this point. We assume he came over in 1839 because the Maloney family tree book says at one point that a relative said he came over when he was 20. We know he was born in 1819, so that would mean he came over in 1839.

  3. You should check out the National Irish Memorial Historic Site at Grosse Isle, Quebec (run by Parks Canada). All immigrants were quarantined there from 1932 to is an extremely interesting place to visit. Judy

  4. Nice picture Jim. I didn't kwon that this web to you and your folks!