Honorah Cooney 1826

Honorah Cooney 1826

Place of migration:
Migrated to/Born in Australia

Honorah Cooney was born in 1826 in Kilshanny County Clare.  Her parents were Martin Cooney 1800-1871 and Hanorah Moran 1807 - 1871 Approx.  Her parents later migrated to USA. 

Honorah married Thomas Hallinan in Kilshanny in 1844. They had 8 children, John, Barbara, Nancy, Daniel, Mary Bridget, Michael, Daniel and Susan.  they settled in Blayney, near Bathurst, New South Wales.

Honorah and her family were sponsored to Australia by Richard Blood, who farmed at Carroweragh in Kalshanny and who had also settled in Blayney with his wife Bridget Brodie.

Honorah died at Blayney in 1896.

Additional Information
Date of Birth 1826  
Date of Death 1896  
Father (First Name/s and Surname) Martin Cooney 1800-1871  
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Hanorah Moran 1807 - 1871 Approx  
Place of Death Blayney, Australia  


  • Interesting..  My 2nd great grandmother Margaret Cooney King was born in 1824 -- also in the parish of Kilshanny, County Clare, according to her tombstone in Franklin County, Iowa, USA.  She had an uncle named Martin Cooney that died in Dubuque County, Iowa in 1873, and another uncle, Thomas Cooney, that had sailed off to Australia in his earlier years.  


    Monday 12th July 2021, 06:35PM
  • Hi Bernard, How exciting!!  My 2nd great grandmother was Hanorah Cooney mentioned above.   I feel that we must be related.  We went to Ireland in 2016 looking for relatives, and there were Cooneys in Kilshanny still, but they had no idea of their ancestry.  If your Margaret Cooney's uncle was Martin Cooney, do you know what his wife's maiden name was?  It may seem that your Uncle Martin was my Hanorah's father and so your Margaret must be her cousin.  Did your Thomas Cooney, who went to Australia, originally go to the USA before going to Australia?

    KInd regards,


    Pat Hallinan

    Tuesday 13th July 2021, 12:30AM
  • Hi Patricia.  I also suspect we are related, but maybe not as closely as you're thinking.  I think it's not the same Martin Cooney, even though the first name of my Martin's wife was also Honorah (no, her maiden name is not known).  First, three U.S. censuses suggest my Martin was born in the 1776 to 1793 time frame, which also fits with two known siblings of his being born about 1775 and 1785.  Second, while my Martin and Honorah did have a daughter named Hannah born about 1829 (the similarities between families are amusing), that daughter went to Iowa with her family (she's in the 1860 census).  

    I don't know the answer to your question about Thomas Cooney and whether he went from Ireland to Australia directly - but my sense is that he did.  Our only source of information was a quick mention of him in an 1888 Indianopolis Journal article that described an interview of 102 year-old Catherine Cooney McMahon - an aunt to my Margaret Cooney King - who was living in Indiana, USA but was born in Co Clare.  Have you seen it?  It was wonderful that her family history was published like that.  She gave the names of her parents, which were Margaret Cooney's grandparents, i.e. my 4th great grandparents.  It was a bit unfortunate that the reporter apparently misheard/misspelled the parish that Catherine was from.  It was spelled as Kilforney, but is suspected to have actually been Kilfenora.   

    Have you taken the AncestryDNA test?  My mother, a great granddaughter of Margaret Cooney, is in there as Marjorie Scallon (I don't see matches to any Hallinans).

    Best--      Bernard


    Tuesday 13th July 2021, 06:34PM

    Patricia Quinn <pequinn@tpg.com.au>

    6:34 AM (2 hours ago)



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    Hi Bernard,


    I have taken the Ancestry DNA test and my tree’s name is Quinn/Hallinan.  I have looked for your mother’s tree, Marjorie Scallon, but haven’t been able to find it.  My email address is pequinn@tpg.com.au  I would love to read  the interview of Catherine Cooney McMahon if you were able to send it.


    I am sorry that we have come no closer to discovering about the Cooney connection in Kilshanny.

    Kind regards,

    Patricia Hallinan (Quinn)

    IrelandXO Moderator DC

    Friday 6th August 2021, 07:34AM

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