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I am searching for family still living in or around Ballymote.  My Grandmother Kathryn Keevins lived with her siblings and Father in Ballymote in the very early 1900's she was born on January 7,1908 in Riverdale but I have a census from 1911 showing her Father Michael Keevins and her siblings (there were many of them Sister Mary Ita Keevins, Delia Keevins & Attracta Agnes Keevins) along with my Grandmother all came to the US and I grew up knowing all of them.  When I was very young they helped me with a Family Tree that goes back quite far.  My Mother (now deceased) visited Ballymote about 16 or 17 years ago and connected with Mary Ruane O'Dowd who was related to my Mother and I believe my Grandmother's sisters daughter.  I will be visiting Ballymote the very end of August and would love to find Mary Ruane O'Dowd's children who I believe are still in the area.  Any information would be greatly appreciated!


Tuesday 27th July 2021, 01:34AM

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    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 27th July 2021, 11:50AM
  • Hi John-

    That is wonderful to hear!  Thank you so much for the information, my Mother was quite taken with Mary when she met with her she so reminded her of her Mother and Aunts.  I am very much looking forward to my visit on August 30th to Ballymote my Grandmother and I were very close and I had always promised her to visit where she grew up.  Thank you again this has made my day and my entire trip to come!


    Best Regards,




    Tuesday 27th July 2021, 11:50PM
  • Hi  Debi, 

    Glad to be of assistance, enjoy your trip.

    Cheers John. 

    John. J. IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 28th July 2021, 09:49AM
  • Hi  Deb, I

    I have been trying to communicate with you through the Ireland xo site but somehow wires got crossed somewhere and I finished up giving the instructions to the wrong person, If you want any more information my email Is

    Regards John  

    John. J. IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Tuesday 10th August 2021, 05:04PM