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I am searching for the families of Daniel O'Neil (B: 1823 in County Clare, possibly in Ennis, D:1880, Corry, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA) and Ellen McMahon O'Neil (B: 1824, County Clare, possibly near Ballynagard, D: 1908, Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylania, USA).

Family history cites Ellen McMahon's place of birth in Clare, along with that of their two oldest children, James and Mary O'Neil, as "Kildport." No such place seems to have existed, but a newspaper article from 1887 references a Kildport, Ireland - cross referencing finds the place near the Paradise House of the Henn family near Ballynagard, Kilchreest Parish, Clare. However, I have not yet found any records to support Ballynagard as their place of birth.

I did find in the online Irish Parish Registers that son "Jas O'Neil, of Danl O'Neil and Ellen McMahon," was baptized on February 2, 1847, in Killofin Parish, in what looks like the Townland of Slievedooley. I would love to find more O'Neil and McMahon family information. 

Daniel's father was James O'Neil, his mother was Mary (might have also had the last name of O'Neil). Ellen McMahon's father was Thomas McMahon, her mother was Mary Curry. 

Any leads are greatly appreciated!





Monday 1st May 2017, 09:00PM

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  • Dear Andrea:

    Many thanks for your post to the Ireland Reaching Out message board and welcome to the site!

    We have a couple of local volunteers in Clare who may be able to assist and I'm going to forward your post to them.


    In the meantime, you might also take a look at the online resources that are available at the Clare Library.

    The link is below:


    The very best of luck with your research and thanks for your interest in Ireland Reaching Out.

    Kind regards,



    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Tuesday 9th May 2017, 02:31PM
  • Dear Jane,

    Many thanks for your swift reply! I have indeed been through the Clare Library site (multiple times - an exemplary site I must say), and am still going through to check for updates. 

    I truly appreciate you/Ireland Reaching Out forwarding my post to the Clare volunteers - our family on this side of the pond have had questions about the O'Neil and McMahon families for decades. 

    Very much looking forward!




    Thursday 11th May 2017, 03:41AM
  • Dear Andrea:  many thanks for your reply and it's good to hear that you have made good use of the Library website.  I am still waiting to hear from the contact in that parish. She may be away at the moment but I will send her a reminder.  If you don't get a reply on this thread in the next two weeks, please email me at:  All the best,  Jane 

    Tulla Clare, IrelandXO Volunteer

    Thursday 1st Jun 2017, 09:32AM
  • Thanks Jane, I've been away myself for a little bit, so no worries. But if I do not hear from the Killofin contact by the end of next week then I'll give you a shout. 

    Best regards,



    Wednesday 7th Jun 2017, 08:22PM
  • Hello Jane,

    I've not yet heard back from the contact you mentioned, and have emailed you same. 

    Many thanks!



    Friday 28th Jul 2017, 01:41PM
  • Dear Andrea:

    Unfortunately, the contact does not have any further information about this family.  You might try looking through the Clare Library website for further sources.  Their website address is:

    You might also create a profile for one of the O'Neills under the XO Chronicles tab at the top of the page.  It is possible that one of our members reading the profiles may have further information to share.  The profiles are updated every week and can be of huge benefit to our global members who are conducting their own research. 

    The very best of luck!


    Kind regards,



    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Wednesday 2nd Aug 2017, 11:21AM
  • Many thanks for reaching out, Jane. 

    Greatly appreciated,



    Friday 4th Aug 2017, 02:01PM
  • Hello Andrea, I came across your post and think maybe i have a connection to your Ellen McMahon of Slievedooley. I have been trying for years to research my Cunningham family from Co Clare and keep on hitting brick walls... they seem to have vanished! I have a Matt Cunningham of Ballina who married Mary McMahon of Slievedooley 1843 - they had 3 children Thomas 1844, Johana 1846 & Matthew 1847. The ages of these children is same as your James O'Neill. My Mary McMahon was born C1821 and her father was Thomas McMahon mother unknown. At the time of the Tithes there was only Thomas & Daniel McMahon in Slievedooley so i suspect our Thomas McMahons are one and the same so Ellen & Mary are most likely sisters. Would love to touch base with you, you can email me at Regards Jo






    Tuesday 8th Aug 2017, 12:36PM

    Andrea, I am related to the Curry, O’Neil and McMahon family you spoke about. I have a family tree I can share with you. 

    Hope to hear from you,



    Saturday 19th May 2018, 05:10AM
  • Hi Barbara,

    I had emailed you after you first posted your response, but thought I'd try this route - I hope we can connect!

    All the best,



    Wednesday 27th Feb 2019, 02:23AM

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