John Sweeney
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John Sweeney (bef. 1795)

John Sweeney
Born before in Rathclooney, Clare, Irelandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 30 Apr 1820 (to 22 Dec 1877) in Tulla, Clare, Irelandmap
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Ireland Native
John Sweeney was born in Ireland.

John SWEENEY of Rathclooney, Clare, Ireland.[1] Occupation, Farmer. He can be found in the Tithe records of 1825. [2]

His birth date is estimated as being before 1798, but this is not certain. The name of Sweeney was first found in County Donegal, where they were seated from very ancient times.

John was married to Johanna ENRIGHT (Hanrahan) and the couple had at least two children Terence[3]and Mary[4], before Johannas death sometime between 1816 and 1820. They may have had more children but the church records in Clooney Parish only start in 1816 so this cannot be verified.

John secondly married Honor MURPHY of Newgrove, Tulla on 30th April 1820 at Tulla. Witnesses to the marriage were Matthew Murphy, James Sweeney and Mary Henessey. The couple went on to have eight children together.

It was said that the Sweeneys ran a small shop from their cottage in Rathclooney, this was probably more likely to have been descendants of John.

Research Notes

Possible duplicate - It is highly probable that this John Swyny who received a transfer of land in Clonroad Beg in 1817 from Charles Mahon may be the same person. Clonroad Beg is a townland in Ennis, Clare, both Clonroad Beg and Moyriesk being in the civil parish of Drumcliff. The spelling of the surname Swyny is also consistent with the of John's grandfather Roe Swyny. Further research os required to confirm this contention.


Ancestry is confirmed back to this ancestral couple John SWEENEY/Johanna HANRAHAN. [5]

Click here to read more about my research and DNA analysis for John and his family on my blog (Veronica Williams 03:53, 17 September 2021).


  1. Veronica Williams created WikiTree profile Sweeney-658 through the import of CASSIDY and SWEENEY 4_2013-08-13_2013-08-16.ged on Aug 16, 2013.
  2. 1825 Tithe Applotment Book of Clooney / Clouney
  3. Shipping - Passenger lists, Various, 1839 Bounty Immigrants index; Reel 1306 NSW State Records ; Record for Terence SWEENEY.
  4. Shipping - Passenger lists, Various, 1839 Bounty Immigrants index; Reel 1306 NSW State Records; Record for Mary SWEENEY.
  5. Gedmatch triangulated group confirmation of relationships between T485376, T410351, T439388 and A063438 shared segments of approx 10.7 cM segment on chromosome 12, August 2016.

See also:

  • Australia Death Index, 1787-1985 (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Compiled from publicly available sources.Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources.),,, Database online. Mary CASSIDY 1896.
  • BDM - Certificates, CASSIDY Mary (nee Sweeney) - Death - NSW Glen Innes 1896.
  • Heritage World Family History Services, Ireland, Griffith\u2019s Valuation, 1848-1864 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations Inc, 2008),, Database online.

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