The Rooneys of Derryartry,County Monaghan
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The Townland of Derryartry is in Clones Parish and is situated in County Monaghan, Southern Ireland.

Grifiths valuation map can be seen here

Although it is in the south it is actually only two or so miles from Roslea in County Fermanagh.

Derryartry received its name from the Irish, Doire Artra or Artri’s Oakwood.

Derryartry is the townland where my 2xGrandfather Patrick Rooney was born in 1869.

On this page we will look at the history of my Derryartry Rooney's and discover what took Patrick from Eshnadarragh across the border into Monaghan.

 

Descendants of James Rooney

1 James Rooney 1794 - 1871 b in Fermanagh d in Eshnadarragh ,Co Fermanagh
.. +Bridget Rooney 1803 - 1887 b in Fermanagh ? d in Eshnadarragh ,Co Fermanagh
........ 2 Patrick Rooney 1828 - 1899 b in Eshnadarragh d in Derryartry ,Co Monaghan
............ +Ellen McKenna 1834 - 1909 b in Derryartry, County Monaghan d in Derryartry, County Monaghan
........ 2 Thomas Rooney 1851 - b in Eshnadarragh d in Eshnadarragh,Co fermanagh
............ +Anne Mccaffrey 1862 - b in Corrinshigo
........ 2 Bernard Rooney 1842 - 1918 b in Eshnadarragh d in kilcreen, Co Monaghan
............ +Margaret Cassley 1849 - 1922 b in Lennaght,Co Monaghan d in kilcreen
........ 2 Mary Anne Rooney 1824 - 1894 b in Eshnadarragh d in Eshnadarragh,Co fermanagh

 

So we can see from the above tree that my 3xgrandparents James & Bridget had 4 children, Patrick,Thomas,Bernard and Mary Anne.

Patrick who was born in 1828 was my 2xgrandfather, he was born in the townland of Eshndarragh in County Fermanagh and died in the townland of Derryartry in County Monaghan, Southern Ireland.

He moved to Derryartry because this is where his wife Ellen McKenna lived when they got married, here is a brief description about how events unfolded...

Patrick Rooney was born about 1828 in Eshnadarragh. He married Ellen Mckenna at the age of 38 on the 10th February 1864 at St Tierneys Chapel in Roslea. We got this information from the parish registers of St Tierneys, this was lucky for us as the marriage took place just before the beginning of civil registration in Ireland which started in 1865. If it was not for the parish register we would not have had these details.

It is very likely that Patrick's witness at his wedding who according to the parish register was 'Michael Rooney' was a brother of his.This is one of the avenue's we are trying to explore, but at the time of me writing this Page we have found nothing to back this up.

So Patrick married Ellen McKenna in 1864. She was the daughter of a farmer by the name of Francis Mckenna, her mother was named Mary Mckenna (nee Farmer).

The Mckenna's had a farm across the border in Southern Ireland in the townland of Derryartry in County Monaghan, they had no sons, but had four more daughters besides Ellen, these were Anne, Bridget, Elisabeth and Catherine. They would all later become godparents to Ellen and Patrick's children.

So how would Patrick and Ellen have met?

Although living on opposite sides of the border, Patrick and Ellen both lived in the same parish.This was the parish of Clones.
Clones parish is partly in the barony of Clonkelly, County Fermanagh, and partly in the baronies of Monaghan and Dartry, County Monaghan.
The local school and church for this area would have been St Tierneys where they married, they could have gone to school together, they maybe even went to the same school dances !

After they had got married, Patrick left his family in Eshnadarragh and went to live with Ellen on her fathers land at Derryartry.

In 1868 Ellen's father Francis would divide his land between himself and his son-in-law Patrick. This is the townland where they both lived until they died, the same place where they raised five children and where my great grandfather Patrick Rooney was born in 1869, he lived there until he left for England in the 1890's.

 
 

In 1868 the Cancelled Books recorded that Francis McKenna applied to have his landholding subdivided between himself and his son-in-law, Patrick Rooney.

This would appear to have been done, and by the end of 1868, Francis McKenna and Patrick Rooney were recorded as joint occupiers of lot 1 (see image above)

In 1883 lot 1 passed solely into the occupation of Patrick Rooney at which time Patrick subdivided his landholding between himself and Patrick Rooney junior, who was the husband of Ellen's sister Anne, At this time Patrick Rooney junior leased lot 1a, described as a house, offices and 18. 1. 34 acres of land collectively valued at £6. 15s. per annum for rateable purposes and Patrick Rooney senior leased lot 1b, described as a house, offices and 17 acres of land, collectively valued at £6. 15s. per annum for rateable purposes. Both Patrick Rooney's were leasing their landholdings from Henrietta Westenra, who was described as a lunatic and her estate was being administered in chancery.

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