The Droney/Drony families of Limerick
Whilst researching my Houlihan family I came across a reference in shipping records
to a cousin named Mary Droney. Her marriage record in Australia gives her parents as
Patrick Droney and Ellen Houlihan. Ellen Houlihan was probably the sister of my
ancestor Patrick Houlihan. I hope that any fellow Droney researchers may have
further information on these families.
Mary Droney, cousin of my ancestor William Houlihan, was born about 1845 in Limerick to
parents Patrick Droney and Ellen Houlihan. Mary came to Australia in 1865 with her
The majority of Droneys appear to have come from County Clare with only a small number
appearing in Limerick records. I have recorded the Droney families in Limerick, some of
whom may have originated in Clare.
Tithe Applotment Records:
1826 Patrick Drony [sic] Cloghadoolarty Fedamore Limerick
1826 Patrick Droony [sic] Cloghadoolarty Fedamore Limerick
1851 Griffiths Valuation:
Thomas, James and Patrick Droney are all residing in Cloghadoolarty North, Limerick
I have identified the following family groups:
James Droney and Margaret Ryan
Marriage: 17th November 1822 at Fedamore, Jacob [James] Drowney and Margaret Ryan
witnesses Richard Twomey, Maria Droney
Catherine Droney baptised 25th February 1830 Fedamore, daughter of Jacobi Droney and
Margaret Ryan. Sponsons James Barry and Margaret Connell. Died before October 1831
Catherine Droney baptised 17th October 1831 Fedamore, parents James Droney Margaret
Ryan, sponsors Patrick Houlihan and Margaret Cavanagh Married Patrick Noonan 5th
January 1858 at Fedamore Limerick, witnesses Matthew Moroney and Margaret Donnell.
Immigrated to USA in 1873 per Adriatic.
Patrick Droney baptised 24th January 1834 Fedamore, parents James Droney Margaret
Ryan sponsors John Heegany Jane Hare.
Honora Droney baptised 13th January 1836 Fedamore, sponsors Patrick Moore and Hannah
Margaret Droney baptised 6th July 1838 Fedamore, daughter of Jacob Droney and Margaret
Ryan. Sponsors Nicholas Spellman and Maria Mulcahy
Poverty Relief: James Droney of Cloghadoolarty is on the list of defaulters summoned to the
petty sessions at Ballyneety in 1847 for 3pounds 3 shillings and 2 pence.
Patrick Droney and Catherine Ryan
Marriage: 27th February 1827: Patrick Drowny and Cath Ryan witness Dennis Murphy
Honorah Droney baptised 9th August 1832 Fedamore, sponsors Patrick and Maria Gallivan
Michael Droney baptised 1st February 1836 Fedamore son of Patrick Droney and Catherine
Ryan. Sponsors John Bray and Catherine Buckley. ??Married Mary Mason 17th February
1857, St Michael's Limerick?? - unconfirmed
Laurentis [Laurence] Droney baptised baptised 19th August 1838 sponsors Jn Casey Maria
Croker. Married Margaret Shinnors at Donoughmore 25th November 1869 Wits Patrick
Droney Michael Kiely. Laurence appears to have died and left a will in 1875 [FS]
Simon/Symon Droney baptised 7th June 1841 [IFHF] Fedamore sponsors Thomas Droney
and Marg Mulcahy. Married Johanna Lardner 24th November 1869, St Johns cathedral,
Limerick City, witnesses Patrick McMahon and Mary Ryan. Fathers Patrick Droney and
Deaths: Patrick Droney appears to have died and left a will in 1858 [FS]
Did Patrick marry for a second time to Ellen Houlihan and have a daughter Mary
Droney about 1845?
Thomas Droney and Margaret Mulcahy
Marriage: 7th January 1830 at Ballybricken. Wits Thomas Connell, Edmund Croker, Ellen
Death: Thomas Droney of Skule died 29th March 1880 aged 75, bronchitis 3 weeks.
Informant Catherine Doran [daughter -see below]
Patrick Droney baptised 9th Jan 1831 Ballybricken sps Edmund Croker Honorah Marshall.
Probable marriage to Margaret Browne on 8th October 1861 at Cahirnorry/Donoghmore -
Mary Droney baptised 10th February 1833 Ballybricken, sponsors Thomas Murray and
Catherine Croker. Marriage: Mary Droney aged 34 daughter of Thomas Droney married
Thomas Brown age 25 on 14th February 1865 Croom registration district.
Catherine Droney baptised 26th April 1835 Fedamore, sponsors James Droney and Maria
Connery. Witnesses Jacob Droney and Maria Con[way,nery?] Died before 1838?
Catherine Droney baptised 9th March 1838 Fedamore, parents Thomas Droney and
Margaret Mulcahy. Sponsor Patrick Droney and Margaret Howard. Marriage: Catherine
Droney and Daniel Doran Dec 1860 Fedamore. Catherine Doran was the informant for
father Thomas Droney's death.
Judith Droney baptised 3rd June 1840 Fedamore, daughter of Thomas Droney and
Margaret Mucahy. Sponsor Patrick Houlihan no second sponsor
Thomas Droney baptised 30th April 1843 Fedamore son of Thomas Droney and Margaret
Mulcahy. Sponsor Johannis Droney and Margaret Connor
James Droney baptised 21st May 1846 Fedamore, sponsors Thomas Barry and Judith
Grange Cemetery Headstone:
Erected by James Droney of Ballinagarde in memory of his belov'd wife Mary English alias
Dea who died 27 March 1840 aged 30 yrs May she rest in peace. Amen
Possibly Maria O'Dea[sic] who married Laurence English of Hospital on 3rd February 1828 at
Mt Saint Lawrence Cemetery in Limerick City information from Margaret D on
Patrick Droney born c1832 and wife Margaret Droney nee Brown
Marriage: 8th October 1861 at Cahirnorry/Donoghmore
Patrick was a servant
Children: Baptisms from RootwIreland -
Margaret Droney baptised 20th July 1862, Donoughmore
Catherine Droney baptised 7th November 1864, St Johns Limerick
Mary Droney baptised 5th May 1867 St johns Limerick = Mary O'Neill nee Droney born 1867
Catherine Droney born 1870,
Anna Droney baptised 12th March 1871 St John's Limerick ?Anna Casey nee Droney born
James Droney baptised 28th June 1874 St Johns Limerick ??James Droney born 1876??
Deaths: Patrick died 21st August 1874 buried St Lawernce Cemetery. Margaret died 1913.