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A Mourne Townland. The History & People of Aughnaloopy. Paperback – June 28, 2012
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About the Author
This book was a collaborative effort between author FIONA DOYLE JONES and genealogical researcher SHEILA PHILLIPS. Fiona Doyle Jones, who resides in New Jersey, USA, and genealogist Sheila Phillips from Ballymartin, Co. Down first made contact in 2006 via the Internet and quickly discovered they shared an interest in researching the Doyle family of Kilkeel. It wasn’t long before Fiona asked Sheila if she knew anything about James Doyle’s wife Ann Quinn who was born c.1840. Quinn is a common name throughout the Kilkeel area and it was difficult to know where to begin to learn more about Ann. After a couple of trips to the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Sheila discovered that Fiona’s Great-Grandmother Ann Quinn was in fact the daughter of James 'Hamilton' Quinn from Aughnaloopy. Further research revealed more ties between the researchers, including that their paternal grandmothers had been neighbours on Newcastle Street in Kilkeel town for over fifty years. As a result of weekly trips to PRONI over the next five years and a scouring of all available online resources, a detailed picture of the Quinn family emerged, including information that Ann had several brothers who had settled in New Zealand. Fiona and Sheila discovered that the lives of the families of this small townland were so intermingled that it was impossible to understand the history of one family without understanding the personal and business interactions that they had with their neighbours and so their investigation expanded to include all residents of Aughnaloopy. This book is the result of that research. Sheila passed away on January 12, 2012 while working on the Moore family chapter of this book. It was her wish that the work was published with the reminder to all that family research is never complete and that we have an obligation to share our knowledge with others.