In reply to Cathe Witty, and also to anyone else interested, my Ginnane family connection in Co. Clare, Eire / Ireland is to the village of Carrigaholt, on the Shannon Estuary, south and west of Kilrush. The Ginnane's there now are Tony & his wife Janet, living on the original family 80 acres at Rahona, south and west of the Catholic St.Mary's Parish church. Tony's sister Mary Ginnane was the postmistress at Carrigaholt in 2001 when I was there for a visit. They all have no children, and are approaching their mid-60's.The Last of The Mohicans, as it were. That family name has been there for at least 9 generations, living under only one roof, and emigrating regularly.My ancestor left Ireland in the 1880's approx. for New Zealand, although I have yet to find out the details. All Ginnane's (approx. 25? ) in NZ are related to him. Four sons went to World War 1, and all returned.
A 70-yr old priest here in Hamilton, New Zealand, Fr Patrick Keane, is from Doonaha, just north east of Carrigaholt.He recently (2006) spent 3 months back home in the area.
There are other branches of the Ginnane family, especially in Kildysart, Co. Clare, further up the Shannon.