Are you aware of the book 'People Make Places : the story of the Irish Palatines.'? by Patrick J.O'Connor. On Page 143 there is a mention of a Robert Shire with a holding of34 acres at Ballingrane, (2-3 miles north of Rathkeale). This is dated 1852, so could not be your Robert. Unfortunately, I don't know any more, or what records exist to help you.Have you contacted the Irish Palatine Association ?(they have a website: www.erin.ie/ipa).