This could be a long shot, but I am descended from Michael Mackesy of Ballymackesy, Co. Wexford. He farmed land in Corrinree, Co. Carlow under a lease of 1769 from Henry Rudkin.
He married Mary Dillon, daughter of Hugh Dillon Esq. of Co. Carlow in 1754. My family tree starts with him, and says he died in 1804. His sons were, Dr. John Mackesy, Dr. William Mackesy of Waterford, and Henry Mackesy. As I understand it, Ballyellen is quite close to Corrinree, and as the surname Mackesy has MANY variations I thought there could somehow be a connection with McAsey, Macasey, Macassey etc. The surname Mackesy is an anglacised version of O'Macasa. I know there are a few MacCaseys, and McAseys who descend from MacCathasaigh, whom are of different kin - in relation with O'Caseys.
Please let me know if you think there is a connection.
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