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Bodyke / Kilnoe and Tuamgraney

Bodyke / Kilnoe and Tuamgraney

Catherine Noonan

Catherine Noonan, daughter of Edward Noonan and Betty Noonan from Bodyke, County Clare, left the Scarriff Workhouse in 1850 on board the Thomas Arbuthnot which arrived in Sydney as part of the Earl Grey scheme.

At 16 years of age, she could neither read nor write and had no relatives in the colony.  She was employed as a servant with the Shelley family and moved with them to South Australia.

She married Henry Higgins, a shoemaker from Kent in 1851 and moved to Victorian Goldfields at Newstead.

They had 11 children and at least 65 grandchildren

William Henry Higgins born 1852 had 13

John Cudmore

John Cudmore from Bodyke travelled to America in April 1907 - he went to his brother Patrick in Brooklyn.

Annie Cunning

Annie Cunning was only 17 when she travelled in April 1907 to New York.

Her brother Thomas Cunning from Kilnoe, Bodyke went with her to their Aunt - Mina Nash in the Bronx

Peter Tuohy

Peter Tuohy from Tuamgraney served as President from 1979 to 1980.  He was also very active with the Clare Hurlers and United Irish Counties.  He came to New York in 1950 and quickly immersed himself in the Irish Scene in America and played with distinction with the Clare Hurlers for 10 years.  He was also very active with the Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee.  His wife Theresa is from Dungloe in Donegal.  The family owned and operated the All Ireland Irish Import Store in Bayridge.  He also worked in the Board of Education and in the bar and restaurant business.