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Clarecastle / Clareabbey and Killone

Clarecastle / Clareabbey and Killone

Daniel Cunneen

Daniel Cunneen was born in Killone, Clarecastle.  He married Rachel Bridget Scanlon in February 1847.

This was famine time in Ireland and he sent his eldest son John to America at the very young age of 12 with $40 and a knapsack.

John went on to become Attorney General of New York State so his father recognised his ability at a young age  - see his story under John Cunneen.

Daniel and Rachel later moved to America and many of their other children were born there.  He worked as a labourer and as a plumber.

Daniel and Rachel had several other children including:

Michael Cunneen who married

Paddy Markham

Not too many people can claim to have a field in a distant country named after them - this honour was bestowed on Clare born, Woodlawn Resident, Paddy Markham of Ballyea when the Gaelic Football Field near East 239th Street was renamed Paddy's Field by Commissioner Henry J Stern to honour Paddy's sportsmanship and leadership.  As many young Clare people knew, Paddy's hospitality was as legendary as his sportsmanship and those young emigrants were welcomed warmly and introduced to the games and many social events.

John Cunneen

John Cunneen left Clare when he was 12 years of age and went to live with relatives at Albion, New York.

He worked on a farm for 3 years for his room and board and attended school.  He worked in carpentry but continued to study.

He graduated from the Albion Academy in 1870 and began the study of Law at the office of John H White.  He was admitted to the bar in 1874 and commenced practice in Albion.  He married Elizabeth A. Bass in January 1876.  Their daughter was called Charlotte.

He had a flair for business and finance and became one of the founders of a bank that became the forerunner