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Cooraclare / Kilmacduane

Cooraclare / Kilmacduane

Ellen Irene Campbell

Ellen Campbell was born in Cooraclare in 1863.

She married John Henry Gibbons from Mayo in 1881 in Joliet, Illinois.

Their children were born between 1882 and 1902

Thomas Joseph Gibbons married Henriettta Brown - their children Viola Manhart, Thomas G Gibbons, Calvert Gibbons, Anita O'Neill, Eilene, Alvin, James, Phylis

Mary Gibbons

Margaret Gibbons

John Gibbons

Daniel Gibbons

Colleen Gibbons

Annie Gibbons

Marcella Gibbons



Hanora (Nora) Chambers

Hanora Chambers was born in Clonfineen, Cooraclare, Co. Clare approx. 1883.   She was the daughter of Timothy and Catherine Chambers and her siblings were Thomas, Sinon, Mary, Margaret, Matty and Paddy.

Paddy Chambers went to Sydney and did not marry.  Sinon Chambers born approx 1874 left for possibly Australia or South Africa.

She travelled to the Lancashire area of England and married a school teacher James Patrick Cox from Rooskey, Co. Roscommon and they lived in Royton, Lancashire.

It is likely that Hanora was following in the tradition of many Cooraclare people who had gone to the

Anne Mescall-Meaney

Anne Mescall from Dangananella West was born in 1920, the youngest of nine children of Patrick Mescall and Catherine O'Brien.

She emigrated by plane at age 27 and settled in New York City joining her sisters, Bridget Meaney, Mary Meaney and Peg Meaney and brother Chris Meaney.

She married Patrick Meaney (also featured on this site) and they settled in Brooklyn raising 3 children.  They had four Grandchildren.

Anne worked as a store clerk and later as a school teacher's aide.  She was known for her sense of humour, her love of hosting dinners and her Irish Soda Bread and Fruit Cake.


Martin Meaney

Brigadier General Martin Meaney from Cree, Co. Clare gave distinguished service to the NYPD in both the Interwar and Postwar periods.  He achieved the rank of Deputy Commissioner 1936 - 1961.  He was born in 1885 and sailed from Queenstown on the Caronia in October 1908.

Martin Meaney left his family farm and took up a job in an NY Department store where he became head clothes buyer.  He joined the famous 69th Regiment and saw active service on the Mexican border in 1916 when he was promoted to Sergeant.

Patrick Meaney

Patrick Meaney from Clohanmore West was born in 1919, the second oldest of six children born to Patrick Meaney and Bridget "Delia" O'Brien.  He grew up on a dairy farm and trained as a carpenter.  He first worked in England during World War II and immigrated by ship to the United States in 1947 at 28 years of age.  He settled in New York City where his sister Mary and brother Jim were also living.

Patrick had met Anne Mescall in Ireland one day when he stepped in for his brother to run a threshing machine on the Mescall family farm.

John J Carey

John J Carey from Cooraclare was President of the County Claremen's Association in New York in 1948 and 1949.

Before he left for New York, he was a well known athlete, in track events throughout the County and Munster.  His biggest honour was when he was selected from past experience to train the famous Clare Senior Football team of 1929 that lost the championship to Tipperary by a lone point at Celtic Park, Long Island, before a crowd of 10,000 fans.  The late mayor of New York, James J. Walker tossed the ball to start the game and was escorted to the field proudly by John J. Carey.

Matthew P Breen

Matthew P Breen was born circa 1845 in Fernpark, Cooraclare.  He was son of Patrick Breen CE who died in 1875 and was buried in Kilmacduane, Cooraclare. 

Matthew went to New York and became quite active in Tammany Hall politics.  He was appointed Police Magistrate in 1902 and served for 19 years.

He subsequently wrote a book "30 years of New York politics"

His daughter Grace sang in the musical "Eileen" on Broadway.

Her career there was shortlived as she married in 1917 and her husband William J Clarke was immediately sent to the war in Europe.

Her son Laurence Breen Clarke was born in