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Doonbeg / Killard

Doonbeg / Killard

Michael Collins

Michael Collins was one of the early pioneers in Iowa.  He sailed through Lizard Creek to join his brother Hugh and together they built the first home - a log cabin in Pocahontas.  His cousin Rodger Collins had also pioneered in this area.  They left pre famine times in Ireland but were faced with other pressures in this new land.  Weather was extremely severe in winter and there were dangers from local Indians.  Pocahontas was called after one of the most well known Indian women in early American history.

Michael was born in Doonbeg, County Clare in 1821.  He settled first in Pittsburg but

Thomas Clancy

Thomas Clancy left Doonbeg for Detroit.  Sometime later his father Harry Clancy and his mother Mary (Houlihan) also travelled to Detroit with (8 ?) more children.  This was just one of the Clare Clancy families who made a new life in Detroit.

We are keen to gather more information.

Thomas had a son Thomas Clancy 1927 - 2012 and several sisters.

Matthew (Mathias) Chambers

Matthew Chambers (Mathias Chambers) was born in Doonmore, Doonbeg approx. 1855.  His mother was Mary Breen and father was Thomas Chambers.

He married and left for New York with his wife, Ellen Carroll from Freagh, Miltown Malby and  children who had already been born in Ireland.

Several more children were born in Bronx, New York.

His sons included Thomas Chambers, Matthew Chambers, Martin Chambers, Edmund Chambers, William T Chambers and Bryan Chambers.

Daughters included Frances Chambers, Margaret Mary Chambers born in Kilrush in 1884, Marietta Irene Chambers, Annie T Chambers, Emily T

John J. Blackall

John J. Blackall was the first of a family of 10 to emigrate from Killard, Doonbeg.  He arrived in New York in 1926 and was an officer and member of the NYC Fire Department for 27 years.

He married Catherine Crotty in 1932 and became the first President of the Doonbeg Social Club in 1962.  His son John Thomas Blackall was also a member of the New York City Police Department and resident of Plainview.  His daughter Joan married another Clareman, Paddy Houlihan and lives in Chicago.

Thomas O'Dea

Thomas O'Dea left Doonbeg for Coventry in 1950 with his parents and siblings.  He lived and worked there until 1961 when he flew from Heathrow to New York.  He stayed with his aunt in Flushing, Queens and got his green card.  He first worked as a plasterer in Manhattan.

He brought with him a great Clare love of music and dancing and never missed the Saturday night dance at Papperons Ballroom in Woodside.  He also enjoyed the City Centre Ballroom on 86th and Lexington Ave and the Jaegerhouse in Manhattan.

Pat McDonald (McDonnell)

Patrick Joseph “Babe” McDonald
Born: July 29, 1878
– Doonbeg, Co. Clare, Ireland
Died:  May 16, 1954
– New York City
New York City Police Department 1905-1946
Captain, Traffic Division – “The Times Square Cop”

Pat McDonald was born in Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland. He competed as an American track and field athlete in a variety of the throwing events. He was a member of the Irish American Athletic Club and of the New York Police Department working as a traffic cop in Times Square for many years. He was part of a group of Irish-American athletes known as the "Irish Whales". 


He competed for

Patrick J Harvey

Patrick J Harvey or PJ as he is often called left Doonbeg in 1960 for New York.  He saw first hand the power of the Kennedys as their influence meant that signs such as "no Irish need apply" were gradually removed where work was available.  He remains a staunch supporter of the Democrats and would welcome a return of a Kennedy to politics.