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Inagh and Kilnamona

 

Inagh and Kilnamona

Margaret P Shannon

Margaret was the 2nd woman President of the County Clare Association in 1991/1992.  She had worked hard on the celebration of the Centenary in 1988 and gathered much interesting information for the book.

She lives now in Charlotte and is being especially helpful to this "hometoclare" project as she recalls people, stories and events.  Many thanks Margaret.

She is pictured here with Jim Halpin  (Ennis) from the Chicago Clare Association.

Maryann O'Keefe O'Sullivan

It took 94 years - this lady made history becoming the 1st female President of the County Clare Association in 1983.  She had also served as Financial Secretary and on the Centennial Book Committee.

It was during her administration that the first centennial committees were established and plans for the publication of "An Clar Abu" were made.

Pictured with more of the team from Inagh Kilnamona during a visit by Mayor Flan Garvey, Margaret Shannon, Sean Cudahy and Paul Keating

Martin Keating

Martin Keating left Ballyea, Inagh for New York.  

His son Paul Keating is actively involved in Comhaltas there.

John J Cudahy

John J. Cudahy was President for the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the County Clare Patriotic, Benevolent and Social Association of New York City in 1988.

This was an excerpt from his address:

"Countless thousands, down throught the last one hundred years, gathered together as we do tonight to further the principles that are so eloquently and yet simply stated in the Constitution of the Clare Association;  to be united in patriotism to our adopted country; in loyalty to our motherland and in fraternal sentiments towards each other.

Mike McTigue

Mike McTigue's story would probably be discarded as too unlikely to form the plot of a novel. It has the almost impossibly perfect elements of the saga of underdog boxer laced with wrenching danger and a panoramic sense of life from late eighteenth-century rural Ireland through to the Civil War to the heady days of the Jazz Age in New York and the desperation of the Great Depression.  Michael Francis McTigue left Kilnamona, Co. Clare to seek fame and fortune in the United States, only for circumstances to bring him back to Dublin where his life would change forever.

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