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Hannah McMahon

Hannah McMahon was born about 1830 in Kilrush, County Clare.  She arrived in Victoria under Earl Grey's Irish Famine Orphan Scheme in 1849. 

She was employed by James Delany, a widower who had a three year old daughter, Bridget.  The property was located in what is now known as Wantirna, a suburb of Melbourne and originally covered 1920 acres. She married James in 1850 in Melbourne and the female witness was Bridget Sexton, also a Kilrush County Clare, orphan girl who arrived on the Pemberton.

Hannah and James had 8 children.


Mary Delany 1852 - 1861

Charles Delany 1853

Ellen Delany

Lucille Mahoney

Little did Lucille know when she left Kilrush at 2 years of age that she would eventually design and arrange ensembles for Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt.  She was favourite attendant to the President's wife for over 25 years.  She started her career in stores and then in sales before becoming a very senior executive in the prestigous 5th Avenue store, Arnold Constable & Co.

There were regular reports in the New York press of visits to the store by Mrs. Roosevelt, where Lucille organised fashionable dresses and coats for various special events including the wedding of her son.

One dress was

Thomas McCarthy Fennell



Thomas McCarthy Fennell was a political prisoner who was transported as a convict to Western Australia.

He was born in County Clare in 1841 and was four years old when the Irish Potato Famine occurred.  Despite this he received a good education and attended either a Catholic or national school and learned to speak Gaelic at home.

In 1863 he became one of the first Fenians recruited in from County Clare.  He then helped recruit and organize a group of men in preparation for the Fenian Rising.

Pauline Power (nee Mangan)


Pauline was the daughter of John and Julia (McKenna) Mangan from Kilrush, County Clare.
On October 15th, 1949, she married Edmond Power at St. Barnabas Church in the Bronx.
She became  a home health aide at the Queen of Peace Residence,  Little Sisters of the Poor in Queens Village. 
She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Dover Plains and  Our Lady of Solace Chapel in Wingdale.  
She had  two sons, John Power of Long Island City. Queens, and Sgt. Edward Power of Waterlown; 
fivedaughters, Ellen Raspithaof Brewster, Mary Power of Brooklyn, Kathleen Power of Long

Elizabeth O'Loughlin (nee Shea)


Elizabeth O'Loughlin travelled from Kilrush, County Clare to Brewster as a young woman and married Michael O'Loughlin.
The date of her birth was unknown but she was believed according to the Carmel Putman Country Courier to be 100.
She had two sons Thomas J and Edward O'Loughlin who lived in Brewster, her brother Michael Shea of Danbury and a sister Katherine O'Shea of Hartford.
She died at home and her Mass was celebrated by her nephew Rev. Edward Shea.

Marie Brennan (nee Mulqueen)


Marie Brennan  (nee Mulqueen) was born in Kilrush, County Clare
She married Christopher Brennan.
She had a daughter Mary and sons John and Edward.
Her two brothers were Matthew and John Mulqueen
MARIE (nee Mulqueen), native of 
Kilrush. County Clare, Ireland; 
married to Christopher, daughter Mary and sons John and Edward
Her two brothers were Matthew and John Mulqueen.