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Mullagh / Kilmurry-Ibrickane

Mullagh / Kilmurry-Ibrickane

Patrick O'Brien

Picture shown is of Patrick's son William who was wounded in action and subsequently died in France on 23/4/1917

Patrick O'Brien from Miltown Malby, ( but we are awaiting confirmation that it was likely he was born in the parish south of Miltown close to Annagh/Mullagh), County Clare arrived in Toowomba, Queensland around 1876;  He started first in a shop in Russell Street and progressed to Post Office Mailings and eventually to milling.  He established the Defiance Milling Company and later with his friend Mr. Horan a mill in Brisbane. Patrick O'Brien married Ellen Fitzgerald.

John Keane

John Keane was born in Quilty, County Clare in 1884.  he was the son of James Keane and Mary O'Rorke Keane and one of 9 children.  In March 1902, at the age of 17, he emigrated to New York aboard the Majestic.  He was a City Employee for the Dock Dept. in Manhattan for most of his life.  He married Mae and they were adored by their many nieces and nephews.  He loved his summer home in Wappingers Falls, Beacon, New York and lived there until his death in August 1971 at the age of 87.  His very special friend was his wonderful dog Duke.

See also  Patrick Keane  (brother)

Patrick Keane

Patrick was born in April 1892 in Quilty.  He was the youngest of 9 children born to James Keane and Mary O'Rorke Keane.  in 1907, he helped with the rescue of  the ships crew of Leon III and later helped build the Star of the Sea Church in Quilty.  In 1911, like many other members of his family, he set sail for New York aboard the "Cedric".  He joined his brother Michael on Adams St., Hoboken, New Jersey.  

In 1914, he moved to Manhattan and was a member of the Claremen's Association.  He met his future wife, Susan Brew at a Claremen's Ball in Manhattan and they married in April 1915 at St.

Jane McNamara (Keane)

Jane Keane was born in Quilty near Miltown Malby on the 5th of July 1881.  She was the daughter of James Keane and Mary O'Rorke Keane.

She left for New York abroad the Majestic on the 12th of July 1899 and married Thomas John McNamara on the 17th June 1906 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Hoboken, New Jersey.

They returned to New York about 1919 where they lived close to her brother Patrick Keane near Morningside Park.  They had 9 children and she was recognised as a "Four Star" mother during World War II when 4 of her sons were overseas.

Martin Morrissey

Martin Morrissey from Mullagh did immense research for the "The Banner",  the publication which marked the 75th Anniversary of the County Claremen's Association in New York.

He included a variety of articles on famous Clare people in history including some who had stayed at home and others who had travelled to the four corners of the globe.

He also wrote a special article from the heart - "Quilty - Home of the Brave".

He returned to Mullagh with his wife Peggy after several years in New York.  His son Marty inherited his journalistic talents and is now a famous sports commentator with RTE.