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Paddy Hannan

Patrick Hannan (known affectionately as Paddy Hannan) was born in Quin, County Clare, Ireland in approx 1843.

At the age of 20 he came to Australia and worked for some years on various gold diggings at Ballarat and Bendigo. He then mined in New Zealand for years, returning to Australia to prospect in New South Wales and Southern Cross. Today, there is a shaft a little distance out of Southern Cross which is known as Paddy Hannan’s Shaft.

When Bayley and Ford found and reported their rich discovery at Coolgardie on September 17 1892, Hannan and his friend, Tom Flanagan, travelled to the new

John Clune




John Clune was born at Rylane, Carrahn, in the Parish of Quin, Co. Clare.  He was the first man in Clare to be sworn in to the Fenian Brotherhood in 1866.  His home in Rylane was subjected to many raids. After his arrest as part of the Fenian rishing he was sentenced and transported to Bermuda.

John O'Halloran

John arrived in New York in the mid 80's and stayed with friends in the Bronx.  

He had trained as a carpenter in Clare and worked at home before emigrating.

His first job in New York was in scaffolding and he worked on some unique projects like the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Eventually, he changed to working on finishing the interior of buildings.

He married Susan Sigel in 1998 and their two sons are called Jake and Daniel.

They have settled in Woodlawn.