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John Grady


New York was calling for John Grady of Minister's Cross, Bunratty since the early 1990's.  At age 14, he first travelled over to his brothers Sylvester and Gerard and then was lucky enough to get regular summer work with Danny Moloney - another great Clareman.  When he left school in 1997, he moved there full time and worked with ARA construction.  In 1999, when he picked up his cousin, Bridget Kearney from JFK airport, he did not expect that she would be travelling with his future wife, Nicola Sweeney who lived quite close to him at home.

Romance blossomed immediately, and John travelled every weekend from Maryland up to see Nicola in New York.

They returned home to Bunratty for several years in 2000 but New York tempted them again and John returned there to work with Michael Gubbins in Battery Park.

On Christmas Eve, he got his best present possible when Nicola and their children joined him.

John says " I had a lot of help getting to where I am, people who did not know me, gave me a chance to prove myself and I am proud to help out as a volunteer on community emergency response teams and other associations" and he remains loyal to his home in Clare " I will never forget where I came from and where I learned most of the things that stood to me"

Their children are:

Bailey Sweeney Grady

Cullan Grady