Skip directly to content

John J. Blackall

John J. Blackall was the first of a family of 10 to emigrate from Killard, Doonbeg.  He arrived in New York in 1926 and was an officer and member of the NYC Fire Department for 27 years.

He married Catherine Crotty in 1932 and became the first President of the Doonbeg Social Club in 1962.  His son John Thomas Blackall was also a member of the New York City Police Department and resident of Plainview.  His daughter Joan married another Clareman, Paddy Houlihan and lives in Chicago.