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Martin Meaney

Date of Birth: 
1885
Date of Death: 
May 1970

Brigadier General Martin Meaney from Cree, Co. Clare gave distinguished service to the NYPD in both the Interwar and Postwar periods.  He achieved the rank of Deputy Commissioner 1936 - 1961.  He was born in 1885 and sailed from Queenstown on the Caronia in October 1908.

Martin Meaney left his family farm and took up a job in an NY Department store where he became head clothes buyer.  He joined the famous 69th Regiment and saw active service on the Mexican border in 1916 when he was promoted to Sergeant.  He was to lead the Shamrock Battalion in putting up one of the most heroic fights of the Great War at the battle of the Ourcq.  The entire battalion came under the command of Captain Martin Meaney.  He led them in the last attack which broke the German resistance.  Meaney was gassed twice and twice wounded before he became a Major at the end of the war.

He married Anna Steward in 1921 and they had two sons and four daughters.  He was one of the few Clare people who were honoured to be Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York.  There are 42 grandchildren and over 60 great grandchildren. 

Daughter Anne Meaney lived in Long Island.

Daughter Maureen Meaney married John Ferejohn and after his death Jerry Connolly.

Daughter Eileen Meaney married Frank Kenney.

Son Francis Steward Meaney married Barbara Ann Rossi.

Daughter Grace Meaney married William Brophy.

Son Martin Meaney Jr married Veronica.

 

Thank you to Mike Meaney and Sharon Meaney