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“Escaping Poverty and in search of Posterity: The James Hack Tuke Assisted Emigrants from the West of Ireland in New England in the 1880s”

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THE JAMES HACK TUKE EMIGRANTS – A lecture by Dr. Gerard Moran, Sunday, April 3rd 1:15 pm at The Irish Cultural Centre of New England (200 New Boston Dr, Canton, MA 02021)


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A free online conference will be held Saturday October 30th 2021 at 1.00 p.m. (Irish time) entitled JAMES HACK TUKE – MAKING CONNECTIONS.

The conference can be accessed live on Galway Beo Facebook page  and Galway Beo YouTube Channel 



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HEROES of IRELAND’S GREAT HUNGER Edited by Christine Kinealy, Jason King and Gerard Moran

“The tragedy that struck Ireland between 1845 and 1852 is often viewed through the lens of cold-hearted bureaucrats, greedy merchants or indifferent landlords who put profit, principles of political economy, and prejudice against the Irish poor, above the need to save lives. This ground-breaking volume examines the contributions of the numerous men and women who risked their lives—and sometimes their livelihoods—in caring for the sick and the starving.
This publication examines the uplifting contributions of numerous individuals who combatted hunger, famine and disease in the mid-nineteenth century in order to save the lives of strangers. At a time that the world is struggling with the deadly COVID pandemic and its aftermath, these stories are a tribute to all forgotten or nameless caregivers and front-line workers.
Despite these generous interventions, over one million died in Ireland from disease and starvation, another 2.1 million left Ireland between 1845 and 1855, more than had emigrated from Ireland over the previous two-and-a-half centuries. While some names might be familiar due to the large body of research undertaken on the Great Famine since 1995, a number will be less so. Individually and collectively, their contributions to saving the people from starvation and death and giving them hope cannot be understated, nor should the personal and professional sacrifice that they made on behalf of the Irish poor be forgotten.
Christine Kinealy is Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University. Jason King is Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National University of Ireland, Galway and Gerard Moran is an Emeritus Researcher at the University of Galway. “

Cork University Press


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Sharing a link to view a new documentary:

Emigrant descendants of James Hack Tuke’s migration schemes from Counties Mayo and Galway during the “Forgotten Famine” of 1879-1882 pay tribute to the Quaker Philanthropist who rescued their ancestors from poverty to start new lives overseas. 

 There is an open invitation to join a post-show discussion with the film makers on Zoom on Sunday, October 25th at 7pm Irish Time, 3pm Eastern Standard Time in North America (more details via the link)


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Families of Erris (Belmullet area) and Achill, County Mayo, travelled together on the ships of the “Allan Line” directly from Blacksod Bay 1883-84, sharing those life changing journeys together.  A bond was formed that still exists today. Thank you to Margaret Lynch, IAAS (Irish American Archives Society)   Cleveland for highlighting the Tuke Emigration. The aim of Blacksod Bay Emigration is to continue re establishing a bond with descendants of the families of our Erris and Achill communities!

Podcast Series: Episode 21 ‘FROM MAYO TO NEWBURGH AND THE ANGLE’



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The focus on the Great Hunger has overshadowed other periods of famine and food shortages in Ireland and their influences on a society in which poverty, hunger, emigration, and even death, were part of the life cycle and not unique to the 1840s.

This book features Essays from the June 12–15, 2019 Conference of the same title at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut. You can find the book online at  Cork University Press and Amazon

Edited by Christine Kinealy and Gerard Moran

Christine Kinealy is Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University. Gerard Moran is an Emeritus Researcher at the University of Galway.


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United States Eastern Time Zone 6.00 p.m – (Ireland 11.00 p.m.)

Symposium on James Hack Tuke at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota

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There will be a Symposium on James Hack Tuke (1819-1896), at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota on Saturday 14th March 2020. An Exhibition entitled James Hack Tuke: ‘Quaker, Philanthropist and Friend to Irelands Poor,’ will be on view at the event.

The exhibition, to commemorate the bicentenary of James Hack Tuke’s birth, was officially launched in March 2019 at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. 


10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.: Presentation: “Any Small Power” A Tribute to James Hack Tuke by Jane Kennedy
11.00 a.m. – 12 Noon: Reception with light food/refreshments in the O’Shaughnessy Library where the Tuke exhibit is located
1.00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. “The Music of Emigration” by Charlie Heyman.
2.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. Tour in the library
3.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Fr. Sanders will moderate a panel on the Impact of Assisted Emigration
There will be an evening reception at the Celtic Junction in St. Paul.

Pat, Cath (Dixon) Monaghan, Leam, Mullet Peninsula to Warren, Rhode Island

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The small townland of Leam situated close to Elly Bay on the Mullet Peninsula, was home to Pat and Cath (Dixon) Monaghan with their seven sons, Michael 13, Anthony 11, John 9, Patrick 7, William 5, Peter 3 and Thomas 1.

For the Monaghan family the distance to board the Allan Line Steamer in the bay, was little more than a ‘stone throw’ away. A familiar path travelled many times, as often they must have made their way down to the shore. The masts of the SS Waldensian would have been visible in the distance from Leam and surrounding townlands. Soon they would be aboard the ship on their way to Warren Rhode Island, U.S.A. The 22nd June was to be the last Tuke sailing of 1883. On arrival at Boston on the 4th July, the family continued onwards to Warren, Rhode Island, to work secured at the Warren Textile Mills.

Maggie Mulligan O’Brien and John travelled from Boston, Massachusetts back to Leam, Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre and Blacksod Bay. Maggie is the granddaughter of Thomas age 1, the youngest of the seven Monaghan brothers.  Maggie and John met with local Monaghan families, who helped piece together the family history. It’s not always possible to connect descendants with present day relatives, but when it happens it’s really special!

A journey of discovery ‘family ancestors last foot on Irish soil’

Philip Mary (Gaughan) Heveron family of Doolough and Sarah (Lynch) Neary family of Srahgraddy also boarded SS Waldensian at Blacksod Bay, travelling to Warren, Rhode Island Textile Mills. 

Pat, Anne (McNamara) Monaghan, Aghadoon (Mullet Peninsula) to Montana via Quebec

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Saturday 10th May 1884, a life changing day for a family living in the north of the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo. Pat and Anne (McNamara) Monaghan with their children Michael 18, James 16, Pat 13, Ann 10 and Neal (Cornelius) 6, were leaving their small townland of Aghadoon four miles NW of Belmullet. Their destination on the ship’s manifest read Livingston, Montana. As the SS Corean steamed out of Blacksod Bay, so too the families of our Erris and Achill communities with their hopes and dreams of a brighter future.

On the 8th February 1893 Pat Monaghan Jnr. married Maggie Riley/Reilly in Montana. Many years earlier Maggie Riley/Reilly age 13 (daughter of John Riley and Ellen Kearns) also boarded the same sailing at Blacksod with her parents and siblings. The Reilly family were from Ballymacsherron, Binghamstown!

Tom Pahut and family journeyed from Montana, USA back to Blacksod Bay and their roots in Aghadoon and Ballymacsherron. Tom is a great grandson of Patrick Monaghan Jnr and Maggie (Reilly) Monaghan. Amazingly in the last few months direct descendants of two of Anne and Pat (McNamara) Monaghan’s children have returned.

Pat and Anne’s son Michael Monaghan 18 would later marry Catherine Lavelle of Aghadoon (daughter of William and Honor Lavelle) in Montana. More Erris families on the same sailing, were also travelling to Livingston, Billings and Helena Montana. By 1900, Montana bound families of the Belmullet area  are seen in Anaconda, Deer Lodge – Sweet Grass, Stillwater – Silver Bow, Silver Bow – Red lodge Creek, Carbon – Billings, Yellowstone and Chestnut, Gallatin. Achill families onboard were headed for Cleveland, Ohio. 

John, Bridget (Murphy) Tighe, Toorglass, Belmullet to Scranton, Pennsylvania

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On the 30th March 1883, John and Bridget Tighe with their family, Bridget, Pat, Bryan, Anthony and John, along with many others, made the walk from Toorglass, Belmullet back to Elly Bay where the SS Nestorian lay at anchor.  A second family from the same townland, Anthony Dougan, wife Mary (Tighe) and seven children were also walking with the Tighes. The Nestorian arrived in Boston on the evening of 15th April, the families of our communities disembarked the next morning.

The 1900 U.S. Census shows John, Bridget and family in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. John Snr. and sons Patrick, Anthony and John are all Anthracite Mine workers. The Dougans were living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This is Joe (pictured above) and Lori’s  second visit back to Toorglass. Joe Tighe is a Grandson of Bryan Tighe, who at the age 11 boarded the sailing of the first ship Nestorian with his family. Joe and Lori travelled from Colorado, USA to meet with relatives, visit Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre and new found friends!

Other families who left from Toorglass during the assisted emigration, are seen on the 1900 Census,  (SS Scandinavian 1883 via Quebec)) William, Ellen Gallagher and family were also in Scranton, Lackawanna and are Coal Miners. Two families Anthony, Ellen (Tighe) Geraghty and Michael, Anne Tighe are seen living in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota respectively. The Geraghty and Tighe families travelled via Quebec having boarded SS Corean at Blacksod in May 1884. Michael and Margaret (Tighe) Gaughan of Toorglass, (SS Phoenician 1883), settled in Mayfield, Lackawanna also miners. – John & Ann (O’Donnell) McGarry who travelled from Aughoose, onboard  SS Grecian June 1883, were living next door to the Gaughan family. Descendants of some of the aforementioned families have contacted the Heritage Centre and are highly likely connected.

Gaughans of Shraigh – Gallaghers of Cross – Cawleys of Lurgacloy – Heverans of Fallmore – Barretts of Shraigh – McManmons of Glencastle – Geraghtys of Drum – Dixons of Morahan – Lavelles of Inver and Tighes of Toorglass, all onboard the sailing of SS Nestorian 30th March 1883……. Incredibly, descendants of all those families have made their own journey back to Blacksod!

Ned, Bridget (Deane) Lavelle Family, Inver, Knocknalower to Pennsylvania

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The 30th March 1883 was the day Ned and Bridget (Deane) Lavelle with their family Bridget 18, Anthony 16, Ned 14, Martin 12, Sabina 8, Peter 7 and Mary 6, emigrated from the Townland of Inver, Knocknalower. (Belmullet District)
They were one of many Erris and Achill families,  boarding the SS Nestorian at Blacksod Bay, beginning life changing journeys.

On the 1900 US Federal Census members of the Lavelle family are living in Conyngham Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania with family members employed in the Anthracite Mines

Lenora Kenny Daniel (pictured at the Exhibition in Eachléim) is the granddaughter of Sabina Lavelle, who at eight years of age journeyed to the U.S. aboard SS Nestorian.
Lenora and Peter travelled from New York to the Belmullet area, visiting Inver also Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre

Hamden CT

Local Families leaving from Blacksod Bay, often settled in the same areas, engaged in the same employment. On one page alone, of the 1900 US Federal Census for Conyngham Township, Columbia County, are three of our Mullet Peninsula families. Anthony, Mary (Wilson) Gaughan family from Inishglora Island, Bridget (Corduff) Hogan family, who journeyed from Inishkea Island, also Bryan, Mary (Barrett) Mooney family Ardmore, Binghamstown. The families were all Mine workers.

James, Mary (Ginnelly) Lyncheron Belfarsad / Mweewillin, Achill Parish to Cleveland, Ohio, SS Waldensian

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James, Mary (Ginnelly) Lyncheron with their children, Michael, Mary, John, Martin, Cath, Ellen and Sibby, from the Mewillan, Belfarsad area of Achill Parish, left Blacksod Bay and the shores of County Mayo onboard SS Waldensian 22nd June 1883. The manifest stated the Lyncheron family were headed for Cleveland, where an established Achill-Mayo community already existed. Many families who journeyed to Cleveland, worked in the shipyards and Iron Foundries.  Most families remained there, as recorded on the 1900 US Federal Census.

At eight years of age Martin Lyncheron boarded the ‘Allan Line’ steamship anchored in Blacksod Bay, with his parents James, Mary and siblings. The Waldensian arrived at Boston on the evening of 4th July 1883 with the Achill and Erris families disembarking the next morning.

Standing next to a section of the Exhibition featuring the Lyncheron family, is Martin’s Grandson Ken with his family! Ken, Terri and family travelled from North Carolina, U.S.A. visiting Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, the Memorial Garden, Blacksod and also Achill Island.

Patrick, Anne (McNamara) Monaghan Family, Aghadoon, Mullet Peninsula to Livingston, Montana SS Corean

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Pat and Anne (McNamara) Monaghan with their family Michael 18, James 16, Pat 13, Ann 10 and Neal (Cornelius) 6, emigrated from Aghadoon, near Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland. The family boarded the SS Corean for Quebec on the 10th May 1884 at Blacksod Bay. Although headed for Quebec, the ship’s manifest stated Livingston, Montana, as the onward destination. The Allan Line steamship arrived at Quebec 22nd May 1884. Honor Lavelle was also travelling with the Monaghan family to Livingston, Montana.

Pat and Anne’s son Michael Monaghan, would later marry Catherine Lavelle of Aghadoon (daughter of William and Honor Lavelle) in Montana. Keith Groom and family from Washington State, recently visited Aghadoon and the Blacksod Memorial Garden. Keith is a great grandson of Michael Monaghan, who boarded SS Corean age 18 at Blacksod Bay.

Also boarding the same sailing, Bryan Carey Family destination Lost Creek, Pennsylvania, Thomas Murphy and Michael O’Boyle families destination Wisconsin from the same townland of Aghadoon. Reilly families from the Mullet Peninsula, were also travelling to Montana.

Owen, Rose (Calvey) Doran Family, Inishbiggle Island, County Mayo to Leavenworth, Kansas. SS Waldensian

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Owen Doran, his wife Rose and their family Cath 20, Mary 17, John 15, Martin 13, Bryan 12 and Pat 9 boarded the SS Waldensian 22nd June 1883.  The Doran family were leaving their small island home of Inishbiggle. Destination stated on the ship’s manifest was Leavenworth, Kansas. Owen’s brother Patrick had settled in Kansas many years earlier. The 1900 US Census shows Owen and Rose with daughters Catherine and Mary still living in Leavenworth.

Sarah Doran, an older daughter of Owen and Rose, married Bryan Navin. The young couple with their infant son John, left Inishbiggle Island earlier that year in the month of April, boarding SS Scandinavian at Blacksod Bay. The Navin family were living in Huron County, Ohio in 1900. The next family Tom and Sibby (McEneeley) Navin with their infant daughter Cath, boarding after Bryan and Sarah, was also leaving Inishbiggle. Tom, Sibby and family settled in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. A Peter Calvey was also travelling with the Navin families

Catherine Doran visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod, making the journey from L.A. California. Catherine is the g,g, granddaughter of Owen’s brother Patrick, and has a great deal of family history carried out on the Doran family of Inishbiggle Island, County Mayo.

Bridget (Kavanaugh) Dixon Family Morahan and Anna (Reilly) Keane Family Mullaghroe, Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo

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Adam with family and friends travelled from Ohio, USA

Mary Josephine Dixon, born in Morahan, on the ‘Mullet Peninsula’, boarded SS Nestorian at Blacksod Bay 30th March 1883 with her mother, Bridget (Kavanaugh) Dixon and siblings Margaret, Martin and Julia. The Dixon family were headed for Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

Siblings Adam Maloney and Margaret are great grandchildren of Mary Josephine aged 16 on the manifest. They are also direct descendants of Anna (Reilly) Keane, who embarked on the sailing of the SS Phoenician 2nd May 1884 with son Henry Keane and Henry’s children John, Anne, Pat, Richard, Margaret and Owen. The Keane family from Mullaghroe were travelling to Bellaire, Belmont, Ohio. Anna’s daughter Bridget Keane/Kane, had already emigrated to the United States in 1865 with her husband Richard Murphy and son Dennis. Dennis was born in Devlane, Clogher, on the Mullet Peninsula, Dennis Murphy would later marry Mary Dixon, (also of the Mullet) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1888.

Adam with family, friends and present day Murphys from Devlane in Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod.

Famines in Ireland Before 1845 and After 1852. Conference at Quinnipiac University June 2019

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The following link is to video clips, recorded at the Quinnipiac University Conference, Hamden, Connecticut. June 2019

Thank you to descendants who attended the Conference for sharing this link

Ann (Gaughan) Geraghty Family, Drum, Mullet Peninsula to Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Ruth and Jose at the Tuke Exhibition. Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre

Annie Geraghty daughter of Henry and Ann (Gaughan) Geraghty born in Drum, Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo

Ann (Gaughan) Geraghty along with her family, Mary age 24, Pat 22, Ellen 20, Kate 18, James 9, Annie 6 and Lizzie 4, emigrated from the townland of Drum, near Binghamstown, situated on the Mullet Peninsula. The Geraghty family left onboard SS Nestorian 30th March 1883. No destination was stated for the family, on the ship’s manifest.
The 1885 Minnesota State Census shows Ann and husband Henry “Garrety, Garrity” (who may have travelled out before the family) also Mary, Patrick, Kate, James, Annie and Elizabeth, living in Minneapolis.

Annie’s granddaughter Ruth Stein Gaytan and Jose recently travelled back from St. Paul, Minnesota. On arrival in Ireland Ruth and Jose headed straight for the Mullet Peninsula. A ‘journey of discovery’  Exploring well known landmarks, enjoying the beautiful scenery and beaches of the Mullet Peninsula. But first and foremost, searching out and making new family connections, discovering that indescribable ‘sense of place’ …….re-establishing a heartfelt bond once again.

Ruth at the Blacksod Memorial Garden

Famines in Ireland Before 1845 and After 1852

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A Conference will be held at at Quinnipiac University, Hamden Co.  Connecticut,  June 12–15 2019

“Famines in Ireland Before 1845 and After 1852”

The schedule is also there for Saturday morning June 15th and this section will focus on James Hack Tuke and be held at Quinnipiac University’s York Hill Campus. There is also an exhibition titled, James Hack Tuke: Quaker, Philanthropist and Friend to Irelands Poor. The exhibition will be located in the Arnold Bernhard Library, (Quinnipiac University) and run until September 2019.

Unfortunately we are unable to make it this time. Representatives of Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, attended a Conference there in 2014 and received a great welcome. It is a good opportunity to meet up with other descendants, who share a common bond and who may be there.

Ned, Bridget (Deane) Lavelle, Inver, Knocknalower to Pennsylvania. SS Nestorian

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Highlighting a comment received for the post: Ned, Bridget (Deane) Lavelle, Inver, Knocknalower. The Lavelle Family were Ned, and Bridget with their children Bridget 18, Anthony 16, Ned 14, Martin 12, Sabina 8, Peter 7 and Mary 6

Comment :  Sabina (Binnia) Lavalle Kenney is my grandmother! She passed in June 1957 before I was born. You can tour the mine that they worked in Ashland Pa. Its both fascinating and humbling experience going down in the mine. My family will be visiting County Mayo this August. Needless to say I am very excited to discover my personnel connection and looking forward to visiting the center

William, Mary (Mulrooney) Hopkins, Atticonaun, Belmullet to Wolfe Island

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In May 1883 William Hopkins and his wife Mary, along with their family Mary 18, James 16, Thomas 13 and John 3 emigrated from the townland of Attycunnane, Belmullet, County Mayo.  The Hopkins family along with many others, boarded SS Manitoban at Blacksod Bay. When the anchor was raised and SS Manitoban left the Bay, 247 extra Passengers were onboard headed for the Port of Quebec.

Descendant, Michael Potts has carried out extensive research into his family history. William, Mary and family settled on Wolfe Island, Lake Ontario near the entrance to the St Lawrence River.  By 1891 the family were still living on Wolfe Island as the Census of Canada shows. The 1900 United States Federal Census sees the Hopkins family eventually settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Michael and Marjorie Potts from Centreville, Virginia, also Brian Veasey of Somerdale, New Jersey recently visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre and the Blacksod Memorial Garden. Michael’s Great Grandfather Thomas Hopkins was age 13, when he boarded SS Manitoban with his parents and siblings at Blacksod Bay,  Brian is also a descendant of Thomas Hopkins and his Veasey family was from Achill

Patrick, Catherine (Walsh) McManmon Family, Glencastle to Lowell, Massachusetts. SS Nestorian

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The above photograph is of Patrick and Catherine (Walsh) McManmon, who with their family James 17, Francis 9, Peter 7 and Michael 5 emigrated from Bunahouna, near Glencastle, Belmullet, County Mayo. Their destination was stated as Lowell, Massachusetts. The McManmon family settled in Lowell, as did other relatives who had travelled out before them.

Many thanks to Peter McManmon for kindly sending in a photograph of his Great Grandparents Patrick and Catherine. The family are documented as McManaman on the Ship’s manifest. Peter is a Grandson of James who was age 17 on the sailing of SS Nestorian.

Great-Granddaughter of Bridget Tougher, Tip, Belmullet, travels from Toronto, Canada.

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Kathleen at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod

Frank and Sarah (McKeon) Tougher with their family Anthony 16, Bridget 14, Francis 10, James 8, Michael 6 and Ellen 3 lived in Tip, Aughalasheen on the Mullet Peninsula.

The Tougher family like many others, left Blacksod Bay onboard the “Allan Line” steamship SS Scandinavian, on the 22nd April 1883 for the port of Quebec. Two Hundred and fifty nine passengers boarded that day at Blacksod. Families of Erris, Achill and Newport West, all journeyed together. The ship’s manifest stated, “No destinations given, all Tuke’s passengers” On the 3rd of May the SS Scandinavian arrived at Quebec

The 1891 Census of Canada, shows Sarah, along with sons Frank, Michael and daughter Ellen living at Muskoka and Parry Sound, Ontario. Bridget married John Mahon and eventually settled in Sudbury, Ontario.

Kathleen Howes, a great granddaughter of Bridget Tougher (age 14 on the sailing), travelled from Toronto back to her family roots on the Mullet Peninsula.

As with many Toughers arriving in the US and Canada, the name Tougher became Tucker.

Patrick, Catherine (Walsh) McManmon Family, Glencastle to Lowell, Massachusetts

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Patrick and Catherine (Walsh) McManmon with their family James 17, Francis 9, Peter 7 and Michael 5 emigrated from Bunahouna, near Glencastle, Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland. On the 30th March 1883, they stood on the shores of Barnagh Island, along with other local  families.  All were waiting, to be rowed out to another ship, which then ran up alongside the SS Nestorian anchored in the deeper waters of Blacksod Bay. The McManmon family were travelling to Boston, with an onward destination stated as Lowell, Massachusetts, where other family members had previously settled. Patrick Catherine and family also made their home in Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The surname McManmon, appears as McManaman, on the ship’s manifest.

Pictured above is Katherine May, a Granddaughter of John McManmon born in Glencastle and Jeannie Coggins Lockinger, Granddaughter of John’s sister Agnes, born in the United States. Katherine and Jeannie travelled from Massachusettes and Virginia respectively.

Many thanks, to Peter McManmon for leaving a comment on the site in 2017. “My great grandfather, Patrick James McManmon left Blacksod Bay on the Nestorian in 1883 for Boston. He ended up staying in Massachusetts”

Photographs, by kind permission of Katherine May.

Message from Peter McManmon. The photo of the couple is of my grandparents James j and Anne L Colins McManmon he was the eldest son of Patrick J McManmon and the one furthest to the left in the group photo

Blacksod Bay Emigration at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, is privileged to see so many descendants, travelling great distances back to the homeplace of their ancestors. Our and descendants’ site, were brought about by transcribing manifests and a great deal of continued Local History research, to form a focal point for descendants of the families of our communities.

Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod, County Mayo…Rosemarie    

Dominick, Bridget (Meenahan) Barrett Family, Mullet Peninsula to Delaware, Ohio.

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From the townland of Barhauve, near Belmullet, Dominick, Bridget and their young family, Michael age eight, Honor seven and Bridget six months, headed for Elly Bay to board the SS Canadian on April 13 1884. Bridget was formerly Bridget Meenahan from Gortmellia.  The couple, married in Aughoose Church, just a few miles away from Gortmellia and went on to live in Barhauve.

With the Atlantic Ocean crossed, the Canadian arrived in Boston, later that month on April 24. After disembarking,  the Barrett family travelled onwards to their destination of Delaware, Ohio. Dominick worked for the railroad, as did Bridget’s cousins. The Meenahan cousins had emigrated to Delaware some years earlier. On the 1900 United States Census, the Barretts were still living in Delaware, Ohio.

A journey from Mesa, Arizona, U.S.A. led Linda Cox back to the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo. Linda’s Grandmother was Bridget (Bridgie) Barrett, the youngest child, aged only six months, born in Barhauve, on the ‘Mullet Peninsula’ in 1883. Linda and husband Charles are pictured above, at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Aughleam, Blacksod

Many variations of the surname Meenahan are seen on records in the U.S. and Canada, including Meenaghan, Moynihan and Minahan

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Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University invites you to their biennial Conference, 12-15 June 2019.

Famines in Ireland before 1845 and after 1852

The Great Hunger of 1845 to 1852 has cast a long shadow over the subsequent history of Ireland and its diaspora. Since 1995, there has been a renewed interest in studying this event, by scholars, students, archeologists, artists, musicians, folklorists etc.  This interest shows no sign of abating. New research, methodologies and approaches have greatly added to our understanding of the causes, impact and legacies of this tragedy.

The focus on the Great Hunger has overshadowed other periods of famine and food shortages in Ireland and their influences on a society in which poverty, hunger, emigration and even death, were part of the life-cycle and not unique to the 1840s.

‘Famines before 1845 and after 1852’ will explore the impact of these intermittent crises on the people of Ireland. Scholars, students and researchers of all disciplines are welcome to submit a proposal.

Confirmed keynote speakers, Dr. Ciarán Reilly, of Maynooth University, will speak about the famine of 1831, and Dr. Gerard Moran, Social Science Research Centre, NUI Galway, will speak about ‘The Forgotten Famine of 1879-1882’.

Please send abstracts of up to 350 words to   by 15 January 2019.

All other queries, direct to:

Quinnipiac University is located in Hamden, near to the beautiful Sleeping Giant Mountain, its name, like Quinnipiac, being derived from native American folklore.  The programme will include visits to the exhibition, ‘James Hack Tuke: Quaker philanthropist and friend to Ireland’s poor’, to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, the Knights of Columbus Museum, Yale University and downtown New Haven.

Convenors: Professor Christine Kinealy, Quinnipiac University and Dr Jason King, Irish Heritage Trust. In partnership with the Irish Heritage Trust and the National Famine Museum at Strokestown.

New publication by Gerard Moran

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Fleeing from famine in Connemara: James Hack Tuke and his assisted emigration scheme in the 1880s

Gerard Moran has published extensively on 19th century Ireland, including Sending out Ireland’s Poor: assisted emigration to North America in the nineteenth century (Dublin, 2004).

Families from the Connemara area of County Galway, Ireland, were also assisted by the Tuke Emigration Scheme in the early 1800s. The Connemara families mainly from Clifden and Oughterard regions boarded at Galway Bay.

Peter, Rose (Barrett) McAndrew Family, Glencastle, County Mayo to Erin Prairie, Wisconsin

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On Friday the 11th of May 1883 Peter and Rose (Barrett) McAndrew with their family Anthony, Anne, John, Henry (Harry), Helen, Cath, twins Rose and Bridget, and Mary emigrated from their home in Glencastle. The McAndrew family (including another Rose McAndrew, also travelling with them) left the Barony of Erris, directly from Blacksod Bay onboard SS Prussian. Peter, Rose and family settled in St Croix County, Wisconsin and farmed in Erin Prairie.

Cath McAndrew was age six when she left Glencastle with her parents and siblings, her granddaughter Maria Meade visited the McAndrew family homestead in 2011.

“I thought people would like to know about this song. My Cousins shared the song on a cassette with me initially when I was there. They knew the song. Apparently many in Belmullet and surrounding areas know the song.
The photo is the owner of McDonnell Pub in Belmullet, singing the song to us one night in the pub, accompanied by the guitar player who was entertaining.
It was a life-changing moment. Perhaps you could post it on the site”

Dominick, Bridget (Meenahan) Barrett Family, Barhauve, Belmullet to Delaware, Ohio

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Andrew and family at Blacksod Memorial Garden. 

Dominick Barrett with his wife Bridget and children Michael 9, Honor 7 and Bridget age six months, lived in the townland of Barhauve, near Belmullet. Bridget was formerly Bridget Meenahan from Gortmellia. The Barrett family emigrated on the SS Canadian 13th April 1884, the first of four sailings that departed in 1884 directly from Blacksod Bay. The destination stated on the ship’s manifest was to Delaware, Ohio. After they arrived at the Port of Boston on the 24th April, the family continued on their life changing journey. On the 1900 United States Census, the Barretts were still living in Delaware, Ohio.

Andrew Paul and family travelled from Washington D.C. back to the Mullet Peninsula, the homeplace of his ancestors. Bridget (Bridgie) Barrett, age just six months, onboard the sailing of SS Canadian, was Andrew’s Great Grandmother.

Andrew at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre Eachléim, Blacksod.

The ‘Mullet Peninsula’ is the Kilmore Erris, Church Parish, Diocese of Killala. ‘Mullet Peninsula’ Civil Records come under the Belmullet District.

Anthony, Margaret (Prendergast) Barrett Family, Tip, Aughalasheen and Shraigh, Bunnahowen. SS Nestorian

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Anthony and Margaret (Prendergast) Barrett were originally from the townland of Tip, on the Mullet Peninsula, where their elder children were born.
At the time of emigrating, Anthony and Margaret with their family, John 20, Rose 16, Bridget 14, Edward 9, Michael 7 and Honor 5, were living in Shraigh, Bunnahowen. The Barrett family were in familiar company, when they boarded the SS Nestorian on 30th March 1883 at Blacksod Bay.

The next family on the manifest was Mary Lally, along with children Pat 10, John 7, Cath 4 and William 8 months. Mary’s husband Patrick had travelled out, before the rest of the family. They settled in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, in Jessup, then on to Winton Borough. Mary (Barrett) Lally was Anthony and Margaret’s daughter.
William Barrett, an elder son of Anthony and Margaret, born in Tip, had emigrated at an earlier date to Pennsylvania.
Members of the Barrett and Lally families were engaged in mining, and lived in the Jessup and Winton Boroughs of Lackawanna County.

Cousins Katie, Lucy, Pattie, Deanie, Mary, Melissa and Katie’s daughter Michaela, Edward Barrett’s Great granddaughters and great,great, granddaughter, journeyed back to Blacksod Bay. Edward was age nine, when he boarded the Nestorian at Blacksod Bay, with his parents and siblings. The Barrett descendants travelled from Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

On their visit to Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Anthony and Margaret’s descendants noticed a letter written by Richard Le Maire, a descendant of Ned Barrett from Bunawillan. Ned and family lived in the same area, boarded the same sailing and both families were headed for Pennsylvania. Ned’s family were miners in Sugar Notch Borough, Luzerne, County.

Richard’s Letter: 2013

Many thanks to you and the staff at the Heritage Centre. The results of the research you are carrying on are invaluable and a gift to those of us searching for our connection with Erin, our ancestors’ native land. Be reminded that most never returned “home”, never saw their own again except in their hearts and memories, but never forgot. They instilled this love in generations of their progeny over 40 million strong in America today.
Again, thank you so much for finding me on the internet. I am 82 now and feel a sense of closure with this side of my family. I was practically brought up by my Mayo grandparents, Michael Dent, Ned Barrett’s grandson of Bunnawillan, and Anne Barrett, Harry, of Doolough. I spent so much time with them as a child and had the sense to ask questions even to memorizing” The Wren, The Wren” in Irish.
I am indebted to all at the Heritage Centre. Thanks for seeing to it that the poor souls who left part of their lives behind will be remembered by generations to come.

Katie left a message on this site: To Richard Le Maire,
Your letter exactly describes our feelings. Several of the Anthony Barrett/ Margaret Prendergast descendants visited Ireland and found this Memorial on our journey. I will never forget Rosemarie and her kindness or Philomena (Phil). Their warmness toward us and their enthusiasm about our family was overwhelming.
Our ancestors came over on the S.S. Nestorian. In fact, I’m wondering the connection between our Anthony Barrett and your Ned Barrett. Perhaps they were brothers?? Anthony was born in 1825 and from what I’ve seen, I believe Ned was born in 1823.
Thank you again for your kind words in your letter. We read it aloud at our meeting with Rosemarie and all felt it very much captured our feelings.
With gratitude,
Katherine (Katie)…great great granddaughter of Anthony Barrett (spelled Barratt on the passenger list) and Margaret (Prendergast). Great granddaughter of Edward Barrett, also on that list, traveling with his parents to Pennsylvania.

Anthony and Margaret Barrett’s descendants in Blacksod (An Fód Dubh)

Honora (Reilly) Heveran Family, Fallmore, Blacksod to Youngstown, Ohio. SS Nestorian

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Cath Heveran, daughter of Patrick Heveran and Honor (Reilly) Heveran , was born in Fallmore, Blacksod on the 9th November 1873. At he age of ten, Cath, along with her siblings Ellis, Bridget, Annie, Pat and widowed mother Honor, emigrated from their home on the Mullet Peninsula.

On the 30th March 1883 the Heveran Family boarded SS Nestorian for the port of Boston, with an onward destination stated as Ohio. When the ship docked at Boston, Cath and family journeyed onwards to Youngstown, Ohio, where they settled.

On the day Cath emigrated, an Irish Times Report  mentions … the weather in the early part of the morning was cold, with several showers of rain and sleet falling, later however the day cleared up and the sun shone warmly from a blue sky, here and there relieved with white masses of clouds……  while all around were visible the lofty rugged mountains of Mayo, their snow-clad heights glistening in the sunlight.

Maryanne Dunmire travelled from Detroit, Michigan, to the townland of  Fallmore, to see with her own eyes, the home of her Reilly / Heveran ancestors. Where Maryanne’s Grandmother Cath and siblings, must surely have played in the fields as children and gone back to the nearby beach. Maryanne also visited St. Deirbhile’s Well in the same townland.  Fortunately the sun also shone from a blue sky that day!

Fallmore, Blacksod on the Southern tip of the Mullet Peninsula, looking over to Achill Island. Photo C Geraghty

Maryanne Dunmire, Grandaughter of Cath Heveran, visiting Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim (photo of Cath, courtesy of Diann Fahey, Grandaughter of Cath’s sister Annie)





Patrick, Mary (Everett, Everard) Lavelle Family, Devlane, Clogher, Mullet Peninsula. SS Canadian 1883 Quebec

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Patrick and Mary Lavelle with their family, Edward 19, Bridget 17, Mary 14, Nancy 11, James 9, Thomas 5 and Cath age 1, emigrated from the small coastal townland, of Devlane, Clogher, on the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo.
The Lavelle family boarded the SS Canadian, at Blacksod Bay on the 19th May 1883.  The Ocean Steamer was headed for Quebec and arrived on the 1st of June. As with many of the families, no destination was stated on the manifest.

Anne Oldaker and daughter Katie, travelled from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, back to Devlane. Anne is a Granddaughter, of James Lavelle aged nine, when he left Erris. James eventually settled in Pennsylvania. Anne and Katie are pictured above at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod, home of the Blacksod Bay Emigration Exhibition and Research.

Thanks to Phil McIntyre always so helpful, also Pap and Catherine Murphy for an informative visit to Turas Siar Heritage Centre, in nearby Cartron.

Anne and Katie, by pure coincidence, also left the Mullet Peninsula on the 19th May (2018) after re-establishing a bond, with the home of their Lavelle family ancestors.

Versions of the surname, Everett have also been recorded as Everard, Everitt and Hereford. Blacksod Bay Emigration Research, finds families of Erris and Achill who boarded the same sailing at Blacksod, settled, in the Provinces of Manitoba and Ontario, also Pennsylvania, Cleveland Ohio, Bellaire Ohio and Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Ned, Bridget (Deane) Lavelle, Inver, Knocknalower to Pennsylvania. SS Nestorian

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“The long procession wended its way seawards, some walking, and bending beneath the weight of huge bundles containing the entire property of the family, while others rode slowly forward in carts, the father leading the horse, and the mother and children and baggage occupying the vehicle. For hours this scene continued with few intervals”
Extract from the “Irish Times” entitled “Departure of the first batch of Emigrants” published Saturday March 31 1883.

Ned and Bridget (Deane) Lavelle with their family Bridget 18, Anthony 16, Ned 14, Martin 12, Sabina 8, Peter 7 and Mary 6, were part of this life changing moment, in our local history. (as were other families we now remember) The Lavelle family travelled from their home, in the townland of Inver, Knocknalower, County Mayo, to board the SS Nestorian Friday, 30th March 1883 at Blacksod Bay.
On the 1900 US Federal Census members of the Lavelle family are living in Conyngham, Columbia County, Pennsylvania. As with many families who settled in Pennsylvania, members of the family were miners. Back breaking work, doing whatever they could, to give their families a better future.
John Eyre, is a great Grandson of Peter Lavelle who was just seven, when he left Inver, with his parents and siblings.  John and wife Lucyann, travelled from North Carolina, USA, back to his family roots in Inver and also visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachleim, Blacksod.

Groups of families leaving from Blacksod Bay, often settled in the same areas, engaged in the same employment. On one page alone, of the 1900 US Federal Census for Conyngham, Columbia County, are three of our Mullet Peninsula families. Anthony, Mary Gaughan and family from Inishglora Island (SS Scandinavian 1883), Bridget Hogan and family, who journeyed from Inishkea Island (SS Canadian 1884), also Bryan, Mary Mooney and family from Ardmore, Binghamstown (SS Prussian 1884)

Bridget Mulgrew (nee Kelly), Rosturk Co. Mayo to Parsons, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, via Quebec, aboard the S.S. Manitoban

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Bridget Kelly Mulgrew (Mulgrue on the passenger list), daughter of Martin Kelly and Catherine Hammill, was born in Rosturk, Co. Mayo in about 1861. She married Michael Mulgrew of Murrevagh, Co. Mayo, son of Bryan Mulgrew and Honora Grealis, in the Newport Chapel on May 11, 1881. The witnesses were John Gorman from Newport and Mary Joyce from Rosgalliv. While listed on the passenger list as traveling alone, Bridget was accompanied by her parents; Martin and Catherine Kelly (nee Hammill), and her siblings, Anne (18), Michael (16), Philip (13), Patrick (10), Catherine (7), and Martin Jr. (4), her grandmother, Sarah Hammill (60), and her uncle, John Kelly (25).
Bridget , along with her grandmother, Sarah Hammill (Hamilton on the passenger list), and her Uncle John Kelly, waited in Quebec for the arrival of her husband, Michael, her daughter, Kathryn, and sister, Mary Kelly. The rest of her family pushed on to Parsons, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. They may have chosen the Luzerne area because Catherine Hammill’s siblings, Patrick Hammond (Bridget Keenan) and Mary Needham (Thomas), immigrated there years earlier, as did a few of the Hammill/Hamil/Hammond cousins. The Hammill cousins are difficult to sort out at this time, as Sarah was born a Hammill and married, Michael Hammill, both are believed to be from in and around Raigh, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
After Michael Mulgrew and the rest of the family arrived in Quebec, they continued on to Parsons, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, and purchased a modest home on Welles Ave., It’s believed that they had a total of 11 children, seven survived to adulthood; Kathryn Ring (William), John Mulgrew (Irma Piedfourck), Annie Maloney (Christopher), Thomas Mulgrew, and Fr. Edward Mulgrew, Elynor “Nellie” Mulgrew and Florence Roblee (Clayton). Four of their children passed away in infancy or at a young age, they were; Esther, Maggie, Arthur, and one unknown.
Bridget passed away on August 23, 1898 in Parsons, PA. Michael passed away October 13, 1910
Wilkes-Barre Times, August 24, 1898 Parsons
Mrs. Michael Mulgrew, one of our most excellent ladies, died yesterday morning of heart failure after a painful illness. Mrs. Mulgrew was possessed of many Christian traits of character which endeared her to all. She is survived by her husband and seven children, the oldest a girl aged 16 years, and the youngest a baby 1 year old. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kelly, and three sisters and four brothers are also left to mourn her death. Her funeral will take place Thursday.
The Wilkes-Barre Record from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania • Page 25
October 15, 1910
After a week’s Illness of pneumonia Michael Mulgrew, for thirty years a resident of this place, died at his home on Welles Avenue early yesterday, deceased was 65 years of age. He was well known in this vicinity and in Pittston, Pa.
A large number of friends mourn his demise. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. William Ring, John Mulgrew, Mrs. Christopher Maloney, Thomas, Edward, Nellie and Florence Mulgrew. The funeral will be held Monday (October 17, 1910) afternoon at 3 o’clock wit h Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery at Plains.
Their Children:
Kathryn “Katie” Mulgrew (1882-1961) married William Ring, son of John Ring and Mary Hurley. They had 9 children, 7 whom survived to adulthood; Mary “Mamie” Perry (John), Jack Ring, Virginia “Irma” Hopkins (Terrence), Thomas (Devona Mast), Edward (Eileen Scheid), James (Marilyn McCarthy), and Patricia Smith (William).
John “Johnny” Mulgrew (1883-1947), played baseball under the name “Johnny Hughes.” He was one of the all time catching greats of the American Association, and played for the Brewers. He was the Catcher for Harry Clark’s Pennant Willing Clubs of 1913 and 1914. He adopted the name “Hughes” so he could play professionally while attending college. He used the name for the remainder of his baseball career, which was his great grandmother’s maiden name on the Mulgrew side of the family, He married, Irma Piedfourck, and had 6 children; June Lango (Roy), Jack Mulgrew, Mary Schneider (Raymond), Robert (Joyce) Mulgrew, James Mulgrew and William “Barney” Mulgrew.
Annie Mulgrew (1886-1926) married Christopher Maloney (1883-1938), son of Michael Maloney and Anna McCauliffe (McAuliffe?). They had 7 children; Martin (Elizabeth), Anna Ruth (James), Christopher (Angela Patla), John (Viola), Edward, Florence Greenblatt (Erwin) and Helen Rogan (Joseph).
Thomas Mulgrew (1889-?), never married, and worked in the coal industry, he eventually retired to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and I lost track of him.
Rev. Edward Mulgrew (1892-1934), was assistant pastor of St. Aloysius’ Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
Elynor Mulgrew (1894-1964), never married and moved to Cleveland, there she owned a Detective agency, Trucking company, and finally a small Delicatessen, she was also was a secretary, a nurse, Vice President of Smith Messenger Service and a State Representative.
Florence Mulgrew (1896-1934), moved to Milwaukee with her brother, John, she married, Clayton Roblee, son of Melvin Roblee and Josephine “Nancy” Large. They had two children; Theodore (Doris Pritzkow) and Jerome (Emily Poliak).

Edward O’Malley

Many thanks to Edward for kindly sharing his story and photograph of Bridget, with other descendants. This post is also featured as a DISQUS message re: Bridget Mulgrue age 18, SS Manitoban, on our main site. There are also DISQUS messages kindly left by Jack McNulty and John Loughney re: Martin Kelly age 45. SS Manitoban. 


John, Rose (Cormack) Hogan Family, Rossport to Connecticut. SS Prussian 1883

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“Rose Hogan (nee Cormack) was my great, great aunt, born in Rossport, Co Mayo; she emigrated with her husband, John Hogan, and their five children to America, thanks to the free emigration in 1883. They settled in North Grosvenordale, Connecticut.”
Teresa Jackson

Thank you to Teresa for leaving a message, on our main Blacksod Bay Emigration Site. Other County Mayo families of Erris and Achill, with onward destinations to Connecticut, also left directly from Blacksod Bay. Work in the Cotton Mills had been secured for many of the families prior to leaving County Mayo.
Erris Families : John, Cath Tougher, Tip, Belmullet to Grosvenordale SS Phoenician 1883  : Anthony, Mary Keane, Dooyork to Grosvenordale SS Phoenician 1883  : Owen, Rose Mullowney, Rossport to Grosvenordale SS Prussian 1883  : Patrick, Ellen Cafferty / Cafferky, Muingmore, Glencastle to Grosvenordale SS Prussian 1883  : Anthony, Cath Healy Rossport / Rossdough to Grosvenordale SS Canadian 1884 . Achill Families Michael, Bridget McGinty Meelan Achill Island SS Waldensian 1883 : Edward, Margaret Carrigan, Valley, Achill. SS Phoenician 1884.

The 1900 US Federal Census sees the Hogan and McGinty families are still in Connecticut. The Tougher, Keane and Mullowney families, are now employed in the Textile Mills of Cumberland Town, Providence, Rhode Island.
The Cafferty / Cafferky and Healy families are in the Paper Mills of Holyoke, Massachusetts. The Carrigan family are settled in Cleveland, Ohio.
Families working in the Cotton Mills, had employment as Cotton Weavers, Cotton Operatives, Mule Spinners and Spooler Tenders. The Paper Mill employees, are seen as Paper Makers, Paper Cutters and Paper Counters.

Bryan, Margaret (Curregan) McManmon Family, Tonatanvally, Achill Island to Cleveland, Ohio (via Quebec)

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Bryan McManmon, his wife Margaret and family, Margaret, Mary, Hugh, Julia and Anne, lived in the townland of Tonatanvally, (Tóin an tSeanbhaile) Achill Island. The McManmon family boarded the Allan Line Steamship SS Scandinavian in May of 1883. More Achill families from the same townland, were also on the sailing, including Doogans – Dugans, Gallaghers and English.   A Mangan family from Doogort was also embarking with them. On the Ship’s Manifest it stated “no destinations given, all Tuke’s passengers”. Although no destinations were given, the Achill Islanders were headed for Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Where there was an established Achill Community.

The McManmon Family settled in Cleveland, where their daughter Margaret, married James Kilbane. James was the son of Mary Kilbane from Dooega, who emigrated with her family James, Bridget, Mary, Edward, Patrick and Sabina onboard SS Canadian in 1883, also via Quebec to Cleveland.

Thomas Arthur and wife Gloria travelled from Cleveland, Ohio, back to Tonatanvally, (Tóin an tSeanbhaile) Achill Island and to Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Blacksod. Thomas is a great, great grandson of Bryan and Margaret McManmon. Another daughter Bridget McManmon had earlier emigrated to Scotland and married William Smith. (parents of Thomas’s Grandmother Margaret) they too settled in Cleveland.  McManmon, McManamon, McManimon and McManaman are just some of the many spelling variations of the surname. Many thanks to friends in Achill, who met up with, and gave such a warm welcome to Thomas and Gloria on their visit. “Go raibh míle maith agat”

Same sailing and townland

Gallagher Sisters & Family, The Valley, Achill Island

James, Annie Dugan (Doogan) and Family Tonatanvally, Achill Island

Newport West families, with the names Lynn – Lunn of Derrycooldrim, McLoughlin from Roskeen, Kerrigan Gortfahy and Conway from Mulranny, were travelling on the same voyage. 1900 sees all the afore mentioned and Achill Families, living near one another in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

In 2003 Achill was twinned with the City of Cleveland, Ohio. 


Thomas, Bridget (McGinty) Donnelly and Family, Inishbiggle Island to Elroy, Wisconsin.

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Jennifer Donnelly Helbach and husband David, recently visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, travelling from Colorado, U.S.A. back to County Mayo. Jennifer’s Great Grandparents, Thomas and Bridget Donnelly and children were from Inishbiggle,  a small island, nestled between Achill Island and mainland Ballycroy. The Donnelly children Mary 13, Bridget 11, Anne 9, Margaret 8, Catherine 5 and Thomas age 6 months, with their parents, boarded SS Canadian on the 13th April 1883. So began, a life-changing journey. A journey that would take them from their island home, to Elroy, Juneau County, Wisconsin. On the 1900 U.S. Census Thomas Snr. is working on the Railroad and Patrick, Jennifer’s Grandfather, born in Elroy, is attending school. “Céad Míle Fáilte ” Jennifer and David, who, with extended family and friends also visited the Centre in 2014. Link to the Donnely Family (Note: Manifest spelling is Donnely)



Pat, Cath (Dixon) Monaghan Family, Leam, Binghamstown to Warren, Rhode Island. SS Waldensian

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On the 22nd of June 1883 Pat and Cath (Dixon) Monaghan, with their seven sons, Michael, Anthony, John, Patrick, William, Peter and Thomas, boarded SS Waldensian. A life changing journey lay ahead of them. The Monaghan family were travelling from their small village of Leam, situated on the Mullet Peninsula to Warren, Rhode Island U.S.A. When the Waldensian arrived at Boston on the 4th of July, the Monaghan family continued their journey onwards, to Warren, for work at the Textile Mills.

One of the seven Monaghan brothers, was William age five, on leaving his village. Many years later another William Monaghan stood in the village of Leam………also Maryagnes in their Grandfather’s footsteps. William H. Monahan (3rd) grandson of William, travelled from Vermont, U.S.A. with his daughters and sister Maryagnes, Granddaughter of William. Maryagnes made the journey from New Hampshire, U.S.A.

The name Monaghan became Monahan in the United States. Other families leaving from Blacksod, on the same sailing were also travelling to Rhode Island. A Michael and Anna (Dixon) Barrett Family, also left from the same village, onboard SS Austrian for Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Thomas, Bridget (McGinty) Donnelly and Family, Inishbiggle Island to Elroy, Wisconsin

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Judy Sebranek and husband Pat, from Wisconsin, U.S.A. pictured on their recent visit to Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachléim, Blacksod. Thomas and Bridget (McGinty) Donnelly were Judy’s Great Grandparents.

The Donnelly Family lived on the small Island of Inishbiggle, situated between Achill Island and Ballycroy, County Mayo. Thomas, Bridget and children Mary, Bridget, Anne, Margaret, Catherine and Thomas, made the voyage onboard SS Canadian 13th April 1883, with an onward destination stated as Wisconsin. The Donnelly Family settled in Elroy, Wisconsin, where Judy’s grandfather Patrick was born. The Donnellys worked on the Railroad.

Judy and Pat, with extended family and friends also visited in 2014. Welcome back again. Céad Míle Fáilte.

William, Annie (Geraghty) Cawley, Lurgacloy, Mullet Peninsula to Rushville, Indiana. SS Nestorian

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William Cawley, with his wife Annie (Geraghty) and family William, Michael, Cath, Frank, James, Margaret, Maria and Anthony, emigrated on the 30th March 1883 onboard the Allan Line Steamship Nestorian. The Cawley family were from Lurgacloy, near Drum, on the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo. The family’s onward destination, on reaching Boston, was to Rushville, Indiana.

Annie Geraghty’s parents were James and Bridget (Lynch) Geraghty, from Termoncarra, in the North of the Peninsula. Annie’s siblings had also emigrated, before the Assisted Emigration, to Rushville.  Her brother Lawrence Geraghty was a well-known Blacksmith there.

Carole Thomson and daughter Carolyn travelled from New York State, back to Blacksod Bay.  Carole’s Great, Grandmother was Margaret Cawley aged 8, when she boarded the Nestorian, along with her parents and siblings. Many thanks to all, who met with Carole and Carolyn at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre. Thank you also to Jim Hufferd, Massachusetts, (Grandson of Cath) for preserving the family history and keeping the Cawley Geraghty Families, in touch with their Erris roots.

(On the 1900 U.S. Federal Census the Cawley family were known as Cauley)

Peter, Honor (Gallagher) Murphy Family. Corclough East, Belmullet to Montana. SS Phoenician 1883

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The Murphy Family were from Corclough East, situated on the outskirts of Belmullet Town.

Patrick Murphy was just six months old, when he and his brother James age three, along with parents Peter and Honor Murphy,  boarded SS Phoenician  on the 27th April 1883. The boys’ Aunt Sabina,  also accompanied the family on the voyage. Honor (Gallagher) Murphy and her sister Sabina, were originally from Tawnaghmore, Belmullet.

After fourteen days at sea, the Allan Line Steamer Phoenician, arrived in Boston on the 10th May 1883. The Murphy family including Sabina, were headed for Montana, as were  the families of Pat and Bridget (Sullivan) Loftus  also Michael and Sabina (McKeown) Murray,  from Tip, Belmullet.

The 1900 United States Census, sees the Murphy family living in Chestnut, Gallatin County, Montana.

Patrick Murphy was the Grandfather of David Murphy and Megan Murphy Deebach. Great Grandfather also of Erin and Megan Murphy and Griffin Deebach. Patrick’s descendants travelled from Washington State and Tennessee, back to their roots in Corclough East and Tawnaghmore.

Descendants returning and meeting with present day relatives. Re-establishing a bond, broken so many years ago. Photograph: Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, Eachleim, Blacksod.

Other families of Erris and Achill, who boarded the same sailing at Blacksod, were destined for Hudson Wisconsin: Lost Creek and Shenandoah Pennsylvania: Chicago, Illinois: Grosvenordale Connecticut: St. Paul, Minnesota: Cleveland & Leetonia Ohio and Worcester Massachusetts.

Peter, Rose (Barrett) McAndrew Family, Glencastle to Erin Prairie, Wisconsin. SS Prussian

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Bill and Jerrilyn McAndrew at Elly Bay, an inlet of Blacksod Bay, County Mayo.

Peter and Rose McAndrew with their family Anthony, Anne, John, Henry (Harry), Helen, Cath, Twins Rose and Bridget, and Mary, (another Rose McAndrew was also travelling with the family) ranging in age from twenty to ten months, boarded SS Prussian on Friday 11th May 1883 at Blacksod Bay. The older children were born in Ederglen, near Glencastle. By 1883 the family were living in Glencastle (Belmullet-Erris Region).

The McAndrews arrived at the Port of Boston twelve days later, Wednesday 23rd May. An onward destination for the family was stated as Baldwin, Wisconsin. On the 1900 U.S. Census, Peter, Rose and family were farming, in Erin Prairie. Three of the girls were teachers. As with many families, who left these shores, given the chance and opportunities, they prospered. On the same sailing as the McAndrews, a Willis/Wills family, from the Mullet Peninsula, also with a destination to Baldwin, settled and farmed in Erin Prairie. Other ships of the “Allan Line” leaving from Blacksod, brought families by the name of Kennedy, Lavelle, O’Rourke, O’Boyle, McGuinty and Donnelly to Fond du Lac, Elroy, Tiffany and Erin Prairie in Wisconsin.

Bill and Jerrilyn McAndrew, from Colorado, U.S.A. recently visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre in Eachléim. Bill is a Grandson of John McAndrew, aged 16 on leaving Blacksod Bay.

The Belmullet-Erris region has a strong connection with Erin Prairie. Many of the families, who emigrated during the 1840s, including Barretts, McNallys and Stephens, also Geraghtys in the 1900s, settled in St Croix County and farmed in Erin Prairie. Many of our local families are now laid to rest in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Erin Prairie,

Michael, Anna (Dixon) Barrett Family, also Pat, Mary and Sarah (O’Reilly) Dixon, Leam, Binghamstown to Minneapolis, Minnesota. SS Austrian

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Mike and Marji at Blacksod Memorial Garden

In May 2017 Mike Bailey and his wife Marji travelled from Minneapolis, Minnesota, back to the village of Leam on the Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo. Mike’s ancestral home. Mike’s Grandmother Sarah, (Sadie)  also travelled in the month of May, from Leam to Minneapolis in the year 1883.

At the tender age of  only 4 months, with her parents Michael and Anna,  siblings Mary 10, John 8, Pat 7, Margaret 5, and Michael 3,  all boarded the SS Austrian on Friday 25th May 1883. Sarah’s maternal grandparents, Pat and Mary (O’Reilly) Dixon, and  her aunt Sarah, were also travelling with them. All bound for Boston, headed for Minneapolis, Minnesota. Three generations of the Barrett – Dixon family left that day, embarking on a life changing journey.

As mentioned in  earlier posts, more  descendants, of the Barrett – Dixon families, travelling  from the states of Minnesota,  Colorado and Oregon, have also visited the Mullet Peninsula. Thank you to Thomas J. Barrett, descendant of Sarah’s sibling Anthony (born in Minneapolis), who has been corresponding with the Centre for many years, and kindly shared research of his ancestors’ journey with us.

Mike and Marji Bailey are members of “the Center for Irish Music” at the (Celtic Junction) Arts Centre, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Message received from Mike and Marji Bailey 30th May 2017

Love to gather with other descendants of The Mullet. My great-great grandparents, and great grandparents came to Boston and onward to Minneapolis, Minnesota. They came on The Austrian in May 1883. Sarah/Sadie was the youngest child of Michael and Anna Barrett. Sarah, also known as Sadie, was my grandmother. The Blacksod Bay descendants were shared with me and my wife on a visit with Rosemarie Geraghty at the Ionad Dierbhile Heritage Centre in Aghleam, The Mullet, Co. Meigh O, Ireland in mid-May 2017. All of the research Rosemarie had done brought my long ago family home to me. What a tremendous gift she has wrought from the immense collection of details. Many thanks Rosemarie. I have so much to share with my Barrett cousins and be sure I will. We are many and all over the world now. I hope to hear more if a gathering of descendants of the S.S. Austrian. Today is Tuesday 30 May 2017 and we have recently returned to our home in Minneapolis, MN. All the best, Mike and Marji Bailey.

Ann (Gaughan) Geraghty & Family, Drum, Binghamstown to Minneapolis. SS Nestorian

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Annie Geraghty, daughter of Henry & Ann (Gaughan) Geraghty

Ann (Gaughan) Geraghty along with her family, Mary age 24, Pat 22, Ellen 20, Kate 18, James 9, Annie 6 and Lizzie 4, emigrated from the townland of Drum, near Binghamstown, situated on the Mullet Peninsula.  The Geraghty family left onboard SS Nestorian 30th March 1883. No destination was stated for the family, on the ship’s manifest.

The 1885 Minnesota State Census shows Ann and husband Henry “Garrety, Garrity” (who may have travelled out before the family) also Mary, Patrick, Kate, James, Annie and Elizabeth, living in Minneapolis. The family continued to make Minneapolis in Hennepin County, their new home. (The Geraghty surname for many families leaving Mayo at this time and later, often became known as Garrity).

We are fortunate to have Bob, Mary and Ruth, descendants (respectively) of Patrick, Kate, and Annie Geraghty, three of Ann’s children onboard the sailing, in contact with the site. Ruth, kindly shared the beautiful photograph of her Grandmother Annie. Descendants of Henry and Ann (Gaughan) Geraghty in the U.S. would like to contact present day relatives. Anne (Gaughan) Geraghty’s parents were Malachy Gaughan and Ann Lavelle (source descendants)

Through the ongoing research, almost all the families who boarded SS Nestorian at Blacksod Bay, 30th March 1883 are remembered in some way. This may be by descendants, or finding a Birth, Baptismal or Marriage Record, sourced here in their ancestral homeplace of County Mayo. Also with the absence of relevant Census records, we sometimes have to wait a while to find family members again, (Thankfully not too long for the Minnesota State Census 1885, to show our Mayo families who settled there) When we re establish that bond, we then re discover  part of our community, having forged out a future for themselves and children in the US and Canada, and being proudly remembered by their families today.

Thank you to everyone, who continues to make, re establishing this  bond possible, by interacting with the website.




Most recent, descendants’ messages, in reply to posts

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Bryan, Mary (Reilly) Carey Family, Aughadoon, Belmullet to Lost Creek, Pennsylvania. SS Corean 1884

My ancestors settled in Centralia, Pa. very close to Lost Creek. My ancestors were the Ned Lavelle family and crossed on the SS Nestorian March 30, 1883. I am writing a family history of the Lavelle family and have documented and told the story of all who came over. If you would like to share, so would I.

John Eyre


Jordan, Barrett, Cawley, Geraghty Families, Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo to Rushville, Indiana.  (SS Nestorian & SS Waldensian)

My Grandmother Annie Geraghty (Garrity) was on this ship also. I wonder if we are related, as her [mother] was Anne Gaughen. [My Great-Grandmother]

Ruth Gaytan


Variations of Surnames. BLACKSOD BAY Main Website.

Another variation of Togher is Taugher. Pat Taugher of Shraigh,Bunniwillan area married my grandfather’s sister, Mary Dent, Grand-daughter of Ned Barrett from his first wife, Nappy Gaughan. The Taughers went to Holyoke and later settled near there in South Hadley, MA.

Richard Le Maire  (Richard’s ancestors Ned Barratt & Family boarded SS Nestorian and settled in Pennsylvania.)


Anthony, Mary McManmon and Family, Tallaghanduff, Doohoma to St. Paul, Minnesota SS Waldensian

My great grandfather, Patrick James mcmanmon left blacksod bay on the Nestorian in 1883 for Boston. He ended up staying in Massachusetts.

Peter McManmon

Hoping to plan a reunion in the U.S.

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Highlighting a greeting from Jane Kennedy, received December 24th and included as a comment. (just in case anyone missed it) Jane’s family were Anthony, Mary (Reilly) Kennedy and children, who left from Cross, Binghamstown, Belmullet.

“Merry Christmas to everyone at Ionaddeirbhile Heritage Center and to all of the descendants (especially those who traveled with my family on the SS Austrian in May 1883). I’m hoping to plan a reunion in the U.S. in 2017 for descendants who traveled on this ship – but all descendants are welcome!”


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James, Ellen (Cormick, Coristine) O’Malley Family. Doolough to Warren, Rhode Island. SS Phoenician 1884

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Barbara (Coristine) Klein

Barbara (Coristine) Klein from California at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre.

James O’Malley and wife Ellen (Cormick, Coristine) O’Malley, with their family Thomas, Anne, James, Pat, Hugh, Charles, Rose and John, emigrated on board SS Phoenician from Blacksod Bay on the 2nd May 1884. Ellen’s  late husband was James Coristine, son of Charles Coristine of Belmullet. Their children Thomas, Anne, James, Pat, Hugh and Charles travelled under the name of O’Malley. Rose and John were children of Ellen’s second marriage to  James O’Malley. Members of the family were living in Warren Town in 1900, working at the Textile Mills.

Barbara (Coristine) Klein is the great granddaughter of Thomas Coristine.  Barbara and husband James made the journey back to Blacksod and Doolough in Erris, from California.

The SS Phoenician Passenger list appears to have Ellen listed in error as Edward. A family travelling together, is more likely to be found and accurately recognized, by other members of the sailing party (as seen with the Coristine – O’Malley Family).  Later in May 1884 on board SS Prussian, several other families left Erris, for the Textile Mills of Warren Town.  

Michael, Anna (Dixon) Barrett Family. Leam, Binghamstown to Minneapolis, Minnesota. SS Austrian

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Kevin Barrett Harlander, is a Great, Great Grandson of Michael Barrett and Anna (Dixon), who, with their six children, boarded the SS Austrian 25th May 1883 at Blacksod Bay. He can even go back another generation as his Great, Great, Great, Grandparents,  Pat and Mary Dixon with their daughter Sarah, were also leaving along with their son in law, Michael and daughter Anna.

Rosemarie, Kevin and Anna

Rosemarie, Kevin and Anna

Kevin  and Anna Bird  travelled from Portland, Oregon back to his ancestors’ birthplace of Leam, on the Mullet Peninsula. Other descendants, of the Barrett – Dixon families, have also visited Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre. This includes Kevin’s brother Connor in 2013 from Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Scheurer – Moloney family earlier this year, travelling from Denver, Colorado. Thank you to all descendants who travel a great distance, back to their ancestral home place.