Descendant of Bridget (Tougher) Colleran, Ardmore, travels back from Scranton, Pennsylvania.
On the 19th May 1883 Bridget (Tougher) Colleran with her family Mary 21, Ellen 18, Anthony 16, Michael 14, Bridget 7, Anne 5 and Cath 2 made the short journey from their home in Ardmore, Binghamstown to embark on SS Canadian at Blacksod Bay. This was to be their last foot on Irish soil and the start of a life changing journey. The ship arrived at the Port of Quebec 1st June 1883, no onward destination was recorded. Bridget and family settled in Jessup, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania.
Tammy Colleran Jackson, Great, Grand daughter of Ellen made the return journey from Scranton, back to Ardmore, Binghamstown, to visit the home where her ancestors, going back four generations once stood.
Many families from the Erris Region of North West Mayo settled in Pennsylvania working in the Anthracite mines, striving for a better future for their children.
Some of the families embarking at Blacksod for the sailing of the SS Canadian emigrated to Lackawanna and Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Bellaire and Cleveland, Ohio, also Holyoke, Massachusetts.
We express a Céad Míle Fáilte and welcome our Diaspora home to Erris and Achill.