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

by ionaddeirbhile

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)