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