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