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REMEMBERING JAMES HACK TUKE: EMIGRANT DESCENDANTS

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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)

‘FROM MAYO TO NEWBURGH AND THE ANGLE’

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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) http://www.irisharchives.org/   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’

 

NEW PUBLICATION “IRISH FAMINES BEFORE AND AFTER THE GREAT HUNGER”

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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 kennys.ie  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.

“IRISH FAMINES BEFORE AND AFTER THE GREAT HUNGER”

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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. 

SCHEDULE

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.

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”

https://www.qu.edu/on-campus/institutes-centers/irelands-great-hunger-institute/famines-in-ireland.html

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

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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 Christine.kinealy@qu.edu   by 15 January 2019.

All other queries, direct to: ighi@quinnipiac.edu

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.

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)

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)

http://www.blacksodbayemigration.ie/passenger/228-william-cawley/