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  1. Margaret Moloney daughter of a farmer, and Patrick Moloney, labourer and widower, both from Calura, Kilseily, were illiterate when they married in 1865. Calura is not a townland but a wood north of Broadford in Gortnagonnella near Violet Hill. Within 10 years Patrick was described on official records as a mendicant (beggar) and he was dead by 1990. It seems that Margaret became the main breadwinner, working as a midwife around Broadford and selling eggs in Limerick. It may be a tribute to the National School system that so many of their children learned to write, as revealed by later correspondence. Margaret was living in an outhouse, with just her grandson, on someone else’s land in 1901. By 1911 she was in the workhouse in Limerick where she later died. There were strong bonds between the Moloney children and they retained a great fondness for Broadford. The family may have been related to the Gunnings of Kilbane.
    Jane b. 1865 married Michael Killeen , Mary b. 1869 married James Boland, Bridget b. 1871 went to Nebraska USA and married John Martin, Eliza b. 1873 married Edward Deedigan, Anne b. 1875 married Frank Ortman Illinois, USA, James b. 1877 married Margaret McCarthy St. Helens Lancashire, UK, Margaret b. 1880 may have died young. The only descendant family not recently contacted are the Bolands. See Maloney Almond (Ortman) on facebook

    • hi Fergus, thanks for visiting and my apologies for not replying sooner. Your story is both sad and inspiring as we recognise how today’s opportunities have come to us on the shoulders of terrible times for our ancestors. The work of the National School system is also obvious in Australian immigration records as we can see changing literacy rates for the immigrants as the decades passed. I found it interesting too, that you’d had a challenge with Calura, especially given you live in Broadford…..one of the challenges for overseas descendants is tracking where the ancestors mentioned was their home place as they used estate names, nearest town, parish, townland etc…. Cheers Pauleen

  2. Hi there Pauleen
    I am researching my ancestor Bridget Connolly who emigrated to NSW in the mid 1850’s. She married Patrick Moran in 1858 in Sydney. Her husband (Patrick Moran) provides her birth place alternatively as Broadford or Newmarket Clare on the birth registrations of their children. She would have been born around 1834-1838. i’m wondering if you have anything regarding Connollys around Broadford.
    Regards, Meeka

    • Hi Meeka, The name doesn’t leap from my memory and as I’m in the throes of moving, I don’t have my papers close by. By all means send me another message if This question disappears off my radar. Thanks Pauleen

  3. Dear Pauleen,
    I’m Barbara, Erasmus student of Journalism at UL.
    I am contacting you because I need to write a news ​about East County Clare for my class of Interviewing and Reporting and your ​blog is very interesting for me.

    For this reason I would be grateful if you can answer a few questions for this academic purposes. Can I send you a email with the questions?

    Looking forward to hear from you

  4. James Hinchey/Hinchy Hannah Malone family of Caherhurley Kilnoe went to Vermont USA and did well in the Slate Business and the field of Education. Some fiddlers in the family as well

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