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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

  5. Hi Pauleen,
    Thank-you for your work concerning James Boland, whom I am a direct descendant of. I was recently investigating my family history and my mum (who has passed) had extensive recollection of the story of James Boland- having recorded the same from her mother and great grandmother, who was James Boland’s daughter. My mum wrote all this down including how the family recalled what actually happened and his life. As they were told, he was attending a meeting at night with his brother (assuming it was Michael) which was raided by the police as it was feared it was indeed a ‘whiteboys meeting’. Both brothers escaped but Michael left his coat at the farm. The coats were associated with those who wore them (assuming clothing was scarce) and the police produced the same in the village requesting those who knew the owner to come forward. James knew it would be tracked back to his family and his brother. As the story goes, as he was a young man and not yet married (his brother was) he claimed the coat as his and hence was duly arrested, convicted and sent to Australia.

    I noticed in one of the responses the petitions for his release, one coming from his father who was 70. My family records stop with James, so I am wondering if you would know how I could find out more about his parents, even there first names? I also notcied reference in one of the posts to a gravesite of M Boland, in the Parish of Kilseily- but wondering what church that may be?

    My mum wrote this story about 3 lifes, 3 sentences, one obviously featuring James Boland. She gave it to us in 1988 as we watched the tall ships sail into Sydney harbour in commeration of the first fleet. She asked us to remember our ancestors including James, who came not that long afterwards and under very different circumtances. We raised our glasses at had a toast to them who we owe so much and helped create this wonderful country we live in now.

    David Hayward (Nealon/Tierney/Boland).

    ps. footnote. I believe one of the Bolands (and I think his name was Mick- so probably after James Boland’s brother)- planted the first vineyard in the hunter valley!

    • Dear David, I too am a descendent of James Boland [paternal grandmother, Maria Boland, eldest daughter of Amy [nee Hayes] and Edward Boland…grandson I think of James. James was granted land in Lamb’s Valley in the Hunter Valley and we may still have relatives there…I certainly remember my Great Great Aunt Dinah Boland who lived there.

      The National Archive of Ireland is the source for the following entry for James Boland:

      Last name:

      First name:

      Full name:


      Trial place:

      Imprisonment place:

      Document date:

      Crime desc:
      Attack on house


      Francis Boland


      Document ref1:
      PPC 3628

      Included is a letter from John Lopdell, Co Galway, stating that the convict and

      his brother Michael have been tenants on his estate in Fahy, Co Clare since 1

      Comment field number:
      May 1831. Character references from the inhabitants of Feakle Parish, Co Clare where the convict was born. Parents reside in same Parish.

      Ireland’s loss was certainly Australia’s gain…and many poor folks transported at least survived The Famine!!

      Hope the above helps. Also, I typed his name into the NLAs TROVE newspaper database [I am a retired librarian] and picked up all sorts of small pieces of information about him that gave a picture of a once convict rising up in the world..e.g. one month donates 6pence for famine relief and this eventually becomes 2 shillings!

      Good to get your information.

      Best wishes, Julie Nolan

      • Thanks Julie. FYI another commenter has provided the details of those petitions held at NAI if you wish to know more about them. Would you like me to pass your email on to the other Boland family members? Pauleen

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