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PEI Visitors in August.

Four more visitors to Ireland from PEI arrived in Monaghan for a couple of days this week, August 5th, and they had researched their roots and had discovered a connection with the Hughes family in Shevlins. Cllr Sean Conlon escorted them first of all to Canon Moynagh’s tomb at St. Patrick’s, Corracrin, where they were given the story of his involvement with the passage of a huge number of families from Donagh parish and North Monaghan in general, to Prince Edward Island, Canada, during the years from 1829 to 1855. Many of these families in PEI have traced their origins to this area and some have come and established positive links with families here. On this occasion I met with Bob Kenny, whose family are originally from Tipperary; Josie Kelly Kenny, Bob’s wife, and whose Kelly ancestors may have come from Co. Derry; Pat Kelly MacKinnon, again with a Kelly connection but also O’Brien; and Pat’s cousin, Pamela Currie Pentalakos, whose has O’Brien ancestors from Ireland.Apart from these connections they have also traced McGuirk, McManus, O’Donnell and Larkin family connections in their background and all of these are likely to have come from Ireland or Scotland. When they paid a visit to Corracrin they headed for Tyholland cemetery and hence to Seamus Hughes. I await news of how they developed their roots, if at all.

Above is a picture of Canon Moynagh’s tomb at Corracrin and on left is Sean Conlon with Bob, Josie, Pat and Pamela.

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