Our Christmas image provides a window towards the extended family of Joan and Jim OLoughlin who reside at Manchester, Connecticut, USA.
Both Joan and Jim’s ancestors hail from the Atlantic seaboard.
Joan’s people are connected with the island of Inishbofin, off the Galway coast, while Jim’s ancestor departed the townland of Gragans, close to Corkscrew hill for Connecticut c 1880.
Joan and Jim OLoughlin have attended a number of Clan reunions since 1995. They have also visited County Clare many times since 1990; as they became aware of both their Clare and Irish heritage, through a chance meeting with a Cork city lecturer who advised Jim of both his Burren and Clare ancestry.
Jim presented his unique family story to the those assembled at Ballyvaughan during the Clan reunion of September 2005.
Brendan in Canberra wishes each Clan member a happy and productive 2019, while thanking those who contributed to our website through 2018.
Joan and Jim OLoughlin, Manchester, Connecticut, USA