This is the Lynch family. My great-grandfather Thomas Lynch came to New York from Coolmeen, County Clare in 1896 and owned an Irish saloon for longshoreman at 468 Hudson Street, Greenwich Village. My grandfather (boy on the right) and his brothers kept it in the family until the late 1970s. It's still a bar, but called "Barrows Pub" instead. My great-grandmother Hanora was born in Kildysart, but grew up in an orphanage in Ennis. They met in New York having not known each other until then. They had twelve children, six survived (pictured in 1919 in their Sunday best).

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Comment by Maire Flynn on September 4, 2013 at 5:03pm

Lovely photograph. Thx for sharing.

Comment by Daniel McCarthy on October 22, 2013 at 10:08am

Great photo Eamon. Any relation to General Martin Lynch from Coolmeen who fought in the 1916 Rising?


Comment by Eamon Loingsigh on October 22, 2013 at 10:14pm

I have never confirmed that, but I'd like to look into it. I am right now looking at "Blood on the Banner" which mentions Martin Lynch on pages 52/53. There is a very distinct possibility that Martin and Thomas (my great-grandfather) were related, coming from the same town during the same era. I am going to email Padraig Og O Ruairc now, we'll see and thanks for reminding me of this Daniel McCarthy  ... Eamon 

Comment by Eamon Loingsigh on October 23, 2013 at 9:24am

Well, Padraig told me that he first learned about Martin Lynch from a book by, I am guessing, yourself(?). Any help you can afford me in confirming my Thomas Lynch with Martin Lynch of the Easter Rising, both of Coolmeen, County Clare? Confirming information online is difficult as much of the transcribed information for County Clare is not available online... Eamon 

Comment by Daniel McCarthy on October 29, 2013 at 6:43am
Hi Eamon, I will do a little research here and see what bloodlinks there are - my own mother, a Meaney comes from Cranny Coolmeen, also known as Kilfiddane parish - there are a number of Meaney families in the area that would not have an immediate relation to each other and the same may apply to the Lynches. Martin Lynch could look after himself! I am working on a 125th Commemorative guide for the County Clare Association of New York and the above image would make a fine inclusion!
Comment by Eamon Loingsigh on October 29, 2013 at 9:11am

Well the picture is yours for whatever you'd like to use it for. If I could only ask that you relate it to Eamon Loingsigh, author of the historical novel "Light of the Diddicoy" (Three Rooms Press) publication date: St. Patrick's Day, 2014… Any help with clarification on Thomas/Martin Lynch would be incredible news! Thanks so much Daniel! 

Comment by Eamon Loingsigh on November 16, 2013 at 8:47am

Well, I was able to do some research with a little help from some New York Irish society genealogical friends. I did find out all of Thomas Lynch's (the man in photo above) brothers and sisters, and even his parents, but there is no mention of a Martin Lynch. Thomas Lynch was very much involved with the Owen Roe O'Neill Club, Mitchell Club, Clan na Gael and another, very long named club called The County Claremen's Evicted Tenants Protective and Industrial Association (whew, try saying that in one breath). In short, he was part of a large network or Irish men and women that helped people like John Devoy, Eamon de Valera, O'Donovan Rossa and so many others in promoting and sending money to Ireland to help in its quest for freedom. For this, I am very proud. Although I don't have a link (so far) to the Easter Rising, I at least have this. If you're interested, which I'm not sure if any one would be, I have put together (with and my other family members) an Immigrant Story of my great-grandfather and great-grandmother from 1876-1940. It's not done yet and I still need to talk to a few elders in the family, but it's still pretty neat for anyone interested in some detail about Ireland, New York, immigration and "making it" in America.


Comment by John Cleary on June 14, 2015 at 5:52pm

Martin Lynch (1879 -1947), Coolmeen, by granduncle, was the first son of Michael Lynch, headmaster at Coolmeen National School. His mother, also a teacher, was Bridget Healy of Daughnieve, Coolmeen.  Martin fought in the GPO in 1916. He was interned that Easter; firstly at Ballykinlar and later in Frongoch in Wales. During the war of Independence he was active in Carlow/Kilkenny. In this period he was arrested and detained in Mountjoy prison. Martin went on to become a founding member of the Irish Police Force (An Garda Siochana). He retired as chief superintendent of the force. He remains were buried in Barntown's Cemetery, Wexford in May 1947. 

The Thomas Lynch referred to in early text, most likely, was educated by Michael Lynch and Bridget Healy. Thus, at least, there is that connection, but no more, John


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