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Skibereen postcards and Julia’s journey

These postcards are some of the few items that Julia Hayes brought with her from Ireland on her journey to the United States as a young woman. She would never see her homeland or her family that stayed again, although some of her sisters also emigrated to Massachusetts. Julia was the daughter of Timothy Hayes and Mary O’Leary, and they lived in Glandore, County Cork Ireland. Timothy Hayes was a fisherman. On the O’Leary side from Kinsale, some of the relatives worked at the Galley Head Lighthouse.

Townshend Street, Skibbereen.

Pro Cathedral and Provincial Bank Skibbereen.

Tragumina, Skibbereen.

A photograph of Ellen “Nellie” Hayes and Julia Hayes

Below is a passenger list of the S.S. Canada from September 1899. Julia Hayes, age 19, was a passenger, and last residence was listed as Rosscarbery. The relative she was going to join was her sister Nellie Hayes living in Dorchester, MA. Another passenger, Ann Ryan, 22, was going to Hingham, MA. One must wonder if Julia heard about Hingham from Ann during their long journey, as that later became her home.

Source Information: Ancestry.com. Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006.Original data: Boston, Massachusetts. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1891-1943. Micropublication T843. RG085. 454 rolls. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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