Hi to Mark Quealy . . . in Sydney, Australia.
Greetings . . and Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out . . .
I'm not quite sure how I can be of help . . . as I am a volunteer from the Midlands of Ireland . . . a town called Roscrea, Co.Tipperary . . . far removed. . . as it is . . . from the Clare area . . .
I waited to see if our very experianced Volunteers from the Clare region would pick up on your query . . but . . not so . .
SO . . it was the surname Quealy which caught my interest . . . which . . actually . . IS a very Irish Family name . . in the County Clare area.. . .
We here in this Town . . were really fortunate . . . in welcoming . . . many many decades ago . . a young Teacher from near Kilkee . . names John Quealy . . from the
Tullabrack // Moyarta area of Clare. He taught in a very small " National School " in our country district called " Knock " . . a few miles from Roscrea.
He married a local girl Joan . . whose family was steeped in the tradition of National School teaching . . . and proceeded to raise a big beautiful family . .
all of whom . . . became the pride of our Community.
John Quealy . . . is now . . sadly. . . deceased . . . BUT . . he has left us a wonderful BOOK of his memories . . from his fun filled days of youth .. . growing up
in a wonder-filled corner of Ireland . . .
The book is an amalgum of short stories . . . written articles . . for the local newspaper. . . The Clare Champion ( former editor Gerry Collison ).
A really good portrayal of his life and times and the good people who crossed his way . . of them he quotes the lines . . . " ye are the Alive who live forever, and the Dead who never die " . . .
Published in 2005 . . . ISBN: 1-905451-04-0
A CIP catalogue for this book is available from the National Library of Ireland . . .
SO Mark . . . I do hope this will be helpful . . to your continued search for Irish Roots . . . and the honoured Clare name of Quealy.
Good Luck . . . E.M.H.