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Scott/Quilty Clan Reunited after 100 years

Local family historian Bob Quilty has managed to reunite an entire clan 152 years after the emigration of his two granduncles to upstate New York in the later part of the 19th century. 

Bob's grandfather, John Quilty married Sarah Scott in 1903. Sarah was the youngest of six born between 1845 and 1863 in Tooreen Castle, Bohermore, Ballybricken. They had just one child John Joseph Quilty (Bob's father). He married Mary Teresa Moloney in 1937 and had 11 children, kicking off a line of descendants that include a world-famous rugby player, an international hockey star, multiple acclaimed academics, GAA stars, army officers, and businessmen and women. 

Written by Family Historian Bob Quilty

It has been an amazing journey for me in trying to locate my long-lost Scott cousins, Mathew and John. Hearsay from my late father John Joe Quiity (1907-1981) had it that his two uncles emigrated to the Mid West, USA in the second half of the 19th century. Nothing was ever heard of them by my father or his mother Sarah Quilty ( 1863-1945)

In January 2020 Boby Kelly, upstate New York posted a message to asking if anyone in Ireland knew of any surviving relatives of the Scott family of Toreen Castle, Ballybriken Co.Limerick. I contacted Ireland Reaching Out and they were able to connect myself and Bob. The actual reality was that Matthew emigrated to Upstate New York in 1870 and his younger brother, John followed in 1882. Both of them married but John didn't have any children. I spoke to both Bob Kelly and his cousin Marybeth (Brady) Mueller over the phone. Both had been to Ireland but neither was successful in tracing any Scott cousins. We are meeting up on 5th/6th of June in Adare, Co.Limerick along with 16 other cousins. 

The Quilty family are really looking forward to meeting our American cousins where we will share details of our own family with them and reminisce how life has changed both in Ireland and the U.S.A since 1870.

Image was taken circa 1940 Sarah Scott with her son John Joe and their first grandchild John (Sean) Quilty 

Image: 1928/1932 of Sarah Scott with her husband John (1867/1933) and their only child, John Joseph (1907/1981). It was taken at the home farm, Croom, Co.Limerick. 

Written by Marybeth Mueller - Descendant of Mary Scott

My name is Marybeth (Brady) Mueller and I live in Fairport, New York, USA. I would like to thank you for running such a wonderful website. Using your website, my cousin, Bob Kelly was able to connect with our cousin Bob Quilty and reunite our families. My great-great grandfather moved from Ireland to the states over 100 years ago and we lost touch with our Irish cousins. This June, I will be traveling with 17 of my family members to Ireland. We are planning a reunion with our Irish cousins. Our reunion will take place in Adare, on the 5th of June. This is a very exciting event for my family because we are learning more about my grandmother's side. My grandmother, Mary Virginia McDonough, was an only child and we didn't know much about her side of the family. Her mother, Mary Scott is the daughter of Matthew Berry Scott and Mary Kelly, both immigrants from Ireland. 

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