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In Sligo on Friday next four members of the Kavanagh clan from Canada will return to Sligo and visit the old homestead their ancestors left 166 years ago when they sailed to Canada as Assisted Emigrants from Lord Palmerston’s Sligo estates. Those returning are Frances Kilbride, her daughters Joan and Rose Marie, and her son-in-law Terry Stanley, fourth and fifth generation descendents of Patrick and Sarah Kaveney from Cross, Keash, Co. Sligo, their Famine Emigrant ancestors.
For years these visitors, together with many of their cousins in Canada, actively sought to trace their Sligo roots but in vain. All searches failed because in April 1847 when their ancestors survived a ship wreck and landed in Canada they were given the name Kavanagh rather than Kaveney, their name in Ireland and the one used in shipping records.
Work by Mullaghmore & Cliffoney Historical Society revealed the family’s identity and to welcome them home has recorded their story as part an Exhibition which will be held in Mullaghmore from 12th July to 4th August. This story of Sligo’s Famine Diaspora is told in an Exhibition which takes place in the Old Schoolhouse, 12th July to 4th August, with a closely linked Exhibition of Mullaghmore Harbour since 1822 taking place in the adjoining Star of the Sea Centre, 19th July – 4th August
The four visiting members of the Kavanagh family will be Guests of Honour at an Official Opening of the Exhibitions at the Star of the Sea Centre, Mullaghmore 7.30pm, on Friday next.......
Patrick and Sarah Kaveney with six children left Cross in 1847 and sailed to Canada on the Carricks. They departed Sligo Port among 173 passengers on the 4th April and three weeks later were in sight of the Canadian coast. There the Carricks ran aground the Cap des Rosiers in a storm and most passengers drowned in the freezing waters. Over following days 87 bodies were recovered and buried in a mass grave nearby. A monument to their memory stands on this spot. Patrick and Sarah with their son Martin survived the sinking; all five of their daughters were drowned.