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The Tierworker Ceidhle House (June 4, 2010)

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Teresa O’Reilly in New Zealand writes to DonnellyCanada to say that her great grandfather Thomas Reilly, had a farm at Tierworker. Thomas’ son, Philip O’Reilly, her grandfather, was given a horse by his father to take to the local fair to sell.  He never returned with the money and the next time his parents and brothers and sisters heard from him he was already in New Zealand. Philip emigrated to New Zealand in 1879 and his parents and 9 brothers and sisters emigrated to New Zealand 5 years later in 1884. Thomas’ brother, Patrick Reilly, also had a farm near Tierworker. She has photos of his house taken when she was in Ireland in 1996. Teresa is writing family history books and also hopes to make a film for TV.

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