Last year, there was a Munnelly/Munley/Manley Reunion in County Mayo in June that was a huge success, thanks in no small part to the hard work of the organizers—Kathy Manley Short, Mary Munnelly, and everyone who helped. Many of us who were able to travel to Mayo, and others who could not, have expressed an interest in holding a reunion sometime this year in the U.S. in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Many Manleys and Munleys who are now dispersed around the U. S. have ancestors who settled in Northeast PA for a generation or two.
To facilitate signing up for the reunion, an "event" has been created on Facebook with links to hotels, etc. at http://www.facebook.com/events/445388065549942/
Scranton and the whole anthracite coal region surrounding it was a popular destination for many of the Irish who emigrated from the northern half of County Mayo in the 19th century—including the Monnellys and Munnellys, who became Manleys and Munleys not long after they arrived. Mayo emigrants followed family members who wrote home about plentiful jobs, first in the Iron Mill and later in the coal mines. A recent resident of Mayo has reported that reading the names on the graves in the cemeteries around Scranton is like being back home. So many of the Irish who settled in Scranton came from Ballina, and the area surrounding it, that they were declared sister cities.
Like the one in Mayo, our reunion in Scranton will be a work in progress. At the moment, it looks like the following:
Saturday will probably consist of a tour of Manley/Munley-related sites. No doubt there will be a cemetery or two.
Many of our Manley/Munley ancestors in Pennsylvania were coal miners, so a visit to the Lackawanna Coal Mine tour (see link) might be fun.
As we did in Mayo, we can have a private dinner on Saturday evening.
The dinner can be followed by drinks, to which we can invite local Manleys and Munleys for a meet and greet, as we did in Mayo.
Those who wish to spend the night (see hotel links) can choose your own activities for Sunday. If you want to do research, the local library, which is worth visiting just to see the building, is a treasure trove of local records. Unfortunately, it is only open on Sundays from 1 to 4. The Steamtown National Historic Site Railroad Museum (see links) is a must-see for anyone interested in antique trains and American railroad history. It’s great fun for kids! Aside from its genealogical importance, Scranton is also a fun place to visit if you like architecture. The coal barons made lots of money and they spared no expense when it came to constructing public buildings.
Let us know if you can attend or are at least thinking about it.
Marianne Manley Granoff
San Diego, Californiapmanley@cox.net
This information has also been posted at The Munnelly Connection on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/groups/38637906091/
This is a private group of over 220 Munnellys, Munleys, and Manleys on Facebook, but requests to join are usually granted within the same day.