Emyvale area was greeted by an elegant American lady named Mary O'Brien recently
in search of her ancestors. Mary, who lives in Yonkers in New York City, has been
visiting Ireland every summer for a long number of years to visit her friends and
family in Donegal, Sligo, Mullingar, Dublin and her Husband's family, “the O Brien’s
from Waterford”, and her Father's family, who are the “The Faheys” from the Galway/Westmeath
It’s her mother and her mother's family that takes Mary to the North Monaghan area.
Mary's mother was Cassie McQuaid, who was born and reared in the townlands of Knocknasave/Derrylea
back in the late 1800’s, early 1900’s, not far from Killycooley. Cassie's parents
were William and Mary McQuaid, who got married on February 14th 1888 and Cassie and
her brothers and sisters were born. Mary O'Brien's mother Cassie moved to America
back in the early 1900’s and married and settled and Mary O'Brien and her brother
John were born. Over the years, Mary has found out a lot about the McQuaid side
of her grandfather and indeed she is related to Father Macartan McQuaid and Gertie
Mary O'Brien knew some information about her grandmother Mary McQuaid whose maiden
name was Mary Fields. 10 months ago Mary got the name of Seamus Fields from Derrygasson
and wrote to him to find out what he knew about the connection of Mary McQuaid, nee
Fields, and him.
With the help of Joe Fields, who had a lot of work done on the Fields Family Tree,
it turns out that Mary O'Brien and Seamus Fields were very much related; in fact
Seamus's great grandfather, Felix Fields (first Fields person to settle in Derrygasson)
was a brother of Mary McQuaid, nee Fields (Mary O'Brien's grandmother). Mary O'Brien
was delighted with the news and while on her annual trip to Ireland, spent a week
around Emyvale area meeting new cousins including the Fields Family, Derrgasson;
Anna McKenna Drummully; Mairead Loughran, Main Street and Fields Family in Emy.
Mary went to visit the Old Barn in the town land of Mullaloughan, which is there
since the early 1800’s and is still known as “ Fields Barn” as it was in the Fields
family for many generations. \this is where Mary's Grandmother, Mary McQuaid, nee
Fields, was born and reared before marrying William McQuaid in 1888. Mary also visited
the grave of her grandparents, which is in Corracrin graveyard.
Mary also enjoy a trip to Omagh folk park, Glaslough village, Bragan bog, a good
traditional music night and in and about Monaghan town while she was based in Emyvale.
She had a wonderful time and is now back safe and sound in New York City.
On left is Mary O'Brien at “ Fields Barn” in the townland of Mullaloughan while on
right is Mary at her grandparents' grave in Corracrin