014 The Gleeson family emigrate to Boston
Maggie Byrnes, a Limerick beauty queen came from Arthurs Quay. Her brother Christy played trumpet in the St. JohnÕs marching band as well as at local dance halls. Maggie met ÒBunterÓ Gleeson at one of those dances. They were married in 1943. Chris ÒBunterÓ Gleeson came from CareyÕs Road. He worked for the Railway as did his father and grandfather before him.
Maggie and Bunter had 6 children born in Limerick. In order: Annette, Christy, Paddy, Martin, John and Noel. They moved from Ellen Street to Clarina Ave. Ballinacurra Weston when the new houses were built. In March 1954 ÒBunterÓ left for America to start a new career as a construction worker and find a new home for his family. December 16, 1954 Maggie and the 6 children left Limerick to join him in Boston. That was the beginning of a fantastic family history in the USA. A year and a half later Walter was born. The following year Julie arrived. Many friends and relatives around Boston and Limerick spent great times at their home. One of many occasions was the annual Horseshoe Tournament held every August for 20 years. They entertained many high profile personalities during that time. The tournaments ended when Maggie became ill in 2000 and sadly died in August the following year. The children are all married with children of their own. ÒBunterÓ and Maggie were very proud of their 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Ken Gear one of their grandsons is a lawyer working with the Senate in Washington DC. This wonderful picture was taken at a house party in Weston the night the family emigrated.
See the curious onlookers at the back window