|Clare County Library||
|An O'Grady Path
into New Zealand History
by P. Danenberg, M. Murtagh & R. Murtagh
This story of our Thomas O'Grady is presented
in three parts. The first part gives our best estimate of our Thomas's
early family history in Ireland for the period between 1554 AD up until
he emigrated from Ireland to New Zealand in 1861. It deals mainly with
his NZ-documented parents, Daniel O'Grady and Bridget O'Loughlin, but
also extends a little beyond 1861 for the family that he left behind.
The second part gives a brief summary of his children's lives and of
their families that he and his wife, Frances, produced in NZ. The third
part gives a more detailed account of Thomas's life in NZ up until his
death in 1913, and covers in particular the more personal aspects of
his career in the NZ Police Force. Readers may note that an article
on Thomas O'Grady researched and compiled independently by Ann O'Grady
of Christchurch is posted elsewhere on this website. Ann's paper is
a detailed presentation of photographs and newspaper articles arising
from incidents in Thomas's career in the Police Force and dovetails
with this article rather nicely.
Of particular interest to our New Zealand relatives will be the brief historical summary of the early O'Grady history in Co. Clare, that we've tried to piece together to provide a context for our O'Grady story. It was obtained mainly from the Clare Library website (which is gratefully acknowledged) and from other internet sources that are referenced. This history with its own uncertainties is appended to the first of the three of our overall story.