The last family of these Bradleys left Moneyconey in the early 1960`s and so ended a long lineage of Bradleys who lived here. However, in a twist of fate, the return of John P and Eugene Bradley, two men of the family connection from America, where they were born ended up filling the Sixtowns with descendants of this family of Bradleys over a couple of generations. Phaidi is Irish for “of Paddy” and is pronounced “Fadgey”. This farmstead had a barn and byre attached to the thatched cottage, a design which was common in the area.,
Pat Bradley`s son who died from diptheria when he was only about 12 years of age. Mary and Joe married two Conways (Tammy). Joe, Peter and Lizzie emigrated to America. Joe who married Susan Conway, was a soldier in WW1 and was held as a prisoner in Germany. He tried to sign up for WW2 and lied about his age but did not manage to get in. Peter married Eileen Cleary, a county Clare woman and they had one son, Pete. None of them returned to live in Ireland.
Pat Phaidi Bradley and his son Peter left
Pat Phaidi Bradley and his son Peter (left), his daughter Lizzie and cousin Joe (USA, brother of John P. Bradley.
Mary Pat and Sarahs daughter who married Barney Conway
Sarah (McGuigan) Bradley in Moneyconey with her son Jamie`s eldest daughter Dympna.
The wedding of Joe Bradley to Susan Conway-Tammy
The wedding of Joe Bradley to Susan Conway (Tammy)
Pat`s son James, took over the farm from his father. He married Mary McWilliams from Carnamoney. They had five sons, Joseph, Patsy, Emmet, Terrence and Gerard. They also had three daughters, Dympna, Carmel and Brenda. In the mid 1960`s the family moved to and thus ended the (Pat Phaidi) Bradley family line on this Moneyconey farm. Charlie Phillips sourced the house. Jamie`s nephew,Paddy (Tammy) Conway, bought the farm. John and Katie (niece) Flanagan then lived in the house while their house was being built. They moved out around 1968 and the house finally became derelict after that. Paddy Conway sold the farm to Michael Doyle and after a few years he sold it to Michael Kelly (Cavanreagh)
Pat`s brother, Joseph, went off to America and lived and worked in New York where he met his wife who was German. When she died, Joseph was unable to work and rear his four boys at the same time so he sent them over to Moneyconey to be brought up by his mother. An account of their journey across the Atlantic is well documented by one of the sons when he grew up. When they grew up, Francis and Joseph returned to live in USA but John P and Eugene remained in Sixtowns. Hence the Bradley dynasty continued to thrive. John P married Nancy Duffy from Goles and they had 10 sons and 2 daughters. Eugene married Dora Conway and they had 1 son and 2 daughters.
In 1901 Pat (Paidi) is gone and his wife Mary Is 54. Living with her is her sons, Patrick (Jun) who is 21 and Peter who is 14. Also living with her is her daughter Bella who is 20.
Then by 1911 she is living with her daughter, Bella and her brother James who is 73. There is no mention of Patrick (Jun) who may have been away working for someone or Peter who went to America.
Mary Eoin Bradley
Mary (Eoin) Bradley
Mary Bradley with her four grandchildren
Mary Bradley with her four grandchildren from New York which she kept in Moneyconey, after their mother died.
In background we can see that building work seems to be taking place on the family home. This house must have had a two storey addition to the original cottage around this time
It is most likely that the old barn and byre was converted into living quarters..