For quite some time I have been searching for information concerning my grandfather's brother, VALENTINE FAHERTY, who came here, as Vincent said, from a small village south of Clifden, Galway, called DERRYGIMLAGH. The guidebooks will tell you that the Marconi wireless station was built there. The Faherty clan was rather large in the area. I had to rely primarily on my mother's memories of her trip to Ireland around 1930, when she stayed with her father's people in Derrygimlagh--and could walk down the road to Clifden. I have names of grandfather Martin's brothers and sisters, but little information except for those who married and settled in the Boston area. I will add them to my next message. I think that Vincent may be related to this clan although the previous correspondent may not be.
The story I heard from my mother was that Valentine "Uncle Val" married a woman that the family did not approve of, and sired a large brood at his home in South Boston before moving to California. Unfortunately I have found no trace of him in the city directories. But to confess the truth, I have not set any speed records in searching for him. My mother remembered her mother telling her when she was very young that "Your uncle Val is buried over there by the wall," pointing to a low stone wall surrounding Holy Cross Cemetary in Malden, Mass. Mother and I spend a soggy afternoon plodding through the area where we presumed the old wall once was. No Val! Records of burials way back before the thirties are generally no help at all.
Another first cousin to my mother informed me that "Uncle Val" went to California, made a lot of money in real estate, and lost everything in the San Francisco quake. Who knows? Too much work involved in all this detective work. But I am happy to find the message from Vincent. Sounds promising. Let me know.