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2013 Manley / Munley / Munnelly Reunion

2013 Manley / Munley / Munnelly Reunion

Posted: 4 Apr 2013 11:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Munley, Manley, Munnelly, Monnelly

Hi folks,

Last year, there was a Munnelly/Munley/Manley Reunion in County Mayo in June that was a huge success, thanks in no small part to the hard work of the organizers—Kathy Manley Short, Mary Munnelly, and everyone who helped. Many of us who were able to travel to Mayo, and others who could not, have expressed an interest in holding a reunion sometime this year in the U.S. in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Many Manleys and Munleys who are now dispersed around the U. S. have ancestors who settled in Northeast PA for a generation or two.

To facilitate signing up for the reunion, an "event" has been created on Facebook with links to hotels, etc. at

http://www.facebook.com/events/445388065549942/

Scranton and the whole anthracite coal region surrounding it was a popular destination for many of the Irish who emigrated from the northern half of County Mayo in the 19th century—including the Monnellys and Munnellys, who became Manleys and Munleys not long after they arrived. Mayo emigrants followed family members who wrote home about plentiful jobs, first in the Iron Mill and later in the coal mines. A recent resident of Mayo has reported that reading the names on the graves in the cemeteries around Scranton is like being back home. So many of the Irish who settled in Scranton came from Ballina, and the area surrounding it, that they were declared sister cities.

Like the one in Mayo, our reunion in Scranton will be a work in progress. At the moment, it looks like the following:

Saturday will probably consist of a tour of Manley/Munley-related sites. No doubt there will be a cemetery or two.

Many of our Manley/Munley ancestors in Pennsylvania were coal miners, so a visit to the Lackawanna Coal Mine tour (see link) might be fun.

As we did in Mayo, we can have a private dinner on Saturday evening.

The dinner can be followed by drinks, to which we can invite local Manleys and Munleys for a meet and greet, as we did in Mayo.

Those who wish to spend the night (see hotel links) can choose your own activities for Sunday. If you want to do research, the local library, which is worth visiting just to see the building, is a treasure trove of local records. Unfortunately, it is only open on Sundays from 1 to 4. The Steamtown National Historic Site Railroad Museum (see links) is a must-see for anyone interested in antique trains and American railroad history. It’s great fun for kids! Aside from its genealogical importance, Scranton is also a fun place to visit if you like architecture. The coal barons made lots of money and they spared no expense when it came to constructing public buildings.

Let us know if you can attend or are at least thinking about it.

Marianne Manley Granoff
Albuquerque, NM
granoff@zianet.com

and

Peter Manley
San Diego, California
pmanley@cox.net

This information has also been posted at The Munnelly Connection on Facebook at

http://www.facebook.com/groups/38637906091/

This is a private group of over 220 Munnellys, Munleys, and Manleys on Facebook, but requests to join are usually granted within the same day.

Update on 2013 Manley / Munley / Munnelly Reunion

Posted: 8 May 2013 5:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Manley, Munnelly, Munley, Monley, Monnelly

We have a registration website now and a better developed itinerary.

This event is open to all interested parties. Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested in attending. You must register at the site below.

http://manleymunleyreunion.eventbrite.com/#

Manley Munley Munnelly Family Reunion
Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, Scranton, PA
Sister City of Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland

Manleys and Munleys whose ancestors migrated from County Mayo to Northeast Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, were originally Monnellys and Munnellys in Ireland. Last June, members of this family from around the US traveled to Mayo for a reunion with the local Munnellys, which is still the predominant spelling of our name over there. The reunion was such a success that we have decided to hold another one this year in the U. S.

We chose Scranton, PA as the location, because so many Manleys and Munleys still reside in that area and many who are now dispersed around the U. S. have ancestors who settled in Northeast PA for a generation or two. Scranton and the whole anthracite coal region surrounding it was a popular destination for many who emigrated from the northern half of County Mayo in the 19th century. So many of the Irish who settled in Scranton came from Ballina, and the area surrounding it, that they were declared sister cities.

Aside from its genealogical importance, Scranton is also a fun place to visit if you like architecture. The coal barons made lots of money and they spared no expense when it came to constructing public buildings.

The cost of the reunion is $45 for those who plan to attend the presentations and dinner. The cost is $20 for those attending the presentations only. You can pay by check or cash at the event, but you must use the Register feature above as soon as you know you will be attending. The hotel requires an accurate count in advance. No one can be admitted without having pre-registered. Registration will close at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, June 18.


Itinerary

The details and specific times are still being worked out, but we are leaning toward the following itinerary:

Friday, June 21

7:00-10:00 Meet and greet in the hotel bar.

Saturday, June 22

9:00 Check-in

9:30 Welcome

9:45 Presentation: Origins of the Manley/Munley/Munnelly Surname

10:45 Break

11:00 Presentation: 2012 County Mayo Reunion

12:00 Lunch On Your Own

1:30 Presentation: DNA Testing, The Future of Genealogy

2:30 Break

2:45-4:45 Small Group Discussions: Sharing Our Ancestries

6:00 Dinner

8:00 We plan to adjourn to Kildare's Irish Pub so the group can get together with local Manleys and Munleys, who may not have attended the reunion.

Sunday, June 23

Out-of-towners can choose your own activities for Sunday.

If you want to do research, the Scranton Library is a treasure trove of local records and is open Sundays from 1 to 4.

The Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania offers a range of services that can help you in researching ancestors who lived in this area.

The Steamtown National Historic Site Railroad Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in antique trains and American railroad history. It’s great fun for kids!

Many of our Manley/Munley ancestors in Pennsylvania were coal miners, so a visit to the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour might be fun.


Hotel Reservations

If you are coming from out of town, there is a block of rooms reserved at the Hilton, which are discounted for reunion attendees. The Room Code is MMM3. They can only be held until May 24, after which rooms can be booked on an availability basis. The AAA and active military discount is better than the reunion discount. Spread the word to other Manley/Munleys you might know.


Marianne Manley Granoff
Albuquerque, NM
granoff@zianet.com

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