Like the Carroll’s and Meany’s, the O’Connor’s have a long history  with the townland of Clonea, all three families also have a great tradition with the R.C Church.

 Patrick O’ Connor was born during the darkest period of Ireland’s history at Knock’ West, Clonea Co Waterford. He was born in a house that was steeped in tradition and religion on Christmas day of 1848.

His three uncles who were priests, Joseph, Patrick and Gerard Meany were all born in the same house. His aunt was Mother superior


The story of the ‘Burgery Ambush’ which took place at Abbeyside Dungarvan, Co Waterford is by now well-documented. The events of March 18-19, 1921, traumatized Abbeyside and indeed left their mark on Dungarvan’s history.