Family Album: Grandma Ellen Heaney
By Patricia Farrell, Reader
June / July 2012
This is a photograph of my grandmother, Ellen Heaney, who immigrated to New York City in 1900 from Drumlish, County Longford. She was a maid and from her meager salary she saved up to purchase this dress from Macy’s.
She married Michael Kane from Esker, County Longford in 1908. They lived on the Westside in St. Bernard’s Parish where they raised six children, one of whom was my father, Bill, “Kano,” who had to go to work on the docks when he was 14 years old. Times were tough and education was a luxury they could not afford.
To show how far the Irish have come since then, their great-grandson Michael graduated from Harvard and is now studying to be a doctor.
– Patricia Kane Farrell, Elkridge, MD
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