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1Title:  Bartley J. Kilkenny Papers     
 Creator:  Kilkenny, Bartley J. 
 Dates:  1935-2000 
 Abstract:  Bartley J. Kilkenny (1901-1993) was involved in the Irish American community in Cleveland, Ohio, and was an active member of several Irish American Clubs. He was involved in the founding of the East Side Irish American Club and served as president for a term. He was born in Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland. He met his wife, Winnifred L. Kilkenny, nee Padden (1899-1995) during his days at Bofield school in Ballina, County Mayo. He immigrated to the United States on June 3, 1920 and lived with his aunt, Mrs. Quigley, until he married Winnifred on June 23, 1926. They settled originally in East Cleveland, Ohio and later in Euclid, Ohio. He met the Irish president Eamon De Valera during his visit to the United States, and also during his own visit to Ireland in 1960. Bartley J. Kilkenny was the father of five children, grandfather of eighteen children, and great-grandfather of twenty-six children. Winnifred L. Kilkenny worked with the Firestone family as their nanny and friend until her wedding day. During World War II, she joined the work force and continued working until she reached retirement age. The collection consists of memorial books, death notices and obituaries for both Bartley and Winnifred; newspaper clippings pertaining to St. Patrick's Day Parades and the Kilkenny family; identified photographs; and a brief history of the East Side Irish American Club, Cleveland, Ohio, originally known as the Euclid Irish American Club. 
 Call #:  MS 4855 
 Extent:  0.20 linear feet (1 container) 
 Subjects:  Bartley family -- History. | Kilkenny, Bartley J., 1901-1993. | East Cleveland Irish American Club -- History | Irish Americans -- Ohio -- East Cleveland -- History -- Sources. | Irish Americans -- Societies, etc. | Irish Americans -- Archives. | Irish Americans -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- History -- Sources.
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2Title:  Sean A. Boland Papers     
 Creator:  Boland, Sean A. 
 Dates:  1995-2000 
 Abstract:  Sean A. Boland (1943-2000) was born in Manchester, England. At two years of age, his family moved to Gurteen, County Sligo, Ireland. After his mother Margaret Boland died, he was adopted by his uncle and his wife, James, and Bridie Boland. This family immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, when Sean was twelve years old. Sean graduated from St. Joseph High School and married Bridget Ginty, and together they had three children. Sean joined the Ohio Lottery Commission in 1974, working as an investigator, marketing director, and lastly as a fiscal officer in the purchasing department. Sean was involved in the Irish community during his short life. His uncle, Gus Boland, introduced him to Irish dancing, and together they organized an annual Cleveland Feis. In later years, Sean was president of the Greater Cleveland Feis Society, and he is credited with making it the largest such society in North America. Sean led the Cleveland Feis for seventeen years, and also served on the North American Feis Commission as President and board member. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the Irish Music Academy of Cleveland in 1993 and was an avid supporter of the Cleveland Branch of the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Music, Language and Dance of Ireland). Sean was a member of the Irish American Archives Society, the Irish Northern Aid Society, the Irish American East Side, Inc., the West Side Irish American Club, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Comhaltas Ceoltiori Eireann, Cleveland Branch, and the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival Committee. In 1994, he was named Irish Person of the Year. During the last ten years of his life, he made annual trips to Gurteen and became involved in establishing the Michael Coleman Heritage Center. In Cleveland, Sean was instrumental in planning the Cleveland Memorial in the Flats, in memory of those who died in the Great Famine. The collection consists of correspondence, a biographical sketch, a Liturgy, a memorial, an obituary, a souvenir program and a tribute. 
 Call #:  MS 4880 
 Extent:  0.20 linear feet (1 container) 
 Subjects:  Boland, Sean A., 1943-2000. | Folk music -- Ireland. | Irish Americans -- Societies, etc. | Irish Americans -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- History -- Sources. | Irish Americans -- Ohio -- East Cleveland -- History -- Sources. | Irish Americans -- Archives. | Dance -- Ireland. | Irish Americans -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Social life and customs. | Music -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Cleveland (Ohio) -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century. | United States -- Emigration and immigration -- 20th century. | Ireland -- Emigration and immigration -- 20th century.
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