Category Archives: Patrick Clooney

Letter from the Papal war

While based in Spoleto Patrick Clooney  wrote to Dr.Tobias Kirby ( a fellow Waterford man) rector of the Irish College in Rome seeking to acquire a medal blessed by the holy father himself. Thanks to Robert Doyle for finding this in the … Continue reading

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Officers of the Irish Brigade

Thanks to Damien Shiels for helping identifying the men in this photo “It was taken sometime between May and August in 1862 at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia by Alexander Gardner. Three of the men are religious standing at back left is Father Patrick … Continue reading

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Capt Clooney background

Patrick Filan Clooney was born in ballybricken on 5th of May 1840 to John Clooney and Catherine Phelan. Ballybricken was a relatively poor area of Waterford city. It lies just outside the city wall and was a busy market area. The old city Gaol … Continue reading

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Patrick Clooney in the Italian civil war

In the mid-nineteenth century a unification movement swept across Italy one of its aims was the annexation of the Papal States.  One of the1400 Irish  men that answered the Vatican’s call to arms was Patrick Clooney from Waterford. In early … Continue reading

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