Manley Munley Munnelly Family Reunion
Sister City of Ballina, Couty 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. Dinner registration will close at 11:55 PM on Sunday, June 16.
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
9:45 Presentation: Mayo Connections
11:00 Presentation: Munnelly Origins
12:00 Lunch On Your Own
1:30 Presentation: DNA Testing, The Future of Genealogy
2:45-4:30 Small Group Discussions: Sharing Our Ancestries
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 2 to 5.
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.
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.