|The tomb of Mark Lacey on Omey Island|
Mark Thomas Lacey
Mark Thomas Lacey was my second great-grandfather. His son, Thomas Mark Lacey, my great-grandfather, left their hometown of Rossadillisk, Ireland in the early 1900s, sailed to San Francisco, and started the California branch of the Lacey tree.
Mark Lacey was born about 1848 in Rossadillisk, on the far west edge of Connemara in County Galway. He was married first to my second great-grandmother, Bridget Feeney. She died young, after bearing two children, Thomas and John. Mark then married his second wife, Mary Coyne. They had seven children together. Three of their sons would die in the Cleggan Disaster in 1927. Only Mary would witness that tragedy, however. Mark Lacey died on August 10, 1908, nearly twenty years before the terrible storm at sea.
Mark Lacey and Mary Coyne Lacey are buried on Omey Island. Buried in the same plot is their daughter Mary Lacey O’Toole, son-in-law Patrick O’Toole and grandson Michael O’Toole.
|Close up of Mark Lacey's stone|
|Driving across the sand to Omey Island|
|Looking towards Claddaghduff from Omey Island|
|Memorial to the Cleggan Disaster on Omey Island|