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Recorded in many spellings forms including McGillooly, Gilhooley, Gilhooly, Gilhouley, Gilluley, and in some parts of the country Gilhool, this is a famous Irish surname. It originates from the pre 10th century Gaelic surname 'Mac giolla Ghuala', which translates literally as 'The son of the follower of the Shoulder'. The sept are a branch of the Clan O'Mulvey, and this may account for the unusual meaning. The majority of Irish Gaelic surnames were originaly nicknames for the first chief of the family.

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Patrick Gilhooley was a stable boy who arrived from Ireland to Castle Garden in NYC. He was 16 years old. Approx arrived in 1849. Due. From the famine He worked on the Erie channel. Went to NY. Started his own ferry lighter business. He lived in Manhattan. We think he was from the south of Ireland. He is my aunts 3 x great grandfather. He had a brother James. James went to the south.


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