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From Co Cavan to Summer Bay

Jul 29, 2023 10:18 By News Northern Sound
From Co Cavan to Summer Bay
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Lots of well-known people have come from the Breffni County, but did you know Ray Meagher AKA Alf Stewart from Home and Away fame is from the Cavan diaspora.

The popular cast member from the hit Australian soap has Irish ancestry and strong genealogical links to Co Cavan.

‘Stone the flamin crows’ is one of the well-known sayings from the straight-talking character that Ray plays and has done so for the 35 years since the show began.

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The actor has been a Summer Bay resident since the very first episode and he's not going away anytime soon.

The 79 year old’s great grandmother Bridget Meagher (née Mullavey) was the daughter of a Cavan man.

In 1898, Bridget was to marry a man of Irish descent named William Francis Meagher they were married in Queensland.

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Bridget’s parents were Owen Mullavey, a car-man from Co Cavan, according to the Irish Family History Centre’s website Owen Mullavey was born in Templeport in 1836 to John and Mary Mullavey.

Then, in 1854, at the age of 18 years, Owen and his brother Francis, born in 1830, sailed for New South Wales, Australia, on the Stamboul SS under the assistance of an emigration scheme.

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