William Francis Treacy (1923-1999) of Tipperary and New York, Labor Leader



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William Francis Treacy (1923-1999) of Killea, Templemore, Co. Tipperary and New York

Born in Killea, Templemore, Co. Tipperary, Ireland on 23 Aug 1923 to Thomas Treacy (1890 - 1982) and Mary Agnes Keogh (1901 - 1983). William Francis Treacy married Mary Christina Sullivan (O’Sullivan) 1929 - 2018


Liam K Treacy (1955-2004)


William Francis Treacy (1923-year) married

Mary Christina Sullivan (O’Sullivan) b. 1929 Kerry lives  Westchester, New York died  Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada


Liam K Treacy (b. 25 October 1955) married Deborah L McClure 1977 Bronx, New York City, New York, United States



wife Leah B Treacy, and children, Eileen Treacy, Sean Treacy, Liam Treacy


Leah B. Treacy died 2008

Leah B. Treacy, age, 86, of Tequesta, FL, passed away on March 24, 2008. Mrs. Treacy was born in Oak Hill, WV. She moved to Florida in 1985 from New York. Leah is survived by her nephews, Gary Burgess (Martha) of Lake worth, FL, and Stephen Burgess (Kitty) of Georgia; niece, Sheryl Bone (Robert) of Georgia; daughter-in-law Debbie Treacy of New York; three grandchildren, and dear friend, Nancy Truax of Hobe Sound, FL. She was predeceased by her husband William and step son Liam. Visitation will be held form 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Saturday March 29, 2008 at Aycock Funeral Home 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458. A memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 To express condolences and/or make donations.


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Bill Treacy addresses those attending the Defense Fund Dinner Dance

27 July 1985 Irish People (USA)

Bill Treacy To Be Honored

Bill Treacy addresses those attending the Defense Fund Dinner Dance

On September 27, 1985 the friends of Bill Treacy will honor him with a dinner and dance at the Astorian Manor upon his retirement as Business Manager of Local 30, International Union of Operating Engineers. Tickets are available at $60.00 per person

Bill became a member of Local 30 in 1950. three years after immigrating from his home in CountyTipperary. Ireland. He worked at several jobs obtained all New York City licenses and served as Chief Engineer at the Morgan Laundry and the New York Times. Always an active unionist Bill was recognized for his interest and ability by election to the Executive Board in 1955: his employment at an Organizer in 1960 and his elevation to Business Representative in 1961.

In 1971 Bill was elected Business Manager and has served five successive terms without opposition His fifteen years as Business Manager have marked the most progressive era in the history of Local 30. During his tenure the health and welfare benefits were unified and improved: the optical and dental programs were added to the welfare plan: the pension plan grew strong and fully funded the credit union was also bom; the annuity fund was established and grew beyond all expectation; and in January 1980 Bill came to realize his fondest dream, the purchase of Local 30's own building Bill's interests and abilities have not stopped at Local 30's door. He has been tirelessly outspoken in opposition to the tyranny and oppression that exists in his native Ireland and has lent his energy to many other causes in an effort to fight injustice In the course of his activities Bill has accomplished everyman's goal He has made many, many friends

For information write to International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30, at 115-06 Myrtle Avenue Richmond HilL NY 11418.


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Bill Treacy, a long-time supporter of Irish freedom as a labor leader in the tradition of James Connolly, retired this week.


5 Oct 1985 Irish People (USA)

Bill Treacy Retires

William F. Treacy, the third of Thomas and Mary Agnes Treacys 12 children, was born in Killea, Templemore, Co. Tipperary. He has four sisters and one brother still living in Ireland, while two brothers and four more sisters live in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area Bill is married to the former Leah Ryan, and is the father of two sons and a daughter.

Before immigrating to the United States in 1947, Bill Treacy served in the First Field Engineers of the Irish Army for a period of three years Prior to leaving Ireland, he was employed by the Irish Postal Department. A lifetime lover of sports, Bill Teacy played football and hurling in Killea, and ran with the All Army Eastern Command and the First Field Engineers in Ireland. In the late 1940's and 1950's he played on the County Tipperary Hurling Club in New York City.

Joining Local 30 of the Operating Engineers in 1960, Bill obtained his stationary engineer's license and his heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning license Continuing his engineering studies at Delehanty Institute and New York University, Bill also studied labor management and labor law at Cornell University.

Elected business agent for Local 30 in 1960, Bill went on to be elected business manager in 1971, and still serves in that capacity. Bill serves on the executive board of the New York State Conference of Operating Engineers, and is a member of the New York City Central Labor Council.

The inspiration of the ten young men who gave their lives for Ireland during the 1981Hunger Strike touched Bill Treacys heart and reinforced his motivation to press the AFL-CIO into the forefront of the drive for human and civil rights It was his strenuous effort which moved the AFL-CIO from a passive role to one of intense participation. Today, the American Labor unions are committing themselves to the adoption of the MacBride Principles and other non-discriminatory practices within American companies doing business in the occupied six counties.

Bill Treacy is an initiating sponsor and president of the Irish American Labor Coalition and cofounder of the Irish American Unity Conference.

Bill has played a leading role in planning and developing events which mark the annual Irish Solidarity Day demonstrations held in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in New York City each September since 1982. This annual event now serves as a model for demonstrations in a growing number of American cities where the Irish-American community has elected to show their support for and dedication to the struggle for a free ad reunited Ireland. Bill Treacys leadership has set a standard which many are now following. Working together, Irish-Americans can indeed reclaim the land of their heritage.



6 Jul 1985 Irish People (USA)




January 24, 1999 The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Florida)

William F. Treacy 75, of Tequesta passed away, Friday, January 9, 1999 in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Born in County Tlpperary Ireland, he had been a resident of Tequesta for 13 years, coming from New York City. Prior to retirement, he was the Business Manager for the International Union of operating Engineers, Local 30, in New York for 30 years. He graduated from City College In New York City and did extension work at Harvard Labor Law School in Boston, MA. He was a member of the Tequesta Country Club and the Tlpperary Men's Assoc. and St. Jude Catholic Church. He was the past President of the Tequesta Civic Association, a position he held for two years. He served in the Irish Corp of Engineers. Survivors include his wife, Leah B. Treacy of Tequesta; two sons, Liam Treacy of Bronx, NY and Sean Treacy of Sleepy Hollow, NY,; a daughter, Eileen Treacy of Bronx, NY; 4 sisters and 3 brothers In the United States; 3 sisters in Ireland and 6 grandchildren. Mr. Treacy was interred In Rose Hill Cemetery, Putnam County, NY. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated, 10:30AM, Thursday, January 28, 1999 at St. Jude Catholic Church, Tequesta. Arrangements are under the direction of the Aycock Funeral Home, 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter.


30 Jan 1999 Irish People (USA)

Labor leader Bill Treacy dies

Dear Editor,

Bill Treacy, former business manager of Local 30, Operating Engineers, died January 9, 1999 of leukemia in Westchester, New York.

Treacy, who emigrated to the US in 1947 form County Tipperary, was one of the key founders of the Irish-American Labor Coalition and served as its president until 1986. He was also instrumental in the birth of the Irish-American Unity Conference. A staunch Irish republican, active in Irish organizations, in the early 1980s, Bill stepped up his activity in the aftermath of the Long Kesh hunger strikes. In 1986, in order to care for his wife Leah, he retired to Florida, but he remained closely attentive to political developments.

Bill is the father of three children and six grandchildren. He was buried from Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church in Tarrytown, New York. Messages of condolence can be sent to the family, c/o Local 30 Operating Engineers, 115-06 Myrtle Avenue, Richmond Hill, New York 11418.


Joe Jamison





Popish Inhabitants Of The Half Barony Of Ikerrin, County Tipperary, in 1750 (Name & Acres)

Killea Parish

Edmond Trassy & partners 61 acres


1766 Religious Census
Killea Parish

Papists. (number in house)

Dennis Trassy 8
Edmund Trassy 6

Joan Trassy 5

Thos. Trassy 4

Thomas Trassy 5

Timothy Trassy 3


Tithe Records

Michl Treacy, Coolcormuck, Killea, Tipperary, 1827

Michl Tracy, Coolcormick, Templemore [Killea], Tipperary,

Michl Treacy, Killawardy, Killea, Tipperary, 1827 [twice]


1840 to 1855 Index of people born in Tipperary and emigrated to Sydney, New South Wales,  or Moreton Bay, Queensland

1849 Una

Mary Sheedy, 32, Killea, widow (parents: Dennis & Nancy Tracey both dead) (sister Bridget Treacy, 21, born Killea, in Australia}


1850-51 Griffiths Valuation North Tipperary

Andrew Tracy Lloydsborough Killea Tipperary

Michael Tracy,  Jr. Killawardy Killea Tipperary

Michael Tracy, Sr. Killawardy Killea Tipperary

Patrick Tracy Lloydsborough Killea Tipperary


1858 – 1920 Calendars of Wills and Administrations

Stephen Treacy 31 Mar 1908 Kilawardy Killea Tipperary, farmer, to Thomas Stapleton and John Stapleton, farmer


19 October 1870 (FJ) French Ambulanes

Templemore, Killea and Clonmore in the County Tipperary...T.P. Treacy...W. Treacy...T. Sreacy[?]...M. Treacy...James Tracey...

Killea...Martin Treacy...Patrick Treacy...


1892-1924 Ellis Island Arrivals

Stephen Treacy, Templomore Tipperary, Ireland, 1921, 55 years, widowed, son Thomas Treacy Killea Templemore Co. Tipperary, son paid passage, to son Michael Treacy 210 East 125th Street New York City NY, permanent stay, 5'3", fresh complexion, grey hair, blue eyes, b. Killea Co. Tipperary Ireland. [medical? written comment: Medan Senslity etc which may aff]



Patrick Treacy m. Mary Armstrong 13 February 1833 Wit: John Armstrong & Daniel Treacy

Pat/Patk/Patrick Treacy & Mary Armstrong

Kitty Treacy b. 8? Apr 1834 of Kile? [Killea? Killea] Sp. Michael Treacy & Mary Higgins. Templemore Parish

Margt Tracy b. 10 Apr 1835 of Loydsboro [Lloydsborough Killea] Sp. Wm Armstrong & Judy Neil. Templemore Parish

Mary Treacy b. 30 Aug 1836 of Coolcormack [Coolcormuck Tithe record beside Lloydsborough/Killawardy Killea] Sp. Simon & Judith Armstrong. Templemore Parish

Thomas Treacy b. 16 Jan 1838 of Coolcormac Sp. Wm Bohan & Anastatia Walsh. Templemore Parish

John Tracy b. 17 Dec 1840 of Lloydsborough Bo? Sp. Bryan Mullaly & Bridget Mary?. Templemore Parish

Judith Tracey b. 2 Jun 1842 of Coolcormack Sp. Jeremia? &  Honor Costigan. Templemore Parish

Patrick Tracey b. 18 Oct 1843 of Coolcormack Sp. John & Honora? Mara?. Templemore Parish

Stephen? Treacy b. 15? Dec 1846 of Coolcormack Sp. Edward Sric? & Margaret Gleeson. Templemore Parish


I am seeking my ancestors from the Templemore area. Any help tracing them gratefully received.
Parents are Patrick Treacy and Mary Armstrong
Children of the above:-
Mary Treacy (my gg grandmother) date of baptism Aug 1836
Kitty Treacy date of baptism April 1834
Margt Treacy " " " April 1835
Thomas Treacy " " January 1838
John Treacy " " " December 1840
Judith Treacy " " " June 1842
Patrick Treacy " " " October 1843
Stephan Treacy " " " December 1846

Thomas Treacy " " " December 1848
Mary Tracey and Judith Tracey emigrated to Australia Mary married Matthew Nolan of County Meath in 1861 at Carisbrook Victoria Australia. I have not found any information about Judith in Australia I know nothing about the rest of the family. I hope that some of you decendants are out there and can help me. I spent a few days in Templemore last September but didn't find a cemetery only the church where Mary was baptized.
Thanks to everyone  Joan in Aussie land.

Joan Pryse JoanP@bigpond.com 24 Dec 1998


Stephen Tracey married Anne Meagher 1 Jul 1877 of Killea [Killea]  Wit: James Armstrong & Sarah Kinnally. Templemore Parish

Stephen Treacy, 27, bachelor, labourer, lives Killea, (s. of  Patrick Treacy, labourer) married Anne Meagher, 25, spinster, servant, lives Killea, (d. of John Meagher, dead, labourer) 01 July 1877 RC Chapel Killea Wit: James Armstrong & Sarah Kennally [Bourney Roscrea PLU]

Stephen Treacy/Tracy & Anne Maher

Mary Anne Treacy b. 7 Apr 1878 of Killea? [Killea] Sp. Simon Armstrong & Mary Anne Treacy. Templemore Parish

Patrick Tracy b. 7 Mar 1880 of Killea Sp. John Bohan & Margaret Tracey. Templemore Parish

Stephen Treacy, labourer, & Anne Maher

Michael Joseph Treacy b. 6 April 1888 Killea Parish Killea [Bourney Roscrea PLU Tipperary] Stephen Treacy, father

Thomas Treacy b. 30 Jan 1891 Killea Parish Killea [Bourney Roscrea PLU Tipperary] Anne Treacy, mother, her mark

Treacy family of Kilea, Co. Tipperary.

1. Patrick Treacy married Mary Armstrong and had nine children between 1834 & 1848

1.1 Stephen Treacy (b. December 17, 1844 at Lloydsborough Co. Tipperary) married Ann(a) Maher (b. abt 1850 d. 1892) about 1877 and had seven children.

1.1.1 Mary Ann 1878 (Mary Anne b. 6 April 1878 Killea (LDS))

1.1.2 Patrick W. 1880 (Patrick b. 6 March 1880 Killea (LDS))

1.1.3 John 1882

1.1.4 Winnie 1884 possibly went to NY

1.1.5 Katherine 1887 possibly went to NY

1.1.6 Micheal Joesph March 14, 1888 (our line) went to New York City around 1914. Married Ellen Morrissey (b. December 16, 1889, Toor, Kilcash) in New York City. Ellen's parents were John Morrissey and Margaret Longeran

1.1.7 Thomas Francis 1890

I'd appreciate any information as I'm stuck at this point. Thanks. Linda Nestor 20 Jun 1999

Captain Lloyd. The family story that has been handed down by the Treacy's involves a British officer named Lloyd. The family apparently lived on land that was part of this officer's estate (Lloydsborough). They were evicted and they moved to Kilea, Co Tipperary to a cottage that was built by the Land League. Pop (Michael Joseph) Treacy told the story with great heat, as if it had happened just the other day rather than before his birth in 1888. To the day he died Pop blamed this man for the loss of the family's land. L.Nestor


1901 Census

Stephen Treacy, 50, M, 5 Killea, Killea, Tipperary, Postman, Roman Catholic, Head of Family, Married, Co Tipperary

Bridget Treacy, 44, F, Killea, Killea, Tipperary, House Keeper, Roman Catholic, Wife, Married, Co Tipperary

Michael Treacy, 12, M, Killea, Killea, Tipperary, Scholar, Roman Catholic, Son, Not Married, Co Tipperary

Thomas Treacy, 10, M, Killea, Killea, Tipperary, Scholar, Roman Catholic, Son, Not Married, Co Tipperary


1911 Census

Stephen Treacy, 60, M, 5 Killea, Killea, Tipperary (head, farm labourer, widower)

Thomas Treacy, 19, M, Killea, Killea, Tipperary


Thomas Treacy, full [age], bachelor, postman, lives Killea Templemore, (s.of Stephen Treacy, labourer) married Mary Agnes Keough, 20, spinster, servant, lives Killea Templemore, (d. of William Keough, labourer) 21 Jan 1920 RC Church Templemore Wit: Stephen Meara & Margaret Keogh [Templemore Thurles PLU]



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