As told by Mary Ryan Keady, a lifelong friend of Agnes Penny. The Penny brothers left their home in Lancashire, England about 1750. They were weavers by trade and they settled in County Cork in a small town (Dripsey) just outside Clonmel. They started as a cottage industry and were quite successful. They opened their own weaving mill and prospered. Because of family disputes it became necessary for them to sell their business. Apparently, one of the brothers was a problem. The present day Dripsey Weaving Mills, an internationally known weaving mill is the end result of their cottage weaving industry. Thomas Penny(born 1774) then settled in Ballinakill, (County Laois) where he married Mary Byrne in 1803.