Biography - (from Conheeny Family History)
William Joseph Conheeny grew up in their Newport home assisting his father in his cooking career, was educated in private schools run by the Christian brothers and continued studying in the Botany/genetics field.
After completing an associate
degree at the Franklin Institute of Boston in 1977, he founded Shamrock Electric an electrical contracting firm which is licensed throughout the
East Coast and now services many of the buildings of the Newport Preservation Society and Newport's society that is so much a part of his heritage.
William has restored several pieces of property one of which was the Irish American Athletic Club located on Thames street in Newport Fifth Ward.
This building once housed a speakeasy during prohibition and forever an icon in Newport's local Irish history.
Here William would use his father's taught food skills to feed and entertain the locals.
In 1986 William purchased the main house of an original farm located on Union street in Portsmouth an area of rich history from the revolutionary war and at the center of the island. In 1994 he purchased the original barn and adjacent property. After a 5 year restoration process Shamrock Farm Inn was created with six elegantly decorated rooms which has been open since 2000.
Has one daughter: Kirby Alison Conheeny.