A very important part of Clan life is the GATHERING or coming together of clan members. In this area of the site we host the DIARY of official clan gatherings.


2018 Clan Gatherings

Fadian Clan
Dates: 16 March 2018
Venue: Cashel, Achill, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

Fagan Clan Virtual Meeting
Date: 16th March 2018
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Mulvihill Clan Gathering
Date: 17th March 2018
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Joyce of Joyce Country Clan Gathering
Dates: 1st April, 2018
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Mac Shane Clan Event–Chiefs Meeting
Date: April, 2018
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O'Dea Clan Gathering 2018
O'Dea Clan Gathering to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Dysert O'Dea (May 10th)
Dates: Thursday, May 10th to Sunday, May 13th inclusive 2018
Venue: Old Ground Hotel, Ennis and at our ancestral home of Dysert O Dea Castle
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O'Higgins Clan Event
Date: June, 2018
Venue: Dublin
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O'Driscoll Clan Gathering
Dates: 21st - 24th June 2018
Venue: Baltimore and The Islands, Baltimore, West Cork Ireland.
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O Mahony Society
Dates: 22nd – 24th June
Venue: Coolcower House, Macroom, Co. Cork    
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O'Malley Clan Rally 
Dates : 22nd -24th June 2018
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Egan Clan – 19th International Rally
Dates: 30 June – 8 July 2018
Venue: Ottawa, Canada.
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Dalton Genealogical Society-Gathering
Date: Summer, 2018
Venue: Reigate, Surrey, England
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Fitzgerald Clan Gathering
Dates: 4th July, 2018
Venue: Demopolis, Alabama, USA

Ó Leathlobhair Clan
Dates: 13th,14th & 15th July
Venue: Manor Hotel Abbeyleix. Ireland.

Farrell Clan Silver Jubilee International Rally
Date: 16th - 20th July, 2018
Venue: Longford, Ireland.
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This will be the Farrell Clan's 7th International Gathering and they will be celebrate their Silver Jubilee (25 years since their 1st rally in 1993).

Mannion Clan Gathering
Dates: 17th & 18th August 2018
Venue: Menlough, Co. Galway, Ireland
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McCabe Clan Gathering
Dates: 9th September, 2018
Venue: Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, Ireland

Clann Chaomhánach Gathering
Dates: 12th-16th September 2018
Venue: The Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland.
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Hackett of Leinster
Date: September 2018 (Date to be set)
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O'Dwyer International Clan rally
Dates 21st - 23rd September, 2018
Venue: Brú Ború, Rock Cottage, 1 Rock Ln, Moor, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland 
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O’Dowd Clan Gathering
Dates: 4th to 7th October
Venue: Enniscrone, Co. Sligo
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O'Byrne of Leinster Clan Gathering
Date: October 2018

O'Sullivan of Munster Clan Gathering
Date: 1st October, 2018
Venue: Dunderry Castle, La Guerche sur L'Aubois, Cher, France.
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Ó Leathlobhair Clan:
Annual Christmas Dinner 
Date: Friday 8th December
Venue: Seven Oaks Hotel Carlow, Ireland

Mac Mullen Clan Gathering
Date: 2018
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2019 Clan Gatherings

MacCostello Clan Gathering
Date; 31st JANUARY 2019
Venue: The Shebeen, Mississauga, Canada

Date: 11th - 14th April 2019 
Venue: Fort McGruder Hotel, Williamsburgh, VA. USA
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O'Brosnan of Brosna Clan Gathering
Date: May, 2019
Venue: Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland
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Kelly Clan Association
Dates:  17th 18th 19th of May 2019
Venue: The Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Roscommon

McGrath Clan (Thomond)
Dates: 26th - 30th June 2019
Venue: Dungarvan, Co Waterford, Ireland
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Crowley Clan Gathering
Date: 13th - 15th September, 2019
Venue: Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom, County Cork, Ireland
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2020 Clan Gatherings


Cassidy of Fermanagh Clan Gathering
Date: 2020
Venue: Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

O'Donnell of Tyrconnell Clan Gathering
Date: 2020
Venue: Donegal Town, Co. Donegal, Ireland
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McGrath Clan of Ulster
Dates: 24th - 29th June 2020
Venue: Enniskillen, Fermanagh.

McGrath Clan of Thomond
Date: Late Oct 2020 (tbc)
Venue: Canberra, Australia.
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Gatherings Reports

Below you will find reports from Clan Gatherings as presented by clan members. We hope to grow this as a resource over the next months and years.


Clan Egan Rally in Canada, 2018

The Egan rally was held in August 18 in Canada. We have a nice report in .pdf format attached for you to download and read.

Silver Jubilee Farrell Clan Rally - July 2018

The United Nations did not assemble in Co Longford last week, it just seemed like that as The Farrell Clan arrived from all over the world for the Silver Jubilee Farrell Clan Rally. It is said that home is where the heart is, and for the Irish diaspora Ireland is the homeland. For Farrells across the globe Longford is their heartland. Some visitors like Thomas, Carmen Joseph and Antonia from Malta were making their first visit, while for Tim and Julie from North Carolina this was their sixth trip. Canada sent their biggest delegation yet and The USA had representatives from California, Texas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Maryland, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Arizona.

For some like Gillian Farrell from Dorset, England it was a personal mission as she came in search of her ancestors’ burial place and found it in Clondra. Others like Mary and Brianna Farrell from New Jersey came to meet their DNA cousins. Bill Farrell from Melbourne, Australia wanted to see an Irish Gaelic match as well finding his roots. From New Zealand, Julie and Mike took in the re-union as part of a camping holiday. Maria Cecilia and Patricia Maria from Argentina were keeping up a family tradition started by their late mother, Sheila, 25 years ago.

The Irish Farrells came from North, South, East and West; Donegal to Waterford and Dublin to Galway. Following a Civic Reception in Aras an Chontae hosted by Longford County Council, Pat Farrell from Cork City carried the National flag as he lead The Longford Pipe Band and the parade of Nations through the streets of Longford town.

Included in a packed programe were tours of North and South Longford. On Tuesday the Clan followed the Edgeworthstown Trail and also visited Granard before experiencing an American Wake in The Haggard in Moyne. On Thursday the group toured Ardagh, Moydow, Corlea Visitor Centre in Keenagh concluding in Abbeyshrule.

Those who come in search of information or help with finding information attended a lecture in Longford Library given by Martin Morris on Wednesday morning and were entertained with a historical talk from Turtle Bunbury in The Longford Arms on Wednesday night. On Friday morning Geanealogical expert, Maurice Gleeson, hosted an interactive discussion on The Farrell DNA project.

The Farrell Clan took the opportunity to remember deceased members of the Clan with a tree planting ceremony in The Remembrance Garden, Water Street. A plaque was also unveiled at Moatfarrell, the ancient inauguration site of the Clan Chieftain, on Friday afternoon. The group also enjoyed a walking tour of the town beginning at St Mels Cathedral.

For the duration of the Rally an Exhibition of Farrell Clan Memorabilia and other historical artefacts were on display in the Longford Municipal Authority Chamber on The Market Square. This proved very popular with visitors and locals alike who took the opportunity to mingle as they viewed the exhibition and reminisced about the past.


The Grand Finale of the week was The Silver Jubilee Clan Banquet on Friday night. Ceann Comhairle, Sean O’Fearghail, honoured the Farrell Clan by travelling from Co Kildare to address the assembled clan at the banquet in The Longford Arms. The whole week was a testament to the old saying ‘There are no strangers, only friends we have not yet met.’


Pictures - Silver Jubilee Farrell Clan Rally - July 2018


International Mannion Clan Gathering 2017

Mannion gathering 2017

The fourth annual Gathering of the Mannion Clan took place on the weekend of Friday 18 and Saturday 19 August in the historic village of Menlough in East Galway. The event began with the formal unveiling on Friday evening of new welcome name stones on the approach roads to the village by Councillor Eileen Mannion, Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council.

Councillor Mannion’s officiating role was all the more significant given the fact that the medieval forerunner of the modern village was founded in late medieval times by her Ó Mainnín ancestors. This was where they erected their principal castle, which gave the village its Irish-language name Mionlach Uí Mhainnín, ‘the small lough of the Mannions’.

Members of the Mannion Clan from at home and overseas gathered for this historic occasion, as did many from the local community in the Menlough area, who have enthusiastically embraced the history and heritage of their picturesque rural village.

The unveiling ceremony was followed by the official opening of the 2017 International Mannion Clan Gathering in Thompson’s Lounge Bar by Galway County Heritage Officer, Marie Mannion. Marie highlighted the importance of the occasion in the annals of the Mannion Clan, and also in the broader context of promoting the rich history and cultural heritage of East Galway.

Afterwards, Clan historian Dr Joe Mannion gave a presentation on the early roots and royal ancestry of the Mannion Clan in ancient times, before genetic genealogist Martin Curley reported on the progress being made with the Mannion DNA Project, launched at the 2016 Gathering of the Clan in Abbeyknockmoy.

Music and refreshments followed the talks and the attendees mixed and mingled, renewing old acquaintances and making new ones, while sharing stories and recounting the intriguing history of their mutual Ó Mainnín forebears.

Many of the Clan assembled once again on Saturday afternoon in the car park of Mannion’s Bar in Abbeyknockmoy, for a guided tour of The Mannion Clan Historical Trail led by Dr Joe Mannion and archaeologist Dr Mags Mannion. After an introductory talk on the ancient Lughnasa assembly site of Knockroe, the remains of Killaclogher, Clooncurreen and Menlough castles in the parishes of Monivea, Moylough and Killoscobe were visited in turn.

During the course of the visit to the Mannion castle site at Clooncurreen, a newly erected information board, designed and sponsored by Skehana and District Heritage Group, was formally unveiled. The board features an artist’s impression of what the medieval tower house might have looked like when in use, together with some historical details relating to it and a brief history of the Mannion Clan.

Ramore inauguration and judicial assembly site in the townland of Mullaghmore West in Moylough parish was next on the itinerary. It was here that a Brehon law deed was drafted by a MacEgan lawyer in May 1584 for the Ó Mainnín Clan. In commemoration of this historic occasion, a translation of the original Irish-language agreement was read to members and friends of the Mannion Clan gathered on the ancient ceremonial mound, some four hundred and thirty-three years after the event. The sub-townland of Ballymannion, which with the modern townland of Cloonmweelaun was the focus of the Ó Mainnín deed, was then visited, as was our ancestral village of Menlough once again.

Saturday’s activities concluded in Kilconnell Abbey, where the last recorded Chief of the Name of the Mannion Clan – John son of Malachy – was buried in a tomb dated 1648, with two of his kinsmen from the Clan’s stronghold of Menlough. In this historically significant setting, the 2017 International Mannion Clan Gathering was brought to a close. The next Gathering of the Mannion Clan is scheduled for the weekend of Friday 17 and Saturday 18 August 2018. Why not join us for an unforgettable celebration of our unique family history and heritage . . . ?

Mannion Clan Gathering 2016, 19-20 August

Mannion Clan Gathering 2016, 19-20 August

*Picture courtesy of "The Tuam Herald" 

The third annual Gathering of the Mannion Clan took place on the weekend of Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August 2016 in the historic village of Abbeyknockmoy, County Galway. The focal point of this year’s rally was the launch of the Mannion DNA Project in The Abbey Inn on Friday night. This landmark event was attended by scores of Mannions and variants of the name, some of the Mannion diaspora having travelled from as far away as Australia, USA, Germany and England to join in the Clan celebrations with their namesakes and kinsmen from all over Ireland.

The evening’s proceedings began with the official opening of the 2016 Mannion Clan Gathering by County Galway Heritage Officer, Marie Mannion. Appropriately, Marie spoke of the importance of the occasion in the annals of the Mannion Clan, and also in the broader context of promoting the rich history and cultural heritage of East Galway.

There followed a lecture by Dr Joe Mannion, who recalled the early roots and royal ancestry of the ancient Clann Uí Mhainnín. Arising from this, Joe outlined the plans of The Mannion Clan Association for the erection of discreet directional and interpretive signage at the principal Ó Mainnín Clan sites, included in The Mannion Clan Historical Trail which was launched at the 2015 Gathering of the Clan. Dr Mags Mannion of the Archaeology Department of NUI Galway then delivered an enthralling illustrated presentation on medieval Gaelic dress and ornament.

This was followed by an introductory talk on the Mannion DNA Project by local genealogist Martin Curley from Guilka. He emphasised the importance of genetic genealogy as a means of connecting the Mannion diaspora with their relatives and their ancestral homelands in Ireland. The recently-established DNA project was then officially launched by Minister of State at the Office of Public Works Sean Canney TD, who delivered an inspiring address on the subject to those in attendance.

The evening concluded with traditional Irish music and song by Celtic Border, interspersed with absorbing storytelling by local seanchaí, Patrick Ward. Refreshments were served while old friends and new mixed and mingled, and recounted the intriguing history of their mutual Ó Mainnín forebears.

Many of the Clan assembled once again the following afternoon in the car park of Mannion’s Bar in Abbeyknockmoy, for a guided tour of The Mannion Clan Historical Trail. After an introductory talk on the ancient Lughnasa assembly site of Knockroe, the remains of Killaclogher, Clooncurreen and Menlough castles in the rich limestone plains of East Galway were visited in turn.

So too was Ramore inauguration and judicial assembly site in Mullaghmore West in the parish of Moylough, where a Brehon law deed was drafted by a MacEgan jurist in 1584 for the Ó Mainnín Clan. In commemoration of this historic event, a translation of the original Irish-language agreement was symbolically read to members and friends of the Mannion Clan gathered on the ancient ceremonial hilltop, some four hundred and thirty-two years later.

The day’s activities culminated at Kilconnell Abbey, where the last recorded Chief of the Name of the Mannion Clan – John son of Malachy – was buried in a tomb dated 1648, with two of his kinsmen from Mionlach Uí Mhainnín, now Menlough village near Ballinasloe. In these impressive and historically significant surroundings, the highly successful and very well attended 2016 Mannion Clan Gathering was brought to a close. The next Gathering of the Mannion Clan is scheduled for the weekend of 18 and 19 August 2017.


Lawlor Clan Rally 2016, 22-23-24 July - report

ÓLeathlobhair Clan chieftain for 2016/2017, Maeve Lalor, with her husband Declan and parents Pat and Margaret.

The annual Clan Rally was held on 22nd , 23rd, 24th July 2016.  There was an interesting programme of events. There  was a  large  attendance  which  included overseas visitors from America, Australia  and  England who  expressed  their  delight and  pleasure  at  attending  the  event    and  becoming  part   of  the  great  extended  O Leathlobhair clan which  is  the  most  active  of  all  the  native  Irish clans, holding  a  rally  every  year.

Chairman  and  PRO  of  the  Clan,  Kevin  Lalor Fitzpatrick,  welcomed  the  guests  and  said  it  was  heartening  to  see   so  many    attending  the event. He extended a  special  welcome    to  the  overseas   visitors  and  hoped  that  they  would  have  an  enjoyable   stay  in  Laois  and that they  would  being   home  very  happy  memories  of  their visit. He  expressed the  hope  that  they  would  spread  the   message  of the clan  far  and  wide  and  thus   encourage  other  Lalors,  wherever in  the  world,  to  become  involved in  the  affairs  of  the  clan.

Then  began  the  formal  business  of  the  AGM when Chairman  Kevin  Lalor  Fitzpatrick  welcomed  the  guests.The following officers were elected: Chairperson/PRO: Kevin Lalor-Fitzpatrick; Vice-Chairperson: Tom Lawlor; Minutes Secretary: Annie Lalor; Assistant Secretary: Mary O'Mahony; Computer Secretary: Mary Carmody; Treasurer. Paddy Lalor; Assistant Treasurer: Margot Coogan ;  Website Operator: Stuart Lawlor.

The Clan  Secretary, Annie  Lalor,   gave  a very  detailed  report. Other  reports  were delivered  by  Treasurer, Paddy  Lalor,  Stuart  Lawlor,  the  website and facebook  organiser and Mary  Carmody,  Computer  Secretary.

Refreshments, and a Comedy Sketch, delivered by Kevin Lalor Fitzpatrick and Paddy Lalor, followed. Those present were then entertained by music on the accordion, played by Joe Coogan and   contributions  from  the  guests.    

The Annual Clan Tour took place the following day .The bus departed from the Hotel Car Park at 10.30 am and proceeded to the Abbeyleix Garden of Remembrance , Colt Cross, Clonbar and onto Portlaoise where the statue of James Fintan Lalor stands in a Remembrance Garden commemerating the events  of the 1916 Rising. The  tour had as a theme the Centenary of the 1916 Rising.  There was a guide at each site to explain the relevance of each site in the context of the 1916 Rising. The first shots of the Rising was fired at Colt and  an  account  of the  event was  explained  to the  visitors. The tour proceeded to County Hall where Michael Parsons gave an informative talk at the Statue of James Fintan lalor.

Mr. Parsons,  who  is  President  of the Laois  Heritage  Society  gave  a   brief   but very  interesting  account  of the  life  of  James  Fintan  and  of  the  massive  impact  which  his  writings  and  political involvement  had  on  the   issues  of the  day  and  even  further  into  the  future.  He  said   that  James  Fintan  made  a  huge  impression  on  the  founder  of the  Land  League,  Michael  Davitt. His  writings were  also embraced  by James  Connolly  and  Patrick Pearse, two  of the  executed  leaders  of the  Easter  Rising.

It  was   then  on  to  lunch  at  The  Mile  Bush  Bar  and  Restaurant,  followed  by  a  visit  to  the  ancient   O’Moore  Fort   at  the  Rock  of  Dunamaise. This  is  the  ruins  of  a   very  impressive  edifice  standing  on  the  eastern   side  of the  road  midway  between  Portlaoise and  Stradbally. Jackie  Hyland, The  Heath,  entertained  the visitors   to a   very detailed  history  of the  Rock  and   his   knowledge  of  the subject  was   very  detailed  and  informative . Jackie  is the  author  of  a  very  informative  and   interesting  history  of  the   Blake  family  of  The  Heath  and  their  impact on  the  area   for  many  years.

A very enjoyable Clan Banquet was held later at the Manor Hotel . Music was supplied by Noel Glynn and his Band. There was no shortage of dancers taking to the floor. Kevin   The election of Chieftain  for the coming year was held . There  were  two  candidates  for the  position  of  Chieftain-Garrett Lawlor  and  Meave Lalor. Following  the  casting  of  votes Meave  was  declared  the  new  chieftain. She  thanked  her  proposer  and seconder  and  thanked  all  who  had  voted  for  her. She  promised  to promote  the  aims and ideals  of the   clan at  all  times and  to   work  diligently  to  ensure the  growth  of the  membership of the  clan.

Garrett  also  thanked  his  proposer  and seconder  and  all  who  voted   for  him. He   congratulated  Meave  on  her  election  and  wished  her  well  in  her  term  of  office  and said  he  was   sure  that  she   would  make  an excellent   leader.

On Sunday morning at 11.30am a Ecumenical Service was held in St Michael and All Angels Church of Ireland , Ballacolla Rd., Abbeyleix. Goodbyes were said following the Farewell  Lunch in the Manor Hotel.

McGrath Clan Gathering 2016 Report

The 2016 McGrath Clan Gathering held in the beautiful coastal town of Dungarvan has been hailed as the best gathering ever. Members of the clan from eight countries attended the event and sampled some wonderful Irish hospitality, visited a number of sites of McGrath heritage, enjoyed great traditional music and made friends for life.
There was a great atmosphere around the town as the clan were made feel very welcome. You could feel the excitement in the town's Park Hotel as registration time drew close. No one was a stranger, just cousins who hadn't met.
The first event of the gathering was the BBQ is The Enterprise Bar. This was a great icebreaker as people mixed and got to know each other. Connections started from the buzzer, as people spoke about their family trees.
Next stop was The Local Bar where our host was none other then Donnacha Gough, of the very popular traditional band Danu. We were treated to an very enjoyable traditional session by the musicians led by Seamus Connolly.
Friday's business started with a Mayoral Welcome from Cllr John O'Leary, Deputy Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, in the Council Chambers in Dungarvan. The Deputy Mayor welcomed everyone to Dungarvan and was high in his praise of Dan McGrath and his team, who had put the event together. He informed those present that his mother was a McGrath and told a bit of his own family history.
The much awaited launch of our DNA Project followed in the Waterford County Museum. This was carried out by Bernadette Guest, Council Heritage Officer. Also present were members of the project team, Chuck Real, Ann Marie Coughlan and Jill Hotchkiss. After looking around the excellent exhibits on display in the museum, we made our way to the Memorial Wall and King John's Castle.
The afternoon was taken up with lecturers. First up was John Collard from Australia, who spoke about tracing his family, who left Ireland in the 1850's, they are now 450 His book County Clare, Axedale & Beyond : An Irish Clan Downunder received it's Irish launch later in the afternoon.
Dermot Power gave an interesting talk on Joe McGrath, politician, businessman and racehorse owner. A key figure in Irish history for many years.
The evening talk sessions began with Ann Marie Coughlan, who gave an insight in genealogy and answered many questions from those in attendance.
The final speaker was Fr Paddy Ryan, who spoke on the infamous Bishop Myler Magrath. Fr Paddy had spend many years researching Myler and launched his book, Myler Magrath - The Enigma of Cashel, last year in Cashel.
On Friday night, we were entertained in Minnies Bar, where there was a wonderful traditional session. An impromptu singing session followed, where a few clan members displayed great singing voices.
Saturday was the day of our heritage tour. This was eagerly anticipated as people looked forwarded to seeing the various sites around West Waterford. Due to the nature of the roads and the time available, there was only so many places which could be visited.
One of the highlights was the visit to Sleady Castle, from where many of the McGraths in the area could trace their family tree. One of Ireland's gems, Lismore Castle was also on the tour and we were fortunate to gain access to the castle's award winning gardens. Lots of beautiful photos were taken, many of which made various newspapers.
The day ended with visits to the Round Tower in Ardmore and to the An Rinn Gaeltacht, where we got a demonstration in the cutting of crystal. Saturday night was a free night and most people enjoyed excellent food in one of the many award winning restaurants in the town. Several people made a return to The Local Bar and they weren't disappointed as there was another excellent traditional session.
Sunday was the final day and it started with mass in Abbeyside church where we were welcomed by Fr Hassett. Visits to the plaque which marked the site of McGraths castle and the tomb in the ruins of old church followed mass.
The afternoon was taken up by a talk on DNA and a Q&A. A short meeting followed and a number of issues were discussed. Some were side tracked, due to the matter of a soccer game in France.
There were a number of offers of help to increase our network and let people know about our events. After some discussion about the next gathering of our clan, it was decided that two years was too short a break and that the next gathering of the clan would take place in 2019 in Dungarvan.
The final event of the weekend was the Clan Gala Dinner. This was one of the highlights of the gathering with some top class entertainment. Special Guest was Cllr John O'Leary, the Deputy Mayor and his wife. He spoke of the value of our gathering, the friendships made and looked forward to seeing everyone back in Dungarvan at some time in the future.
Presentations were made to Ann Marie Coughlan and John Collard, plus a special award to Seamus McGrath, the Canadian Olympian.
Dan McGrath thanked everyone who had attended the event. He spoke of the huge support which he received from the businesses in the town. The Clan Chieftain thanked the members of the local committee for their help and the Park Hotel, which proved to be an excellent base. He asked those present to help spread the word of our clan gatherings to other members of the clan around the globe. Before he finished, he thanked Waterford City & County Council for their continued support of the event. He finished by wishing everyone a safe trip home and hoped to see them back in 2019.
It brought to an end a wonderful few days in the beautiful coast town in Co Waterford, which had made our clan welcome from the minute they arrived.
Clan members were high in their praise of the local area's hospitality and the warmth of the Irish welcome.
Despite the event starting on Thursday, visitors started arriving in the town from early in the week, with many staying two weeks. Members of the clan stayed in local hotels, B&Bs and rented out self catering accommodation. They enjoyed a true irish welcome from the town of Dungarvan. Such was the success of the festival of McGrath heritage, it was decided to return to the town in 2019 for the next International McGrath Clan Gathering. Further information;

O'Dowd, O'Dubhda Clan gathering 2105 - report

O'Dowd gathering 2015

Those bearing some variation of the Ó Dubhda name flocked to the Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone whose staff were most welcoming and helpful to the visitors from Ireland, England, Scotland, Holland, South Africa, Qutar, Australia, USA, Canada including for the first time from the French speaking Quebec.
The Gathering consisted of four days of tours, lectures, meetings, the election of Tánaiste and Inauguration of Taoiseach followed by lots of celebration and social interaction usually lasting into the early hours.
The Clan were particularly grateful to Sligo Co. Co. who in association with the National Roads Authority have erected a new chair to commemorate the life, death and extraordinary work of Dualtach Mac Fhirbhisigh at the N59 layby Screen Beg, Screen Co. Sligo. They are also very grateful to Mayo Co. Co. who have begun work on the planned "Monasteries on the Moy" greenway from Ballina to Killala and would welcome a similar project from Ballina to Enniscrone and the beautiful coast of Tireragh thereby encouraging much needed tourism to the local area.
This was the 25th anniversary of the first Gathering of the modern era organised by Enniscrone man Conor Mac Hale in 1990 who gave an excellent lecture on the Heritage of the Ó Dubhda Clan and conducted most of the tours. Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraile who hails from Knock gave a very iluminating lecture on the Great Book of Genealogies by Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh which Dr. Ó Muraíle translated and published in 2004. Proinsias Mag Fhionnghaile gave an extraordinary talk on Ancient Gaelic dress. In fact Proinsias is about to start a business to sell traditional Irish clothing the website is and will be operational shortly. Mike Dowd from Brisbane, Australia also gave a ground breaking talk about the origins of St. Patrick and his connections to the local area.
San Francisco born woman, Kieran O'Dowd was elected Tánaiste by the Clan which means the that the next Taoiseach of the Ó Dubhda Clan in 2018 is to be a woman for the first time in history. The Inauguration of Andrew Dowds Glasgow as the new Taoiseach was conducted on the megalithic tomb in the Castle Field Enniscrone replacing Kilglass born  Brendan O'Dowd who organised this  event.
The visitors toured the area with the fantastic Oisin from McGrath Coaches to see some of the many notable sites such as forts, megalithic tombs, castles, Churches including the Carromore Megalithic burial grounds, The Beach Bar, Aughris, the Franciscan monasteries of Moyne and Rosserk and the Augustinian abbey, Ardnaree, finally finishing in the wonderful Beleek Castle.
An extraordinary and particularly mellow whiskey was specially blended in Scotland for the occasion and the delightful, Irish produced but (unfortunately for Irish people) the "for export only", O'Dowds Irish Cream liqueur were heartily enjoyed during the Gathering.
While everyone has to return to their respective homes for another three years the Clan continues to remain connected  through Facebook- Proud to be an O'Dowd, email and the O'Dubhda Clan website
Everyone is looking forward to returning to Enniscrone from October 4th to 7th 2018.
"Ó Dubhda Abú"

Mannion Clan Gathering, 21-22 August 2015

2015 Mannion Clan gathering

The second annual Gathering of the Mannion Clan of Soghan took place during National Heritage Week 2015 in the historic village of Abbeyknockmoy in County Galway. The focal point of this year’s rally was the launch of the Mannion Clan Historical Trail and interpretive Guide in the Abbey Inn on Friday night, 21 August. The much-anticipated event was attended by more than one hundred Mannions and friends of the Clan, many of whom had travelled great distances to be present, some having come overseas from England and Switzerland.

The evening’s proceedings began with a lecture by Clan historian Dr Joe Mannion, who recalled the early Celtic roots and royal ancestry of the ancient Clann Uí Mhainnín. Joe also gave the background to the establishment of the Mannion Clan trail, and outlined the future plans of the Mannion Clan Association for the erection of discreet directional and interpretive signage at the principal Ó Mainnín Clan sites in medieval and early modern times.

This was followed by a lively presentation from County Galway Heritage Officer Marie Mannion, who spoke about the significance of the project for the Mannion Clan and the heritage of East Galway in general. Marie also exhorted those present to begin compiling their individual family histories, if they had not already done so. The formalities concluded with the launch of the Mannion Clan trail and associated family history booklet entitled Clann Uí Mhainnín: The Mannion Clan Historical Trail: A Guide to Residential, Ceremonial and Burial Sites by Teresa Mannion of RTÉ. Teresa also regaled the audience with the background to her own branch of the Mannion Clan, and her father’s great endeavours to record the family’s genealogy during the course of his lifetime. The evening ended with refreshments being served, the mixing and mingling of old friends and new, and discussion and debate about the absorbing history of their mutual Ó Mainnín forebears.

Many of the Clan assembled once again the following afternoon in the car park of Mannion’s Bar in Abbeyknockmoy, for a guided tour of the chief settlement, ceremonial and sepulchral sites that constitute the Mannion Clan Historical Trail. After an introductory talk on the ancient Lughnasa assembly site of Knockroe, the remains of Killaclogher, Clooncurreen and Menlough castles in the limestone plains of East Galway were visited in turn. So too was Ráth Mór inauguration and judicial assembly site in Mullaghmore West, where a Brehon law deed was drafted by a MacEgan jurist in 1584 for the Ó Mainnín Clan. In commemoration of this historic event, a translation of the original Irish-language agreement was symbolically read by Patrick Mannion to fellow Clan members gathered on the ancient ceremonial hilltop.

The day’s activities culminated at Kilconnell Abbey, where the last recorded Chief of the Name of the Mannion Clan – John son of Malachy – was buried in a tomb dated 1648, with two of his kinsmen from Mionlach Uí Mhainnín, now Menlough village near Ballinasloe. All of the above places are discussed in the Guide to the Mannion Clan Historical Trail, which also contains an overview of the history of Clann Uí Mhainnín and their ancestors spanning some 2,600 years, illustrations and images of the principal sites associated with the Clan, and location maps to assist would-be visitors to discover their whereabouts. The next Gathering of the Mannion Clan is planned for August 2016, the dates for which have yet to be decided.

O’Dea Clan gathering report July 2014

O'Dea gathering 2014

Over 170 O’Dea delegates from all over the globe assembled on the weekend of July 11 to 13th to celebrate the 9th International O’Dea Clan Gathering Clan, in Ennis and at their ancestral home of Dysert O’Dea Castle.
This triennial event, which began in 1990 included - O’Deas, Deas, O’Days, Days and Odyas - from all over the world, including delegates from places as far away as Poland, the United States, Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Ireland was also well represented.
Locally, clan members from Ennis, Kilfenora, Shannon, Lissycasey and Cooraclare were also present. Ennis native James O’Sullivan, now resident in San Francisco, whose mother, Cecelia, is an O’Dea, made a surprise visit home for the clan gathering.
The reunion commenced with a civic reception given by the newly elected Ennis Municipal Council which was held at their Butter Market civic reception centre. Councillor James Breen, the Deputy Mayor, warmly welcomed the delegates in word and in song. Following this, the O’Deas returned to the Old Ground Hotel for a lecture given by Tony Harpur on Bishop Cornelius O’Dea’s fifteenth century medieval mitre and crozier which is held in the Hunt Museum in Limerick. A well-received session of Irish traditional music song and dance, led by Martin Breen and friends, concluded the evening’s festivities.
On Saturday morning, the clan were taken to their ancestral home of Dysert O’Dea Castle, where an Irish coffee and smoked salmon reception was hosted by Breda Considine, the castle manager and her staff. Local historians Dick Cronin and Martin Breen led tours of the historic monuments of Dysert, including the St Tola’s Cross. On the steps of the castle, the clan chieftain and former Air Force 1 pilot, Lt Col William Dea, handed over his chain of office to the clan’s new chieftain, Maureen Carey of Adelaide, South Australia. Maureen will remain in office as clan chieftain until 2018. The inauguration of Maureen Carey as O’Dea Clan Chieftain is the second time that an Australian lady has held this office. A previous titleholder and chieftain was Sue Poole, also of South Australia. Sue and her husband, David, attended this year’s event together with a large Australian contingent.
Saturday afternoon saw the clan hold its triennial general meeting, where the clan reviewed its affairs and chose its new clan officials. Ennis native, now living in Dublin, Shane O’Dea, was re-elected as clan chairman. At this meeting, it was agreed that the next O’Dea Clan Gathering would be held in 2018 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Dysert O’Dea. Later on, local tour guide, Jane O’Brien, conducted a tour of the historic sites of the town for clan members.
At five o’clock, the clan descended on John O’Dea’s pub in O’Connell Street, where John and his family hosted a barbecue for over 160 clansmen and women, where historical stories and clan genealogy were traded and discussed.
The number of Odya families in the Gdansk area of Poland now stands at 900.  Descended from two O’Dea brothers from Dysert, who sailed to join the Russian Navy in the l660s but were ship-wrecked in the Baltic and came to settle in Poland.
This branch of the clan was represented by Mietek Odya and his granddaughter, Zosia, who came all the way from Gdansk. This was Mietek’s third time to visit a clan gathering in Ennis.
On Saturday night, the clan was treated to a medieval banquet and an evening of entertainment and song, at Bunratty Castle.
Sunday morning Mass at the cathedral was attended by a huge number of clan members of different faiths, where the celebrant, Fr Brendan Quinlivan, the Diocesan Communications Officer, extended a warm welcome to clan members.
Sunday afternoon was spent touring the 16th-century castle and the archaeological open-air museum of Craggaunowen, then on to St John’s Castle and a visit to the Bishop Cornelius O’Dea’s mitre and crozier at the Hunt Museum in Limerick. Another larger group of 90 O’Deas, led by Shane O’Dea, visited Inis Oirr and the Cliffs of Moher by ferry, from Doolin, with Bill O’Brien Ferries.
A final farewell banquet was held in The Old Ground on Sunday night. A new Tánaiste, (chieftain elect) Joanie Koechig from St Charles, Missouri was elected in a closely contested election held on the night.
The weekend finished with a commitment from the clan to hold their next international clan gathering in Ennis, in 2018, to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Dysert O’Dea. In the interim, O’Dea clan gatherings will be held in other countries, Buffalo in the US in the summer of 2016 and in Adelaide, South Australia in 2017.

Mannion Clan Lecture Night, 29 August 2014

the Mannion Clan in Menlough Community Centre, County Galway on Friday 29 August 2014

In the region of two hundred people from near and far throughout the country attended the inaugural lecture on the Mannion Clan in Menlough Community Centre, County Galway on Friday 29 August last. Entitled 'The Mannion Clan of County Galway: Warriors, Chieftains, Kings', the illustrated presentation was delivered by Dr Joe Mannion, the leading authority on the history and heritage of this ancient Connacht family. The choice of venue was particularly appropriate in the circumstances, given that the village of Menlough – originally Mionlach Uí Mhainnín – owes its very existence to the Ó Mainnín chieftains, who established their principal castle and associated village here in late medieval times. Undoubtedly, this was the greatest gathering of Mannions in their ancestral stronghold for some 360 years, since the Mannion Clan were forcibly dislodged from their hereditary homelands in the Menlough area during the Cromwellian confiscations of the 1650s.
The intriguing but little-known history of one of Ireland’s oldest families was duly charted during the course of Joe’s two-part presentation, in the middle of which light refreshments were provided by the Skehana and District Heritage Group, who organised this 2014 National Heritage Week event. The interval provided the attendees with an opportunity to mix and mingle with each other, renew old acquaintances and make new ones, and share their knowledge and interest in their mutual Ó Mainnín forebears.
At the conclusion of his presentation, Joe outlined the various measures currently under consideration to commemorate and perpetuate the history and heritage of the Mannion Clan, including the proposed establishment of a Mannion Clan Association, the registering of the Clan with Clans of Ireland, the erection of discreet interpretive signage at significant Ó Mainnín sites, the giving of youth-targeted talks in local schools, online dissemination of information and images, the publication of a comprehensive history of the Mannion Clan, and the hosting of regular Clan gatherings in the years ahead. The feedback on the night and afterwards was extremely positive, and plans are in hand to form a Clan Council to oversee the future development of the Mannion Clan, and to organise events and outings of interest and benefit to its many enthusiastic members.

Past Gatherings

Previous Clan Gatherings:



O'Keeffe Clan Gathering Rally 2016
IRD Newmarket, O Keeffe Institute. Newmarket, Co. Cork
Wednesday 17th Feb 2016

Association of the Fagan Tribes
Date: 17th March 2016

Brosnan Clan Gathering
Date: April, 2016
Venue: Greystones, Co. Wicklow.

McShane Clan Gathering
Date: April, 2016
Venue: Rome

McKenna Clan Gathering
Date: 22nd-24th April 2016
Venue: Four Seasons, Monaghan Town, Co. Monaghan, Ireland

O’Shaughnessy Society Rally
Date: 19 – 22 May 2016
Venue: Gort, Co. Galway, Ireland

2016McGrath Clan Gathering
Date: 23rd-26th June 2016
Venue: Dungarvan, Co Waterford, Ireland

O’Driscoll Clan Gathering
Date: 23rd-26th June, 2016
Venue: Baltimore, West Cork, Ireland

Egan Clan Gathering
Dates: 26th June - 3rd July 2016
Venue: Dublin

O’Reilly Breifne Clan Gathering
Date: 15 July 2016

Dorrough of Fermanagh
Date: 16th July 2016
Venue: Birmingham Alabama

Dempsey of Offaly & Laois Clan Gathering
Date: 16 July 2016
Venue: The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort, Killenard,
County Laois, Ireland

McAuliffe Clan Gathering
Date: 7th Global McAuliffe Clan Gathering will take place July 22-24 2016
Venue: Newmarket, Cork, Ireland.
Contact Person: Frances McAuliffe

Ó Leathlobhair Clan Gathering
Date: 22, 23, 24 July, 2016

Venue: Abbeyleix, County Laois, Ireland


O’Dea Clan Gathering
Date: 24–26 July, 2016
Venue: Buffalo, NY, USA

Flood Clan Gathering
Date: July 30, 2016
Venue:  Freehold, New Jersey, USA
Contact Person: Kevin Patrick Flood

Lahiff Clan Gathering
Date: 1 August, 2016
Venue: Blackpool, Lancashire

Roche Gathering
Date: 16 August 2016
Venue: Various locations

Mannion Clan Gathering
Dates: 19th & 20th August 2016
Venue: Abbeyknockmoy, Co. Galway, Ireland
Clan website:
Email contact:

Mc Cabe Clan Rally
Date: Sunday 21st August 2016
Venue: Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan

Joyce Clan Tribal Socety
Date: August 2016 Date tbc

Crowley Clan Gathering
Date: September, 2016
Venue: Bantry, Co. Cork

Date: September 2016
Venue: Manchester, England

O'Keeffe Clan Gathering Rally
Date: 9 – 11 September 2016
Venue: Dromtarriffe Hall, Kanturk, Co. Cork

Clann Chaomhánach Gathering
Date: 14-18 September 2016
Venue: Carlton Millrace Hotel, Carrigduff, Bunclody, Co. Wexford.

O’Sullivan of Munster Gathering
Date: October 2016
Venue: Dunderry Chateau du Gravier, France 18150


Mannion Clan Gathering
Venue: Abbeyknockmoy, Co. Galway, Ireland
Dates: 21st & 22nd August 2015

More info: 
In conjunction with National Heritage Week 2015, an exciting project aptly named The Mannion Clan Historical Trail will be launched in the Abbey Inn, Abbeyknockmoy, Co. Galway on Friday 21st August at 9.00 pm, together with a comprehensive interpretive Guide. The speakers on the night will include Clan historian Dr Joe Mannion, Marie Mannion, Galway County Council Heritage Officer, and Teresa Mannion of RTÉ, who will perform the official launch.

On the following day, Saturday 22 August, Joe Mannion will lead a guided tour of the chief residential, ceremonial and burial sites constituting The Mannion Clan Historical Trail, departing from Mannion’s Bar, Abbeyknockmoy at 2.00 pm. Killaclogher, Clooncurreen and Menlough castle sites will be visited in the locality, as will Ráth Mór inauguration and judicial assembly site in Mullaghmore West, where a Brehon law deed was drafted in May 1584 for the Ó Mainnín Clan. The day’s activities will culminate at the impressive ruins of Kilconnell Abbey, where the last known Chief of the Name of the Mannion Clan – John son of Malachy – was buried in a tomb dated 1648, with two of his kinsmen from their principal stronghold in Menlough, originally Mionlach Uí Mhainnín, ‘the small lough of the Mannions’.

Ó Dubhda Clan Gathering

Venue: Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.
Dates: Oct. 1st  – 4th

More Info: The following is a Programme of Tours, etc. for the Triannual Ó Dubhda Clan Gathering for all with an interest in or bearing the many Surnames derived from this noble Gaelic family.

Day 1. Thurs. Oct. 1st : - 9.30 Registration at the Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone. Co. Sligo.
10.30 A bus trip will visit some of the many Castles and other places of Ó Dubhda family interest around the area.
Many find this the most interesting aspect of the family history.  The tour will include; Enniscrone Castle, The Mermaid Rocks, Souterrain, Castleconor castle, Castleton Castle, and more.
8pm Michael Dowd will present his fascinating findings regarding St. Patrick’s origins and his possible connections to the Úi Fiachrach.

Day 2. Fri. Oct 2nd:
- We travel by coach to Carrowmore, Megalithic Archaeological Burial site in Co Sligo. Afterwards as we pass through Tireragh and visit other places of Ó Dubhda family interest around the Barony such as the new memorial to Dubhaltach MacFhirbhisigh (Duald Mac Firbis), murdered in January 1671. He was a most important traditional Irish scribe, translator, historian and last traditional genealogist of the Úi Fiachrach Muaidhe.
In the afternoon we visit Longford House, Beltra Co. Sligo which was an important Ó Dubhda stronghold. 
The Longford House outbuildings now include a small private hotel. A Light lunch will be available afterwards.
 8pm   Ocean Sands Hotel: Special Guest speaker: Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraile 
'The Great Book of Irish Genealogies by Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh, hereditary historian to Ó Dubhda’.

Day 3. Sat. Oct. 3rd: - The Council of Chieftains will hold a meeting in Ocean Sands Hotel.
The Grand council meeting.
The election of Tánaiste, (i.e. the successor to the Taoiseach) by of the Ó Dubhda Clan members.
3.00pm The Inauguration of The Ó Dubhda or Taoiseach of the Ó Dubhda Clan according to the Ó Dubhda Clan tradition.
Followed in the evening by a Banquet.

Day 4. Sun Oct. 4th:
 - 9.00am Mass for O Dubhda Clan in R.C. Church Enniscrone (All denominations welcome).

Geoghegan Clan Gathering

Venue: Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.
Date: 9–13 August, 2015

More Info:

The Geoghegan Clan has been regularly gathering from all corners of the world every five years since the year 2000. Each year ending in “0” or “5” commences with a buzz as clan members anticipate the coming event. 2015 will be no different and may be the biggest yet, with fifty already committed attendees.

The week will commence on Sunday 9th August, with the early arrivals meeting in Thyme Restaurant Athlone, to finalise the fringe events before the official gathering proper. All of the local events will no doubt be sampled, including a Viking longship trip on the Shannon, a visit to Athlone Castle, A trip to Clonmacnoise and an outing to Dun na Si heritage centre and park in Moate. The more adventurous are planning excursions further afield to places like Tara and Newgrange, Galway (where one branch of the Geoghegans was transplanted by Cromwell) and the Cliffs of Moher. Of course there will be plenty of opportunity for the clan to swap and share data and family history and local Geoghegans will be on hand to suggest places of interest and information.

The official events will kick off with the great clan banquet in Hatter’s Lane Bistro on Wednesday evening 12th August. The Clan will make merry and our outgoing Chieftain, Jim Geoghegan, will be confirmed as head of the clan for a further five years – unless a usurper appears from the ranks to challenge Jim in mortal combat. Next day, Thursday 13th August, the clan will gather for a guided bus tour of the ancient Geoghegan territory and other places of interest. The bus will pick up at Athlone at 9:00am and Horseleap at 9:30am then head for Jamestown House / Cloch Stocach and Carn Castle (two Geoghegan strongholds) then on to Uisneach, where our ancestor, Fiacha, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages held sway and brought the curse of St. Patrick on the Geoghegans (the curse was that no decendant of Fiacha would ever hold the High Kingship of Ireland – and none ever has). From there we head to Castletown Geoghegan for the obligatory photo opportunity then lunch in Tyrellspass Castle. After lunch we will visit Rathue and Cnoc Bua (Knockboe), where our Chieftain will be (re)inaugurated. The last stop will be at Durrow Abbey and Well near Kilbeggan.

That ends the official part of the gathering, but no doubt many of the clan will remain in the area afterwards exploring new sights and friendships.


Nelligan Clan Gathering

Venue: Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Date: 2015
Website:    Email

Clann Chaomhánach Gathering 2014

Date: 17-21 September 2014
Venue: Carlton Millrace Hotel, Carrigduff, Bunclody, Co. Wexford.

(O’) Molloy Clan Gathering

Date: 15-17 August 2014
Venue: Tullamore, Co Offaly.
Website   Email
O’Dea Clan Gathering
Date: 11-14 July 2014
Venue: Old Ground Hotel, Ennis Co. Clare, Ireland

Larkin Clan Gathering
Date: 11, 12 & 13 July 2014
Venue: Carlton Shearwater Plaza Hotel, Ballinasloe, County Galway
Cassidy Clan Gathering
Date: 4-7 July 2014
Venue: Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
O'Driscoll Clan Gathering
Date: 26-29 June 2014
Venue: Baltimore West Cork
Egan Clan
Date: June 14 – 22 2014.
Venue: Los Angeles, California, USA.
Whitty Clan Rally
Date: 6-8 June 2014
Venue: Whitford House Hotel, Newline Road, Wexford
Contact:  Mobile (087) 2809262I

Farrell Clan Rally
Date: 22-25 April 2014
Venues: Longford Town, Clontarf, Dublin,
Longford County, History lecture
Gala Dinner – Longford Rugby Club

Battle of Clontarf 1,000th Commemoration
Date: 23 April 2014
Among other celebrations, a commemorative re-enactment of the Battle of Clontarf is being organised by Mr. James O'Neill O'Brien and his colleagues in the O'Brien Clan ( to mark the 1000th anniversary of this important event in Irish history. All those clans who were involved in the Battle of Clontarf in anyway are invited to participate in this and other celebrations. Clan leaders can contact the organising committee directly at