Annual General Meeting 2016

Comhdháil Bhliantúil & Cruinniú Ginearálta Finte na hÉireann
Annual Conference & General Meeting of Clans of Ireland
Friday 15th & Saturday 16th April 2016
The Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, Dublin.

Clans represented at 2016 Annual General Meeting

Cassidy -  Nuala & Oliver Cassidy

Connolly - Bartle Connolly

Dixon - Michael & Kenneth Dixon,

Hoban - Denis Hoban, Baron, Canada

Joyce of Joyce Country - Laurie Joyce, Australia

Keohane of West Cork - William Keohane, USA

Mac Cabe of Breffny - Aidan McCabe

Curtin - Heidi Welch, USA

McGillycuddy - The McGillycuddy

Egan - Tim O’Neill

McGinley - Proinsias, & Francis McGinley,

McGrath of Thomond - Dan McGrath

McGrath of Ulster - Seán McGrath

McMullen - Maureen McMullen

Mannion - Dr. Joe Mannion

Mulqueen - Niall Mulqueen

O’Brosnan - Paul & Doireann Brosnan

O’Byrne - Richard & Trish Byrne

O’Carroll of Oriel - Vincent & Alexandra O’Carroll

O’Crowley - Michael Crowley

O’Dea - Shane & James O’Dea,

O’Dowd - Brendan O’Dowd

O’Farrell - John & Tara

O’Gara - Maura O’Gara & Maura O’Riordan

O’Kane of Keenaght -  John O’Kane

O’Kelly of Hy-Many - Gearóid Ó Ceallaigh

O’Lalor -  Margot Lalor Coogan, Annie Lalor,

O Mahony - Nora Keohane Hickey

O’Neill Clan Association - Dr. Eoin O’Neill

O’Shaughnessy - Des and Tony O’Shaughnessy

O’Sullivan - Gary & Julie O’Sullivan

O’Tireney - Cathaoir & Órlaith Ó Tíghearnaigh

* AGM 2016 online BOOKING FORM is now open HERE

Schedule for Saturday 16th April 2016

10.30 Registration [Cost €15 includes Lectures, tea/coffee and sandwich lunch]

11.30 Annual General Meeting

12.30 Lecture: A proposed template for a concise Clan history – Dr Joe Mannion
Having ready access to their ancestral history is of great significance to Irish Clans. As an alternative to an all-embracing book-length Clan history, however, the extant information could be condensed and made available in booklet form. This lecture will focus on one such publication and suggest that it could be used as a template by other Clans, who wish to provide their members with a concise and purposeful account of their past.

Dr Joe Mannion is an Independent Scholar who holds a PhD in history from NUI Galway. He is a founding member of the Mannion Clan Association, dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of Clann Uí Mhainnín of County Galway. To this end, he published a booklet entitled The Mannion Clan Historical Trail: A Guide to Residential, Ceremonial and Burial Sites, which was launched during the Mannion Clan Gathering in August 2015.

13.15 Light Lunch.

14.00 Parade of Clans & Ceannairí Finte na hÉireann

14.30 Group Photograph

15.00 Presentation of the Order of Merit

15.15 Lecture: Time travelling in Irish DNA – Professor Dan Bradley, Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin    
Delving into the past can be problematic, the roots of modern patterns of genetic variation are the result of many overlaid processes and can be difficult to discern.  To get beneath this requires time travelling, either by using the linkages between Y chromosomes and surnames with many hundred year histories or by directly accessing the variants in long-dead people using ancient DNA.

Dan Bradley spent his early years on an Irish farm  After a degree in genetics from Cambridge University and PhD in medical genetics from Trinity College Dublin he subsequently started to work on the genetics of each species present on that farm, including Irish humans, and has done for over 20 years. He holds a Personal Chair in the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, is a member of the RIA and is the holder of an ERC Advanced Grant.

19.30 Fáilte an Chathaoirligh – The Reception of the Cathaoirleach
20.00 Dinner [Cost €85.00]

2016 AGM Professor Dan Bradley TCD Lecture

Another Chapter for the History of Ireland, and further East!
The unearthing of new evidence often causes a new wave of thinking about the past: Professor Dan Bradley, of TCD’s Department of Genetics, shed new light on the ‘history of the Irish’, as it used to be called, in his address to Finte na hÉireann’s annual general meeting in Dublin on Saturday April 16th.

In the august surroundings of the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, surrounded by many gems of Georgian and Victorian architecture and art (such as sumptuous drawings by Sir William Orpen), Professor Bradley upset many earlier patterns of dedicated guesswork as to where our ancestors may have, might have, or could possibly have come from. His work lies in identifying common key markers in strands of DNA extracted from partial corpses (human and animal) that have been uncovered from sites across Europe and Ireland. These new researches have shown tantalising evidence for a more heterogeneous spread of origins for the continuous waves of settlers moving into Ireland over millennia, from a variety of main centres in Continental Europe and much further East. Probably all other Clan members felt some surprise about this exposure of the origins of the Irish (as they were three, four, and five thousand years ago). In my case the origin of some of our ancestors in Basque communities in Sardinia advanced my knowledge by two stages, and illustrates the enormous complexity of the history of migration over long periods of time. It is only twenty years ago that everyday observation on a Dublin Bus showed a dramatic shift in possibilities to an entirely non-European passenger configuration. But Prof. Bradley also referred to two major genetic traits that had accompanied different waves of migration into Ireland about 4,000 years ago, and now traced by genetic examination of human remains from that period: the retained ability to digest milk into adulthood, that Irish people have, and the prevalence of haemochromatosis, causing a build up of iron in the blood, which is quite concentrated in the population of Ireland.

Many thanks are due to Professor Bradley for stripping the complexities of his science down to a level where we could all feel the excitement of new discovery and the anticipation that there is more, much more to come from this field of research.

Eoin O’Neill, in retirement, works as an Adjunct Professor in TCD’s School of Business, and represented the O’Neill’s at the AGM.