July 2016 - Gathering of the Clans, Athenry 2016

The acclaimed Irish scholar Nollaig Ó Muraíle is to speak at the next Clans of Ireland event,  'Gathering of the Clans, Athenry 2016', scheduled to take place on the 1st of October in Athenry, County Galway to commemorate the septicentennial anniversary of the noteworthy battle fought there between the Gaelic Irish and Anglo-Norman forces in 1316. Dr Ó Muraíle's lecture 'The Gaelic nobility who fell in the battle of Athenry, 1316' will be of considerable interest as it is reckoned that twenty nine individual members of seventeen separate Gaelic families died in the battle.

Dr Ó Muraíle is well known to many in Clans of Ireland and throughout the community of those interested in Gaelic culture. His work, The Great Book of Genealogies, published in 2004, followed his transcription of Leabhar na nGenealach. Some of his other works include The Celebrated Antiquity, Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh (c. 1600 – 1671) His Life, Lineage and Learning; Irish Leaders and Learning Through the Ages, Paul Walsh, Essays Collected Edited and Introduced by N. Ó M; Túras na dTaoiseach nUltach as Éirinn from Ráth Maoláin to Rome, Tadhg Ó Cianáins contemporary narrative of the "Flight of the Wild Geese" (Editor) and Micheál Ó Cléirigh, His Associates and St Anthony's College Louvain (Editor). In addition his latest publication, a new edition of The Annals of Clonmacnoise is due to be released by De Búrca Rare Books later this year. Dr O'Muraíle's edition has been modernised to make it more 'user friendly'.

The lecture will follow an Extraordinary General Meeting of Clans of Ireland, in addition to a workshop on Organising a Clan Event.

Following the lecture, the presentation of the Chiefs and Clans Essay Prize 2016 will be made to Simon Egan a postgraduate of UCC. His winning essay;  An Irish context to a Scottish disaster: James IV, the O'Donnells of Tyrconnell and the Road to Floddeni s due to be published in the Nov/Dec edition of History/Ireland.

The lecture and event on October 1st will be open to Members and non-members, following the Extraordinary General Meeting. Further detailed information may be had from Dan McGrath at info@clansofireland.ie