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Keep up to date with the latest news from the Clan McGrath of Ulster.  On this page we will bring you features, articles and photos from events and activities related to the Clan in Ireland and abroad.

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2017 NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE MCGRATH CEANN FINE

Posted by Clan McGrath on January 7, 2017 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A Cháirde,

May I begin by thanking the members of the Clan McGrath Society for their continued support over the past year, it has made my job to represent the interests of our Clan a joy and a pleasure and it is with great pride that I have continued to represent you as the Clan McGrath Ceann Fine (Chief, Chieftain). Since our last edition of THE TERMONER it has been my honour to have travelled widely and meet people from many backgrounds with a deep interest in their Gaelic ancestry and who have reconnected with the Clan McGrath through our website and Facebook pages.

 

During 2016 the Clan McGrath Society of Ulster has formulated our plans to host our next international gathering in the McGrath Clan territories in Ulster. It was felt that a gathering centred in our northern lands of Termonmagrath and incorporating other significant and cultural sites and experiences in this last Gaelic kingdom, would offer our McGrath diaspora a new and significant historical and cultural experience. The programme for the 2020 Gathering has been carefully considered, as has the venue which will utilise some of the best placed and scenic locations in Ireland.


The Gathering is for the Clan McGrath and by the Clan McGrath and although we welcome the support of may like minded organisations and bodies, the Clan McGrath of Ulster and the 2020 Gathering is independent of any commercial interests, it is not financially reliant on any outside organisations. Our purpose is to promote and preserve the Clan McGrath through cooperation, and to ensure that our kin have every opportunity available to broaden their knowledge and bringing them closer to their ancestral traditions.

 

In April 2016 I had the immense pleasure of representing the Clan McGrath at the Clans of Ireland Annual General Meeting in Dublin. This year saw an excellent representation of many Irish Clans and historic families. We had the pleasure of a presentation by Professor Dan Bradley, of TCD’s Department of Genetics, who shed new light on the ‘history of the Irish’ though his lecture on DNA which identifies the origins of our ancestors outside Ireland. We also learned from Dr Joe Mannion on the production of the Mannion Clan historical trail and we working towards a similar project to be launched at our 2020 Gathering.

 

The year of 2016 has been one of commemorations, from Dublin and the Easter Rising, to the Somme battlefield. Both saw members of our Clan serve and pay the ultimate sacrifice. Despite the differing objectives, the one thing united them all was their name and their heritage and history. At the beginning of 2017, I am thinking of them and how circumstances took them on different paths. But with the passage of time, we have now have the opportunity to reflect on their sacrifices and learn from their example of selflessness to guide us in our endeavour to build strong bonds with our neighbours and build lasting bridges in our world, so that we can secure a better and brighter future for all of us.

 

Our Society continues to grow as does our social media, we now have over 800 followers. As we grow can I encourage to join the Clan Society, details are available on page 1 of the newsletter. As always I am available for your comments and recommendations. Please feel free to contact me via social media, links to our Facebook and Twitter accounts can be found on the ‘Home page’ of our website and on the final page of this newsletter. Please take the time to follow the Clan and myself. You can of course email me directly at [email protected]


Seán Alusdrann Mac Craith, Ceann Fine

 

 

CLAN McGRATH NOW A LINKEDIN GROUP

Posted by Clan McGrath on September 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Clan McGrath has formed a new Linkedin Group. Please click on the link on our Home Page and request to join the group. The Clan McGrath will post regular updates on Clan activities and on the McGrath Clan Gathering in 2020.

GATHERING OF THE CLANS, ATHENRY 2016

Posted by Clan McGrath on August 21, 2016 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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. 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. For further information please contact: [email protected]


Passing of Fr. Padraig O Fiannachta

Posted by Clan McGrath on August 17, 2016 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Clan McGrath is sad to announce the passing of a great friend of Clans of Ireland and holder of an Order of Merit for his contribution to Irish culture and heritage.

Priest, Professor, Poet and Pastor Emeritus Pádraig Ó Fiannachta was born in Ballymore in County Kerry, Ó Fiannachta was ordained at Maynooth in 1953. He was appointed Professor of early Irish at Maynooth in 1960, followed by Modern Irish in 1982. He taught at the College and subsequently the University until his retirement in 1992, when he returned to Kerry to serve as parish priest in An Daingean.

Dia a anam.



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