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    by Clan McGrath on December 16, 2016 at 10:45 PM
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    Doon Fort is an ancient ring fort hidden away on Doon Lough near the coastal village of Portnoo. It was built 1500 years ago and it?s walls stand 4.8m high and are 3.6m thick. The fort covers most of the island. As well as ?Doon Fort? it is sometimes called ?The Bawan? or ?The O?Boyle Fort? as it became their stronghold in the 16th century. It was also the scene of the murder of Conor O?Boyle in 1530 who was slain by a rival O?Boyle family member! The fort is now on land belonging to a friendly local farming family. During the holiday season they have small boats available for hire. The McGrath Clan Gathering 2020 will provide you with the opportunity to explore the historic and cultural richness of the North.

  • A tale of the Deeds of the Tuatha De Dan...
    by Clan McGrath on September 28, 2016 at 11:08 AM
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    Bard Robin Williamson tells the tale of the ancient Irish story of the deeds of the Tuatha De Danann and the Two Battles of Moytura.

    by Clan McGrath on September 4, 2016 at 5:32 AM
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    .. blows the lid on the traditional Anglo-centric view of history and reveals (here part 2 of 2) how the Irish saved Britain from cultural oblivion during the Dark Ages. In this second programme, Snow follows in the footsteps of Ireland's earliest missionaries as they venture through treacherous barbarian territory to bring literacy and technology to the future nations of Scotland and England. This is a visually and intellectually stimulating journey through one of the least known chapters of British and Irish history.

    by Clan McGrath on September 4, 2016 at 5:30 AM
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    Provocative two-part documentary in which Dan Snow blows the lid on the traditional Anglo-centric view of history and reveals (in part 2 of 2) how the Irish saved Britain from cultural oblivion during the Dark Ages of 400-800AD. Travelling back in time to some of the remotest corners of the British Isles, Dan unravels the mystery of the lost years of 400-800 AD, when the collapse of the Roman Empire left Britain in tatters. In the first episode, Dan shows how in the 5th century AD Roman 'Britannia' was plunged into chaos by the arrival of Anglo-Saxon invaders. As Roman civilisation disappeared from Britain, a new civilisation emerged in one of the most unlikely places - Ireland.

    by Clan McGrath on September 3, 2016 at 2:08 AM
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    The venue for the McGrath Clan Gathering 2020 will be Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh where we will base ourselves to explore the ancient McGrath Clan territories of Donegal, Fermanagh and Tyrone. Let Ervin and Jonathon take you on a short trip around Ireland beautiful lakeland county and Enniskillen, Ireland's only island town.

  • The Lough Derg Pilgrimage
    by Clan McGrath on July 19, 2016 at 11:07 AM
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    The Clan McGrath has a long association with Lough Derg stretching back to at least the 11th Century. Here we have an old Ulster Television documentary on the pilgrimage which give an insight into the spiritual aspects of the pilgrimage, still popular in Ireland.

    by Clan McGrath on July 4, 2016 at 8:12 AM
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    A little sample of some of the amazing places you can visit when you come to take part in the International McGrath Clan Gathering 2020. More information will be posted on our website and the gathering facebook page

  • McGRATH CLAN GATHERING 2020. The North R...
    by Clan McGrath on July 3, 2016 at 9:32 AM
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    The Clan McGrath has occupied the lands of Termonmagrath since at least the 13th Century. Here is a little teaser of what you can expect when you travel to the North in 2020 for the Clan McGrath International Gathering. Don't forget to follow the Gather 2020 facebook page at

  • Battle of Culloden 270th Anniversary 16t...
    by Clan McGrath on April 28, 2016 at 10:55 AM
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    Our kinsmen in the Clan Macrae of Scotland join with other Clans to mark the 270th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden when a Jacobite army headed by the Bonnie Prince fell. Alba Go Bragh.

    by Clan McGrath on February 19, 2016 at 8:59 PM
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    The internet is revolutionising academic research, breaking down many pre-existing barriers between university life and the wider world. Nowhere is this more true than in the field of genetic genealogy and it is local geographic and surname projects, and associated websites, run by citizen scientists, as well as university papers which are forcing the pace of change. This work is characterised by growing expertise in genetics and family history but the key research challenge for medieval historians is to investigate the origin and development of surnames in Ireland and Western Europe. This presentation investigates the processes of surname adoption through the pivotal figure of Brian Boru.

    by Clan McGrath on February 19, 2016 at 9:10 AM
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    Surnames came into widespread use in Ireland at a time where five vernacular languages were in operation ? Irish, English, Norse, Welsh and Norman French. The processes through which surnames were adopted are only gradually being investigated but they appear to have emerged in a context when five major ethnic groups were interacting on Irish soil. This lecture attempts to investigate this evidence with particular reference to the English language surnames of medieval Ireland and the evidence which they provide for the nature of the Anglo-Norman colony in Ireland and its interaction with its Gaelic speaking neighbours

    by Clan McGrath on February 19, 2016 at 9:04 AM
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    Medieval Irish historiography bristles with words such as clan, sept, dynasty, lineage and tribe but although some of these have been investigated over the years by scholars, many have been left undefined and their relationship to the Irish words used to describe the structures of their own society - words like cenal, ciniud, fine, sliocht and tuath - are often never clarified. This paper looks at the discussion to date of these terms by Irish historians and compares the data to some of the Scottish clan structures in the medieval period. A particular focus is on landholding which is a huge and difficult topic and one which is almost entirely unexplored; how much land did these various types of units control and what political structures did they use to do so?

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