MCGRATH CEANN FINE VISITS CLONALIS HOUSE, HISTORIC SEAT OF THE O'CONOR DON
The McGrath Ceann Fine (McGrath Chief, McGrath Chieftain) spent three nights at the beautiful historic seat of the O'Conor Don. Clonalis House is in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon and in the territories of the O'Conor Clan. The O'Conor Clan provided the last Gaelic High King of Ireland and many Kings of Connacht. The Ceann Fine took the opportunity to explore many sites associated with the O'Conor Clan and other ancient sites.
Clonalis House now welcomes guests from across the world during the summer months who can tour the house and browse the magnificent archives.
The Ceann Fine's grandmother was an O'Conor and his great-grandfather Henry O'Conor served in both the First and Second World Wars.
McGRATH CEANN FINE ATTENDS CLANS OF ULSTER LÚNASA FESTIVAL AT ANCIENT ROYAL SITE OF TULLYHOGUE FORT, Co. TYRONE
12th August 2017
The Ceann Fine attended a wonderful event hosted by the Clans of Ulster to celebrate the ancient festival of Lúnasa to mark the beginning of Autumn. It was an honour to represent the Clan McGrath at such a vibrant and joyful sharing and celebration of our ancient heritage. The Ceann Fine took the opportunity to share information on the Clan McGrath International Gathering 2020.
BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION
14th July 2017
The Ceann Fine of Ulster was a guest of Monsieur Jean-Maurice Ripert, Ambassadeur de France at the celebration of the French National Day / Bastille Day.
This was a celebration of the people, the produce and the music of France. The Ceann Fine had earlier in the year attended a wonderful festival of Breton Celtic music and dance and was happy to see Brittany well represented at the event, including the fantastic culinary delights of the region.
Vive la France.
THE MCGRATH CEANN FINE OF ULSTER MEETS HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL
4th July 2017
The McGrath Ceann Fine, McGrath Chief, McGrath Chieftain had the honour of meeting HRH The Princess Royal at a reception to mark HM The Queen's 91st Birthday.
Her visit was part of a three day trip where she launched a 'Spirit of Youth' campaign and looked at the strength of cooperation in the fields of sport education and research,
Drawing on her work as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and her experience as a competitor in the Olympics and other international equestrian events, The Princess Royal met IOC representatives to discuss collaboration on upcoming events including the Winter Olympics 2022. .
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
30th June 2017
The Ceann Fine of Ulster was a guest of Mr Jonathan D Fritz, Charge d'Affaires ad interim of the United States of America at the celebration of the 241st Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.
The theme of the evening was 'Get your motor runnin' and featured many historic and iconic American motor vehicles and motorcycles. Entertainment was provided by the band of the US Navy.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND, VERMEER EXHIBITION
25th June 2017
The Ceann Fine attended the Vermeer exhibition at the recently refurbished National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. This exhibition explores the fascinating network of relationships between Vermeer and Dutch genre painters of the period 1650 to 1675, and gives visitors an insight into how Vermeer and his contemporaries admired, inspired and rivaled each other. Conceived by the National Gallery of Ireland, this exhibition brings together some 60 paintings from around the world.
DINNER AT THE ROYAL HOSPITAL KILMAINHAM, DUBLIN
24th June 2017
The Ceann Fine attended a dinner hosted by the President of the Irish Association of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John the Baptist of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta (Order of Malta). The dinner was in celebration of the feast of the nativity of St. John the Baptist and of the international humanitarian works of the Order of Malta.
THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST
24th June 2017
The Ceann Fine attended a celebration of the Feast of the nativity of St. John the Baptist at St. Mary's Church, Haddington Road, Dublin. The chief celebrant was the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin.
CORPUS CHRISTI MASS AND PROCESSION
18th June 2017
The Ceann Fine attended the annual Corpus Christi mass and procession at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Soho Square, London. St. Patrick's Church has many Irish connections. St Patrick’s is the first Church in England, at least since the Reformation, dedicated to St Patrick. It was also one of the first Catholic parish Churches established after the passing of the Catholic Relief Acts of 1778 and 1791, which brought freedom of teaching and worship.
TROOPING THE COLOUR
17th June 2017
The Ceann Fine was in London and attended the trooping of the colour of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. The ceremony was to mark the 91st birthday of HM The Queen.
The Irish Guards have a long history and as well as an operational role they perform duties at the various royal palaces. Their regimental mascot is the Irish Wolfhound Domhnall.
The Ceann Fine's great-uncle served in the 2nd Battalion Irish Guards during the Second World War and lost his life during the Battle of Dunkirk 1940.
He is honoured on the Dunkirk memorial.