McGrath Clan Gathering
The Clan McGrath is happy to announce that the next International McGrath Clan Gathering will take place in the ancient McGrath Clan territories of Termonmagrath and McGrath sites in Donegal, Tyrone and Fermanagh.
The base for the activities will be the magnificent town of Enniskillen, Co, Fermanagh where we will be providing our Clan with premier options for accommodation and the opportunity to explore the beautiful and wild Ulster countryside and historic sites. There will much more news available in the coming months and the Clan McGrath Gathering will be supported by our partners across the region and will see some major innovative projects to promote and preserve the Clan McGrath into the future.
The McGrath Clan Gathering will give our Clan members the opportunity to visit some of the major sites associated with the Clan McGrath and our kinship group including the magnificent McGrath Castle, Donegal Castle and Enniskillen Castle as well as the ancient monastics sites of Devenish Island and Boa Island and of course the ancient pilgrimage site of Lough Derg which remained under the protection of the Clan McGrath for over 400 years.
The Clan McGrath looks forward to welcoming our diaspora from across the world and making this Clan McGrath Gathering the best and biggest gathering to date.
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. 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]
The Clan McGrath have received the following invitation from our Kinsmen in the Clan O'Neill of Ulster. There is an entire week of events taking place and the Ceann Fine would encourage all McGraths to take part in some aspect of this Gathering and 400th Anniversary of the death of the Great O'Neill.
Let me introduce myself I an Dan Ó Néill current Chief guardian of the Ancient clan O'Neill we are based in East Tyrone and have four branches in the U.S with 27 official reps world wide. This year 2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of the great Hugh O'Neill and to remember this great man we along with Mid Ulster council will be holding a week of events starting June 17th to the 26th this year. The event is titled Return of the Clans and we would love if all the Ulster clan could join us it will be a week of parades, plays, history talks, music, dance, song, festival and Gaelic games.
We want you to join us in June. Bring your clan family and friends if you want more info on this please go to our website ancientclanoneill.com or visit us on Facebook at Ancient Clan O'Neill of Tyrone we have over 2000 members on there from all over the world.
Our aim is to build up a relationship with all the great Ulster clan
Dan Ó Néill
Ancient Clan Ó Néill