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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:

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.


Posted by Clan McGrath on June 29, 2016 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Clan McGrath has announced that it will be hosting an international McGrath Clan Gathering in summer 2020. The Gathering will take place in the ancient Clan territories of Donegal, Fermanagh & Tyrone and the theme is The North Remembers !!! The McGrath Clan Chief, Chieftain and Ceann Fine looks forward to welcome our international family. For more information please LIKE and share the new gathering" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Facebook page and keep in touch with . There is a new GATHERING 2020 website page where all the latest news on dates, venues and the gathering programme will be posted.  We look forward to meeting you all in 2020.


Posted by Clan McGrath on April 21, 2016 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Clan McGrath was represented by the two sept Chieftains, the Ceann Fine of Thomond and Ulster at this year's Finte na hEireann / Clans of Ireland AGM which took place at the Hibernian Club, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin. The AGM brought together representatives of many Irish Clans and historic families and he special guest this year was Mr Donough McGillycuddy, The McGillycuddy Chieftain of the Reeks. The McGillycuddy, representing the Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains, bestowed the Clans of Ireland Order of Merit on three worthy recipients and a literary prize to a worthy Trinity College student whose essay on Gaelic Lordship and the English Courts in early medieval Ireland was received with great enthusiasm by all in attendance.

The McGrath Ceann Fine announced the McGrath Clan Gathering 2020 to take place in the Counties of Donegal, Fermanagh and Tyrone and website address to direct Clan members to further information at

The AGM was followed by the Clans of Ireland conference and the itinery included:

A proposed template for a concise Clan history – Dr Joe Mannion.

Having ready access to their ancestral history is of great significance to Irish Clans. As an alternative to an all-embracing book-length Clan history, however, the extant information could be condensed and made available in booklet form. This lecture focused on one such publication and suggested that it could be used as a template by other Clans, who wish to provide their members with a concise and purposeful account of their past.

Time travelling in Irish DNA – Professor Dan Bradley, Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin

Delving into the past can be problematic, the roots of modern patterns of genetic variation are the result of many overlaid processes and can be difficult to discern. To get beneath this requires time travelling, either by using the linkages between Y chromosomes and surnames with many hundred year histories or by directly accessing the variants in long-dead people using ancient DNA. The Clan McGrath will be launching our DNA project during this year's Clan Gathering in June.