Dates for 2019

Dates for 2019 are Wednesday June 26th to Sunday June 30th inclusive.

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‘One Year to Go’ to the International McGrath Clan Gathering in Dungarvan & West Waterford; The countdown is on to the 2019 International McGrath Clan Gathering and Cllr Pat Nugent, Mayor of Waterford City & County Council is pictured with members of the McGrath Clan and Fionn, an Irish Wolfhound, which is the Mascot attached to Irish Army at Stephen’s Barrack’s, Kilkenny, at an event to promote next year’s festival of Heritage, History and Culture in Co Waterford. Pic: mcgrathclan.org

Dungarvan 2019

Plans are at an advanced stage for the 2019 International McGrath Clan Gathering. Due to the big number planning on traveling to Dungarvan next year, registration will be opening shortly.

You are advised to book your accommodation early, if possible. A number of people have already booked their accommodation. We are updating our accommodation list and adding extra B&B’s and holiday homes, as we receive the information.

If you need any help or wish us to email the accommodation list to you, do not hesitate to send an email, info@mcgrathclan.org

This will be the 6th McGrath Clan Gathering and our 3rd as an officially registered member of Clans of Ireland.

All members of the McGrath Clan are welcome, their extended families and friends to our 5 day celebration of our history, heritage and culture. The theme for our gathering is “Back to our Roots in the Emerald Isle” !

This is going to be the biggest gathering of the McGrath Clan in hundreds of years on Irish soil and we feel it’s appropriate that our original clan is hosting the event.

The town of Dungarvan and West Waterford are looking forward to hosting our gathering and giving a true Irish welcome next June.

Film

Working is continuing on our and we hope to have it’s premier at next year’s gathering. Thanks to all the people who have come on board with offers of help. Filming will be in some of Ireland’s most beautiful countryside, including Tipperary, Clare, Waterford and Donegal. It will include the Rock of Cashel, Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city and the majestic Lismore Castle overlooking the Blackwater river.

While on a recent visit to Cashel, our film crew unearthed this very old photo of the Rock of Cashel.

Coat of Arms

A number pf people have been asking about our coat of arms and what each segment represents.

The crest shows the 3 lions of the O’Briens, showing we are descendants of the O’Briens, the Maltese Cross, showing that we were dedicated to the church, history and healing. Battle Axes, showing that we were often involved in battles and the Antelope, depicting that we came oversea from Europe.

 

Jack Weds

Congratulations to Irish rugby star Jack McGrath who got married recently. We wish Jack and his new wife Sinead many years of wedding bliss.

 

Clans of Ireland

Our Clan Chieftain, Dan McGrath, represented Clans of Ireland in his role of Chairman of the Clans of Ireland Historical Sites Committee, at the unveiling of a Historical Site Plaque at Dysert O’Dea Castle in Co Clare. The event coincided with the 10th O’Dea Clan Gathering and the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Dysert O’Dea.

Congratulations to the O’Dea Clan on a very successful Clan Gathering.

We would also like to congratulate Joe Mannion, the new Chairman of Clans of Ireland, and thank outgoing chairman Gearoid O Ceallaigh for his support during his three years in office.

The McGrath Clan of Thomond/International McGrath Clan Association are proud members of Clans of Ireland.

​Pix: Olivia McGrath.

2019 Flag Journey

The 2019 Flag continues it’s journey around the world. It’s currently in the southern hemisphere and has already visited New Zealand, with Cynthia Brook as it’ co-ordinator.

It’s first outing in New Zealand was to the 90th birthday celebrations of Valmai McGrath of Christchurch. Valmai is the beloved matriach of many out there, including her five children and many grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Her late husband Henry McGrath was the son of Henry McGrath late of Ballymacotter, Co Cork who with his sisters and one brother emigrated over the latter years of the 1800s to make a new life in New Zealand. Their parents were William and Johanna McGrath. William (d1886) lies in the old Churchtown South Cemetery Co Cork and Johanna (died 1915) (who came out in 1898 with her daughter Bessie and son-in-law John Kilmartin) lies here in the Omaka Cemetery, Marlborough NZ.

The McGrath Clan flag arrives in Dunedin Otago New Zealand (pic below), welcomed by some of the decedent’s of Michael McGrath and Sarah Cosgrove, who arrived in Dunedin via Australia in about 1863.
In 1861 gold was discovered in Otago and this lead to an influx of population and trade.
The Dunedin Railway Station in the photo, is the monument to its golden days, along with the Otago University, which is New Zealand’s oldest , being set up in 1869.
Dunedin also boasts the steepest street in the world according  to the Guinness Book Of Records. Baldwin street.
Dunedin is the Celtic name for Edinburgh and the street names reflect this connection.

The flag arrived in Australia in June, with it’s first stop at Parliament Building in Canberra. John Collard, our Aus-NZ Ambassador is looking after it’s journey in Oz. This was a very successful event at both Parliament Building and later in the Irish Club with over 70 in attendance. Thanks to the Irish Embassy for their kind sponsorship which is very much appreciated. Thos ein attendance were treated to superb performance form the McGrath School of Irish Dancing.

Anyone interested in hosting it in Australia or South Africa, should drop an email to info@mcgrathclan.org

Cumman Clann Mhic Craith

The McGrath Clan are proud of our Irish heritage, culture and history. We are proud to use our Irish language where possible. Many of our clan have questioned what ‘Cumman Clann Mhic Craith’ means. It translates McGrath Clan Association. The word ‘Cumman’ is the Gaelic (Irish) for Association. Mhic Craith is the spelling used in this context instead of MacCraith or Ni Craith when it’s used with a first name.

Amy McGrath

Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot, pulled off an upset victory in a Democratic Primary House race in Kentucky.    McGrath emerged from a three-person race in Kentucky’s Sixth District, beating her main challenger, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

McGrath was born in Kentucky but only recently returned to the state, she spent the past couple of decades serving in the Marine Corps as a fighter pilot.

We look forward to further news on her attempt to win a seat in the US Congress in the fall.

Best of luck Amy !

 DNA Project

The McGrath DNA Project welcomes new members. We are currently undergoing rapid changes to the online project at family tree DNA.

To join our clan’s DNA Project, please email; dna@mcgrathclan.org

We are aware that many of our clan are very interested in DNA. As a result, a DNA Workshop will be part of next year’s International McGrath Clan Gathering in Dungarvan.

 

News of some sporting success by clan members

Curtis McGrath (Australia)

Well done to clan member Curtis McGrath on his success at the world cup in his para canoe. To find out more and read his amazing story, check out; https://curtismcgrath.com.au

 Jack McGrath & Luke McGrath(Ireland)

Congratulations to Jack and Luke on winning the Champions Cup with their club Leinster Rugby. They beat Racing 92(France) in the final which was played in Spain. This is the top cup to win in European Rugby. Both are also key members of Ireland’s Grand Slam winning team.

 

​If you have knowledge of the success of a clan member in politics, sports, film, arts, music, receiving a major award, etc, please send an email to info@mcgrathclan.org and allow us acknowledge their success.

 

If you have questions about Dungarvan 2019, please drop us an email; info@mcgrathclan.org

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Website for updates.

(If you wish to be removed from the Official McGrath Clan association Mailing list, please drop an email to info@mcgrathclan.org)

 

Dan McGrath

Chieftain

McGrath Clan (Thomond)

Chairman – International McGrath Clan Association

Board Member – Clans of Ireland

Thomond – Where the McGrath Clan originated 1000 years ago !

Accommodation Information

Information for anyone traveling to Dungarvan next year for our Clan Gathering.

Details of hotels, B&Bs, holiday homes that are available for next year event. There are some other places which we’ll add when we have full details. There are over 120 people with rooms booked already.

Anyone who has emailed us to book a room in the Park Hotel, does not need to contact us again at this stage.
Due the popularity of Dungarvan & West Waterford as a tourist destination, early booking is advised.
There is also the option of AirBnB which worked out very well for some families at the last clan gathering.
Hope this information will be of help to you. If you have any questions, just email: info@mcgrathclan.org

 

Hotels, B&Bs, Holiday Homes

PARK HOTEL ( & Leisure Centre) ….FULL…
The Park Hotel is the base for the 2019 McGrath Clan Gathering. We have secured a rate of €335 per person for 5 nights and one evening meal/dinner. There is an extra charge of €125 for a single room. These rooms have to be booked through the McGrath Clan Association. Email: info@mcgrathclan.org  PH pix
(The Hotel also has a number of holiday homes which can be booked for the clan gathering.)

The Tannery Town House

The Tannery Town House offers B&B and is a few hundred yards from Dungarvan town centre.
Email: info@tannery.ie
Tel: +353 (0)58 45420 or +353 (0)58 45814

Tudor House 
B&B (over a bar of that name)

Mary Street, Dungarvan, 
Co Waterford

T:003535841873

E: tudor@cablesurf.com

Bayside Bed and Breakfast

Mrs. Sheila Norris,
Telephone: +353 (0)58 44318
Bayside Bed And BreakfastEmail: info@baysidebandb.com
Address:
Bayside,
Gold Coast Road,
Ballinacourty,
Dungarvan,
Co. Waterford.

Farm Lodge Guest House (about 5/6 minutes drive from town centre)
Clonea Road, Dungarvan. Tel: 00353 58 42574
Email:berniedwane@hotmail.com  http://www.farmlodge.ie/about-us/

Crews Apartments, Dungarvan
International Phone: +353 58 23422
Email: info@crews.ie
W; http://www.crews.ie
 Crew’s Restaurant and Accommodation, 
Church Street, Dungarvan,
 Co. Waterford, Ireland.

Gold Coast Hotel
http://www.goldcoastgolfresort.com
+353 58 42249

Cairbre House   Holiday Home (from Sept 2018)

Cairbre House is  set in a beautiful Georgian residence within private grounds on the banks of the Colligan River.
http://www.cairbrehouse.com/
+35358 42338.

Lawlors Hotel

Dungarvan

http://www.lawlorshotel.com/

+3535841000

Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore (about 20 mins from Dungarvan )

5 Star Hotel

https://cliffhousehotel.ie/

info@cliffhousehotel.ie
+353 24 87800

Holiday Homes:

The Moat – on the Greenway

(Holiday Apartment just 3 miles from Dungarvan)
No 3 Clonea Castle Apartments,
Clonea Lower,
Dungarvan, Co Waterford
http://www.greenwaymoat.com
Email: eileenstradbally@yahoo.co.uk

Ormonde, Grattan Square, Dungarvan.
Ormonde Cafe & Town House has room only accommodation and is in the center of the town. All rooms come with fully fitted kitchens and en-suite’s.
E: ormonds@eircom.net
Tel:+358 058 41153

Browne’s Town House & Farm House
Brownes Townhouse – located in Dungarvan Town Centre
One ground floor double with wet room – mobility accessible.
Living room with open fire – Large Kitchen leading to large raised patio – enclosed garden
Second floor – two doubles and one King room – family bathroom
Third floor – King room with two singles and up to two further singles – ensuite.
Accommodation for a family group of up to 14 people in 5 bedrooms.
EUR 1,650 per week for the house .

Brownes Farmhouse – rural setting, sea views
Ground floor double bedroom with single with wet room – mobility accessible.
Large kitchen, living room with open fire and porch. Large garden and rear parking.
First floor – King room with en suite, King room sharing family bathroom with a triple single.
Two floating singles that can be put in either king
Accommodation for a family group of 12 people in 4 bedrooms.
EUR 1400 per week for the house
Contact Naoive Coggin  email
brownesfarmhouse@gmail.com

 

 

You should find a room from the list above. If you have any questions, just drop us an email; info@mcgrathclan.org

Lá Fhéile Pádraig /St Patrick’s Day 2018

St Patrick’s Day is a very important day for Irish people at home in Ireland or overseas. We celebrate all that’s good about our common Irish heritage. It is a celebration of our culture, our songs and our language.
Members of the McGrath Clan have settled in many towns and cities around the world, playing a big part in the life of their communities. They have brought our Irish culture and traditions to their new homelands. Several generations later, this bond with Ireland still remains.
It’s a joy to see Irish dancing, singing and traditional music been performed at various locations and at events around the world.
St Patrick’s Day celebrations will see members of the McGrath Clan gather with family and friends to take part in parades, visit Irish centers and celebrate our Irishness. It’s important that we preserve and enjoy our Irish heritage.
I’d like to wish all the McGrath Clan members, their extended families and friends a very happy and enjoyable St Patrick’s Day.

“Like the warmth of the sun
and the light of the day,
may the luck of the Irish
shine bright on your way.”

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig Oraibh (Have a wonderful St Patrick’s Day)

Dan McGrath

Chieftain McGrath Clan
(Thomond)
Board Member Clans of Ireland
Chairman McGrath Clan Association

(Image of St Patrick is from Tononto, Canada, sent to us by Kenneth McGrath)29179011_10155138833757077_5496386175448907776_n

St Patrick's Day Image

Tom runs 225 miles in 6 days for charity

Just before Christmas when most were making plans for the festive season, Tom McGrath was running back to back marathons. The New York publican and a son of Fermanagh, is no stranger to running. An ultra-distance runner who in 1977 broke the Trans-Am record, running from New York to San Francisco in 53 days. Now 68, he decided to run a marathon a day from Boston to New York in order to raise money for the American Wheelchair Mission.
Titled ‘Miles 4 Miracles’, the run was sponsored by many Irish American organizations. The American Wheelchair Mission distribute wheelchairs to veterans’ hospitals, fire houses, ambulances and churches.
The run began in Boston and it took six days to complete the distance, finishing at Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Lower Manhattan, a distance of 225 miles.
Speaking after the run, he said that he was “not sure I could have gone another day, but thank God I was able to make it.”
If Tom isn’t out running around Central Park or Manhattan, he can be found in the Black Sheep bar and restaurant, which he owns at 583 Third Ave. (between 38th & 39th Ave.).
Tom’s book “The Black Sheep” which gives a detailed account of his life and is available to buy on amazon.

Tom McGrath

2019 Flag heads to NZ, Aus & SA

Dear clan member

It’s less than 18 months the International McGrath Clan Gathering which is been hosted in the beautiful scenic town of Dungarvan in Co Waterford, on Ireland’s south east coast. The dates for the event are Wednesday June 26th to Sunday 30th (inclusive). Due to the amount of McGrath heritage and history in the area, we had to add an extra day to our gathering next year. This is to enable a second heritage tour to be added and more time at the various sites. The Clan Dinner will be on Sunday June 30th.

The theme for the 2019 McGrath Clan Gathering is “Back to our Roots in the Emerald Isle”. We feel this to be very appropriate, as the gathering is been hosted by our original clan, the McGrath Thomond, where the clan started over 1,000 years ago. It will be a five day celebration of our history, heritage and culture.

I want to thank all the people who hosted the 2019 Flag during the past year. It heads to New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, in that order on April 1st.
If you would like to host the flag in any of those countries, please drop an email to info@mcgrathclan.org

The McGrath Clan (of Thomond) are officially recognized by Clans of Ireland.

Regards

Dan McGrath

McGrath Clan Chieftain
Chairman International McGrath Clan Association
Director Clans of Ireland