Luke McInerney to speak at McGrath Clan Gathering

The McGrath Clan Association are delighted to announce that one of
Ireland’s top speakers and a much sought-after lecturer, Luke McInerney
will be joining us in Dungarvan for the McGrath Clan Gathering in June.
Luke is an independent researcher with a particular focus on the late
medieval history of Gaelic Ireland. His ancillary interests include the
economic and social structure of medieval lordships in Ireland; the
medieval Gaelic church; and the role and function of the learned class
in Gaelic Ireland.
Many of his key publications can be found in the issues of the ‘North
Munster Antiquarian Journal’; ‘The Other Clare’; ‘Archivium Hibernicum’,
‘Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland ‘, ‘Seanchas
Ardmhacha’ and Studia Hibernica.
His book on the links between the Gaelic learned class and medieval
Irish church was published in 2014 by Four Courts Press (Dublin).
In addition to his focus on Irish medieval history, he has a general
interest in Eastern and Central European political history and
contemporary economics, and also the history of early modern empire.
Speaking about Luke’s book ‘Clerical and learned lineages of medieval
Co. Clare’, the highly respected Katharine Simms, Trinity College
Dublin, said that ‘Students of Irish church history, Gaelic cultural
history, Irish historical geography, family and local history are all
indebted to Luke McInerney for such a detailed and intensive examination
of the ecclesiastical and learned lineages of Co. Clare in the late
Middle Ages. Never before has the evidence for this county been brought
together in such a comprehensive and detailed manner, and employed to
answer such fundamental questions about medieval Irish church and
society. This will certainly remain an invaluable reference work for
many years to come.’
Photo(L-R) Conor The O’Brien, (who is also attending the gathering and
is the direct descendant of Brian Boru), Luke McInerney, Dan McGrath,
Director Clans of Ireland, Chairman Cumman Clann Mhic Craith & Clan
Chieftain, and Gearoid O’Ceallaigh, Director Clans of Ireland.

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Chieftain’s Post Gathering Tour

You may have heard of the Wild Atlantic Way. If you are planning on
staying an extra week after the gathering and see more of Ireland’s top
sites and beautiful scenery, why not join the ‘Chieftain’s Tour’ which
departs Dungarvan on the morning after the gathering and takes in such
well known sites as the Rock of Cashel, Holycross Abbey, Cliffs of
Moher, the Burren, Bunratty Castle, Blarney Castle, Killarney and a boat
trip on the Lakes of Killarney, O’Connor Pass, Dingle and Cork.
Please email info@mcgrathclan.org if you are interested. This tour has a
limited number of places and will be visiting a number of McGrath
heritage sites along the way.

tour 2019

Please email info@mcgrathclan.org to express your interest in joining this tour!

Liam McGrath Memorial Research Bursary

The McGrath Clan Association are delighted to announce the Liam McGrath Memorial Research Bursary in honour of a man who carried out a huge amount of research into our clan and generously shared his findings with us. The research subject will be on the Mac Craith Bardic School which was located just outside Cahir in Co Tipperary and will be presented to clan members at the McGrath Clan Gathering next June in Dungarvan.
Clan member Caroline Smiddy is the recipient of the inaugural bursary.

Chieftain’s Christmas Message

Fellow members of the McGrath Clan

It’s that time of year when we look back on the previous 12 months and look forward to a New Year. It’s a time of goodwill and a season where we share precious time with our family and friends. Across the many years and miles that separate us, our common Irish heritage brings us closer together.

As we reflect back, I would like to praise and thank each and everyone who helped promote our clan in any way. The flag for the 2019 McGrath Clan Gathering has been in North America, New Zealand, and Australia this year and is currently in South Africa. Each of the hosts has to be commended for their help.

Looking forward, we have an important event in 2019 and I, as Chieftain of the Clan McGrath (Thomond) and Chairman of the McGrath Clan Association/Cumman Clann Mhic Craith, hope to welcome many of you to the International McGrath Clan Gathering in the beautiful coastal town of Dungarvan on Ireland’s south-east coast. It will truly be a special event for all the McGrath Clan.

We also need to remember those who are no longer with us. They may be gone but they are not forgotten and are still very much in our thoughts.

I want to wish each and every one of you, wherever you may be, a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Duit.

Kind Regards,

Dan McGrath

Ceann Finnte/Chieftain
Clan McGrath(Thomond)

Chairman McGrath Clan Association

Director Clans of Ireland

‘Medal of Echthighern’ 2018 Recipient

John McGrath – ‘Medal of Echthighern’ 2018 Recipient

An Irish man living in South Africa, John McGrath is the 2018 recipient of the ‘Medal of Echthighern’, the highest honour which the McGrath Clan can bestow on an individual. The award was renamed last year, the ‘Medal of Etchtighern’, which was the name of the brother of Brian Boru, from whom the McGrath Clan descended. The McGrath Clan get their name from Echthighern’s grandson Craith( Mac Craith is the Irish/Gaelige for McGrath).
Since 2013, the Clan McGrath of Thomond, the original McGrath Clan, have recognized several individuals for their contribution and enhancement of the McGrath name. All have brought great credit to the McGrath name. John will receive the award at next year’s McGrath Clan Gala Dinner in Dungarvan.
From Knockanore, Co Waterford, John is a former international rower who wore the green vest of Ireland with distinction. He went onto create a career in martial arts and is a strongman world record holder.
During his sporting career, he took up coaching and is now one of the top fitness coaches in the business. He is attributed with the giving South African World Champion Luvo Manyonga, the talented long jumper a second chance, which saw him claim silver in Rio and gold at the world championships.
He is also a highly respected motivational speaker and has a TV slot in South Africa.
However, John will be best remembered in the annals of the McGrath Clan for his work in organizing clan gatherings at the turn of the century. His drive and enthusiasm saw the clan gathering becoming a reality. Clan McGrath Chieftain Dan McGrath, who took up the mantle of organizing Clan Gatherings from John, said that, “we will be eternally grateful for his vision and unselfish dedication to our clan”.
The International McGrath Clan Association/McGrath Clan (Thomond) wish to acknowledge the contribution of Clan members to society. This comes in many guises, some play an important leadership role, more give up of their time to carry out research, others do voluntary work and help those in need. You also have individuals who have performed at the highest level in their chosen field. Some have carved out a career in the arts world. We are fortunate to have so many talented individuals in our clan.
Dan Patrick McGrath, California, USA, was the 2017 recipient of the ‘Medal of Echthighern’.

 

Registration Open for 2019 Official McGrath Clan Gathering

We are delighted to announce that REGISTRATION is now open for next year’s International McGrath Clan Gathering. The event is been hosted by the McGrath Clan Association/ Cumman Clann Mhic Craith.

We welcome all members of our great clan, their extended families and friends to Dungarvan for the event.

There will be two heritage day trips by coach, three lecture sessions with seven speakers, great traditional music every night, a visit to the Gaeltacht(Irish speaking area), visit to Lismore Castle, Cobh Heritage Centre, BBQ, Film Premier, Civic Welcome and the McGrath Clan Gala Dinner, plus some special guests.

In previous years, we have organized great festivals of McGrath Heritage, Culture and History, next year’s gathering will be the biggest gathering of our clan on Irish soil in several hundred years. Our mission is to give our visitors an unique Irish experience as the celebrate their McGrath heritage.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this great event in a very beautiful part of Ireland. Dungarvan is located on Ireland’s South East coast and is an extremely popular destination.

To register, go to:

https://frahermedia.com/McGrathClan/product/mcgrath-clan-gathering-registration/

The fee includes admission to all the lectures,  the two coach tours, admission to Cobh Heritage Centre, Lismore Castle, the BBQ, Trad Sessions, the Film Premier in the SCG Cinema and the McGrath Clan Gala Dinner.

A number of people have already registered, if you have, disregard this message.

We would advise early booking of accommodation if you haven’t done booked already. If you are having problems securing accommodation, please send us an email.

If you have Children/Youths coming with you, please email info@mcgrathclan.org to avail of the special rate.

Please share this email with other members of the clan who may be interested.

Visitors to previous gatherings will remember Martina McGrath, who has been on the organising committee since day one. Last weekend she suffered a serious equestrian accident but I’m happy to inform you, that she is recovering and hopes to be out of hospital inside three weeks.

 

Time table is as follows:

 

International McGrath Clan Gathering

 

Wednesday June 26th-Sunday 30th

 

Wednesday 26th

Check in from 2.30pm-6.00 (approx.) in the Park Hotel.

Official Opening

Film Premier @7pm in the SGC Cinema

Traditional Irish Music Session @9.00pm  ……..  Minnies Bar

 

Thursday 27th

Heritage Tour 1: Bus Departs Park Hotel at 10.30am, returns @ 6pm (approx.)

BBQ   @ 7pm

Traditional Irish Music Session @9pm   The Local Bar

 

Friday 28th

Lectures 1 & 2 – Session 1

Lectures 3 & 4 – Session 2

Presentation of Flag Host Certificates @8pm followed by

Traditional Irish Music Session in Minnies Bar.

 

Saturday 29th

Heritage Tour 2: Bus Departs at 10.30am, return @ 6pm (approx.)

Evening off

Music TBC

 

Sunday 30th

Clan Mass @ 12 noon

Lecture Session 3 @ 2.00pm

 

McGrath Clan Gala Dinner @7.00pm

 

To be included in program:

 

Clan Parade

There will be  Genealogist available all weekend for advice

Clan Photo

 

This time table is subject to change.