The official flag for the 2019 McGrath Clan Gathering will start it’s tour of the world next week. It will be flown in cities and towns, festivals and heritage centers over the next two years, ahead of the next International McGrath Clan Gathering in 2019.
Due to the success of last year’s Clan Gathering which attracted McGraths from nine countries, Dungarvan received the vote to host the next McGrath Gathering. The organizers were quick to point out, that the hospitality and co-operation of many of the business community played a major role in it’s success.
This year, the flag will be flown in the USA and Canada. Host cities include New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington for the 4th July, Toronto for Canada Day and St Johns(Newfoundland). It will be going from coast to coast in North America between now and the end of this year.
Cllr Damien Geoghegan, Chathaoirleach of the Dungarvan-Lismore Municipal District offered the McGrath Clan his best wishes on their latest venture as it begins its world tour with the official flag. “The McGrath Clan Gathering has been a tremendous initiative and has been instrumental in bringing visitors from all the over the world to Dungarvan and I wish it every continued success”.
The journey commences in California, when Mary McGrath who visited Dungarvan during last year’s Clan Gathering, will be the first host of the flag on it’s inaugural journey.
The ‘Journey of the Flag’ has caught the imagination of McGraths around the world. It gives the McGrath diaspora an opportunity to be part of a great event.
Dan McGrath, Ceann Fine Clann Mhic Craith, was “delighted that the Flag of the 2019 McGrath Clan Gathering will be flown in various locations around the world over the next two years, ahead of the 2019 International McGrath Clan Gathering in Dungarvan. I’m delighted that I will be present in California, as it starts it’s journey, during the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. Plans are well underway for 2019, which has been extended to five days. We look forward to welcoming members of the McGrath Clan, their extended families and friends to Dungarvan.”
The Chairman of Clans of Ireland, Gearoid O’Ceallaigh, also wished the flag well on it’s journey. “On behalf of Clans of Ireland, I would like to wish the flag and emblem of the Mac Grath Clan“Slán go foil”, as it embarks on its journey around the World”.
Due to the success of the International McGrath Clan Gathering, the 2019 festival of McGrath heritage an history, has been extended to five days.
Mary McGrath, who will be the flag’s first host and Dan McGrath, Clan Chieftain.
Top Photo: Launch of ‘The Journey of the Flag’ for the 2019 International McGrath Clan Gathering by Cllr Damien Geoghegan, Mayor of the Dungarvan – Lismore Municipal District, also included are Local organizing Committee Members, Martina McGrath, Martina McKeon and Dan McGrath, Clan Chieftain, and Rick McGrath, Canada.