News Letter

‘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:

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,

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.


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

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;

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;

 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 and allow us acknowledge their success.


If you have questions about Dungarvan 2019, please drop us an email;

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


Dan McGrath


McGrath Clan (Thomond)

Chairman – International McGrath Clan Association

Board Member – Clans of Ireland

Thomond – Where the McGrath Clan originated 1000 years ago !

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