It just over 4 months to International McGrath Clan Gathering in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. This five day festival of McGrath heritage, history and culture has attracted members of the clan from around the world. The gathering starts on Wednesday, June 26th and continues to Sunday, June 30th, culminating in the McGrath Gala Dinner in the Park Hotel. It features two heritage tours, three lecture sessions, BBQ, great Traditional Irish Music, Gala Dinner and film premiere. Due to the popularity of the host town, early booking is advised.
The organizing committee wish to announce the addition of Dennis Wright to our line up of speakers for June’s McGrath Clan Gatherig in Dungarvan. .
Dennis Wright will be speaking on the subject ‘McGrath and Dál gCais Origins’. This will be of particular interest to anyone interest in DNA.
Dennis was born in New Zealand and his interest in Genealogy began over 40 years ago following up family stories which led him back on his maternal side to Robert the Bruce, Scottish, English and ultimately European Royalty. He even found a line going back to Brian Boru.
On his paternal side, however, he has battled against an early 19th-century brick wall in New Zealand for some 40 years. In 2005, it was suggested that DNA testing may help him breakthrough and indeed it did. But to his surprise, he found his paternal ancestry was Irish, not English as his name would suggest.
Dennis administers the FTDNA R-L226 Project and has maintained a DNA website for this Irish cluster. He authored a paper in the Spring 2009 edition Journal of Genetic Genealogy, entitled “A Set of Distinctive Markers Defines a Y-STR Signature for Gaelic Dalcassian Families”.
Dennis is a past member of the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies, New Zealand Society of Genealogists and Hampshire Genealogical Society. He is the ISOGG Australian Regional Coordinator.
He has a huge interest in the Dal Cais DNA and is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on the subject. Due to the McGrath Clan being of Dal Cais origin, it’s very appropriate that Dennis is speaking at the Clan Gathering.