International McGrath Clan Gathering – Dungarvan
Wednesday, June 26th-Sunday 30th
Check in from 2.00pm-6.00pm at Park Hotel
Official Opening @ 6.30pm
Film Premier in SGC Cinema @7pm
Traditional Irish Music Session @9.00pm ……..Minnies Bar
Heritage Tour 1:
Bus Departs Park Hotel at 10.00am, returns @ 6pm (approx.)
BBQ @ 7pm
Traditional Irish Music Session @9pm – The Local Bar
Lectures 1 & 2 – Session 1 @10.30am-12.30pm
Lectures 3 & 4 – Session 2 @ 1.30pm-3.30pm
Visit to Dungarvan Castle & Waterford County Museum
Clan Parade & Photo 5pm
Presentation of Flag Host Certificates & Book Launch @8.30pm followed by
Traditional Irish Music Session in Minnies Bar
Heritage Tour 2:
Bus Departs at 10.30am, return @ 5.30pm/6pm (approx.)
Music in local pubs
Clan Mass @ 12 noon
Lecture Session 3 @ 2.00pm to 4pm approx
McGrath Clan Gala Dinner @7.00pm
There are ten places left on the ‘Chieftain Tour’ which departs from the Park Hotel, Dungarvan, on Monday, July 1st. This tour will take in some of Ireland’s most beautiful and iconic scenery and a number of key McGrath heritage sites.
Chieftain’s Tour 2019 Highlights
Day 1 – Monday July 1st:
Rock of Cashel *
Holy Cross Abbey
Killaloe Cathedral *
Day 2 Tuesday July 2nd:
Clare Abbey *
Island McGrath *
Dysert O’Dea *
Cliffs of Moher
Ennis Friary *
Day 3 – Wednesday July 3rd:
Killarney & the National Park
Boat Tour on Lough Laine, biggest of the Lakes of Killarney
(subject to suitable weather)
Day 4 Thursday July 4th:
Annascaul Inn (Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer)
Day 5 – Friday July 5th:
* indicates a place of McGrath heritage.
There may be some changes but we expect it to go as close to plan as possible.
The cost of the tour is only €720. This includes the 5-day coach trip, accommodation, breakfast and dinner each night. It also includes admission to Blarney Castle, boat trip on Lakes of Killarney, admission to Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel, Dysert O’Dea and Ennis Friary.
All you need to do is pay a €200 deposit now and the balance on arrival in Dungarvan.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Please email email@example.com to express your interest in joining this tour!
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.