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Dungarvan set for McGrath Clan Gathering 2019

Dungarvan is set to host the 2019 International McGrath Clan Gathering this week. This five day Global Festival of Heritage, History, and Culture has attracted visitors from around the world to the Co Waterford town. Members of this great Irish Clan are coming from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, UK, and Ireland.

It all starts on Wednesday 26th and continues to Sunday night June 30th.

A full program of activities has been planned for the festival. They include lectures, two heritage tours which includes visits to places of McGrath interest, BBQ, visit to the Gaeltacht, Traditional Irish Music sessions, wreath laying at Famine Memorial, Clan Parade, Film Premiere and the McGrath Clan Gala Dinner.

Event organizer Dan McGrath is very positive about what is on offer to visitors in West Waterford, he said that “many people live in cities and rarely are close to the sea so Dungarvan’s location just blows them away, they get to see some beautiful scenery. Dungarvan is a coastal town with top quality award winning restaurants and bars, visitors fall in love with the place. It’s also an area with a rich McGrath heritage which is so vitally important to the event.”

This is the 6th gathering of the McGrath Clan. The previous gathering was also hosted by Dungarvan and West Waterford in 2016. A very active promotional campaign which included an Olympic torch style journey around the world, saw the flag for the 2019 McGrath Clan gathering visit towns and cities, festivals, heritage centres, and famous sites. It started at the Ventura St Patrick’s Day Parade in California, and included the Golden Gate Bridge, Washington for July 4th, the Home Coming Festival in Tilting, Newfoundland, Parliament Building in Canberra, Elvis’ birthplace, Celtic Festival in Texas, Soweto in SA, and many more great locations. It was pictured with Congressmen, US Senators and Irish Government ministers.

Speaking about the event, Dan McGrath, Chairman of the McGrath Clan Association and Clan Chieftain said that he was “trilled to see the event back in Dungarvan and West Waterford. The area has proved to be the perfect location to host this global festival. It has a proven track record when it comes to big events. There is great excitement as members of the clan start to arrive in the town ahead of the gathering. It’s truly an international festival with visitors attending from around the world. All we hope is that they go home with great memories of the region, make life-long friendships and positively promote the McGrath Clan Gathering and the area.”

Guests at the festival will include Conor O’Brien, direct descendant of Brian Boru. The McGraths are descended from Brian Boru’s brother Etchtighern. Dr Joe Mannion, Chairman Clans of Ireland, will be taking time out of his busy schedule to attend the gathering.

The McGrath Clan Gala Dinner takes place in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan, on Sunday night, June 30th. During the course of the evening, the presentation of the Medal of Etchtighern, the highest honour that the clan can bestow on an individual, will take place. It will be presented to three members of the clan, Dan McGrath, California, John McGrath, SA & Ireland, and Steven McGraw, Virginia.
The McGrath Clan Association/McGrath Clan (Thomond) acknowledge annually 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. It also acknowledges members of the public who have made a significant contribution to the clan.

A great line up of speakers from both Ireland and overseas will give talks during the three lecture sessions. The first and second sessions are been held in the SGC Cinema on Friday and the third in the Park Hotel on the Sunday afternoon.

The Liam McGrath Research Bursary will be presented during the gathering to Caroline Smiddy, who is a clan member. The Bursary is in memory of a clan member, the late Liam McGrath, who lived his later years in Dunmore East, having spent much of his life in the US, and carried out years of research and generously shared it with our clan members. The subject of the research was the famed Mac Craith Bardic School.

Due to the fact that inaugural Tune Fest is in Dungarvan next weekend also, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy some excellent traditional Irish music at various venues around the town.

The Park Hotel, Dungarvan, is the head-quarters for the event. There is a limited number of tickets available for the Gala Dinner on Sunday 30th and can be purchased from the hotel.

http://www.mcgrathclan.org for more details.

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Time Table Dungarvan 2019

International McGrath Clan Gathering – Dungarvan

Wednesday, June 26th-Sunday 30th

Wednesday 26th
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

Thursday 27th
Heritage Tour 1:
Bus Departs Park Hotel at 10.00am, returns @ 6pm (approx.)
BBQ @ 7pm
Traditional Irish Music Session @9pm – The Local Bar

Friday 28th
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

Saturday 29th
Heritage Tour 2:
Bus Departs at 10.30am, return @ 5.30pm/6pm (approx.)

Saturday Evening
Music in local pubs

Sunday 30th
Clan Mass @ 12 noon
Lecture Session 3 @ 2.00pm to 4pm approx

McGrath Clan Gala Dinner @7.00pm

Chieftain’s Tour 2019

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:
The Vee
Rock of Cashel *
Holy Cross Abbey
Killaloe Cathedral *
Day 2 Tuesday July 2nd:
Clare Abbey *
Island McGrath *
Bunratty Castle
Dysert O’Dea *
Cliffs of Moher
The Burren
Lahinch
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:
Dingle
Dingle Peninsula
O’Connor’s Pass
Annascaul Inn (Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer)
Day 5 – Friday July 5th:
Blarney Castle
Cork City

* 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.

https://frahermedia.com/McGrathC…/…/chieftains-tour-deposit/

Global Gathering of McGrath Clan 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.

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.

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!