Invitation to 2019 Clan Gathering

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DNA Talk at the Mc Grath Clan Gathering June 2016

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Using DNA for your Family History

-Ann Marie Coghlan – member APG

 

What Is Genetic Genealogy?

• It’s a different way of connecting with other people who are related to me.

• It gives me the ‘match’ but I have to work out the connection using my own and the ‘matchee’s research.

Why would I use it to find out more about my family?

• It’s very useful in locating family place of origin; • men of the same surname;
• breaking down a brick wall;
• establishing cousin relationships;

• distant family history that goes past the record thresholds.

How can it help a Surname Study?

• Establish common ancestors and develop pedigrees;
• follow emigrant lines;
• put cousins in touch with each other to collaborate research.

• Set up a surname DNA Project at familytreedna.com which allows members to make contacts within the group and to look for related lines.

• Gives another ‘landing place’ for people researching your surname.

How can it help a Surname Study?

• Establish common ancestors and develop pedigrees;
• follow emigrant lines;
• put cousins in touch with each other to collaborate research.

• Set up a surname DNA Project at familytreedna.com which allows members to make contacts within the group and to look for related lines.

• Gives another ‘landing place’ for people researching your surname.

What types of testing are available?

One sample of DNA can give the following opportunities;

• YDna gives the fathers’ fathers’ line;

• At Dna gives cousin matches on every ancestor to 7 generations;

• Mt Dna gives the mothers’ mothers’ line.
• Men can get results on all these tests.
• Women cannot get results on the Y Dna test.

How do I test and what is the cost?

• Familytreedna.com has tests for all the above (swab inside of your cheek) under E100 upwards

• Ancestry.com has the AtDNA – cousins’ test (spit collection) under E100

• both companies are based in USA. Payment is by credit card and return shipping costs are not included in the price. Currently £20 sterling for Ancestry and Parcel post cost for FTDNA. Your card is debited on receipt of the kit and the exchange rate is calculated on that date.

Project Clan MacGrath

Clan McGrath DNA Project http://www.familytreedna.com/groups/mc-grath

McGrath Clan Gathering returning to Dungarvan in 2019

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We would like to thank everyone who visited Dungarvan for the 2016 International Clan Gathering. When we were planning our 2013 gathering, we had the next two in mind. 2016 was a massive success and we want to thank so many people. Our speakers, the bars who hosted events, the caterers, the exceptional traditional musicians, the brilliant Irish Dancers, the Park Hotel, the base for the weekend and the people of Dungarvan, who made everyone so welcome. To have so much McGrath Heritage in the area played a huge role in it’s success. So roll on 2019 and hope to see you all back in Dungarvan !

The Hooli Long Puck 2016: Dungarvan GAA Club members, Tony Ryan, Chairman, Patrick Curran, Dawn Power, Paul & John Paul Houlihan and Darren Duggan, pictured at the launch at Dungarvan GAA Club where the event takes place on July 9th. Pic:Dan McGrath/Editorial Images.

Time Table

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McGrath Clan Gathering 2016

Thursday 23rd

2.30-4.30pm: Sign in/Registration @ The Park Hotel

7.00pm BBQ @ The Enterprise Bar (Ticket Required)

Official Opening by Cllr Damien Geoghegan, Mayor of Dungarvan.

9.00pm Trad Session in The Local Bar

Friday 24th

Mayoral Welcome by Cllr John O’Leary, Deputy Mayor of Waterford City & County @ 11.30  Civic Offices, Dungarvan.
12.00 Visit to Waterford County Museum, Memorial Wall and Dungarvan Castle
Followed by the Launch of the DNA Project by Bernadet Guest, Heritage Officer Waterford City & County Council.

2.30pm to 4.30pm: Talks – Session 1 @ Park Hotel

2.30pm: Talk by John Collard

3.30pm Talk by Dermot Power

Book Launch @ 4.30pm in Park Hotel

7pm to 9pm Talks – Session 2

7pm Ann Marie Coughlan

7.45pm Fr Paddy Ryan

9.15pm Trad Session in Minnies Bar ( about 400 yards from Park Hotel)

Saturday 25th

12.15 Meet at Park Hotel for 12.30 Dept: Depart on Heritage Tour, which will include a trip to the Gealtacht ( Irish speaking area). Tickets Required

Return at 7/7.15pm Approx.

There are no official events planned fro Saturday night but you have lots of options.
Check out one of Dungarvan’s award winning restaurants (including the Indian Ocean who sponsored our launch). There will be music in a number of venues.

Sunday 26th

Mass at 12 noon in Abbeyside Church

2.30pm: Talk on DNA , followed by Q&A on the McGrath DNA Project.

3.30pm: Clan Meeting to discuss the future, developing our network world wide. Plus the announcement of the venue for the next gathering.

4.00pm Finish of meeting.

7.00pm:  Clan Dinner Reception

7.30pm: Clan Dinner. Tickets Required

It’s unlikely there will be changes to this time table. A few times need to be confirmed and will be added as we know them.

Book Tickets by telephone: 0864072527

Accommodation

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If anyone is experiencing difficulty in getting a hotel or B&B room for the Clan Gathering, please drop an email to danmcgrathmedia@gmail.com and we’ll find a room for you within 24 hours.

Two Weeks to Go !

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It hard to believe that we are only two weeks away from the Official McGrath Clan Gathering. We have spent the past three years working on Dungarvan 2016. At present, nine countries will be represented at the event and excitement is building.

We wish everyone a safe trip and look forward to meet all the clan in Dungarvan.