Update of the Journey of the 2019 Flag

The flag for the 2019 McGrath Clan Gathering is making it’s way around the world. It has been to several parts of America already. This journey is helping spread the news of our festivial of McGrath heritage and history.

It will be in Canada for their 150 celebrations on July 1st when James McGrath will host it on this special day in Canadian history.

Applications from Australia, New Zealand and South Africia to host the 2019 McGrath flag, open on July 1st. Just send an email to info@mcgrathclan.org

There is only two years to our next official International McGrath Clan Gathering. Plans are already in place for the event. In January, we will be starting to organize deals with the various hotels, holiday homes and guest houses.

Link to official Gathering Facebook

Link to McGrath Genealogy Facebook

Email: info@mcgrathclan.org

Why not register and be put on our mailing list, just send an email to the email address above.


The Black Sheep -Tom McGrath


The Black Sheep, a book co written by Tom McGrath about his life.
(Available to purchase on Amazon)

In 1977, Tom McGrath crossed the United States in the record time of 53 days and seven minutes. Few would have guessed that he was a bar owner or that he would fight harder to stay sober than he ever did to keep running. With countless charity runs organized all over the world and his 10th bar still up and running in New York City, the question still remains, “Who is Tom McGrath?”

“A compelling tale of an authentic man. Tom McGrath has lived a life with two great themes, one as a fearless ultramarathon runner, the other a harrowing descent into alcoholism. His is a story of rare heroic athletic achievement and personal survival. I could not put it down.
– David Blaikie Ultra marathon World

“A monument whose inscription offers truth to all who visit: the drinker; the smoker; the athlete; the Christian; the philosopher.”
– Jesse Riley Trans-Am Race Director 92-96

2019 McGrath Flag on World Tour


McGrath Flag -SM 1N5A0350The official flag for the 2019 McGrath Clan Gathering will start it’s tour of the world next week. It will be flown in cities and towns, festivals and heritage centers over the next two years, ahead of the next International McGrath Clan Gathering in 2019.
Due to the success of last year’s Clan Gathering which attracted McGraths from nine countries, Dungarvan received the vote to host the next McGrath Gathering. The organizers were quick to point out, that the hospitality and co-operation of many of the business community played a major role in it’s success.
This year, the flag will be flown in the USA and Canada. Host cities include New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington for the 4th July, Toronto for Canada Day and St Johns(Newfoundland). It will be going from coast to coast in North America between now and the end of this year.

Cllr Damien Geoghegan, Chathaoirleach of the Dungarvan-Lismore Municipal District offered the McGrath Clan his best wishes on their latest venture as it begins its world tour with the official flag. “The McGrath Clan Gathering has been a tremendous initiative and has been instrumental in bringing visitors from all the over the world to Dungarvan and I wish it every continued success”.

The journey commences in California, when Mary McGrath who visited Dungarvan  during last year’s Clan Gathering, will be the first host of the flag on it’s inaugural journey.

The ‘Journey of the Flag’ has caught the imagination of McGraths around the world. It gives the McGrath diaspora an opportunity to be part of a great event.
Dan McGrath, Ceann Fine Clann Mhic Craith, was “delighted that the Flag of the 2019 McGrath Clan Gathering will be flown in various locations around the world over the next two years, ahead of the 2019 International McGrath Clan Gathering in Dungarvan. I’m delighted that I will be present in California, as it starts it’s journey, during the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. Plans are well underway for 2019, which has been extended to five days. We look forward to welcoming members of the McGrath Clan, their extended families and friends to Dungarvan.”
The Chairman of Clans of Ireland, Gearoid O’Ceallaigh, also wished the flag well on it’s journey. “On behalf of Clans of Ireland, I would like to wish the flag and  emblem of the Mac Grath Clan“Slán go foil”, as it embarks on its journey around the World”.
Due to the success of the International McGrath Clan Gathering, the 2019 festival of McGrath heritage an history, has been extended to five days.mcgrath clan 20170224_095443

Mary McGrath, who will be the flag’s first host and Dan McGrath, Clan Chieftain.

Top Photo: Launch of  ‘The Journey of the Flag’ for the 2019 International McGrath Clan Gathering by Cllr Damien Geoghegan, Mayor of the Dungarvan – Lismore Municipal District, also included are Local organizing Committee Members, Martina McGrath, Martina McKeon and Dan McGrath, Clan Chieftain, and Rick McGrath, Canada.


You are already a member of the McGrath Clan as a right of your heritage.
However, we are obliged by the Board of Clans of Ireland to maintain a list of registered members, our mailing list is a great way for us to continue to develop and promote our McGrath heritage.
You receiving email newsletters from the McGrath Clan Association with information about the Clan. The information you provide will not be used for any other purposes.
To register as a member of the McGrath Clan please email info@mcgrathclan.org with the following information:
Your Name and Mailing Address
Your Email Address
Location and Date of earliest know McGrath ancestor.(if known)

Email the information to: info@mcgrathclan.org

Please note, the next International Clan Gathering of the McGrath Clan will be in 2019 in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, Ireland.
Website for the event is http://www.mcgrathclangathering.com

Free Online Genealogy Resources

With thanks to Waterford County Museum

This should be of help to members of the McGrath Clan

This website is hosted by the Archives & Records Association, Ireland in order to provide a practical and interesting online information service on archival material and archive services in Ireland.

The Irish Archives Resource (IAR) is an online database which contains searchable archival descriptions.
The purpose of the IAR Portal is to:
Allow users to locate archives and records that are relevant to their research
Increase the use of archives by directing researchers to the relevant Archives Services
Encourage the development and publication of comprehensive, standardised archive descriptions

This includes births, marriages and deaths for the entire island from 1864 (1845 for non-Catholic marriages) to 1921.
From 1922 to 1958 inclusive, it covers only the Republic of Ireland.

Irish church register records in a free to access database. So far only for some parts of counties Kerry, Cork, Dublin and Carlow.
This is a state-sanctioned version – the one used by General Register Office staff – of the Irish civil registration indexes. It’s known as the ‘enhanced’ version, because it includes maiden names of mothers from 1900 and presents post-1882 marriages with the names of both bride and groom together. However, this version makes available only the ‘historical records’ ie births up to 100 years ago, marriages up to 75 years ago, and deaths up to 50 years ago.

Contains the best sites for searching Northern Ireland Records

Irish Catholic Parish Church Registers

The household returns and ancillary records for the censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911, which are in the custody of the National Archives of Ireland.

The first full scale valuation of property in Ireland.

They were compiled between 1823 and 1837 in order to determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland (the main Protestant church and the church established by the State until its dis-establishment in 1871).

A community based heritage project which digitally records and publishes historic graveyard surveys and stories.

Connaught and Munster Landed Estates Database.

British Newspaper Archive of Waterford and other newspapers.

Lismore Estate Records – Link to National Archives of Ireland.
Local Newspapers.
Burial Records for Waterford City (Ballinanheesha), Tramore, Ardmore, Lismore and Butlerstown. Death Registers 1864 – early 1900’s.
Thompson’s Funeral Books – Waterford City, Tramore and East Waterford.
Lismore Castle Estate Emigration Records Search
Plus the Trade Directories        Piggott, 1824
Shearman, 1839
Slater, 1846, 1956 and 1881
Harvey, 1877
Egan, 1894
Thoms, 1909-1910

Irish Military Online Collections:
Military Service Pensions Collection
Bureau of Military History (1913 – 1921)
Maps, Plans & Drawings Collection
Military Archives Image Identification Project
Irish Army Census Collection 1922
Easter 1916 An tÓglách Accounts
An tÓglách Magazine
Military Archives Image Gallery

Royal Munster Fusiliers Website

http://www.lugnad.ie/resources         Irish Maritime Resource

http://www.irishmariners.ie        Irish Merchant Seamen 1918 – 1921

The Ellis Island Passenger Database. Online database of 22 million passengers and crew members who went through Ellis Island, America’s official immigration reception centre from 1892 to 1924.

Castle Garden Passenger Arrival Records. contain the details of about 10 million people who passed through Castle Garden, America’s first official immigration reception centre. It opened in 1855 but the records (which are not complete) date from 1830 to 1892 and are transcribed, rather than digital images of original documents. The site is free to use.

Records of 100,000 unaccompanied girls/ladies who arrived in USA


Search more than 10 million records free.

All archives including Army records after 1913.

British Army WW1 Service Records, 1914-1920 (Soldiers)

Get a copy of British military record.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website.


We’d like to thank Waterford County Museum for this document and hope it will help some people in their search. The Museum have been very good friends to the McGrath Clan Gathering. Each year, they put beautiful and informative exhibitions, telling the story of our history.

The McGrath DNA project was launched in Waterford County Museum, which is located in Dungarvan.

To be kept informed about the activities of the McGrath Clan, send an email to info@mcgrathclan.org


McGrath International Clan Gathering 2019

The Clan Gathering is very important in the annals of the McGrath Clan, and also in the broader context of promoting the rich history and cultural heritage of the Clan.
Our 2016 gathering in Dungarvan was a landmark event and was attended by McGraths and variants of the name from nine countries, their extended families and friends. Some of the attendees were the first members of their family to set foot on Irish soil in over 150 years. It offered McGrath Clan members the chance to celebrate with their namesakes and kinsmen from all over the world.
Our next official gathering in 2019 is back in Dungarvan, which proved to be the prefect location for our event. It a wonderful opportunity to mix and mingle with McGraths, hear their stories in an area with so much McGrath heritage. Don’t miss it !
To be put on the mailing list, drop an email to info@mcgrathclan.org and/or go to www.mcgrathclangathering.com

As we start working on letting people know about the next International McGrath Clan gathering, this is just one of the many nice comments received about our 2016 event in Dungarvan.
“Thank you for the perfect McGrath Clan orientation of Ireland. We loved meeting the local McGraths and all of the McGraths who came from all over the world to celebrate our common history. The company, entertainment, information-sharing, and hospitality were outstanding during our entire visit. Thank you, Dan, to you and your family for all of your time and effort for putting this together for us!”