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20th August 2020

The Clan McGrath Chieftain / Ceann Fine recently made a journey to Co. Fermanagh and Co. Donegal to make a presentation to two of our key presenters for the Clan McGrath ‘Online’ International Gathering 2020. Pictured left with the McGrath Chieftain is John B Cunningham, a native of Co. Fermanagh and local author and historian. John has written over 50 books and is a registered tour guide in Ireland and the UK.

John has been instrumental in assisting the Clan McGrath to preserve and promote the Clan, particularly as one of the key initiates of the first Clan McGrath Gathering in modern times, which took place in Pettigo, Co. Donegal in in 19-21st July 1996.

Pictured right the Clan McGrath Chieftain makes a presentation to Proinsias Mag Fhionnghaile C.I.O.M. Proinsias is the curator of Ballyshannon Museum, Co. Donegal and Chieftain of the McGinley Clan. Proinsias is an authority on Irish traditional attire and brings this important aspect of cultural and social history into schools and the wider community. Proinsias also guides tours and manufacturers clothing using traditional methods and makes them across the world through his website: www.gaelicattire.com

The Clan McGrath Society looks forward to continuing to work with Proinsias, the Clan McGinley and other Donegal Clans, to preserve and promote the history, heritage and culture of North West Ulster. 

26th July 2020

A huge thanks to all our participants in the first ever Clan McGrath International Online Gathering. Through our social media presence and the establishment of a Facebook Clan McGrath Online International Gathering Group, we were able to engage across the globe through Facebook Live and Facebook Watch Parties to bring an wonderful line up of discussions and presentations.

A huge thanks are owed to Proinsias Mag Fionnghaile, Chieftain of the McGinley Clan, who presented on ‘Traditional Irish Clothing of the Gaelic Period’ and to John B Cunningham for his presentation on ‘The Lough Derg Pilgrimage and the Clan McGrath’. Both presenters and presentations were enthusiastically welcomed, Other presentations during the weekend included ‘The Medieval Castles of Ireland with a focus on Castle McGrath’ and ‘Heraldry and the Clan McGrath’.

All the presentations are available to view on the following link:

CLAN MCGRATH YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

24th July 2020

The programme for the Clan McGrath ‘Online’ International Gathering 2020 has been been finalised. Please click on the link above to join the Facebook Group where the Gathering will take place though a combination of Facebook Live events and Facebook Watch Parties. We look forward to welcoming you.

4th July 2020

The Clan McGrath Society / Cumann Chlann Mhic Craith are please to announce the hosting of the first Clan McGrath ‘Online’ Gathering 2020. As many of you will know, due to the COVID19 crisis, this year’s Clan McGrath International Gathering has to be cancelled. The Gathering was due to take place in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh and was to explore the ancient territory of the Clan McGrath in Ulster and visit sites in Donegal, Fermanagh and Tyrone associated with the Clan. Undeterred, the Clan McGrath will host a Gathering Online from 24th – 26th July 2020. To sign up simply follow the link below and request to join the Facebook Group established to host the Gathering. We look forward to welcoming you ‘Online’. Follow the link here:

CLAN MCGRATH ‘ONLINE’ INTERNATIONAL GATHERING 2020

4th June 2020

We are pleased to announce that the McGrath Ceann Fine (Chieftain, Chief) of Ulster Mr. Seán A. McGrath, has joined the Board of Clan of Ireland / Finte na hÉireann by co-option. Seán stated. “I am honoured to have been considered for this role and I undertake to work in the interests of all Irish Clans and historic families.”

Clans of Ireland (Finte na hÉireann) was established to:

  • Authenticate and register Irish Clans and Historical Families
  • Promote the interests of Irish Clans and Historical Families
  • Provide guidance related to Irish Clans and Historical Families 

14th April 2020

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid1) pandemic, the Clan McGrath Society has taken the difficult decision to cancel the Clan McGrath International Gathering 2020. Please find below a letter from the Ceann Fine detailing the decision to attendees.

19th March 2020

Coronavirus (Covid19) and the Clan McGrath International Gathering 2020 – A message from the Ceann Fine to attendees.

The Feast of St. Patrick, 17th March 2020

A St. Patrick’s Day Video Message – From the McGrath Chieftain (Ceann Fine), Seán Alexander McGrath to the Clan McGrath around the world.

The Chieftain reflects on the current Covid19 crisis and his hope that all will remain safe and looks forward to the day very soon, when we can again join together in person to celebrate of our history, heritage, culture and clan.

Clans of Ireland (Finte na hÉireann) Registration 2020.

The Clan McGrath Society / Cumann Chlann Mhic Craith is happy to announce the renewal of our registration with Clans of Ireland – Finte na hÉireann for this year 2020. The patron of Clans of Ireland is His Excellency Dr. Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland. The Clan McGrath Society is based in Ulster and will continue to work closely with Clans of Ireland and we look forward to welcoming member Clans of Clans of Ireland to our Clan Gathering in June 2020.

Clans of Ireland (Finte na hÉireann) was established to:

  • Authenticate and register Irish Clans and historical families
  • Promote the interests of Irish Clans and historical families
  • Provide guidance related to Irish Clans and historical families 

Clan McGrath Society – Online Shop Now Live for 2020…..

Our new online shop has gone live for 2020. Purchase your official merchandise here. Items available include society pins, hoodies and Polo T-Shirts.

More items will be added soon, look out for official Clan McGrath Society tie and official Clan McGrath Society wall shield / plaque which will look fantastic in you hallway to welcome your guests and leave them in doubt of your ancestry.

Christmas and New Year Message from the Clan McGrath Chieftain (Ceann Fine) – 25 December 2019.

A letter addressed to all members and friends of the Clan McGrath Society / Cumann Chlann Mhic Craith across the world from the Clan McGrath Ceann Fine (Chief / Chieftain) at Christmas time. Wishing you all peace and joy and prosperity for the New Year 2020.

Tragic Passing of Dan McGrath, Ceann Fine of the Clan McGrath of Thomond and Director of Clans of Ireland.

The McGrath Clan of Ulster / Cumann Chlann Mhic Craith were saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Dan McGrath, Ceann Fine of the Clan McGrath of Thomond on 22 December 2019. Dan worked tirelessly to promote the Clan McGrath through the gatherings organised in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and as a director of Clans of Ireland. Dan will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers to his partner, daughter and extended family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam / May he rest in peace.

Clans of Ireland AGM and Cultural Summit 2019

On 13th April 2019 the Clan McGrath Society / Cumann Chlann Mhic Craith was represented at this year’s Clans of Ireland-Finte na hÉireann AGM and Cultural Summit by the Clan McGrath Chieftain (Ceann Fine) Seán Alexander McGrath (picured centre). The Cultural Summit featured lectures on the Annals of the Four Masters and DNA in Genealogical Research by Pat Waldron from Family Tree DNA. The event also saw the awarding of the Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains essay prize. The Clan McGrath Society took the opportunity to promote the Clan McGrath International Gathering 2020 at the event. Our Gathering will take place in the historic town of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh from the 24 – 29 June 2020 and will feature a full programme of events, tours, seminars and opportunities to engage with genealogy and DNA experts. The gathering will also feature and official Clan Gathering event, living history, a Clan gala dinner and BBQ. Our base for the gathering will be the beautiful and globally famous Lough Erne resort, host to the 2013 G8 summit. Our McGrath Gathering 2020 registration desk will be located in the Lough Erne library, venue of many of the meetings which took place between the world’s leaders during the summit. Pictured L-R: Dr. Joe Mannion (Chairperson / Cathaoirleach), the McGrath Chieftain Seán Alexander McGrath and Conor The O’Brien, Lord Inchiquin.

Clans of Ireland AGM and Cultural Summit 2018

The Clan McGrath Chieftain (Ceann Fine) Seán Alexander McGrath represented the Clan McGrath Society / Cumann Chlann Mhic Craith at this year’s Clans of Ireland AGM and Cultural Summit which took place at the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, Dublin on Saturday 14 April 2018

This year’s AGM saw the presentation of a trophy in the Chiefs’ and Clans’ Essay Competition. The competition was won by Ruairí Ó hAodha, a librarian in Tuam, Co. Galway, had earlier been declared the winner by the chief adjudicator of the competition, Dr Katharine Simms of the History Department, Trinity College Dublin. The prize-winning essay was entitled “‘A very sufficient scholar”: Isaac Lally, Ireland’s Stuart schoolmaster’.

Entries for this prestigious competition came from all over the country, dealing with aspects of the political, social or cultural history of Gaelic Ireland, such as kingship, lordship, land-holding, genealogy and family history. The annual competition is organised and jointly sponsored by The Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains and Clans of Ireland, in association with the History Department of Trinity College, Dublin and History Ireland magazine.

Pictured on far left is Sir Conor The O’Brien, An tUasal Gearóid Ó Ceallaigh, The McGrath Ceann Fine (Chief, Chieftain) Seán Alexander McGrath and Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development Ciarán Cannon TD.

Welcome to the new website of Cumann Chlann Mhic Craith / Clan McGrath Society. Please take time to look around the site. We welcome comments and contributions from our society members. You can contact the society by email at info@clanmcgrath.org

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