O’Sullivan Clan Gathering Tour: July 2013


O'Sullivan Clan Gathering Tour - West Cork, Ireland

O'Sullivan Clan Gathering Tour - West Cork, Ireland

The O’Sullivan Clan Gathering Tour (Wed 10th – Fri 12th July 2013) will welcome home the global O’Sullivans allowing them to reconnect with the clan’s spiritual homeland of the Beara Peninsula in beautiful West Cork.


The O’Sullivan Clan Gathering Tour is open to everyone and looks forward to welcoming you to the O’Sullivan’s spiritual homeland of the Beara Peninsula in beautiful West Cork (check out The O’Sullivan Clan Gathering on Facebook to see who’s planning to attend!).

Experience three days of O’Sullivan Clan Tours with a specialist O’Sullivan Clan Guide who is from the West Cork area and is of O’Sullivan heritage himself.
The O’Sullivan Clan Gathering Tour is open to everyone and includes:
This gathering tour will be a unique experience not to be missed for anyone of O’Sullivan heritage BOOK NOW by emailing: info@clanosullivan.com
Accommodation is available at the award-winning Glengarriff Park Hotel & transfers to Glengarriff can be arranged in advance.

The Gathering – You’re Invited!


As Ireland gets ready for The Gathering 2013, we’re calling on all people of Irish heritage to answer the call of their Irish Clan.

70 million people worldwide claim Irish descent and because not all of them can make it to Ireland for 2013 those holding their own Gathering (anywhere in the world) to celebrate the heritage of their Irish Clan are invited to:

In conjunction with the Irish government’s tourism initiative, The Gathering 2013, we’re on a mission to discover what clan gatherings are being planned by people of Irish descent all around the globe.

In 2013, The Gathering is expected to attract an additional 325,000 people to Ireland with events and festivals already taking place throughout the island.

Events include individual clan gatherings, genealogical projects, and outreach initiatives targeting people of Irish descent who have either left Ireland or are linked to the country

via connections within their family tree (such as the The Great Irish Clan Gathering which has already connected over 90,000 people).

IrishClanGathering.com are now seeking submissions from people of Irish heritage who are preparing to visit (or hold an event in) Ireland in 2013 in order to encourage and promote any gatherings or projects that are being arranged.

Whether you’re actually attending a large Irish Clan Gathering in Ireland (or anywhere in the world) or visiting your relations for a small family reunion; we’ll help promote your event – you can find out what Gatherings are taking place across the globe right here on the Great Irish Clan Gathering Forum!



Over the coming months we’ll be keeping you updated with some exciting announcements and exclusive special offers direct from your Irish Clan.

With so much planned for this global celebration of the Irish Clan, you can expect to find a whole host of features including how members of your clan are connecting and celebrating their Irish heritage via The Gathering 2013.
So stay tuned for what promises to be a wonderful celebration of the global Irish community!

Kelly Clan rejoice at the return of Ned Kelly remains

Recent news from Melbourne, Australia brought great joy to Kelly Clan members around the globe with the update that the remains of the outlaw/folk hero Ned Kelly will be returned to his descendants for burial.

The Irish Independent Newspaper, Dublin, Ireland reports that:

THE headless remains of the Ned Kelly are to be returned to his descendants for a family burial 132 years after the infamous Australian outlaw and folk hero was executed.

Australia’s Victoria state government on Wednesday said it had issued a new exhumation licence for Kelly ‘s remains, meaning a property developer behind the Pentridge Prison site where he was buried will be forced to hand over the skeleton.

The developer of the site in Melbourne wanted to use Kelly’s remains for a museum or memorial.
“The Kelly family will now make arrangements for Ned’s final burial,” said Ellen Hollow, the great grand-daughter of Kelly’s sister Kate Kelly.

Considered by some to be a cold-blooded killer, Kelly was also seen as a folk hero and symbol of Irish-Australian defiance against the British authorities.

After murdering three policemen, he was captured in Victoria state in 1880 and hanged at Old Melbourne Gaol in November of the same year. But his body went missing after it was thrown into a mass grave.

The bodies in the grave were transferred from the jail to Pentridge Prison in 1929 and then exhumed again in 2009. His remains were formally identified last year, minus the skull which remains missing.

“We appeal to the person who has the skull in their possession to return it,” said Ms Hollow in a family statement.
Believed to have been born in 1854 or 1855, Kelly became an outlaw two years before he was hanged, taking on corrupt police and greedy land barons.

He survived a shootout with police in 1878 that saw him, his brother Dan, and friends Joe Byrne and Steve Hart slapped with a bounty of 8,000 pounds – the largest reward ever offered in the British Empire at the time – for anyone who found them.

Over the next 18 months the Kelly Gang held up country towns and robbed their banks, becoming folk heroes to the masses.
In a final gun battle at Glenrowan, three gang members died and Kelly, dressed in home-made plate metal armour and helmet, was wounded and arrested.

The Kelly gang exploits have been the subject of numerous films and television series.

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger played the lead role in the 1970 movie “Ned Kelly “, while Heath Ledger starred as the bandit in a 2003 remake.

Kelly has also been the inspiration for many books, most notably Peter Carey’s novel “True History of the Kelly Gang”, which won the 2001 Booker Prize.

Form & grow your clan group with Irish Clans Network

Using the latest online technology tools, Irish Clans Network helps you form your own clan grouping (or develop your existing group) so you can connect and engage globally with people who share your Irish family name heritage!

Irish Clans Network is now providing a cutting-edge approach to connecting people of Irish heritage around the world – if you want to start an Irish clan grouping or want to develop your existing clan group, Irish Clans Network can help you grow.

Anyone can be part of an Irish clan grouping, after all it’s your birth right and being part of a close connection to your past and to your ancestors is something that everyone can experience. With Irish Clans Network, there are no mountains of document submission, pre-certification red tape or membership fees involved, if you feel part of a particular Irish clan group(s) then you have a right to be a member.

And if you are part of an existing Irish clan group and need help to grow your connections or to promote the activities of your grouping then Irish Clans Network can provide you with the latest online tools and support to do so.
There are currently over 450 Irish clan groups registered with Irish Clans Network having connected over 70,000 around the world.

To form your Irish clan grouping or to find out more about developing your existing Irish clan grouping, email: info@irishclansnetwork.com

“Genetic heritage” to find Irish ancestors

An exciting prospect for those interested in exploring their Irish heritage lies ahead with the work of a new company called Ireland’s DNA. Set up to help trace a person’s genetic heritage, the company is launching in Dublin today (Thursday 3rd May).

genetic heritage ireland

Within the article (published in the Irish Times newspaper), Dr Gianpiero Cavalleri, a biomedical research lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and one of three founders of the company states:

“With DNA you can really go deep into the past to learn where your ancestors came from.”

A decade ago it was tremendously expensive to deliver a complete genome but today prices have fallen and it is feasible to think of using DNA technology to identify ancestry. About 20,000 genomes have been completed so far by labs around the world and this has opened up the possibility of direct Y chromosome comparisons between individuals and groups.

The more genomes completed, the more the resolution improves, and the better the ability to see back in time. “Up until recently we might have had a genetic signature for the northwest of Ireland collectively as being Irish. What has happened since is we can split up the Irish type. The higher resolution comes from the sequencing of the human genome.”

It all comes down to comparisons. “We look for markers and see what they are telling us,” he says. “A marker is part of the DNA that is different between people. Those differences arise with each generation.”

Most of our genome is a mix of our mother’s and father’s DNA, but the Y chromosome does not mix in a substantial way. Cavalleri likens it to the Olympic torch as individual runners carry it from city to city on the way to the games.

The same torch is passed from person to person but imagine that each person is able to leave behind a mark on the torch, a small spelling change in the DNA. “By looking at those spelling changes you get a sense of how those people have moved. After all, we are part of one big pedigree.” It is all about knowing what markers are hidden in a genome pointing towards one ancestry or another.

“There is a fascination with this type of work,” he says, and people can now participate via the company. The male Y chromosome can be traced but it is also possible to track female lines via mitochondrial DNA only passed along by female lineages.

It costs €250 to analyse both the Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA and €210 for either one or the other. Women don’t have a Y chromosome but often co-opt either a brother’s or a father’s DNA to show the ancestry, Cavalleri says.”

This is a really enticing opportunity for anyone who is interested in tracing their roots and as can be seen from the above article, the journey in doing so has the potential to reveal some surprising results.

Millions of people around the world consider themselves to be of Irish heritage and up until now the ability to trace ancestors via genetic science would have been considered out of reach for most – for more information visit www.irelandsdna.com or read this article in full on the Irish Times website.

Fictional Irish Clan Epic Rolls On

Following the success of his debut novel “The Law of Dreams”, Canadian author Peter Behrens carries the timeline of his fictional (yet roughly based on his family history) Irish clan story to the next generation.

His first prose won critical acclaim when published in 2006 and he was awarded the Governor General’s  Literary Award in Canada – the story covered the emigration of Fergus O’Brien as he crossed the Atlantic Ocean to escape the Irish famine of 1847 and the trials he endured as he carved out a new life for himself and his family.

Behrens’ new novel, simply titled “The O’Briens” takes up the family dynasty with Fergus’ grandson, Joe who takes on the role of father figure to his siblings after his own father is killed fighting in the Boer War.

The story of this Irish family rolls through the decades from 1880 up to 1960 and sees the Clan venture to locations across North America from British Columbia in Canada to the sun-drenched state of California as the saga unfolds.

“The O’Briens” has been well received by critics and promises to bring further success to Peter Behrens. The book highlights the experiences of many an Irish family that crossed to the New World but remained forever bound to the Irish traditions and never-say-die attitude of their homeland.

Read the Washington Post’s review of “The O’Briens”:


Links to Ancient Irish Clan “unearthed” in Co. Down

Some ground-breaking news has emerged from Co. Down where the Irish Clans Network understands that one of Ireland’s most mystifying monuments from Ancient Ireland, the Mound of Down, near Downpatrick is currently being excavated.

The Mound of Down has long been associated with the Ancient Irish Clan the Dál Fiatach who are believed to have had a stronghold here and the site has remained shrouded in mystery with no excavations having taken place until now.

The site is also known as Dundalethglas or “the English Mount” which could be a reference to the fact that the Anglo-Norman knight, John De Courcy won a significant battle near the Mound in 1177 during the Norman invasion of Ireland and may have took the site as a stronghold.

And as for the Dál Fiatach, this clan too has a mysterious past but is believed by many to have lineage to the modern day clan names of Dunleavy/Donleavy, McNulty, Hoey, Haughey and McCaughey.

Whatever secrets the Mound of Down holds beneath the soil, the hopes are that archaeological work will soon provide us with an opportunity to look into the past way of life of this Ancient Irish Clan.

Read more on this significant development:


Irish Clans in USA: Kerry Lyons piece on her Irish heritage

With the celebrations well and truly over for St. Patrick’s Day 2012, we came across this evocative piece in the Huffington Post from Kerry Lyons who reflects on what it means for her to be of Irish heritage having been born in and grown up in the US.


She covers how important it is for her and her wider family to remain connected to Ireland despite the distance between the two lands.


Kerry also touches on how important her own Irish clan is to her with her family name of O’Connor, her husband’s (a first generation Irish American) family name of Lyons and how her grandparents friends the O’Sheas and the McKennas would join them for annual vacations on Cape Cod, which she lovingly refers to as the “Irish Riviera”.


She also reveals how her ties to her Irish heritage were strengthened by spending time with her family connections both in the US and in Ireland and how:

“Our little clan of Irish lads and one lovely lassie serve as daily (and nightly!) reminders of how important it is to cherish our past while ensuring a future where our Irish tales will be told and songs will be sung.”

Read Kerry Lyon’s full article: