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Gathering Spotlight VI

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Some exciting events are just around the corner, so take note! Love trees? Interested in Wicklow genealogy? Two great events are coming up in May. You have a bit more time to get organized if you are a Brosnan from County Kerry – your Gathering isn’t until July!

I know we included it last time, but make sure you check out the video near the end of the post. This video just makes us smile!

The Gathering of Tree Lovers

Laois_treesOur friends at the Laois Gathering want to share a fun event for all you tree-lovers out there…

The Irish Forestry, Woodland & Bio Energy Show 10 & 11 May 2013 is joining the Gathering by hosting ‘The Gathering of Tree Lovers’ – a wonderful chance for tree and environmental enthusiasts to meet and share knowledge in the setting of an idyllic and beautiful wooded parkland Irish estate.

The Show takes place on Friday 10 & Saturday 11 May at Stradbally Hall Estate. Show Hours: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Admission: €15; Students/OAPs; €10; accompanied children free.

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Trace Your Wicklow Roots at Powerscourt!


Powerscourt Estate is the home for a number of exciting events all year long, but on May 16th they will be hosting an afternoon of exploring your Wicklow roots. Read more…

We are delighted to take part in ‘The Gathering‘ in 2013, a year long of events and festivals to celebrate Irish culture, history and genealogy. At Powerscourt you can enjoy a unique talk on ‘Tracing Your Wicklow Roots’ with Pamela Bradley, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland. Pamela will trace the history of County Wicklow which only received County status in 1606. The talk will cover information on the families who have lived here, from the people who built beautiful houses on grand estates to those who worked on the land, and in the mines and towns. Sources for research on Wicklow families will be included to help you trace your ancestors.

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Brosnan Clan Gathering

Hugh Brosnan Family photograph from

Hugh Brosnan Family photograph from

As part of the East Kerry Roots Festival the Brosnan clan will be gathering from all corners of the world. This sounds like one heck of a family reunion!

Brosnans from all over the world are set to converge on Castleisland and its surrounding villages from July 25th to 28th 2013 for the Kerry Brosnan Family Reunion, as part of the East Kerry Roots Festival 2013. The Brosnan name has been one of the most prominent in East Kerry for centuries, with its origins believed to be linked to the Brosna area.

An invitation is being extended to all Brosnan clan members locally, nationally and internationally to join this ancient clan and celebrate their proud heritage. This four-day gathering gives Brosnans from around the world, and anyone with Brosnan ancestry, the chance to rediscover their roots. The proceedings will culminate in the inauguration of a new Brosnan clan chieftain.

You do not have to be a Brosnan to join in the festivities. The variety of festival events planned for The East Kerry Roots Festival 2013 weekend, are designed to suit anybody with an interest in genealogy, culture or heritage. The festival will provide an opportunity to socialize, chat with relatives and re-live past times through attending the variety of cultural and heritage events, walks and workshops on offer.

We know that you will enjoy your visit to the Sliabh Luachra area. For some this will be an opportunity to visit the place of their birth, for others, the birth place of their ancestors. For all, it will be an occasion to relive and create fond memories over a joyous weekend.

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Would you look at what Claire (from a previous Gathering Spotlight) is up to!

Considering a trip to Ireland to attend a Gathering? The Irish in America can help you plan your vacation AND find your roots. Click here for information on our Genealogy Tours of Ireland.

The McCormacks at the Old Parochial House, Ballingarry, County Tiperary

The McCormacks at the Old Parochial House, Ballingarry, County Tipperary



Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

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