/McCarthy Heritage Weekend in Dunmanway, Ireland 26-28 May, 2017

McCarthy Heritage Weekend in Dunmanway, Ireland 26-28 May, 2017

The weekend has been inspired by the life and work of Daniel MacCarthy Glas (1807, London – 1884, Southampton). The grandson of an emigré from Dunmanway, Daniel devoted many years to research into the genealogy of the MacCarthys in general and his own family in particular, without the benefits of indexed archives, the internet or Y-DNA. Apart from several books, including The Life and Letters of Florence MacCarthy Reagh and A Historical Pedigree of the Sliochd Feidhlimidh. The MacCarthys of Gleannacroim, his research, resulted in an enormous volume of correspondence not just with Irish addresses, but with McCarthys in North America and elsewhere, as Daniel himself lived at various times in England, South Africa, Italy and France. This correspondence was meticulously copied and retained in a family archive which has traveled the globe but, with the generosity of its most recent holder, is now to come to rest in the land of his paternal ancestors.

The weekend is expected to include:

  • An exhibition of a sample of Daniel’s family papers, correspondence and memorabilia, launched (on the Friday evening) with the story of their journey.
  • Talks by representatives of UCC (University College, Cork) School of History.
  • A talk on the latest findings of the McCarthy (Y-DNA) Surname Study (with an opportunity for newcomers to test).
  • A re-dedication of the three plaques to the memory of Daniel’s ancestors at St Patrick’s Church. (Two are seen in the current banner of our main (FTDNA) website).
  • A dinner / dance in celebration of Daniel’s life and work (Saturday evening, the Parkway Hotel).
  • A coach tour (subject to attendance)  of some ancient sites having association with the MacCarthys (Sunday).

The costs have yet to be fully evaluated, but based on the 2013 Gathering will be in the region of 70 Euros for the full weekend, including the Saturday evening dinner and coach tour. We will post further information as it becomes available, but specific inquiries on other than DNA matters should be addressed to Michelle O’Mahony at m.omahonyodriscoll@gmail.com.

Nigel McCarthy, director of the McCarthy Surname Study intends to be in Dunmanway from Thursday 25 to Monday 29 May so should be free to discuss further any aspects of your Y-DNA investigations outside the duration of the above program.

While it may not be quite early enough for this event, those of you crossing the Atlantic in search of your lost relatives should note that the go-ahead for Norwegian Air International (NAI) to pioneer direct ‘no frills’ services from (first) Boston and (later) New York into Cork was given on 2nd December. In the meantime WOW air will be operating services from a number of North American airports into Cork, but with (typically) a two hour stopover in Reykjavik.