Clann Gathering 2018

Co. Wexford, Ireland

September 12th to September 16th 2018

Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Y25 V1D6, Ireland.


The 2018 Clann Chaomhánach Gathering will be held at the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey, Co. Wexford. The Gathering Program will include tours, lectures, genealogy consultations and lots more which we hope everyone will enjoy. A sample copy of the Program is included here for your information.


The Ashdown Park Hotel is excellent for the gathering, with venue and accommodations together on the same site. The hotel has excellent food and great facilities with restaurants and activity rooms. Special rates for the 4 days of the Gathering has been negotiated with the hotel. €235 per person SHARING¬ for 4 nights B & B (@ €58.75 pp per night) €335 per person SINGLE for 4 nights B & B (@ €83.75 per night) If you plan to stay in the Ashdown Park Hotel, the number of rooms is limited and you should book early by contacting Reservations, e-mail: The subject line of your e-mail should be “Clann Chaomhánach Gathering 2018”. This will ensure that you are given the agreed reduced prices for your stay at the Gathering. Fergus will help look after the accommodation reservations, and you can contact him as usual at 


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The Gathering Registration fees are divided into two parts, a booking deposit, to be paid at time of registration, and the balance of the fee payable on arrival at the gathering venue. If you prefer, the full fee can by paid at time of registration. The four day activities fee is €180 per member and €110 for a spouse. Non-members fee is €200. A registration fee of €50 euro per member and €25 for a spouse (as an initial booking deposit / part payment) should accompany the registration form. If you have to cancel your registration, before the 12th August 2018 cut-off date, we will refund 50% of the deposit / activities fees. There will be a Late Registration fee of €25 for registrations posted after 1st July 2018.

The Online Credit Card Payment is the best and quickest way to complete your Registration. Go to the website , click “Gathering 2018”, and click the Online link at the bottom of the page. For Postal / Cheque Payment go to website: for Registration and Accommodation forms or apply by e-mail from: . We all look forward to seeing you in September 2018. Clann Chaomhanach Executive Committee.


Gathering Registration Form

Gathering Accomodation Form



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You can pay for your Gathering here.



Wednesday 12th - September Executive Meeting Day
12:00pm Preparation
1:00pm Executive Committee Members’ pre-Gathering Meeting
6:00pm Registration of attendees opens
7:00pm Reception and Welcome from Chief John Kavanagh Mead reception, finger food Tea/Coffee/Scones

Thursday 13th September -  Field Trip Day
8:30am Bus tour leaves to Historic Clan Sites
12:30pm Lunch Stop
6:00pm Approximate Return to hotel
8:00pm Relaxed social evening, and entertainment from Celtic Roots

Friday 14th September - Genealogy Day
8:30am Assemble and introduction
9:00am Clann Chaomhánach Pedigree
10:00am 15 minute break
10:15am Symposium on Chaomhánach History
12:00pm Biennial General Meeting
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Family Research: What’s new? DNA-Current position
3:00pm 15 minute break
3:15pm Part 1: Genealogy Research
8:00pm Céilí and Old Time with Celtic Roots

Saturday 15th September  - History, Inauguration and Banquet
8:30am Assemble and introduction
9.00am Historical Presentations
10:00am 15 minute break
10:15am Historical Presentations
12.30pm Bunclody Cemetery Wreath Laying at the Grave of Michael A. Kavanagh, Founder of Clann Chaomhánach. Ferns Cemetery Wreath Laying at the Memorial of Dermot McMurrough and Domhnall Caomhánach.
2:30pm Inauguration of Tanaiste Terry Kavanagh as Chief.
3:00pm Tour of Ferns Castle
4:00pm Return to hotel
4:30pm Genealogy Consultation Workshop Part 2
 7:30pm Banquet and Entertainment

Sunday 16th  September - Farewell Day
9:00am Catholic Mass
11:30am C of I Services
10:00am Tea / Coffee
10.15am Open Panel Discussion on General issues and the future of the Clann Chaomhánach
12.00pm Feed back/Critique Overall Impressions of the Gathering
 12.30pm  Close of 2018 Gathering and Farewell.