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The 68th Annual Gathering of

The O Mahony Society

 24-25 June 2023 

Macroom, Co. Cork, Ireland

The Officers and Council are pleased to share plans to gather again in Ireland in 2023.

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HEADQUARTERS:           Coolcower House, Macroom, West Cork

                                             (Reserve your room now!)



RALLY/PICNIC SITE:       Rath Raithleann, Garranes, Templemartin, Bandon, West Cork 

                                                                                       EIRCODE P72 TD77

Friday, June 23 :   6 pm until?      Meet and Greet


                                                            For those who can join, a casual meet and greet evening at our headquarters. This on-you-own                                                                                   evening is always enjoyable, and Coolcower House's cozy bar and snug make for a very                                                                                                    intimate setting to reconnect with Clan friends.   Bar food, pizzas,  toasted specials, chicken                                                                                          wraps, fries, etc., will be available for your individual order. 

Saturday, June 24:   10 am             "Explore Your O Mahony Roots" seminar  - Headquarters 

                                                                                 Led by Rory Bunce (Executive Librarian,  Cork County Library Local Studies Section and family                                                                                     historian), he will outline the key sources available if you are tracing your O Mahony family                                                                                         history in Cork.


                                                                                 Additionally, there will also be an opportunity to hear about the O’Mahony Society’s DNA (y-                                                                                         and mitochondrial) project and even become part of it.

                                                                                 During the session, we would love to hear about your family history (and, who knows, you may                                                                                   even find some new relatives!).

                                                                                 The formal session is scheduled for 90 minutes, although may extend informally. 


                                     2:30 pm:        Afternoon Outing to Independence Museum Kilmurry

                                                                            We will meet at headquarters and caravan for those interested.  Admission is 5.




                                           6:00 pm:        AGM    -    A LIVE/VIRTUAL HYBRID


                                                                                Live meeting at Headquarters. 

                                                                                Facilitated on both sides of the pond, virtual participants will be asked to use electronic hand raising. 

                                                                      All are invited; please note only Society members may cast votes. 

                                                                               Topic: 2023 OMS Annual General Meeting
                                                                               Time: Jun 24, 2023 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada), 10 am PDT

                                                                                Join Zoom Meeting


                                           7:30 pm:        Evening dinner, annual raffle, and PARTY PIECES

                                                        At headquarters;  a full three-course served  meal will be ours for only                                                                                                                                  €35/pp


                                                                      Click HERE to see the menu


                                                                      You will want to bring some cash for the raffling of a variety of Clan and Irish-themed                                                                                            raffle prizes!  Tickets are €1/each or a strip of 6 for €5.  

Sunday, June 25:     1:30 pm:         BYO picnic and Clan Rally

                                                                      Rath Raithleann, Garranes, Templemartin, Co. Cork  EIRCODE P72 TD77

                                                                      Let's all pray for fine weather while we enjoy our picnics and each other's company within this                                                                                    hallowed and historic ring fort. 

                                                                                WE WILL ONCE AGAIN AUCTION AN O MAHONY SOCIETY CREST RUG (~45x60"/115x150                                                                                    cm).  This hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind quilted item will be a point of Society pride in your home!                                                                                  Bidding will start at €50. 

                                                                                At 3 pm, Donal Kelleher, West Cork piper extraordinaire, will lead the March of the Council and                                                                                    the National Anthem.


                                                                                Immediately following our welcome addresses, join us to learn more about the place we call                                                                                        the Cradle of our Clan:  Rath Raithleann. 

                                                                      Speaker:  Professor Billy O Brien, UCC

                                           7:00 pm:       Buffet Supper  (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE!)

                                                                     For those who can stay, join us back at headquarters for a delicious buffet supper. 


Left, the beautiful Coolcower House, overlooking the River Lee. Right, Macroom Castle, an historic attraction in its own right in the middle of the stunning village of Macroom. 

The wonderful and nearby Independence Museum Kilmurry has a comprehensive collection of local Irish history, stunningly curated by an incredibly professional staff, including an O Mahony.


Is there any question why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle, or why West Cork is the jewel of the Munster Crown? The circular area you see in the photo center is an aerial view of our Rath Raithleann.  


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USA/North American Get Together

October 2022

A smashing success!

With thanks to Dan Mahoney of Rockville, Maryland, we had fantastic weekend in the Albany, New York area

SOCIETY MEMBERS:  Click HERE to read John O Mahony's The Great Hunger 1845-1849  175 Years On lecture. 



67th Annual (and third virtual)

O Mahony Society Gathering wonderfully successful! 

A difficult but necessary decision was made in April to change our Gathering "venue" to Zoom.  We had a warm and wonderful 67th Gathering of the Clan on Sunday, 19 June 2022.  Was it the day (Father's Day)?  Was it the program of events?  Was it that we're all a little more familiar with Zoom?  Was it the people?  It was all that and more! 

Members participated in our AGM, where new officers and Council members were elected and updates on Society business provided.  In this centenary year of the establishment of the Irish Free State, we were incredibly fortunate to have historian Mary T. O Mahony as our featured speaker, who gave an informative and engaging lecture on the events in the ten years prior to and leading up to the Irish Civil War.  Deftly and engagingly weaving multiple and complex factors into a relatable, comprehensive and memorable fabric for learning, Mary's lecture was outstanding and thoroughly researched.


We are doing our best to get Mary's very informative lecture slides available to our membership soon. 

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February 2023 Newsletter

   now available in multiple formats!       

Newsletter editor Bill Badzmierowski (aka, Bill O'Badz) and graphic designer Joel Kotchevar have done it again, providing members another delightfully informative issue of our beloved Newsletter.  This issue gives us a retrospective on our October 2022 Get-Together as well as insights into our upcoming June 2023 Gathering in Ireland.  Please see the Publications->Newsletters tab and note the PDF (for traditional scrolling) or if you prefer a viewing option, the flipbook, providing sight, sound, and an interactive format!  

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Please remember that the O Mahony Society Newsletter is an all-volunteer written and produced publication and your contributions are welcome and needed!  Please click on the Publications-->Society Newsletters tab to see suggestions and guidelines for submission. Newsletter Editor Bill O'Badz looks forward to your input.

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PANDEMIC POSITIVES: The O Mahony Society uses technology to maintain connections!                               


 Virtual yDNA Project and Genetic Genealogy  Update


                                        Traditional Genealogy Workshop massive successes                           

Society members around the world were wowed by former, and now late Taoiseach Finbar O Mahony's October 2020, virtual yDNA Project and Genetic Genealogy updates as well as a January 2021, Traditional Genealogy workshop presented by former Cartlannai and Journal Editor Nora Hickey.  Finbar's presentation is available to Society members on this website under the Genetic Genealogy tab, Virtual Project Update Presentations sub-tab, and Nora's workshop can be viewed under the Traditional Genealogy tab, Virtual Workshops sub-tab.

Our Society has been gifted to have these two leaders, experts in their respective and complementary fields, give so much of their time and attention that serves our membership so well!

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A Fresh Take on Connectedness:  Feile O'Badz!

Newsletter Editor Bill Badzmierowski and his husband, Joel Kotchevar,  skillfully used technology and limitless creativity to bring their story of Irish, O Mahony, and family history in a presentation that was as engaging as it was informative, and one that also offered congratulations to Society member Bob Badzmierowski, who recently received his Irish citizenship by birthright.  Although not a formal O Mahony Society event, it was well attended by Society members around the world.  Bob and his family enjoyed a celebratory cake, while the rest of us could only have a virtual taste!  Many thanks to all for a lovely evening!

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You can view the complete Feile O'Badz presentation here.  

Other O Mahony News                  

The O Mahony Society website a benefit to young researchers               

In April of 2020, an email was received from a librarian with the Salt Lake City Children's Network, detailing work that had been done by young genealogy researchers and the benefits derived from The O Mahony Society website.  Working remotely during the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, these young learners appreciated the research links available.

Most kindly, the librarian has returned the favor by adding a link we didn't have: /

This site may be useful to many when researching the history of a house and includes a great breakdown of the research process, census records, helpful search resources, former owner databases, etc.


































Please contact Runai Linda McConnell Baker at to share photos, news, or events relevant to Society interests.  Remember:  we suggest you share your family trees at

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