UPCOMING EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
USA/North American Get Together
October 14-16, 2022
Albany, New York
Devoted USA member Dan Mahoney is graciously coordinating our second event of 2022. We are being welcomed by the Irish American Heritage Museum and will be headquartered at the Courtyard by Marriott Albany/Clifton Park. An amazing weekend of Irish and Clan camaraderie, culture, history, learning, and multiple speakers has been planned! Details are being updated as available.
Friday, October 14, 2022
Check in to the Courtyard by Marriott Clifton Park 518-579-6100
Roughly equidistant to Saratoga Springs and Albany, this location gives us a very convenient location! For your convenience, follow this link to the Google map of the area:
A block of rooms has been reserved for The O Mahony Society at the discounted rate of $139/night (plus tax)
This special room rate will be available to attendees from Thursday, October 13 through Monday, October 17. YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR ROOMS BY NO LATER THAN 6 OCTOBER TO RECEIVE THE DISCOUNTED ROOM RATE. ACT NOW! THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF ROOMS AVAILABLE.
5 pm (ish) Guest speaker Chris Daley (www.daleyhistory.com) will provide an informative talk on the effect of Irish immigration that led to the "No Irish Need Apply" phenomenon. Informal meet and greet in the hotel common areas and patio. Beverages and snacks on your own.
Later Powers Inn and Pub
130 Meyer Road, Clifton Park, NY http://powersinnandpub.com/
A culturally-appropriate dining establishment a few minutes by car from the hotel.
Dinner on your own.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Continental breakfast will be available from 8-10 in our headquarters' meeting room
11:00 am Guided Walking Tour of Congress Park
Saratoga Springs Visitor Center 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs NY www.walkingsaratoga.com
A 90-minute, ~ 0.5-mile guided walk through beautiful and historic Congress Park will reveal local history, how Saratoga became "The Queen of Spas," and how the immigrant Irish contributed to the development of the area.
Cost is $20/pp
1:30 pm Reunion/BYO Picnic
Saratoga Spa State Park 19 Roosevelt Drive Saratoga Springs, NY https://parks.ny.gov/parks/saratogaspa We will greet old friends, make new ones, and picnic together under a 75-person pavilion. The Chuck Wagon (a well-known local food truck) will be onsite, providing the local delicacy Spiedies and a variety of menu options. A part of the afternoon will include the auction of a handmade O Mahony Society lap throw. Bring some cash (or a check), as the bidding will start at $50!
7:30 pm Buffet Dinner at The Parting Glass Pub
40-42 Lake Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 518-583-1916 https://www.partingglasspub.com/
Voted 3rd Best Irish Pub worldwide
In a private room, we will enjoy a multi-course buffet and an evening
of traditional party pieces. Party pieces can be songs, poetry, something
instrumental, or the like. Newsletter Editor Bill O'Badz will have a guitar and
lead us in song, as well. Additionally, we will have our long-established raffle
of largely Irish-themed prizes. Bring cash as tickets will be 6 for $5, and your
chances of winning increase when you buy more!
Dinner is $38/pp (beverages on your own)
Sunday, October 16, 2022
11:30 am -~1 pm Irish American Heritage Museum
370 Broadway, Albany NY 518-427-1916 https://irish-us.org/
A private museum tour will be followed by featured speaker and Tanaiste John O Mahony's
lecture "An Gorta Mor - 175 Years Later." John is an international speaker of renown
whose knowledge of this cataclysmic event in history that shaped so many of us is unparalleled.
Includes light refreshments.
To follow For those who can stay, step next door for lunch on your own to
CH Evans Brewery at Albany Pump Station
19 Quackenbush Square Albany NY 12207 518-447-9000 www.evansale.com
As you find your way home, may your journeys be peaceful and uneventful, and may we all be together again soon!
Click here for a printable version of the event overview
Click here for the registration form
Saratoga Spa State Park
The Parting Glass Pub
SAVE THE DATE!
The 68th Annual Gathering of
The O Mahony Society
24-25 June 2023
The Officers and Council are currently making plans to gather again in Ireland in 2023.
This page will be updated as details emerge.
IN OTHER NEWS
Dr. Finbar O Mahony, Emeritus Administrator of the O Mahony Surname yDNA Project, has died.
It is with heavy hearts that we share that Dr. Finbar O Mahony, Councilmember, former Taoiseach, and long-term administrator of the O Mahony Surname yDNA Project, died 21 May, surrounded by his loving family. His contributions to the Society have been immeasurable, and his steady presence supporting the Society's Facebook page immense. Finbar was a ray of light wherever he went, sharing his warm smile and positive outlook on just about everything. Always the educator, he brought the yDNA Project to new heights, exponentially expanding the program. He will be well and truly missed. Rest in peace, dear Finbar.
WE DID IT AGAIN!
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.
Details will be shared in the next Newsletter. The recording of Mary's lecture will be available to members soon on the Images tab -->videos.
September 2022 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. 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!
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.
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 have been wowed by former 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!
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!
IYou 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.
DO YOU HAVE O MAHONY NEWS TO SHARE?
Please contact Runai Linda McConnell Baker at Lbaker8@ec.rr.com to share photos, news, or events relevant to Society interests. Remember: we suggest you share your family trees at Familysearch.org