UPCOMING EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SAVE THE DATE!
The 68th Annual Gathering of
The O Mahony Society
24-25 June 2023
Macroom, Co. Cork, Ireland
The Officers and Council are currently finalizing plans to gather again in Ireland in 2023.
Initial details are below.
HEADQUARTERS: Coolcower House, Macroom, West Cork
http://www.coolcowerhouse.ie (Reserve your room now!)
RALLY/PICNIC SITE: Rath Raithleann, Garranes, Templemartin, Bandon, West Cork
Friday, June 23 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.
Saturday, June 24 "Explore Your O Mahony Roots" seminar, expected to be at 10 am (look for confirmation of the time)
Afternoon outing to the outstanding Independence Museum Kilmurry (nominal fee)
Evening dinner and PARTY PIECES at headquarters
Sunday, June 25 Early afternoon BYO picnic and Clan rally at Rath Raithleann
Speaker: Billy O Brien, UCC
For those who can stay, a buffet supper at headquarters
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.
Is there any question why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle, or why West Cork is the jewel of the Munster Crown? That's Rath Raithleann from above.
The wonderful Independence Museum Kilmurry has a comprehensive collection of local Irish history, stunningly curated by an incredible professional staff, including an O Mahony.
O MAHONY SOCIETY NEWS AND UPDATES
USA/North American Get Together
A smashing success!
Details will be featured in the next Newsletter
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, 2022, 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.
We are doing our best to get Mary's very informative lecture slides available to our membership soon.
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!
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.
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