World events dictate a virtual gathering in 2022
67th Annual and VIRTUAL Gathering
The O Mahony Society
June 19, 2022
12 Noon Eastern Daylight Time/5 pm Irish Standard Time
A profoundly difficult but necessary decision was made in April by our Council to cancel our much-anticipated in-person Gathering. The O Mahony Society owes a debt of gratitude to the marvelous proprietor of Coolcower House in Macroom, Co. Cork, who has steadfastly supported our group.
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Schedule of Events:
Saturday, 19 June: 12 pm EDT/5 pm IST: Annual General Meeting
This is your opportunity to participate in the process, be updated on the Society's business, and learn from each other. All are invited to attend; please note that only Society members may cast a vote.
12:30 pm EDT/5:30 pm IST: Take a Break/Music Interlude
12:45 pm EDT/5:45 pm IST: Guest speaker Mary O Mahony
In this Centenary year of the Irish Free State, this West Cork local, associated with the remarkable Kilmurry Museum, will
share her expertise regarding events in Ireland C 1910-1922 and how those factors impacted the developing nation. There will be time within this hour for Q&A.
As we bid farewell to each other this year, let us hope that we can meet in person in 2023!
DON'T FORGET THE UPCOMING NORTH AMERICAN GET-TOGETHER!
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 Dan has confirmed the availability of a block of rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Albany/Clifton Park. So far, an amazing weekend has been planned!
Tanaiste John O Mahony of Galway will be the featured speaker, providing an interesting and informative lecture on An Gorta Mor, or the Great Hunger.
Preliminary details are below and will be updated as available.
Friday, October 14, 2022
Evening -6ish Check-in to the Courtyard by Marriott Clifton Park 518-579-6100
Informal meet and greet in the hotel common areas and patio
Later Powers Inn and Pub
A culturally-appropriate dining establishment a few minutes by car from the hotel
130 Meyer Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Continental breakfast will be available from 8-10 in our headquarter's meeting room
1 pm Reunion/BYO Picnic
Saratoga State Park
19 Roosevelt Drive
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS FAMOUS AMERICAN HORSE RACETRACK, DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!
7pm Dinner/Music at The Parting Glass in Saratoga
Voted 3rd best Irish Pub worldwide
Dinner will be on your own, but join us for
O Mahony fellowship and fun!
40-42 Lake Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
11:30 am -~1 pm Irish American Heritage Museum
370 Broadway, Albany NY 12207 518-427-1916
Museum browsing followed by Tanaiste John O Mahony's
lecture "An Gorta Mor - 175 Years Later"
To follow For those who can stay, step next door to
CH Evans Brewery at Albany Pump Station for lunch.
As you find your way home, may your journeys be peaceful and uneventful, and may we all be together again soon!
Saratoga State Park
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!
66th Annual (and second virtual)
O Mahony Society Gathering a roaring success!
Was it the 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 of that and more!
The O Mahony Society enjoyed its 66th Annual Gathering on June 20, 2021. We were incredibly fortunate to have archeologist Finola Finlay (Roaringwaterjournal.com) as a featured speaker, who gave an informative and engaging lecture on "The O Mahony Tower Houses." The speaker was followed by our AGM, where the membership elected new officers and Council members as well as being updated on Society business. Details will be shared in the October/November Newsletter. Society members can view Finola's lecture per the Images tab (Video sub-tab) of this website.
November 2021 Newsletter
now available in multiple formats!
Newsletter editor Bill Badzmierowski (aka, Bill O'Badz) has done it again, offering us a fresh new look to our beloved Newsletter as well as options for viewing. Please see the Publications->Newsletters tab and note the PDF (for traditional scrolling) or the flipbook option, 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?
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