Mark your calendars now for the 
66th Annual and Second VIRTUAL Gathering of
The O Mahony Society
June 20, 2021

Once again, our Taoiseach has had to make the very difficult decision to forego our beloved in-person Gathering and move to an all-virtual event.  COVID-19 and its variants continue to make travel and close contact too risky. 

Greetings and welcome to start at 2:30 pm DUBLIN TIME

Speaker Finola Finlay will present her lecture

"The O'Mahonys and the Tower Houses of West Cork" 


at 3 pm DUBLIN TIME.


Following a short break, our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will commence at 4:30 pm DUBLIN TIME.


(Start time conversions are 9:30 am Eastern Time, 6:30 am Pacific Time,

11:30 pm Australian Eastern Time)

The annual general meeting agenda is available below and will be emailed to members by mid-May.   Please note that the Council plans to meet on Saturday, June 19th. 

Topic: O Mahony Society Virtual Gathering and AGM
Time: Jun 20, 2021 02:30 PM Dublin Time

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Please know that all are welcome to attend the AGM, although only members in good standing may vote on issues.  If you have any questions regarding the status of your membership, please contact Mary Haislip at



It may be fair to say that we all have pandemic fatigue and that we all miss being together.  Technology allows us the opportunity to see each other virtually, and science is forging the path toward improved immunity from Coronavirus Disease (19).  For those gifts as well as the gift of our membership, the Officers and Council of The O Mahony Society are grateful.  

May 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.

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


Virtual yDNA Project and Genetic Genealogy  Update as well as Traditional Genealogy           Workshop massive successes!                             

Society members around the world have been wowed by 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 Cartlannai and Journal Editor Nora Hickey.  Finbar's presentation is available 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!

Feedback from attendees has been remarkably positive and reiterates the obvious:  while not everyone can attend the annual Gathering, most can tune into a Zoom meeting and see and hear those we love well.  On a personal level, for this Runai, it has been a joy to see former Runai Mary O Mahony, wife of our late Taoiseach Peter O Mahony of Scotland, our Social Media Administrator, our Newsletter Editor, many current and former Council members, and even more of our beloved members.  We always say we are related by blood or affection.  These examples of deeply appreciated relationships have been a pandemic positive!

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65th Annual and first VIRTUAL                O Mahony Society Gathering

a huge success! 

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COVID-19 may have prevented our meeting in Ireland, but nothing could stop the O Mahonys from meeting virtually for our 65th Annual Gathering June 20, 2020!  Thanks to Zoom, more than thirty O Mahonys from around the world logged in and came together to meet, greet, share triumphs and a few trials, and support each other and the Society by sharing ideas and offering assistance with some functions. 

Although our Taoiseach unexpectedly could not join us at the last minute, Tanaiste Jean McConnell Dinwiddie was a wonderful facilitator and the momentum never waned.  We had such a good time that the planned thirty-minute meeting extended to a full eighty.  Attendees unanimously agreed that the Society should conduct more virtual meetings on a regular basis.  

To all who attended, including those who awakened early or stayed up late, thank you!  It was wonderful to see you all.  For those who may have had a scheduling conflict, we will see you next time!

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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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.