Monday, 27 July 2015


 Aug 21-23, 2015

Every 2 years since 1997 descendants of the Marrinan's of past centuries have met to trace their family history. Since the first gathering in Minnesota a huge amount of information has been gathered. The next gathering will be centred in Kilrush over the weekend of August 21st - 23rd. The last gathering was in October 2013 in Cape Cod, USA and the most recent gathering in Ireland was in Ennistymon in 2011.

The name Marrinan with its various spellings of Marnon, Maranane, etc has been prominent since the middle ages, but one of the striking aspects of the gatherings is the attendance of so many who no longer bear the name but who are proud of their Marrinan ancestry. The history of the Marrinan's of Clare like so many other families is one of relocation and emigration, not to mention transportation under the "to hell or to Connaught"edict of Cromwell. In 1830 there was over 180 families tenant farmers in Co Clare. By the mid 1850s, this number had fallen by more than half. 

The bulk of the families before this huge dispersal were in the parishes of Inagh, Miltown, Ennistymon, Kilrush and Kilkee. With the descendants of those 19th century emigrants mostly in USA, Australia and Britain, there has always been a good attendance by them. Already there are over twenty confirmed from USA for this year's event. In recent months a number of members of the clan have taken DNA tests and already some interesting connections mostly in the 4th and 5th cousin range have been confirmed. Once again this year we are asking those who have Marrinan ancestry and who no longer bear the name to come to the gathering.

 There are two Facebook groups re this that you might be interested in...

The weekend begins with a meet and greet in the Haven Arms Bar, Kilrush on Friday evening August 21st from 8:00 pm. The main formal part of the programme will be in the Comhaltas Teach Cheoil in Kilrush on Saturday 22nd from 1.30pm. 

Corey Marrinan from the USA will talk on DNA and the comprehensive family tree charts which have been developing over the years will be on display. This is a great opportunity for new members to add their information or to search for missing links in their own trees. 

Saturday evening dinner at Kilrush Golf Club at 6.30 pm will be followed by a night of entertainment from clan members many of whom are prominent in traditional music circles. Mass in Cooraclare on Sunday at 11:00 am will include traditional music followed by a bus tour to some relevant townlands and cemeteries. The usual golf tournament for the Marrinan Trophy presented in 1999 by the late Jack Marrinan will take place Sunday afternoon in Kilrush Golf Club. For anyone interested, access to the family trees will available until 5:00 pm on Sunday evening. For further information contact Micheál at 087) 3638002 or Grainne at 087)9276369.


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