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Origins of the Dysert O’Dea Clan Association

O’Dea Clan members from throughout the world gathered at Dysert O’Dea in 1990 for the first time since the Flight of the Wild Geese in 1691. Meeting in nearby Ennis, these Clan representatives formed the Dysert O’Dea Clan Association (as Gaélige: Cumann Chlann Díseart Ó Déaghaidh) to facilitate and encourage exchange between Clan members and to promote research into the history and genealogy of the O’Dea Clan.

The renascent Clan elected John B. O’Day of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, owner and restorer of Dysert O’Dea Castle, as first Taoiseach (Chieftain) of the Clan Association. Jack headed the Clan for two terms.

"Rísteárd Ua Cronín, Historian of the O'Dea Clan, presents the Certificate of Authority to Mr. John B. O'Day, Junior, who was the first O'Dea Chieftain elected since the 17th century by members of the clan from all over the world."   ( Photo and caption from The Clare Champion, July 13, 1990.)
“Rísteárd Ua Cronín, Historian of the O’Dea Clan, presents the Certificate of Authority to Mr. John B. O’Day, Junior, who was the first O’Dea Chieftain elected since the 17th century by members of the clan from all over the world.” ( Photo and caption from The Clare Champion, July 13, 1990.)

The O’Dea Castle

Information about the O’Dea Castle can be found here: Dysert O’Dea Castle

The O'Dea Castle at Dysert O'Dea, County Clare
The O’Dea Castle at Dysert O’Dea, County Clare

Clan Chieftains

No. Date Elected Taoiseach (Chieftain) Home Tanaiste (Chieftain Elect) Home Years Served
1 July 1990 John B. O’Day, Jr. Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, USA none n/a 1990 to 1993
2 July 1993 John B. O’Day, Jr. Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, USA Michael O’Dea Dublin, Ireland 1993 to 1996
3 July 1996 Michael O’Dea Dublin, Ireland Bill O’Day Wisconsin, USA 1996 to 1999
4 July 1999 Bill O’Day Wisconsin, USA Anderson O’Day South Carolina, USA 1999 to 2002
5 July 2002 Anderson O’Day South Carolina, USA Sue Poole South Australia 2002 to 2005
6 July 2005 Sue Poole South Australia John B O’Day III Wisconsin, USA 2005 to 2008
7 July 2008 John B O’Day III Wisconsin, USA Bill Dea Iowa, USA 2008 to 2011
8 July 2011 Bill Dea Iowa, USA Maureen Carey South Australia 2011 to 2014
9 July 2014 Maureen Carey South Australia Joan Koechig St. Charles, Missouri, USA 2014 to 2018

Clans of Ireland

The O’Dea Clan is Registered with the Clans of Ireland. You can read about the Clans of Ireland here: http://www.clansofireland.ie/

Administration

Under its Constitution, the business of the Clan Association is managed by a Committee which is elected at the Clan Gathering in Ireland.

Information about the Office Bearers, Committee Members and Volunteers is available here: Office Bearers, Committee Members and Volunteers

Postal Address

Dysert O'Dea Clan Association - Postal Address:
Dysert O’Dea Clan Association
45 Carysfort Park
Blackrock
County Dublin
Ireland

Email Addresses

Email addresses for contacting the Clan Association:
Taoiseach (Chieftain) taoiseach@odeaclan.org
Tanaiste (Chieftain Elect) tanaiste@odeaclan.org
General Enquiries secretary@odeaclan.org
Membership Enquiries (Ireland and the rest of Europe) jkoechig@odeaclan.org
Membership Enquiries (US and Canada) jkoechig@odeaclan.org
Membership Enquiries (Australasia and the Far East) roncarey@tpg.com.au
Chairman chairman@odeaclan.org
Secretary secretary@odeaclan.org
Treasurer treasurer@odeaclan.org
Editor editor@odeaclan.org
Clan Genealogists genealogist@odeaclan.org
Webmaster webmaster@odeaclan.org

Constitution

The Constitution of the Dysert O’Dea Clan Association can be viewed here: Clan Constitution

Australian Sub-Group

The objectives of the Australian sub-group are outlined here: Australian Sub-Group – Objectives

The Constitution of the Australian sub-group is available here: Australian Sub-Group – Constitution

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