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.
The O’Dea Castle
Information about the O’Dea Castle can be found here: Dysert O’Dea Castle
|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|
|10||May 2018||Joan Koechig||St. Charles, Missouri, USA||Shane O’Dea||Dublin, Ireland||2018 to 2022|
|11||July 2022||Shane O’Dea||Dublin, Ireland||Kevin O’Day||Missouri, USA||2022 to 2025|
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/baile/
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 Clan Association Office Bearers, Membership Registrars, and Clan Representatives is available here: Clan Association Office Bearers, Membership Registrars, and Clan Representatives
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You can view the current Constitution here: Constitution of the Dysert O’Dea Clan Association
Proposed Changes to the Constitution
A number of changes to the Constitution have been proposed. Details are available here: Proposed Changes to the Constitution
These changes will be considered by the Members at the next Triennial General Meeting which is expected to be held in 2025.
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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