Here is a message from Joan Koechig, the Clan Chieftain:
Greetings from St. Charles, Missouri.
I hope it is cooler where you live. Nothing like living in Missouri in July and August with our heat and humidity!!!
I wanted to let you know that a decision has been made about our International Get-Together in Ennis, County Clare. For a variety of reasons that all revolve around Covid-19, the decision has been made to push our next get-together from July 2021 to July 2022. I hope you understand. These are trying times that we are living through.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy.
Here is a message from the Dysert O’Dea Castle Committee.
“As a result of Covid 19 restrictions and a severe downturn in business, including the closing of Dysert O’Dea Castle in 2020 and 2021, free admission to the Castle for members of the O’Dea Clan Association has been withdrawn indefinitely, effective from 16 March 2021, by the Castle Committee. It is hoped that Dysert O’Dea Castle will reopen again in 2022.”
We invite you to throw off the long, dark months and rise to embrace the
brighter days ahead.
We are now broadcasting SPF TV (March 12 – 17 inclusive)
To watch the live broadcast please click on the link above.
We strongly recommend viewers preview content restrictions, viewing
guidance, accessibility and other important information in the TV Guide
Most programmes can be replayed once broadcast on their own event page,
up to March 21.
If viewing in Ireland, you can also watch SPF TV through the Oireachtas
TV, which can be found on all TV platform providers.
St Patrick’s Festival Dublin, Ireland, The World from 12–17 March 2021
Here too are several hyperlinks to Irish Museums, Galleries and Tourist
The link is to the Flipbook version of his mother’s book Always Virginia (which is also in paperback and Kindle at Amazon) about her life as part of the Day family in 1920s-1930s Southern Illinois. Jack says we will find the story interesting and that it may provide ideas about how to write our own family histories and to design our own family books.
at the Irish Club, 13-15 Carrington Street, Adelaide
Launch by Irish Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Breandán Ó Caollaí
Its capital is named after German-born Queen Adelaide, its main street after her English husband, King William IV, so it is not surprising that little is known about South Australia’s Irish background. However, the first European to discover Adelaide’s River Torrens in 1836 was Cork-born George Kingston who was deputy surveyor to Colonel Light; the river was named in turn for Derry man Colonel Torrens, Chairman of the South Australian Colonization Commission. Adelaide’s first judge and first police commissioner were immigrants from Kerry and Limerick.
These are just some of the intriguing facts in Irish South Australia: new histories and insights that charts Irish settlement from as far north as Pekina to the south-east and Mount Gambier. It follows the diverse fortunes of the Irish-born elite such as George Kingston and Charles Harvey Bagot, as well as doctors, farmers, lawyers, orphans, parliamentarians, pastoralists and publicans who made South Australia their home, with various shades of political and religious beliefs: Anglicans, Catholics, Dissenters, Federationalists, Freemasons, Home Rulers, nationalists, and Orangemen. There is something here for all readers from the casual browser to the family historian.
Formal proceedings will start at 6pm. There will be a cash bar from 5.30pm along with nibbles and wine tasting from Coriole wines. All welcome, but please RSVP for catering purposes.
The book’s editors are twentieth-century Irish immigrants from Dublin (Dymphna Lonergan), Portadown, (Fidelma McCorry-Breen), Trim (Susan Arthure), and by descent from eight Irish-born great grandparents (Stephanie James).
Joan Koechig Inaugurated as Taoiseach (Clan Chieftain)
At a ceremony at the O’Dea Castle during the 10th International Clan Gathering held in May 2018 in Ennis, Co. Clare, Joan Koechig from St. Charles, Missouri, USA was inaugurated as Taoiseach (Clan Chieftain) of the Dysert O’Dea Clan. She will hold office until July 2021 when the next Clan Gathering is due to be held.
At the 10th International Clan Gathering held in May 2018 in Ennis, Co. Clare, Shane O’Dea of Blackrock, Co Dublin and formerly of New Road, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland was elected as Tanaiste (Chieftain Elect). He will take up the position of Taoiseach (Clan Chieftain) at the next Clan Gathering to be held in Ennis in July, 2021.
At the 10th International Clan Gathering held in Ennis, Co. Clare in May 2018, the Clan adopted a new logo and other branding elements.
Credit for this initiative must go to the Treasurer, Karen Dwyer. Karen gave a presentation about the new branding for the Clan on 11 May 2018. You can view, download, or print this presentation here: ODea Clan Brand Presentation
If you have any comments or suggestions about the new Clan branding, please contact Karen:
We have now applied the key elements of the new branding to the Clan web site. If you have any comments or suggestions about the new look web site, please contact us here:
A Special DVD Commemorating the Battle of Dysert O’Dea in 1318 is Now on Sale
A special DVD commemorating the Battle of Dysert O’Dea in 1318 is now on sale. A companion CD with music from the DVD is also available.
This is a special commemorative DVD created for the O’Dea Clan Gathering in 2018.
The purpose of the DVD is to remember and celebrate the Battle of Dysert O’Dea on May 10th 1318, when the Norman forces in Ireland were defeated by the allied Irish forces, which ultimately ended the Norman Invasion of Ireland. The Normans had arrived into Ireland in 1169 and dominated the Irish landscape for almost 150 years. This decisive battle left Ireland free from outside influences for the next 200 years, and heralded in a period in Gaelic Ireland which allowed the development of our native arts, architecture and culture, the period to which our national treasures in stone, precious metals and manuscripts belong.
Presentation of the Inaugural Clans of Ireland Historical Site Plaque to the O’Dea Clan
At a ceremony at Dysert O’Dea Castle, near Corofin, Co. Clare which was held during the 10th International Clan Gathering held in Ennis, Co Clare on 10 to 13 May 2018 in Ennis, Co. Clare, Dan McGrath, of the Clans of Ireland Historical Sites Committee, presented the O’Dea Clan with the Inaugural Clans of Ireland Historical Site Plaque in recognition of the great work and promotion of the Clan by the O’Dea Clan Association. This is the first plaque of recognition to be presented to an Irish Clan by the Clans of Ireland.
Presentation to James O’Dea at the farewell banquet held as part of the 10th International Clan Gathering in Ennis on Sunday 13 May 2018 in recognition of his many years of service to the success of the O’Dea Clan Gatherings from 1990 to 2018.
Lectures and Workshops from the 10th International Clan Gathering in Ennis – May 2018
DNA Workshop with mention of the DNA the O Deas of Aglishcormick, Co. Limerick – Paddy Waldron & Edmond O’Dea – 11 May 2018 (this is a PDF which you can view, download, or print): ODea clan presentation may 2018
Presentation by Karen Dwyer about the new branding for the Clan – 11 May 2018 (this is a PDF which you can view, download, or print): ODea Clan Brand Presentation
The Journey of the Flag
View photos showing the journey of the flag around the world.
The flag’s journey includes these locations:
Bellview, Illinois, USA.
Photos from the 10th International Clan Gathering in Ireland – 2018
Videos from the 10th International Clan Gathering in Ireland – 2018
Photos from the Re-enactment of the Battle of Dysert O’Dea – May 2018