Well the dust is beginning to settle on what was a fabulous weekend of talks and some great tours and research days the following week.
We arrived early on Friday to set up the hall and people meandered in, chatted, put up their pedigree charts, browsed the stands and posters, and generally mingled and socialised. Several people made major breakthroughs in their family tree research during the course of the 6 days.
|The Pedigree Charts always attracted a large crowd during the coffee breaks|
We had a great turnout for the opening lecture from Danny Grace and it was a privilege to have so many members of Dermot F. Gleeson's family with us. The wine and cheese afterwards from Peter Ward's local pantry was delicious and really made the evening special.
|The Opening Night crowd|
The Saturday Lectures covered a wide range of topics and there were some great discussions following them. All the talks were excellent and I was particularly moved by two of the talks in particular - Noelle Dowling's talk on Fr Francis Gleeson and his commitment to the Munster Fusiliers; and the presentation by Sean Delaney and Kevin Gleeson on Harry Gleeson, the man wrongfully hanged for murder in 1941. There were times when I had to compose myself before speaking.
|The Justice for Harry Gleeson Group with the Gleeson Clan Gathering Committee members|
But well done all round to the speakers at this year's event and the huge amount of work they put into their presentations. You will be pleased to hear that these were successfully recorded and will be uploaded to the Gleeson Clan Gathering YouTube Channel over the course of the next several weeks.
There was also a great interest in DNA testing and 32 people altogether had their DNA tested (including 9 men who tested their Y-DNA). These results should be available in the next 6-10 weeks. And a big thank you goes out to FamilyTreeDNA, the Gathering's biggest sponsor.
|DNA testing at the back of the hall|
The tours on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday were well attended and everyone had a great time. A big thank you to all our tour guides who really made the local history come alive.
|Sunday's tour of Kilmore graveyard with John Kennedy, Pat Sheehan & Denis Gleeson|
There will be a Photo Album prepared in the next several weeks which will document each day of the Gathering, where we went and what we did. It will make a nice memento and keepsake.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the Gathering such a special event.
|Dolla Church & Cemetery tour with John Kennedy, Pat Sheehan & Denis Gleeson|
|Holycross Abbey tour with John Bourke|
|Rock of Cashel tour|
|Franciscan Abbey, Nenagh with Caimin O'Brien|