Irish Americans are being encouraged to go back to their roots as plans are unveiled for a major clan gathering in Ireland.
One of Europe’s oldest and most celebrated clans – O’Neill – have announced details of a four-day long celebration of their culture and history.
The event, which takes place between the 22nd and 26th May 2013, is designed to bring together O’Neill family members from around the globe to share stories and celebrate an incredibly rich and diverse clan history.
Sean O’Neill of The Association of O’Neill Clans said: “The O’Neill Dynasty history dates back to the 10th century and one of the first High Kings of Ireland. Since then our clan has played prominent roles in the development of Ireland, Europe and latterly the United States of America.
“O’Neills span across the globe and we’re hoping this international gathering will bring many of them together to learn more about their roots and the stories that chart the incredible highs and lows of our clan history.”
O’Neill clan members last met in Paris, France in 2010 where a decision was made to hold future gatherings. In 2013 the family is going back to where it all began with a series of lectures and musical and dramatic performances across the emerald isle.
Sean added: “I would urge all O’Neills in the USA to come to Ireland in 2013 and join the celebrations. In return we’ll offer our famous hospitality and a real opportunity to strengthen clan family ties and make lifelong friends.”
The four-day long event will take in visits to various historical O’Neill sites including The Hill of The O’Neill in Dungannon, County Tyrone; the coronation site of The O’Neill in nearby Cookstown; walking tours of Armagh – a city with a rich O’Neill heritage; and a trip to Ireland’s capital city Dublin. To assist US tourists with the journey home to Ireland, The Association of O’Neill Clans is offering a full package in partnership with holiday operator Brack Tours. The package includes transport from Dublin Airport, hotel accommodation, meals and access to the full programme of entertainment on offer at the gathering.