Thank You from the Committee.
The Chairman and members of the committee wish to thank the following people , and would like to commend all participants and volunteers in a very special way.
First and foremost, our sponsors.
Our main sponsor, Mr Jim O’Keeffe of SuperValu, Newmarket, Millstreet and Bantry. His very generous , financial contribution enabled us to launch the now very popular website , okeeffeclans.com. This gave a marvellous kick-start to our Clan Gathering preparations and promotion.
We would not now be celebrating the wonderfully successful Clan Gathering, were it not for the valuable support of all our sponsors. Your support is not something we take lightly and it’s very much appreciated by everyone in the committee.
On behalf of all who attended the Clan Gathering ,we would like to say a special “Thank You” to you all.
Dromtarriffe Hall Committee who gave us access to the hall over the whole week-end.
Ronnie and Annemarie O’Leary, for allowing us access to Dromagh Castle.
Seamus and Joan O’Keeffe ,for allowing us access to their farm in Scarteen and also Connie Hickey likewise.
Dromagh, Derrinagree and Cullen Primary Schools for their very educational projects/exhibitions. We acknowledge the huge amount of work put in by the pupils and their teachers. Thank you.
Sean Radley, our award winning Silver Surfer and of Millstreet Museum, for his attendance all week-end and for his video recording and photography.
Sheila Fitzgerald (contact details) and Eileen O’Connor for their photography.
Maurice O’Keeffe, Irish Life and Lore ,for his very interesting lectures and bringing us voices from the past, on Friday and Saturday. He left us wanting to hear more and more !
Catherine Culloty, our local Genealogist who was a permanent fixture in the Hall on Saturday, helping people .She was so busy ,she may have forgotten to eat !!!
Lorna Moloney, Genealogist, who gave us the talk on O’Kief Coshe Mang Sliabh Luachra,16 Volume Collection by A Casey.
Her presentation closed with a short question and answer session.
Fr. John O’Keeffe and Fr. Tommy O’Keeffe for concelebrating a beautiful mass and for Binding us all together.
Teresa O’Keeffe for her beautiful singing and music at the mass.
Cliona Broderick for her flute playing and Sinead O'Sullivan harpist.
Buttons and Strings, local traditional group from Dromagh for the wonderful entertainment on Friday night.
Muireann Vaughan, Kanturk for taking part in RTE 1 Countrywide and entertaining us on Friday night.
Jack Roche and Ceoltóirí Sliabh Luachra, for their variety show and traditional music in the Wallis Arms Hotel on Saturday night.
Nigel Scourer and his very attentive staff in the Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet.
Noel C Duggan for loaning us sign-boards.
Jeremiah and Mary Dennehy ,Brogeen Crafts, who so kindly sponsored our main prize of a beautiful O'Keeffe Crest.
DanJoe O'Keeffe who sponsored the Painting
Denis Angland ,who sponsored the Wine.
Maurice Angland , who sponsored the Cheese Hamper.
Maura Walsh and the staff of IRD, for sponsoring the lovely confectionary and sandwiches over the week-end. .
Maura for her tour of the James O’Keeffe Institute, and for allowing free use of the building for our meetings over the last 2 years.
Staff for their courtesy and attention to lunch on Saturday.
Our very well prepared ,energetic, ever ready, friendly and local tour guides/historians, Raymond O’Sullivan, Newmarket and David O’Keeffe , Dromagh.
Maurice Angland ,for his tour of The Cultúrlann, Newmarket.
Sheila O’Sullivan ,Clonfert, for her assistance and advice .Also for her wonderful help over the week-end .
Sean O’Keeffe, Ballydesmond, who was a valuable trouble -shooter in the hall over the week-end.
A special thank you to the families of the committee members who gave so freely of their time to man the tea/coffee and refreshments, make the floral arrangements, decorate the hall and set up for the various events. We couldn’t have done it without you !!!
Billy O’Gorman for his excellent website design. It is easy to browse and it certainly attracted many people to the event. He kept it updated regularly and will be always remembered by the committee for his patience !!!!
Dan Joe ,our Clan Chieftain for his experience and advice.