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O'Keeffe Clan

Gathering and Rally

9, 10 and 11 Sept 2016

guided tours, lectures

historical and genealogical exhibitions

cultural and musical events,

buffet banquet Saturday evening

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O'Keeffe Clan Gathering 9th/10th/11th Sept 2016

Calling all members and decendants of the global O'Keeffe family
Calling all members and decendants of the global O'Keeffe family to a major gathering at our principal home at Dromagh in County Cork, Ireland on the weekend of the 10th of September 2016.

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Programme of Events
Friday 9th September 2016

Opening the Gathering:

From 4.00pm
Dromtariffe Community Hall will be open to welcome and register visitors to the Gathering.

The Gathering will be formally launched by Clan Chieftain Dan Joe O'Keeffe who will also perform the Cake Cutting Ceremony and greet everyone.

An introductory talk will be given by Maurice O'Keeffe of Irish Life & Lore.

Light entertainment by local traditional group "Buttons And Strings".

Bookings where needed will be taken.

Saturday 10th September 2016
Hall open all day from 9.00am with exibitions and presentations there throughout the day by:-
Sean Radly of Millstreet Museum.
Catherine Culloty giving General Geneological advice.
Maurice O'Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore.
Several local National School History exibitions.
O'Keeffe Clan Gathering committee.

Light refreshments and a comfortable place to meet and chat to old and hopefully newly discovered friends and relations!

Bus Tours:

Guided Bus Tours:

Two seperate heritage bus tours available, leaving the hall at 9.30 and each allowing the option of having lunch at IRD in Newmarket and/or switching tours there.

One tour, (about two hours long) guided by David O'Keeffe, will visit the O'Keeffe castles and first strongholds along the Western Blackwater including Dromsicane, and the Boing along with the remains of Drominagh Castle and accounts of relevant local historical events especially the battle of Knockbrack and the effects of Cromwellian Forces.

The other tour (at least four hours long including lunch but with an option to return to Hall by bus after lunch) is of the Newmarket area taking in Kanturk and its history on route. That tour will be guided by historian and folklorist Raymond O'Sullivan and will include several sites of interest to O'Keeffes including the story of the Challice Tree and Mountkeeffe.

A visit to the O'Keeffe Institute will also include a talk by Maura Walsh of IRD on the O'Keeffe Institute which was formally Aldworth Court.

That tour will also include a visit to Culturlann MacAmhlaoibh where Mossie Angland will speak on the development of the old Protestant Church into a Cultural Centre by the McAuliffe Family.

The cost of each tour is €10 per seat.

People may join either or both tours.

Suitable footware advised.


Maurice O'Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore will be in attendance throughout the Gathering with some of his extensive collection of audio recordings and books of first hand accounts of past Irish life.
Along with other members of his family who share his passion for the subject he will be available to discuss and give background information on all the recordings and books and also from past Irish life.
At 4.30 on Saturday, following the bus tours Maurice will give an illustrated talk on the extended O'Keeffe family based on his extensive knowledge of the subject.
As well as being a great source of information on past Irish life Maurice and family will also be eager to collect new information and diaspora experiences.  
For more information on Irish Life and Lore see irishlifeandlore.com
Audio Clips from Irish Life and Lore Click Here

History and Genealogy:

Lorna Moloney Genealogist
Lorna Moloney Genealogist will be giving a talk on Sunday at 2pm on Albert E. Casey’s great collection of 16 volumes of ‘O'Kief, Coshe Mang, Slieve Lougher and the Upper Blackwater in Ireland series’. This collection of records is based mainly both on genealogical and historical records of North West Cork & East Kerry. Casey a pathologist in the USA put this mammoth piece of work together while researching his own family history. The name of this series comes from O’Kief’s, who were Kings from the Glanworth area of Cork and owners of land in Duhallow, Coshe Mang comes from the Maine river which flows into Kerry, Slieve Lougher comes from the "Bog with Cattle" translation, the Blackwater comes from the river flowing through Duhallow. This collection holds many valuable historical & genealogical records of O’Keeffe’s which is used widely by people researching their roots. Lorna aims to give us a practical insight into this collection. 

Catherine Culloty

Catherine Culloty, will attend the Hall all day on Saturday giving free advice on family research. She has qualifications in Geneology along with years of experience and extensive local knowledge but does not work at it professionally. Part of her intention is help minimise the time and expense involved in finding the information. She will also have names of professional genealogists known to her who are available to do extensive research in cases where that is necessary.

There will be a history exhibition in Dromtariffe Community Hall.

Banquet, Variety Show and Concert:wallis arms
Cullen Pipe Band will play a welcome in Millstreet Square at 7.00pm for the beginning of the Banquet in the Wallis Arms Hotel Ballroom.
The Banquet itself will include a three course dinner followed by great music song and dance provided by the talented Ceoltoiri Sliabh Luachra.
Their variety performance at the banquet will be intermingled with guest appearances including some from the audience in a way that promotes a warm and engaging athmosphere for all present.
Tickets for the Banquet are €30 per person, or €10 without the meal.
There will be a voluntary raffle on the night for a handcrafted O'Keeffe Crest set in bog oak and backed in Valencia slate ,sponsored by Brogeen Crafts, Kanturk.

Ceoltóirí Sliabh Luachra 

Ceoltóirí Sliabh Luachra are a group of talented musicians, singers and dancers of all ages, who are based at Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel which is recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for Sliabh Luachra  music, song and dance, our local but world famous style of Irish traditional music.

They perform regularly in Bruach na Carraige as well as all around Ireland. They have also become international ambassadors for Irish culture and tradition in Europe performing and entertaining in the Czech Republic, France and even for the European Parliament in Brussels.

Their variety performance at the banquet will be intermingled with guest appearances including some from the audience in a way that promotes a warm and engaging athmosphere for all present. 

For more information on Ceoltóirí Sliabh Luachra see their website 


Sunday 11th September 2016:
Mass will be celebrated in Dromtariffe Hall at 12.00pm.

Lunch in Dromtariffe Hall 1.00pm - 2.00pm.

O'Kief Coshe Mang:
At 2.00pm there will be a lecture and discussion by Lorna Moloney of UCC on O'Kief Coshe Mang.

Dromtariffe Hall
Latitude 52.125556 - Longitude 8.98

By bringing communities together through a community tourism initiative for the diaspora this event is supported in partnership with Cork County Council, Fáilte Ireland and IPB Insurance.