Cumann na gClann Ui Thighearnaigh
The Tierney Clans Society
Periodically the clan organises a Clan Rally. The aim of this occasion is to introduce members, and non-members, to one another and to come together socially in a spirit of friendship and kinship.
It is a weekend of social interaction, with learning, song, music and dance. We endeavour to organise seminars, workshops on genealogy, history lectures, historical tours etc. The evenings are filled with entertainment, or you are free to do your own thing.
Pictures from 2002 Clan Gatherings at
The first photo shows some of the attendees at the grave of St. Tighearnach at Clones. Centre is Cahir Tierney, Clan Chieftain with the Chairman of Carrickmacross Urban District Council. On the right a group of clan members on a historic tour.
CLAN GATHERING 2002
Well its over for another year, and what a gathering! It was
great. It didn’t all work out 100% the way it was planned but we had a
fantastic time anyway. In excess of 30 members attended and even though we were
small in numbers Carrickmacross, and
The clan was warmly welcomed to
Carrickmacross by Mr. Eugene O’Gorman, Cathaoirleach [equivalent of Lord Mayor]
of the Carrickmacross Urban District Council. The weekend commenced with
registration and a ‘get-to-know-one-another’ session in the Shirley Arms Hotel.
Saturday was a ‘work day’ with various seminars. Mr. Larry McDermott, a local
historian, spoke on different aspects of local history, which included
information on local family names, clan rivalry in the area, the importance of
Fearnmhuighe as a ‘buffer zone’ between the two great kingdoms of
The following are a list of those who attended the various functions during the Rally weekend: Cahir & June Tierney; John Waring, Dublin; Orlaith Tierney, Dublin; Martin & Jayne & Joseph Tierney, London; Joseph ‘Tierney’ Duffy, Dunraymond, Monaghan; Joan Horgan, Kells; Betty & Peter Connolly, Smithboro, Monaghan; Maureen & Brian Parsons, Kent, England; Peter & Jane & Darragh & Seán & Eoghan Maher, Galway; Aron Cox & Patricia Tierney-Cox & Amy & Sarah Cox, Longford; Noel Tierney, Dublin; Noel & Bridie & Yvonne Tierney, Shercock, Co. Cavan; Sharon Finnegan & Colm, Carrickmacross; Oliver, Stella & Mary Tierney, Dublin; Gerry Tierney, Dublin; and special guests, Kevin O’Gorman, Larry McDermott and Eugene O’Gorman of Carrickmacross. We were also joined, for the Mass, by Clan member Sr. Rosario Brady’s brother and his wife and a number of other people from Monaghan town.
Clan Gathering 2006
The 2006 rally was held at The Holiday Inn Hotel,
Newton, Boston, USA, on July 7th 2006.
The 2006 rally was held at The Holiday Inn Hotel, Newton, Boston, USA, on July 7th 2006.
This was the first time in the long history of the Tierney families that a gathering was held in the U.S.A.
The Gathering was orchestrated and organised by Elaine Tierney and we are indeed indebted to Elaine for all her hard work and enthusiasm that went to making the event so successful.
registration each attendee received a Welcome Pack, which was beautifully put
together by Elaine. These packs contained the agenda for the evening together
with a synopsis of the presentations, which were to follow the Dinner and an
‘Attendance Certificate’, which was a novel idea.
Following our meal there was a
reading by Maurice Tierney of poems by Seamus Heaney and Patrick Kavanagh. This
was followed by a presentation talk on “A History of the Tierney Surname and its
Various Septs” by Cahir Tierney. The evening was then capped off with plenty of
chat and a great singsong with our guest musician.
Maurice reciting Kavanagh sing-song at Newton
The next Clan Rally will be held in September 2008. This time we are joining forces with former clan allies; The O’Kennedy Clan, The MacEgan Clan, The O’Meara Clan and The O’Meagher Clan. Meetings have been held with representatives of these clans and other interested parties and as a result the planning is progressing a satisfactory manner. The rally is being centred in Nenagh and the surrounding area in North Tipperary. This is the former Barony of Lower Ormond and is close to the homeland of the Ó Tierney Clan, which was just about five miles south-east of Nenagh. Their history has in recent years come to light through the finding of documents known as 'The Ormond Deeds'.
A Clan Rally is a great occasion for any clan. To help make the occasion more special we invite you to join us in Tipperary. You do not have to be a society member to participate - you only have to be there.
All are most welcome. So please come and join us.
You can also write to THE CLAN ORGANISER AT:
Mail address; Cahir Tierney, Naomh Antoine, 53 Ard Aoibhinn, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland.
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