McGRATH CLAN WEEKEND June
21-23 2002 PETTIGO
FEBRUARY 2002 - UPDATE
E-note re the Mc Grath Clan Gathering - in
response to queries re the Mc Grath Clan Gathering on the
weekend of June 21/22/23rd 2002, Pettigo, County Donegal.
Pettigo is a small village but has quite a
range of accomodation, mostly Bed and Breakfast which is high
quality accomodation at a very reasonable price and there is
also Self-catering accomodation. Unfortunately at the moment it
does not have a hotel and so I am sending you a selection of
hotel accomodation in the nearby towns and villages as well as
contacts to local B& Bs and self catering.
The village is on the Border with most of it
in the South of Ireland which is in the Euro Zone (from January
1st) but since all the bars, accomodation and food outlets are
in the South you will only need Euros for most of your stay in
In the North of Ireland - just a few steps
over the Termon River Bridges, British Pounds are still used.
All the local accomodation is just a few hundred yards or less
from the town.
I can recommend Helen O'Shea's B&B or Mary
Leonards which you can contact at
Miler's Restaurant and Egans Cosy Bar and
phone + 353 72 61733
accomodation in the village includes:-
Gerard Campbell Phone +44 28662-244-025
Beds - 1D/6S/1C - House
James Gallagher Phone +353- 72-615-11
Beds - 1D/1S/1C - Apartment
About three miles
from Pettigo self catering chalets.
B& Bs locally:-
The Fairy Tree Guest House - Anne Keys - situated near the
village of Lack and people very interested in history and
genealogy, willing to give advice and help with local topics.
: +44 686 31015
Clareview Guesthouse - Renee Moore -
Stunning views over Lower Lough Erne Kesh@clareview.swinternet.co.uk
The Fiddle Stone Bar, Restaurant and
Guesthouse, Belleek. email@example.com
And the following hotels in
nearby towns and villages.
On an island in Lough Erne about 5 miles from Pettigo.
In Belleek - home of the world famous Belleek Pottery.
In the village of Kesh about 6 miles from Pettigo.
In Irvinestown about 13 miles from Pettigo.
In Enniskillen about 20 miles from Pettigo.
Central Hotel in Donegal Town.
sites for Genealogy and local Information.
Pettigo GAA site.
This is a nice local Gaelic (Irish) Football site with some
history and views of Pettigo plus accomodation and travel
The above deal with one of the local clans the Monaghans and has
nice pictures and local scenes and lots of family history. A
beautiful and colourful site by Nancy Monaghan who complements
it with a site devoted to Pettigo.
This is the Pettigo section of the famous Fermanagh Gold site
which in a few years has put almost 40,000 free Fermanagh
Genealogical records on site through the hard work of Jan Hart.
Since this part of Donegal joins County Fermanagh there are many
Pettigo records including the oldest graveyard in the area -
For up to date information on the Clan Gathering of the Mc
to Cavan Town and Butlersbridge.
N54 (Monaghan) for approximately 7 miles.
A34 to Newtownbutler, Linsnaskea and Maguiresbridge.
A4 to Enniskillen.
A32 and B82 to Kesh.
A35 to Pettigo. (Dublin to Pettigo 3 hours).
& A4 to Ballygawley,
A5 to Omagh.
A32 and B4 to Kesh.
A35 to Pettigo. (Belfast to Pettigo 2 hours).
the West or South:
N15 to Ballyshannon.
R230 to Belleek.
A47 to Letter.
B136 and R232 to Pettigo (Sligo to Pettigo 1-1/4 hours).
Geehans Bus travels from Dublin to Pettigo several
times a day. The bus travel's through Dunshaughlin, Navan,
Kells, Virginia, Cavan, Butlersbridge, Newtownbutler,
Linsnaskea, Maguiresbridge, Enniskillen, Lisnarick and Kesh.
Contact them on (075) 46150.
Also CIE buses from Dublin to Enniskillen or Ballyshannon.
Also Ulsterbuses from Belfast to Enniskillen and Pettigo.
OUTLINE OF EVENTS
night June 21st.
Registration from 8.30 followed by Wine and cheese reception in
St Mary’s Hall and talk on the history of Pettigo and its
people by John B. Cunningham M.A. Admission free.
Music in local bars and arranged gatherings of
Mc Graths and other families by genealogical line and location.
A recorder to collate information.
morning 10.30 Coach tour to local historical and Mc Grath sites
in the area – Mc Graths Castle, Altruaidin, Lough Derg, Carne
Graveyard, Lettercrann, Drumskinney Stone Circle and the Janus
Figure on Boa Island.
Afternoon. 3.00 Reports on Clan activity by
area –Tipperary/Clare, Waterford, Pettigo, Internet growth,
plus Clan Book launch, “Pettigo and the Termon Valley” by
Take part in Pettigo Fair Day re-enactment.
Dress up in costume from peasant to squire and take part in the
Fairday activities. Horses and carts, pony rides for children,
street games, stalls, street singers and musicians, traditional
foods. Fun for all and the more fun when you join in.
Saturday night 9.00 Clan Banquet in Miler Mc
Grath’sRestaurant with short talk on “Big Bad Miler.”
Dancing till late. Mc Grath and local singers and musicians.
Morning 11.00 to 12.30 Boat trip on Lough Derg with guide.
Final gathering at Mc Grath Castle followed by
Buffet Lunch at 1.30 at the castle weather permitting.
A weekend package is being negotiated to cover
everything and as soon as prices have been negotiated everyone
will be informed.
N.B. This weekend is not solely or exclusively for Mc Graths.
Anyone interested in genealogy and local history can come along
and take part and benefit from the expert genealogists and
genealogical resources available. Other local names catered for
include, Monaghan, Reid, Johnston, Funston, Britton, Kane, Dowd,
Barton, Elliott and many more.
Contact John Cunningham +44 (0)2868658327 or