Fermanagh Gold Introduction


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 the village

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 B&B 
phone + 353 72 61733

Self catering 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.

Highly recommended 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.  
SDAKeys@aol.com    telephone : +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. moohans@infowing.ie


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.    

Internet sites for Genealogy and local Information.

http://go.to/pointfield Pettigo GAA site. 
This is a nice local Gaelic (Irish) Football site with some history and views of Pettigo plus accomodation and travel information.

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.

http://www.fermanagh.org.uk/genealogy/focus/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 - Carne Graveyard.

www.clan-mcgrath.com For up to date information on the Clan Gathering of the Mc Graths.



Taking the Car?
From Dublin:  
N3 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).

From Belfast:  
M1 & A4 to Ballygawley,  
A5 to Omagh.  
A32 and B4 to Kesh.  
A35 to Pettigo. (Belfast to Pettigo 2 hours).

From the West or South:  
N17/N4 to Sligo.  
N15 to Ballyshannon.  
R230 to Belleek.  
A47 to Letter.
B136 and R232 to Pettigo (Sligo to Pettigo 1-1/4 hours).

Take the Bus
Mc 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.

John Cunningham



Friday 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.

Saturday 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.

Lunch 2.00.

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 John Cunningham.

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.

Sunday 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 email adam4eves@aol.com