Monday, January 12, 2015

Kelly Clan Gathering

Media release

12 January 2015

Kelly’s eye up a return to Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland in May

The Kelly Clan are returning to Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland for the 11th Kelly Clan Gathering. The last time the Clan visited the lovely town of Westport was in 2003 when a most successful Gathering took place.

The International Gathering which is supported by Westport County Council takes place on the weekend of 15-17 May 2015 and will be at the 4 star family run Castlecourt Hotel. Guests are expected not only from Ireland, but USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Guatemala and the UK. 

Included in the weekend’s programme will be a tour of locations of Kelly interest including Burrishoole Abbey, St Patricks Church in Newport to view the Harry Clarke windows and Westport House, which has a strong Kelly connection. Among the speakers will be a local historian and the Clan’s Genetic Genealogist giving an update on the DNA programme. A 5-course Gala Dinner will be the highlight of the Saturday evening, where friends old and new will meet to the tune of local musicians.

Mary Kelly, one of the organisers and a spokesperson for the Association, says that although the weekend will be action-packed, the atmosphere is relaxed.  “It’s a real opportunity for people who have a genetic, historic and cultural link to meet and have a good time, in a great location, with the added benefit of learning about their ancestors, as well as meeting living relatives.”

Further information can be found on the Kelly Clan Website  email or phone Mary Kelly on + 353 (0)86 3296475.


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