West Waterford will be a hive of activity this week as McGraths from all over the world descend on Dungarvan for a clan gathering.
The four-day event runs from Thursday and will attract McGraths from the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Switzerland, Spain and the UK.
Among the visitors is one family group of 15 which includes three generations, with roots close to Dungarvan. It’s the town’s second official McGrath gathering.
Visitors will be able to explore their McGrath roots through history and heritage tours across west Waterford.
They will also visit the nearby Gaeltacht of An Rinn and launch their own McGrath clan DNA project in Waterford County Museum while nightly trad sessions will also take place.
Chairman of the organising committee Dan McGrath said publicising the event has been “a constant job for three years”.
“Our social media campaign and website helped build our network and continues to do so.
“We found that Christmas time and St Patrick’s Day were key times to push out our message but it’s a work in progress as we still seek to find McGraths around the globe and let them know that an official gathering of the clan is happening here.”
Resident in Dungarvan, he believes the seaside town is an ideal location for the clan gathering. “Many people live in cities and rarely are close to the sea so Dungarvan’s location just blows them away. It’s also an area with a rich McGrath heritage which is so vitally important to the event.”
He acknowledged great support from local businesses as well as Waterford City and County Council, who will give the group a mayoral welcome on arrival. n To learn more visit www.mcgrathclangathering.com
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