Category Archives: Gathering Information

50th Anniversary of JFK visit

We’ve come across this very interesting site and think it’s worth a look – there are many of us in the south-east of Ireland with a close association with the Kennedy clan in and around New Ross.

This summer should see some great events commemorating the great man’s visit to New Ross in 1963, shortly before he was assassinated. Check out the site and events listings here.


“An Emigrant’s Tale” by Patrick McGrath

This Wednesday the 16th January 2013, at the Town Hall Theatre, Dungarvan, Co Waterford at 8pm, in conjunction with The Gathering, William Fraher will give an illustrated talk titled “An Emigrant’s Tale” by Patrick McGrath 1812-1894.

Patrick McGrath was a stonemason who was born in Youghal and later set up his business in Dungarvan. He emigrated with his family from Dungarvan to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1847 during the Famine. The family prospered and eventually settled in Quincy, Massachusetts. One of the children, Mary Elizabeth married Doctor Blake. She became a well known writer/poet in the Boston area.

Entry Fee is €5.

The Powers of Waterford and O’Driscolls of Baltimore

The la Poer (Power) family of Dunhill were an infamous clan in the 14th century, as they launched many attacks on Waterford City. In one particular assault, in  1345, they destroyed the area around city but were counter-attacked, taken prisoner and many hanged.

The remaining members of the Power clan joined forces with the O’Driscoll family of Cork. This alliance would attack Waterford City many times over the next 100 years, with both success and failure. After a defeat in Tramore in 136,8 the castle of Dunhill passed to the Powers of Kilmeaden. It remained in their control until the Cromwellian attack on Dunhill and its first capture (The Legend of the Gunner and the Buttermilk) in 1649.   It is said that out of this house (Dunhill Castle), all the Powers of Ireland descend.

As part of the Power Clan Gathering 2013, we will be inviting Powers from all around the world to come back home to take part in a re-enactment of the battle to take Waterford City and will also be holding a week long exhibition in the Tramore Coast Guard station on the Power family history.  As well as these events, guided tours of Tramore and Dunhill and it’s connection with the Power family will be held.

There will also be “A Day at the Races” where we will be holding the Power
Family chase.

Power Clan Gathering Launched !

The Power Clan Gathering 2013 event was launched in Waterford City last week by His Excellency, the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Loyola Hearn.

Joining steering committee members, supporters and friends in the Granville Hotel, the Ambassador spoke of his affection for the area, the ties between Ireland and Canada and his excitement and enthusiasm for our event.  He  offered great advice and knowledge on how the steering committee could promote the event in Canada and beyond.  Earlier in the day, the Ambassador enjoyed a lunch at Harney’s of Dunhill following an interesting visit to Dunhill Castle – the ancestral home of all the Powers in Ireland and beyond.  He was also interviewed on local radio.

We would like to thank the Ambassador for his time and his enthusiasm and hope to see him and many of his fellow Newfoundlanders in Dunhill next summer.

Our photo shows Ambassador Hearn (left) at Dunhill Castle with Steering Committee Members Michael Power and Eamonn Murphy.

Power Clan Gathering 2013 event launch !

Today we warmly welcome the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Mr. Loyola Hearne, to Waterford for the official launch of the Power Clan Gathering (Friday 7th December).

Coverage of the event will be published later on this site – although we’ve been working hard the past month or so, today is the real starting point for our exciting 2013 event !