Per Day & Per Event tickets coming soon !

Per Day & Per Event tickets are coming soon for those who wish to take part in the Power Clan Gathering 2013, but don’t wish to attend for the full 5 days.

More soon …

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The Power Clan on Joe Duffy’s Liveline!

Our colleague Eamonn Murphy represented us splendidly on Joe Duffy’s RTE Liveline programme yesterday – thank to Eamonn and of course Joe and his production team for giving us the opportunity to speak about the upcoming Power Clan Gathering in June …

Promotional Event in London

The Power Clan Gathering team will shortly visit London and Manchester to promote our exciting event …

If you or any of your Power relatives and friends happen to be in London on the 15th of March, why not pop by the Tattershall Castle bargeAmazing London Eye at Victoria Embankment in central London (just opposite the London Eye!) for an evening of chat, food and great craic.  The event is free and starts at 6pm !

See our event on Facebook here … please share !

12 Marker Y-DNA Special

www.familytreedna.com have just brought in a special offer on the 12 Marker DNA test.

For a limited time Familytreedna (FTDNA) are releasing the 12 marker for the princely sum of $US 39, which is amazing because before it was over $200 !

POWER(S), POOR(E), or POER can also take the test at http://www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=Power . Simply a case of paying by Credit Card or Paypal and the Test kit will land on your doorstep shortly after.

Promotional event in Toronto

Dr. Wally Kirwan, a member of the Steering Group organising and
promoting the Power Clan Gathering 2013 will visit Toronto over 17-20
February to spread the word on this wonderful celebration.

pjsHe is hosting a party in PJ O’Brien’s Pub, 63 Colborne St., Toronto at 6.30pm tomorrow, Tuesday the 19th.  All are welcome !  Please spread the word if you live in or around the Toronto area.

FREE PINT FOR THE FIRST 25 POWERS !

Ridgley C. Powers – Governor of Mississippi

Ridgley Ceylon Powers (1836-1912) was a Union officer in the American Civil War and a Mississippi politician who served as that state’s Governor from 1871 to 1874.  Born in late 1836 to Milo Powers and Lucy Ann Dickinson,  his education was attained at the University of Michigan and at Union College in New York, where he took classes in 1862.

rcpowersDuring the Civil War, he served as a private in Company C of the 25th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and rose to the rank of colonel by time of his discharge in 1865. After his military service, he moved to Mississippi and settled in Noxubee County, where he ran a cotton plantation. Powers joined Mississippi’s newly established Republican Party in 1868 and was elected lieutenant governor in 1869. Although most Republican officials were very unpopular during the period after the war, Powers retained the confidence and respect of the people during his term as lieutenant governor and later as governor.

Powers died in Los Angeles, California in 1912.

Dermot Power – Digital Artist

Dermot Power from Dungarvan, Co.Waterford is a digital artist and concept designer who has worked on many well known films, adding to them with his wonderful artwork.

dermotpowerartHis name may not be as famous as those on whose films he worked, but among his credits to date he can include the Harry Potter films, Batman Begins, Beowulf and Star Wars : Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

Dermot Power has also painted the artwork for several Batman trading cards, and a number of illustrations for the Magic: The Gathering and Warcraft card games.  He currently lives and works out of London.  For those of you into illustration or digital art, his website is well worth a visit.

Dunhill Castle – a poem by Tom Power

Dunhill Castle

by Tom Power, Kill, Co Waterford

Now empty and forlorn you watch the seasons come and go
But what care you for summer sun or a fall of winter snow;
The ivy now grows green around your ancient wall,
No music now or song from within your banquet hall,
No noise around you now but the lowing of the cattle.
But if I stand and listen I might hear the sound of battle.

Cromwell came and did lay siege – he attacked and attacked again,
But each attack was bravely met by your mistress and her men;
around your grounds and ramparts the sound of sword and gun.
After many days of battle they had Cromwell on the run.
But then disaster struck and all because of a drink,
no, not the alcoholic kind, but a keg of butter milk.

The chief gunner was dissatisfied, he expected a stronger brew,
So above your battered walls the surrender flag he flew,
Cromwell then gained entry; revenge was in his eyes,
He blew up the castle and your mistress bravely died;
From inside your broken walls smoke curled up to the sky,
No one loves a traitor so Cromwell hung the gunner high.

Now a ruin you gaze across that lonely Annestown bog,
where you watched them haul the turf in summers now long gone.
You tower above the winding road a reminder of the past,
below you now on that same road cars and tractors travel fast,
but you go back for centuries, perhaps you can recall,
when they were no road, but just a path through oak woods big and tall.

In this peaceful valley now the song birds sweetly sing,
The river Ann flows gently by the ruined castle of Dunhill;
And if you pass this way, going to Annestown or Tramore,
As you gaze up at castle you might see the Mistress De La Poer;
Is that her wandering there, where she fought and died so proud,
Or perhaps it’s just a trick of light, the shadow of a passing cloud.

* Tom Power published a book of poems in 2007, “Waterford In Pictures And Verse”, launched at the Arts Centre Dungarvan by Julian Walton. His novel, “The Mysterious John Grey” is available from orders@choicepublishing.ie.

David Powers – aide to JFK

David ‘Dave’ Francis Powers (1912–1998) was Special Assistant to President of the United States John F. Kennedy during the latter’s term in office.

The son of immigrants from County Cork, Powers was born in 1912, in the Charlestown area of Boston – a waterfront district of three-decker tenements. His father died when he was 2, and at age 10 David got a job as a newsboy, a position that he later said helped him get to know nearly everyone in the area. He attended college at night before joining the Army Air Force in 1942. He served for three years in Asia before being discharged at the end of World War II as a master sergeant.

kennedy-powersMr. Powers was in the motorcade in Dallas when Kennedy was killed, and after the assassination, Mr. Powers remained close to the Kennedy family, visiting often with the slain President’s children, Caroline and John Kennedy Jr.

He went on to assemble and catalogue thousands of pieces of Kennedy memorabilia and to raise money for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum which opened in 1979.