The Fitzpatrick - Mac Giolla Phádraig Clan Society
Sixth International Gathering
The Sixth International Gathering of The Fitzpatrick - Mac Giolla Phádraig Clan Society will be held in Kilkenny, part of the ancient kingdom of Ossory, on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2013. The venue is the Newpark Hotel, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny, Ireland.A detailed programme of events will be published closer to the date.
Both days will begin with selected talks or presentations relating to Fitzpatrick culture, tradition, heritage and history.There will be displays of prints, books, photographs, genealogical charts, maps and other items of Fitzpatrick interest.And, most important of all, as at previous gatherings, you will meet with Fitzpatricks you know from the mailing list and whose ancestors for generations have lived in this ancient land.Those interested in contributing to the displays, talks and presentations are invited to make contact with Ronan Fitzpatrick.Any presentation relating to Fitzpatrick history, heritage, culture or tradition will be very welcome.Previous topics included:
• Migration of the Fitzpatrick nation
• Sources of Fitzpatrick history
• Fitzpatrick molecular genealogy
• Descent from Mac Giolla Phádraig
• Famous Fitzpatrick individuals
• Fitzpatricks around Ireland
• Fitzpatrick Crests, Arms & Mottos
• Fitzpatrick Tower houses, monasteries, homes and burial places
• African, American, Australian Fitzpatricks
• My Fitzpatrick story (A number of attendees at previous gatherings related their individual Fitzpatrick story and these individual family accounts proved very interesting and very popular).
If you would prefer to prepare a poster instead of making a presentation that would be welcome too.
Presentations will be published at the clan website – www.fitzsoc.com
The fee for attending the gathering is 20.00 Euro per person with family reductions as detailed on the Registration Form at the end of this.
Please complete the Gathering Registration Form below (as soon as possible so that expected numbers can be given to the hotel) and return to:
The Fitzpatrick - Mac Giolla Phádraig - Clan Society,
5 Bancroft Crescent,
Tallaght Village, Dublin 24, Ireland.
Tel:+353 1 4525720.
Email: [email protected]
Everyone attending is invited to display their family genealogy chart in the Ancestral Search Section.While typed charts are preferred, clear handwritten charts are acceptable.Maximum size 12 inches by 16 ½ inches, and send two copies.You can also send an A4 size family leaflet (about 100 copies) for distribution.Hardcopy only.Non-attendees at the gathering in July are also invited to participate and they too can have their family genealogy chart displayed in the Ancestral Search Section.
A non-attending fee of 10. 00 Euro applies.
In order to facilitate detailed planning, those intending to submit materials relating to talks, presentations, displays, Ancestral Search or posters are asked to indicate their intention as soon as possible and to have everything fully submitted before 31 May 2013.
The field trips
There are many interesting sites in Kilkenny associated with the Giolla Phádraig and there are also many ancient Fitzpatrick sites nearby in Co. Loais.We plan to visit as many of these as possible on both afternoons.Sites that have proven popular on previous trips include Cullahill Castle, Aghmacart, Grangefertagh, Clonburren, Ballagh Castle, Errill, Castletown, Aghaboe, Clough Church, Jerpoint Abbey, St. Canice's Cathedral, and Ballaghmore Castle.Sites we've still to visit include Kilkenny Castle, Seir Kieran, Gort na Cleig, Granstown, and Gowran.
More details later.
Searching for The Fitzpatrick
Do you think you are The Fitzpatrick, or more correctly, An Giolla Phádraig, Chief of the Name?The search continues, and if you think you are The Fitzpatrick (or you know who is) then you are invited to prepare a pedigree of your descent from Brian MacGillapatrick (who died 1511 AD.) and a genealogical chart illustrating your pedigree.The Fitzpatrick - Mac Giolla Phádraig - ClanSociety, its agents and supporters regret that they are unable to reimburse any costs or other expenditure whatsoever in connection with these invitations.Submission of a pedigree and chart does not bestow any Title, Honour or Dignity to the claimants.
The Fitzpatrick DNA Study
The Fitzpatrick DNA study is one of the oldest surname studies. Founded in 2000, the study now includes 170 participants from all over the world. By studying the DNA on the Y-chromosome, the study has shown that the Fitzpatrick Clan is genetically diverse, indicating an interesting and complicated clan history, with family groups originating from the four corners and the centre of Ireland, from Co. Laois, Co. Cork, Co. Down, Co. Clare, and Co. Cavan, plus several smaller groups of unknown origins.Our DNA results together with written documentation, confirm that the Fitzpatricks from Co. Laois descend from the House of Ossory, the powerful 16th century landowners.Now well established as a major Irish Family DNA project, the study will again use the opportunity presented by the 2013 gathering for a further push towards recruiting new participants especially from Ireland.So, submission of Irish TREES at the gathering (or in advance) will be welcome.
For more information, please contact one of our DNA study administrators.In the US, contact Colleen [email protected] or Peggy Fitzpatrick [email protected]; in Ireland or the UK, contact Ronan Fitzpatrick [email protected]
The Newpark Hotel
The Newpark is part of the Flynn Hotel Group and they write the following for our gathering
The Newpark Hotel just minutes from Kilkenny City. One of the leading Kilkenny City hotels, and is characterised by beautifully restored old buildings and winding slipways.Kilkenny City is an historic and cultural gem.In the best tradition of Irish hospitality, this four star Hotel in Kilkenny offers luxurious accommodation and fine dining, making it an ideal base for visiting this medieval city and for touring the south-east of Ireland. Guests can also relax and recharge at our Escape Health Club and Spa.
Kilkenny is brimming with great shopping and historical sites, including: Kilkenny Castle, Rothe House, St. Canice's cathedral, Jerpoint Abbey and many more.
An intimate, contemporary restaurant, Gulliver's Restaurant at The NewparkHotel Kilkenny can cater for up to 130 people and offers excellent private dining facilities if required. This fine dining restaurant offers an extensive á la Carte menu complemented by an excellent wine list and is renowned for efficient service in a friendly atmosphere.
Breakfast is also a wonderful treat in Gulliver's.A magnificent continental breakfast is served in a gala buffet style with cooked breakfast served to the table.Breakfast in Gulliver’s has become a part of the tradition of our clan gatherings.
The Scott Dove Bar & Bistro has a warm, relaxed atmosphere for informal dining, with live piano entertainment most nights.
This light-filled and spacious venue is an ideal place to enjoy a morning coffee, a delicious carvery lunch or simply to unwind with a drink after work. It offers Al Fresco dining in winter and summer months.
Escape Health Club & Spa at the Newpark Hotel is undoubtedly Kilkenny's finest. Our professional team are here to help you achieve your own personal goals and guide you on your way in a relaxed, safe and supportive environment.
Our newly refurbished Health Club now boasts some of the finest facilities in the country including our fabulous outdoor Vitality Pool which overlooks our beautiful mature gardens.
Revive your Body, Mind and Spirit in the tranquil luxury of our Aveda Spa. Our state-of-the-art health and beauty Spa has six wet and dry treatment rooms including a Balneotherapy Bath Suite plus a dedicated manicure zone.
The hotel is offering the following rates to those attending the gathering.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday night package - €219.00 per adult sharing which will include three nights bed, full Irish breakfast and one evening meal.Single occupancy €309.00.
Friday and Saturday night package - €169.00 per adult sharing which will include two nights bed, full Irish breakfast and one evening meal.Single occupancy €229.00.
For attendees wishing to avail of one night only the rate would be €119.00 per person sharing bed and full Irish breakfast and one evening meal.Single occupancy €149.00.
Child rates - sharing with parents:
Children under 12 sharing with parents have free accommodation - pay only for meals including breakfast.Children from 12years-16years sharing with adults are €40.00 per child, bed and full Irish breakfast only.Lunch and dinner is additional in all cases.
Attendees are encouraged to meet for dinner on the Saturday evening.
The current Table d'Hote dinner menu is €40.00pp - three course & tea/coffee
Attendees will be responsible for making their own accommodation reservation and for settling their own accommodation and dinner account with the hotel.It is recommended that reservations should be made as soon as possible and do remember to state that the reservation is for the FITZPATRICK CLAN SOCIETY gathering in order to avail of gathering rates.
(Remember, those availing of the hotel's special weekend package offer have 1 dinner included in the rate. See earlier details).
The hotel also offers the following:
To help you unwind and relax throughout your stay, you may enjoy complimentary use of our wonderful leisure club, which includes sauna, steam room, a 17m swimming pool, gymnasium and children's pool.You can also pamper yourself in our Health & Beauty Spa with six wet and dry treatments rooms with a range of over 30 treatments on offer. It is advisable to book treatments in advance on 056 7760501.Fees may apply.
At night you can relax with a drink in the Scott Dove Bar & Bistro until 12:30 am Sunday to Thursday and 1:30am on Friday and Saturday with live entertainment most nights.(A limited night porter drink service is available until 3:00am)
You can contact the hotel at
Tel 353 56 7760500
FAX 353 56 7760555
Email [email protected]
Tel: +353 56 7760500
Fax: +353 56 7760555
Remember to state FITZPATRICK CLAN SOCIETY gathering [email protected]
Kilkenny is a medieval city and the capital of County Kilkenny.It was once the principal stronghold of the Giolla Phádraig.The city boasts many tourist attractions and everything is within a gentle walk of the city centre.
Kilkenny Tourism write, the city is steeped in history.Dominated by superb ancient buildings culminating in the magnificent Kilkenny Castle, it brims with character.Winding slipways lead from bustling shopping streets to quiet corners, and clues to the fascinating story of Kilkenny lie in every architectural feature.They continue, the city - characterised by beautifully restored old buildings and winding slipways - is small and compact enough to explore on foot, yet full of fascinating historical buildings and contemporary shops, design galleries and restaurants.The ancient city of Kilkenny - from the "Gaelic Till Cearmaigh" - was named after a 6th century monk called Saint Canice.His memory lives on in the beautifully preserved St. Canice's Cathedral built overlooking the city in the thirteenth century.The Normans arrived in the twelfth century and their legacy remains in the superb and fully restored Kilkenny Castle, and in the thriving and cosmopolitan merchant city. Kilkenny offers a unique selection of historic sites and buildings from the 7th century onwards reflecting a tradition of monastic settlement and gracious living.
Kilkenny is within easy reach of Dublin, Cork, Rosslare and Shannon.The city is served by mainline rail and bus connections.
Looking forward to meeting you there.
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Sixth International Gathering
Newpark Hotel, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny, Ireland
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2013
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