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O'Malley Gathering 2023

Book here for the O’Malley Gathering 2023 events. This does NOT include accommodation. If you wish to book a place to stay, we advise you to check destinationwestport.com for hotel accommodation in the area. Sites like booking.com also have a range of bed & breakfast providers. For a full travel service, the O’Malley Clan Association recommend our partners Ireland101.com/page/travel-to-ireland.
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Friday 23rd June 2023 - Events

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Weekend Ticket Bundle

2:00 pm (Ireland Time).

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€167.50

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One Booking for all of the events over the three days. Where applicable, this will include adult tickets to events. If you do not wish to attend all of the events, or if you wish to purchase children's tickets, please book your choice of events separately.

Annual General Meeting

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Ireland Time).

To be announced later

Free

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The Annual General Meeting of the O'Malley Clan will include reports on the activities of the last year, the consideration of any motions submitted for discussion and the election of the new Tanaiste. Would you like to nominate someone who'd make a good Chieftain? Visit https://ireland101.com/omalleyclan/tanaiste to download a nomination form for your choice of Tanaiste who will become Chieftain in 2024. While all are welcome to attend, only members of the O'Malley Clan Association may vote. The venue for the AGM will be announced later.

Chieftain's Reception

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (Ireland Time).

Westport House

Free

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Welcome to Mayo. Come and join Chieftain Martin at Westport House to kick off the 2023 annual O'Malley Gathering. Opening address from Anne Chambers, biographer of Grace O'Malley.

Gala Concert

8:00 pm (Ireland Time).

Holy Trinity Church, Newport Road, Westport

€30.00

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A very special one-off performance of extracts from the Granuaile Suite, featuring Shaun Davy, Rita Connolly, Donal Lunny, David Brophy and Cora Venus Lunny. This epic work was composed by Shaun Davy in the 1980's for singer Rita Connolly and has been performed all over the world. The songs portray episodes in the life of one of Ireland's most celebrated and courageous women, Grace O'Malley (Gráinne Ní Mháille), chieftain of a powerful, seafaring clan with extensive territories in Mayo and Galway. 'Granuaile' made its public debut at the Lorient Interceltic Festival in 1986, it was performed and filmed at the Greenwich Festival, London, in 1987, and the next year toured with the RTE Concert Orchestra to London's Albert Hall. A regular companion piece to The Brendan Voyage in Shaun Davey concerts, Granuaile continued Davey's unique collaborations between musicians of aural and classical traditions. The songs tell of Grace's loves and battles; it is intimate, expansive and sometimes explosive.

Saturday 24th June 2023 - Events

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Time (Ireland Time)

Place

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Saturday Ticket Bundle

9:55 am (Ireland Time).

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€70.00

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One booking for tickets to all the events on Saturday. This includes the Update on Clan Projects, Return transport from Westport to Clare Island and adult tickets to the festivities on the island. If you do not want to avail of all of these, or if you wish to purchase child tickets to the Saturday festivities, then please book events separately.

Update on Clan Projects

10:00 am - 11:00 am (Ireland Time).

Town Hall Theatre, Westport, Co Mayo

Free

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Among other updates, Dr Maurice Gleeson will update us on the exciting Finding Grace's DNA project. We're trying to track down her genetic signature, so that O'Malleys everywhere can check and see how closely they may be related to the famous Pirate Queen.

Saturday Transport from Westport to Clare island

11:30 am (Ireland Time).

The Octagon, Westport

€30.00

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Combined return ticket for Bus from Westport to Roonagh Pier and ferry to Clare Island on Saturday 24th June. Buses depart from the Town Hall Theatre at the Octagon in Westport at 11:30 am and the ferry departs Roonagh at 12:30 pm. Return ferries will depart from Clare Island pier and buses will meet the ferry at Roonagh and return to Westport. Return times will be announced later.

If you wish to make your own way to Roonagh and Clare Island, ferry tickets may be booked directly from the ferry companies at https://www.omalleyferries.com/ and https://www.clareislandferry.com/. Ferries may also be available from Kildavnet pier, Achill Island. Check with the ferry companies.

Saturday Festivities on Clare Island

1:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Ireland Time).

Clare Island

Adults: €40.00

Children <12: €10.00

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On arrival at Clare Island harbour, overlooked by Grace O'Malley's castle, walk to the Community Centre for a light lunch. Use the early afternoon as you wish - rent a bike to explore the island or go on a guided Famine Walk. You could go for a swim at the beach or just relax with a drink and enjoy the scenery. There will be games and events for our younger visitors. Then assemble at Sailors Bar for an evening of music and dancing. We'll have some famous and not-so-famous performers, and a chance to join in the Céilí. Eat at the barbecue and drink at the bar (not included in your ticket) as you wish. Weather permitting, we'll sit around a bonfire and sing a song or two before departing to catch the ferry and bus back to Westport.

Sunday 25th June 2023 - Events

Event and Description

Time (Ireland Time)

Place

Cost

№ of People

Sunday Ticket Bundle

9:25 am (Ireland Time).

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€67.50

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One booking for all the events on Sunday. This includes Return Transport from Westport to Clare Island, The Clan Mass, adult tickets to The Clan Lunch, Annual General Meeting and the Inauguration of the new Chieftain. If you do not wish to attend all of the events, or if you wish to purchase children's tickets, please book events separately.

Sunday Transport to Clare Island

9:30 am - 11:00 am (Ireland Time).

Town Hall Theatre, Westport, Co Mayo

€30.00

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Combined return ticket for Bus from Westport to Roonagh Pier and ferry to Clare Island on Sunday 25th June. Buses depart from the Town Hall Theatre at the Octagon in Westport at 11:30 am and the ferry departs Roonagh at 12:30 pm. Return ferries will depart from Clare Island pier and buses will meet the ferry at Roonagh and return to Westport. Return times will be announced later. If you wish to make your own way to Roonagh and Clare Island, ferry tickets may be booked directly from the ferry companies at https://www.omalleyferries.com/ and https://www.clareislandferry.com/. Ferries may also be available from Kildavnet pier, Achill Island. Check with the ferry companies.

Clan Mass in Clare Island Abbey

11:45 am - 12:30 pm (Ireland Time).

Clare Island Abbey

Free

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Annual Clan Mass in Saint Bridget`s Cistercian Abbey where Grace O'Malley's tomb is located. The abbey was founded in the 12th/13th century and rebuilt around 1460.

Annual Clan Lunch

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm (Ireland Time).

Community Centre, Clare Island

Adults: €37.50

Children <12: €20.00

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The piper will lead the Chieftain, Guardian Chieftain and former Chieftains into lunch in the Community Centre. After lunch, stay on for the inauguration of the new Chieftain and the singing of the clan anthem Óro Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon with old and new friends before catching a ferry back to the mainland.
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