20 June 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The County Monaghan Fund organised a very successful two-day Gathering Event recently. This event, which was called the Monaghan ReUnite Genealogy Project, sought to bring back emigrants whose ancestors had left Monaghan many years ago to their original homestead and where possible to reunite them with the area and with any existing relations who still live in County Monaghan.

  The Event started on Friday the 31st at 11 o’clock, when all the visitors assembled in the County Museum, where they were met by their relations who still live in County Monaghan. The groups were introduced to each other by Seamus McDermott, from the County Monaghan Fund, who had organised the event. Seamus welcomed all the visitors back home from Canada, Germany, England and Fermanagh, many of whom had not been in contact with their roots since their Ancestors left Monaghan over 160 years ago. Seamus explained that The County Monaghan Fund had set up a team of volunteers in most parishes in the county to help county Monaghan Emigrants to trace their homesteads and relations still living in Monaghan. The County Monaghan Fund have put up a registration form on their website on which anyone living abroad, who has Monaghan ancestors, can fill up the details and submit them. This information is then circulated amongst the team of volunteers in the part of the County that the ancestors originated from. The search then begins to find the location of the homestead and also to find any living relations who may still be in the area.
The following visitors took part in this Gathering Event:

Donna Burder Canada, Ancestor Sarah Kennedy Aughnamellen Thanks to Patsy Conlon who tracked her homestead and relation and to Siobhan McCormick who brought her to see her relation and home place.
Mary O’Hare Kaste Germany, Ancestor Mary Connolly Threemilehouse. Thanks to Eamonn Mulligan who tracked her homestead and relations and to Sean Connolly who brought her to see her relations and home place.

Jo-Anne Finney and 3 family members Canada, Ancestor John Finney, Drum. Thanks to Bert Steward who tracked their homestead and relations and to their relations John McAdoo, Wilson Lankashire and their respective families who brought them to see their other relations and home place. Sean Roche England and Rosileen Fee Fermanagh, Ancestor The McKennas, McGuirks, Sherrys, Caulfields, McCabes and McCarrons Tydavnet. Thanks to Peter Sherry who tracked their homesteads and relations and who brought them to see there relations and home place.

 Glenna Morrison Canada, Ancestor James Morrison Rockcorry Ballybay?. Thanks to Siobhan McCormick who brought her to see Ballybay and Rockcorry.

 After Seamus had made the introductions the groups were welcomed to the museum by Liam Bradley Curator who hosted this first session of the event. Liam also brought the group on a very informative tour of the Museum where the visitors learned about the history of Monaghan and it’s people. Mr David Fallon the County Manager very kindly took some time off from his busy schedule to officially welcomed all the visitors and their relations and gave them a brief rundown on County Monaghan and all it had to offer to tourists. He also hoped that the links set up by this event would be the start of ongoing contacts between Monaghan and the countries where these emigrants are now living.

 After the visit to the museum each of the visitors were taken to their Ancestral home either by their relations, or in some cases where that was not possible, by volunteers who knew the area where their ancestors had left from and where some of their relations are now living. The visitors were delighted with the welcome they received both officially, by representatives of the community, but in particular by the welcome they got from their relations.

 On Friday evening at eight o’clock the visitors assembled in the Monaghan Photographic Society building in the North Road where the group were taken on a Photographic tour of County Monaghan. For this presentation they were joined by a group of twelve French visitors. Thanks to the members of the Monaghan Photographic Society for hosting this part of the event and also the McCague Sisters from Ballinode for supplying the Irish Music input. The next morning both groups were taken, on Rice’s Tour Bus, on a photo shoot/guided trip of scenic areas in the County. Starting from Monaghan at 9am they were taken to Glaslough and Leslie Estate, then to Hope Castle and Concra Wood in Castleblayney. Then to Clones were they visited the round: Tower, the graveyard and also the Diamond. They then went to Sliabh Beagh for lunch. They went over the Bragan Mountain through Tydavnet, Emyvale and back to Monaghan for 430pm. We wish our visitors a safe return trip to Canada, German and England.

 This event was a great success. We are hoping to run this event again on the 16th, 17th of August. When we hope we will reach our target number of 20 to 25. If you know of Monaghan people living abroad who would like to avail of this service, please inform them that if they want to take part go onto The County Monaghan Fund website at and fill up the registration form. We will do our utmost to track their relations and reunite them with those relations and their original home place.

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