ANCESTRY TOURISM INITIATIVE COULD BRING 500,000 VISITORS TO CO MONAGHAN

12 August 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Treinfhir Clan urges Co Council to explore future programme of “Gathering” events

a programme of “Gathering” events organised across Co Monaghan based around the county’s most prominent surnames could generate an additional 500,000 tourism visitors to the county annually, Monaghan Co Council was told last week. The Council was urged to give serious consideration to a future ancestry tourism initiative of this type by representatives of the Treinfhir Clan, who are currently engaged in detailed planning for a follow-up next year to their highly successful Treinfhir Gathering of 2019.

Treinfhir Clan Chairperson Noel Treanor from Clontibret told the Co Council during an online presentation to the local authority on Wednesday that the clan felt the notion of ancestry tourism was workable, effective and complementary to the current Monaghan tourism product. He explained that the Treinfhirs were a clan from the area of Truagh in Ulster that embraced all the variants of the Treanor name. The clan had already run a series of cultural events and tours and made use of the existing resources available in Co Monaghan for these things.

He spoke of the success of the 2019 clan gathering organised in Monaghan, stating that a demand for further gatherings had come very firmly from the attendees. “We were due to go again last March but we deferred the event to 2022 due to Covid-19,” Noel pointed out, adding that the next gathering had…

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