Looking forward to our August 2020 reunion, we begin a series of retrospective reports on previous Clan gatherings over the years. We begin in Australia.
In March 2007, a family reunion was organised by Lynette and Brian OLoughlin.
This Clan reunion was celebrated at Dunnstown Hall, Ballarat, Victoria. Melbourne-based Lynette and her husband Brian planned this gathering at Dunnstown cricket pavilion.
The choice of location for their celebration was appropriate, as the land about Dunnstown was chosen by Brian’s ancestors, soon after they arrived to Australia c 1855. Mary, Austin, John, Michael and Thomas OLoughlin were the five children of Michael OLoughlin and Anne Mulquinny, Ennistymon, county Clare.
They departed for Victoria between 1854 and 1857. The sight of potatoes ‘flowering’ during the month of March may have appealed to those born about the hinterland of Ennistymon, the administrative capital for north Clare.
Jim OConnor (1930-2010) was a descendant of the children of Michael and Anne Mulquinny. Jim visited county Clare during 1998. He recorded as much family information as possible throughout north and west Clare, later producing four booklets from his accumulated notes.
The Victoria Gathering of March 2007:
OLoughlins’ from a great variety of locations – Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Geelong, Melbourne, Sydney, Torquay, Queensland, England and Ireland as well as other locations within the state of Victoria attended at Dunnstown for the gathering of March 2007. This was the seventh of the series which began in 1981. Some seventy ÓLochlainns were assembled for registration by Lynette and her group.
Clan Members from the State of Victoria included:
- Margaret, Brian OLoughlin’s sister, with Brian’s brother-in-law, John Fay
- Mai OLoughlin Clarke, who recalled stories from her worldwide travels
- Gerard OLoughlin originally from the rural district known as The Wimmera, Victoria
- Lynette and Brian OLoughlin, Melbourne, Victoria:
Following some lengthy local and international journeys ‘genealogy-trees’ were unfolded, computer laptops were plugged in and items of family information were exchanged and digested. Brian introduced both local and international clan members, who presented their family stories illustrating various links which weave through our histories.
During their reunion of March 2007, those assembled were requested to plan for future reunions, as Lynette and Brian had completed their current series of seven family reunions, which began in 1981.
Brian subscribed to the Australian-Irish online periodical, Tinteán – the Gaelic term Tinteán means hearth or fireside.
A Gaelic proverb; ‘Níl aon tinteán, mar do thinteáin féin’ – this may be loosely translated as:
No hearth is as warm or as effective, as your own hearth!