The Kelly Clan are holding a Gathering at Dundrum House Hotel, Dundrum, on 17-19 May 2013. It is twenty one years since the first Kelly Gathering was held in the very same venue and it’s shaping up to be a bumper event, with Kellys arriving from all around the world.
One of the guests is travelling from Guatemala and he recently joined the Kelly Clan after discovering that his roots were indeed from Ireland. Fr. Pablo Torrebiarte’s interest in the O’Kelly family started with a huge picture of a balding friar hanging from the walls on his Cathedral. After some protracted research on Fr Pablo’s part, he discovered that his 11x grandfather was in fact an O’Kelly. A journey of some 5,000 miles will bring this tenacious and intrepid Kelly to our shores, so for him it’s not such a long way to Tipperary!
The weekend promises to be an exciting and interesting time with the latest analysis of the Kelly Y-DNA Study being presented by Australian Aidan Kelly, the Clan’s Chief Recorder on genetic genealogy. Oral history will also play a big part in the weekend and many Kellys have discovered relatives over the years merely with a cosy chat! During the weekend there will be a tour of the Moyglass townland, which is where Ned Kelly’s father, John “Red” Kelly originated before his transportation. The tour will include a costumed re-enactment performed by one of the local historical groups. A gala dinner is planned for Saturday evening with local traditional entertainment.
Mary Kelly, one of the organisers and a spokesperson for the Association, says that. “The Kelly Clan Gathering offers a great opportunity for people who have a genetic, historic and cultural link to meet fellow Kellys and discuss possible relationships with the added benefit of learning about their ancestors through the DNA process. “Our youngest member is 6 years old and the oldest well into their eighties, so age is no barrier!”
Further information can be found on the Kelly Clan Website www.kellyclanireland.com email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Mary Kelly on + 353  86-3296475.