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The 2019 Nolan Clan Gathering
14 September in Carlow, Ireland

Our venue is the Seven Oaks Hotel. The hotel advises that it is booked solid but that they still are holding a very few rooms for the Nolan Clan. To book one of these rooms, you must contact the hotel directly by email or phone. State that you will be attending the Nolan Clan function to take advantage of the reduced rate of €70.00 per person sharing for B&B. A single supplement of €25.00 applies for single occupancy.


Aisling Holden <>
Reservations Manager, Seven Oaks Hotel
Athy Road, Carlow, Ireland
Telephone:  (059) 9131308  Fax: (059) 9132155
Web Site:

Some events in planning:

For those in the area on Thursday September 12th, plan to visit Clancy's Pub in Athy for an evening of craic and traditional music starting around 8:30 PM.

Perhaps you've seen O'Hara's beers in shops and pubs. Did you know it is brewed in County Carlow? On Friday September 13th at 2PM meet the Carlow Brewing Team at their brewery in Bagenalstown. Carlow Brewing Company is an independent Irish family owned brewery located in the heart of Ireland's historic malt-growing “Barrow Valley” region. You will of course have the opportunity to taste the special malts and smell the hops that make O’Hara’s craft beers so enjoyable.
Friday evening 13 September from 7:30 PM onwards stop in at the Seven Oaks Hotel pub to informally meet and greet the Nolans

Saturday 14 September start the day with Carlow Boat Trips

Take a boat ride on the Barrow River as it passes through Carlow for a unique insight into the history and adventures on this historic waterway. ​Relax inches from the waterline in a traditional Open-Boat, as life slows to a soothing pace. Hear about the real-life men and women who kept river traffic flowing. Throughout the trip, you will be completely surrounded by the unspoiled natural habitat of Ireland's second largest river and witness the wildlife that make the river Barrow their home today. The price to the boatman is €10 for kids and €15 for adults. Let us know how many are interested in this event as we need to coordinate with the boats.

Exploring History and Genealogy

After our boatride exploring the Barrow waterway and a fantastic lunch at a local pub we will visit the Carlow County Museum and the Carlow Library. At the Library we hope to have a presentation by the Carlow County genealogy experts to explain the resources and approaches one can take in researching family history.
Have you had your DNA registered with the FamilyTree DNA project?
Can we add you to the Nolan Family cohort? It is a very simple do-it-yourself test of Y-DNA for men or mtDNA for women. Details can be found at:
We have invited representatives of the Family Tree project to our dinner and they we will have information available during the Gathering.
The 2019 General Meeting of the Nolan Clan will be held at 6:00 PM on 14 September at the Seven Oaks Hotel
The Preliminary Agenda of this meeting is:
Treasurer's report
Membership and dues
Election of officers
Clans of Ireland designation
Review meeting frequency and By-Laws
Webmaster and Communications
Establishment of international chapters
Calendaring and location of next General Meeting

Cocktails and dinner will begin a 7:15

This year we will again present awards of appreciation to Nolans who are accomplishing interesting things in the world today.
One such honoree this year is Megan Nolan, an Irish writer from Waterford, now based in London. Her writing includes essays, fiction and reviews which have been published widely including in The New York Times,The White ReviewThe Sunday TimesThe Village VoiceThe Guardian, The Irish TImes and in the literary anthology, Winter Papers. Regular columns of her cultural commentary appear in i newspaperHuck Magazine and the New Statesman.
Follow her on twitter:

There will be cash bar and dinner is estimated to be approximately 30 Euro P/P
If you are interested in textiles

If you are a golfer:
If you want to visit a nearby castle:
If you want to hike the local mountains:
Although the store is closed on Sunday you can order a real shillelagh online or stop in to the shop on Friday or order from their website to find a real shillelagh:


From ancient times Irish society was organised around traditional kinship groups which trace their origins to larger pre-surname population groupings. Each distinct family group was led by its own Taoiseach or Chief. Under Ancient Irish (Brehon) law, leaders of Irish clans were acclaimed by their kinsmen as custodians and this system formed the basis of Irish society. Clans were composed not only of those related by blood or marriage but also by those who were adopted or fostered as well as those who joined the clan for strategic reasons and protection.

Following the Tudor re-conquest in the early 17th century, Ireland's ancient Gaelic social structure was destroyed to be replaced by a centralised government. Despite that loss, the spirit of the Irish clans remained. At the turn of the 20th century, the growing influence of the Gaelic League rekindled interest in Gaelic culture and prompted a cultural revival. In the 1940s Chief Herald of Ireland, Edward MacLysaght , drew up a list of Irish Clans. The first modern Irish Clans were re-formed in the latter half of the 20th century. The Nolan Clan was reorganized in 1995 and is now recognized as one of the ancient Clans of Ireland.
[ Adapted from the Clans of Ireland website ]


National Ploughing Championships

88th National Ploughing Championships will be held in Ballintrane, Fenagh County Carlow from September 17th to 19th. An event not to be missed as thousands of people descend on the area for this international event.

One of the Nolan Clan's 2017 Appreciation Award recipients, Kevin Nolan of Nolan Farming in Grangeford County Carlow, will undoubtedly be at the Ploughing! Kevin has sent word that he will be able to join us on the 14th. We hope he can give us an inside view of the preparations for this huge event! 
Nolan Farming's website is:

Irish sports around the 2019 Nolan Clan Gathering

Visit any pub and they'll be watching these:

7 September: Ireland v Wales (Men’s Rugby World Cup Warm Up)

8 September: All-Ireland Camogie (Women's Hurling) final

10 Sept: U21 Euro 2021 qualifier – Sweden v Rep of Ireland

15 September: All Ireland Women’s Football final

22 September: Ireland v Scotland (8.45am) Mens Rugby World Cup

We hope you'll plan to be with us! Please let us know by sending an email to Clan Treasurer Pa Nolan, or by replying to this email.

If you cannot be with us, please send us a greeting video. Post it to our facebook group Clan O'Nolan. You can find the page here:
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Thank you.

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c/o P. Nolan
Mopoon Villa
Sydenham Road
Dublin, Dublin 14

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