Dysert O’Dea Castle receives historical site status

Dysert O’Dea Castle receives historical site status


Dan McGrath, Chairman, Clans of ireland Historical Site Committee, is pictured at the unveiling of the Historical Site plaque at Dysert O’Dea Castle with Joan Koechig (USA), Chieftain O’Dea Clan, Maureen Carey(Aus), outgoing Chieftain O’Dea Clan and organizing committee members Shane O’Dea, James O’Dea and Karen Dwyer – Photo: Olivia McGrath.

A plaque has been unveiled at Dysert O’Dea Castle, Co. Clare, designating it a Clans of Ireland Historical Site.

It was unveiled by Dan McGrath, Clans of Ireland Historical Sites Committee Chairman, and Joan Koechig (USA) Chieftain of the O’Dea Clan, who had been inaugurated just prior to the unveiling.

The event coincided with the 10th International O’Dea Clan Gathering in nearby Ennis and the commemoration of 700th anniversary of the Battle of Dysert O’Dea.

There was a large crowd present for this historic occasion, including several members of the O’Dea Clan from around the world, who had gathered in their ancestral county of Clare for the O’Dea Clan festival of heritage, genealogy and culture.

Speaking at the unveiling of the plaque, Dan McGrath acknowledged the great work being carried out by Irish Clans, outlining the value of gatherings such as the O’Dea Clan Gathering in linking Ireland with its diaspora. He highlighted the tremendous efforts of the various clan committees around the country who host gatherings, the vast majority of the work being done on a voluntary basis.

Before he ended, Mr McGrath praised the work of three people who played a huge role in organizing the event, Shane O’Dea, James O’Dea and Karen Dwyer. He wished the O’Dea Clan every success and said that he was ‘delighted to be present to unveil the plaque at Dysert O’Dea Castle on behalf of Clans of Ireland on such a special occasion, commemorating a key event in Irish history’.

Clans of Ireland is the independent permanent authority established in 1989 to authenticate and register Irish Clans and historical families, to promote their interests at home or abroad and unite them into a cohesive cultural movement.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.