A large crowd, most of the members of the extended O’Dea clan gathered recently in Clare to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Dysert O’Dea.

Included in the celebrations were a re-enactment of the ancient battle and the unveiling of a plaque designating Dysert O’Dea Castle as a Clans of Ireland Historical Site by Dan McGrath, chairman of the Clans of Ireland historical sites committee and the clan chieftain, Joan Koechig from the USA, who was inaugurated prior to the unveiling.

Among the crowd present for this historic occasion were members of the O’Dea Clan from around the world, who had gathered in their ancestral county for the 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 with the Irish diaspora. 

Dan highlighted the tremendous efforts of various clan committees that host gatherings, most of the work is done on a voluntary basis. Mr McGrath praised the work of Shane O’Dea, James O’Dea and Karen Dwyer in organising the event. Wishing the clan every success, he expressed delight at being present to unveil the plaque at Dysert O’Dea Castle on behalf of Clans of Ireland, commemorating a key event in Irish history.

The clan gathering was a huge success for all concerned. During the celebrations, a re-enactment of the Battle of Dysert O’Dea attracted a huge attendance to the site. Other activities included lectures, traditional music sessions and tours. The event culminated with a Gala Banquet and proved to be a significant tourism boost over the four days.

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