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Curtin Clan Gathering 2017

   Poem by Marian Quinlan Curtin

Envisage the roots

Of an oak tree


Two hundred years old

Sown in the rich soil

Of Ireland

Imagine it growing

In weather cold

Dark and warm

Through famine and war

Look at its branches

As it grows

Wide and strong

Think of families

From many parts of Ireland


Like Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Clare

Branching out

All over the world

Carrying with them

Their culture

Music and song

Stories told

Down through the generations

In places like Australia


The United States 

And many other corners of the world

England, Scotland and Wales

And many places on our

Island of Ireland

As we gather

Here in Ennis Co Clare

For our tenth

Curtin Clan Gathering

We are here as families

Connected by blood


And most of all by the Curtin surname

Our interests as a Curtin Clan

Is friendships

Genealogy history


Making connections

In many places

Thorough out the world

Promoting and fellowship

Of our culture

Our music and song


The pride we all have

In our Curtin name

The branches of the oak tree

Has travelled

Through many lands

Looking up through the sky

Reaching for the sunlight

Remembering family 

Almost as old as the oak

Or older

If only 

This beautiful oak could talk

A great feeling

Of being at one

With ones roots

And standing in the same spot

Where our ancestors once were

So let’s celebrate

Our ancestors

And say

Go raibh míle maith agat

Marian Quinlan Curtin ©


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Stories from the latest newsletter December 2016.
Gathering Program
Ennis Expectations
Irish Language Lesson
Touching History in Cork City
Peter Curtin - Roadside Tavern
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ome to the Curtin Clan! 
Many of us enjoyed sitting around the table listening to stories from our grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and cousins.  Many of those voices are now silent, yet our yearning to connect with the generations before us is still strong.  The Curtin Clan offers the opportunity to connect with stories that help us better understand our history.  

An important benefit of joining the Clan is connecting with Margaret Curtain, our genealogist.  She has collected a wealth of information from buying up thousands of documents for Curtin families worldwide since 1977. She is a founding member of the Clan, and was presented the insignia appointing her as a Companion of the Order of Clans of Ireland (CIOM) by the Irish vice counsel at the Chicago Gathering in June 2011. 

Another benefit is connecting with our DNA project coordinator, Dan Curtin. We have a number of Curtins who have participated and this will help expand your genealogy research.  We have quarterly newsletters and will have our next gathering in Ireland in Spring 2017.

 (Health to the men and may the women live forever!)

        Patrick J. Curtin
                                         Clan Chief

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Curtins in the News

Dr. Richard Curtin is a surgeon and a photographer in Anniston, Alabama. (8/9/2017)

John Curtin has taught people how to drive for over 50 years in Massachusetts. (8/3/2017)

Diana Curtin is now the executive director of Community Matters in Sonoma, CA. (7/31/2017)

Silvermines native Ger Curtin has taken over the reins of one of the country's largest teaching unions, the Association of Secretary Teachers in Ireland. (7/31/2017)

Paul Curtin has now been a driver for the Canadian 

Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope program for more than 12 years. (7/21/2017) 

Tina and David Curtin will hold the third annual golf tournament to benefit the Lindsay A. Curtin Memorial Scholarship in Brockton, MA. (7/21/2017)

The MIDJersey (NJ) Chamber of Commerce has named  Thomas F. Curtin as its new president and CEO. (7/20/2017)

Kelly Curtin is one of the 10 finalists in Connecticut's American Operal Idol 2017. (7/10/2017)

Architect Philip Curtin's guide for surviving Idi Amin's rule in Uganda. (7/7/2017)

Cute video of Tammy Curtin's 1 year son reaction to a video. (7/4/2017)

Yvonne (Curtin) Kinahan, Marian and David's daughter, shares her story of a premature baby. (7/3/2017)

Carolyn Curtin's Salvage Angel by the Sea, is one of New Jersey's hidden treasures. (7/2/2017)

Kayle Light Curtin, newly hired professional adviser, is coordinating an initiative at Oswego, NY State College to build teams that will support students. (6/29/2017)

Year five teacher Alison Curtin and students had been studying various periods of Australian history. (6/15/2017)

Terrence R. Curtin
, 49, travels around the world, leading a global, $12.2 billion highly technical company. (6/12/2017)

High School teacher Lisa Curtin recently received the 2017 Illinois Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America Honorary Membership Award. (6/5/2017)

 Peter Curtin brews "fairy beer" from wild yeast in Lisdoonvarna, Ireland. (5/30/2017)

Graduate engineering students eligible for award honoring Bill Curtin in Liverpool, England. (5/25/2017)

ug Curtin, a junior at Trinity College, started a Food Recovery Network program at Trinity, the first in Connecticut (5/21/2017)

UCSB professor, Michael Curtin, delves into the current state of the global Hollywood labor market in a new book. (5/17/2017)

Tom Curtin explains that reins are one of the strongest lines of communication with a horse. (5/16/2017) 

International honors for Peter Curtin's brewery in County Clare. (5/12/2017)

Paradigm hires Dave Curtin as Senior VP For Branded Division. (5/12/2017)

Edward V. Curtin
earns Founder's Award for archaeology in Saratoga, New York. (8/9/2017)

Beverly Beckham visits the memorial tree dedicated to her grandmother and mother Catherine and Dorothy Curtin. (5/5/2017)

John Curtin
the leader Australia needed during WWII Japan threat. (4/28/2017)

After almost 15 years of collecting Peoria’s trash, Dana Curtin is careful what he picks up. (4/26/2017)

Chris Curtin Joins ExcelAire as Senior Director of Charter Operations. (4/26/2017)

Andrew Gregg Curtin remembered on his birthday 4/22/1815 in Pennsylvania. (4/23/2017)

John J. Curtin was saved in World War by Connecticut Hero Dog - Stubby. (4/18/2017

Former Irish international football player Marie Curtin works on different type of pitch - Temple Dairy. (4/2/2017)

Victoria Police Mounted Trooper Constable Patrick Francis Curtin, who died on duty, is honored in Australia. (3/27/2016)

Billy Curtin runs his dream 160 cow dairy farm in Waterfall, County Cork. (3/25/2017)

The home of Australian Prime Minister, John Curtin, has been preserved in Cottesloe, Perth/ (3/24/2017)

Here's an interview with Richard Curtin (Global Director of Strategic Alliance, Premier Farnell). (3/22/2017)

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Glen Curtin adopted an Irish folk song for New York City - lyrics here. (3/16/2017

26 year old Alice Curtin loves working as a nanny in Adelaide, Australia. (3/12/2017)

Kathleen Curtin, an historic hearth cooking expert, is preparing dinners at the Museums of Old York, Maine. (3/11/2017)

Claire Curtin is traveling to Uganda from Dubbo, Australia shortly to provide optical area. (3/11/2017)

Nancy Curtin named as one of the most awesome women in Edinburg, great Britain. (3/8/2017)

Ralph Curtin aided by the Veterans Administration in Norman, Oklahoma. (2/22/2017)

Irish children's author Judi Curtin tells of taking inspiration from her kids, garden distractions and her love of time travel. (2/18/2017)

Curtin Village, Pennsylvania is looking for a few volunteers to staff events at the reopened attraction. (2/18/2017)

Courtney Curtin shares the heartbreak and challenges of breast cancer. (2/7/2017) 

Keith Curtin is an Entrepreneur, Brand Marketing Executive & Founder of See Digital. (2/6/2017)

To celebrate World Book Day on 2nd March, Judi Curtin has written a special story called Fast Forward featuring the characters from her most recent book Time After Time. And you could win a copy. (2/1/2017)

Deaf lawyer Teresa Curtin sworn in to United States Supreme Court by Chief Judge using sign language. (2/1/2017)

Kerri Heffeman-Curtin is top Berkshire-Hathaway realtor in New Canaan, Connecticut. (1/30/2017)

Franklin Carmichael Art Centre was a gift to Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada by Dr. Agnes Anne Curtin, MD. (1/25/2017)

Participants in the famous 100 year-old "Dancing at the Crossroads" photo identified, including a Jerry Curtin  (1/22/2017)

Perth, Australia writer Amanda Curtin has just released a new novel -Elemental. (1/17/2017)

Anna Curtin describes her experience with recent earthquake in Northern Territory, Australia. (1/17/2017)

Beth Curtin has joined Seamen's Bank, Cape Cod, MA,  as vice president of commercial lending. (1/11/2017)

Wales Air Ambulance medic Rhyan Curtin honored. (1/10/2017)