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Sean MacCurtain, aka John Curtin, Clan member and contributor to the newsletter and our Gatherings with his stories and Irish lessons died on October 17, 2019.

John Curtin
May 1, 1939 - October 17, 2019

John Anthony Curtin (Sean) born in London, England on May 1, 1939, spent only the first 9 months of his life there before leaving London to spend his childhood on his family's farmstead in Garravane, Co Limerick, Ireland. There he was raised with five brothers and sisters, attending the local National School in Milleen until he was 15. He was able to walk to school through the green fields surrounded by hills and small streams. As was the custom always before school he had to do farm chores which continued daily until he immigrated to the USA when he was 18 years old. Daily life in Garravane was enriched by neighbors visiting each other, dancing at the local dance hall, market days in Abbeyfeale, visits from returning relatives from England and the USA, all enhanced by endless conversations and reminiscing. Sean could quote conversations held years after they took place and list family relations from generations back; his brother Moss (Maurice) could do the same. Attending the local church in Mountcollins for Sunday mass also was a very important event in his life. Even when the fresh milk had to be delivered to the local creamery on a Sunday attending mass was expected.

When Sean immigrated to the USA in 1957, he had numerous relatives in the New York area and soon started working and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served from 1960-1964. Fortunately, he served in peace time. After returning to New York City, he joined the New York Transit Police and worked for 15 years before he had a severe accident in the subway and took early retirement. Before that he obtained his college degree through the GI bill. He spent many hours in the New York Public Library reading about Irish and American history and was very knowledgeable. He met his wife, Pamela, through the Gaelic League of Ireland which had a local chapter, the Bronx Gaelic League, that met at a local Presbyterian church in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx. Sean taught the Irish language and history at the meetings. Sean and Pamela were married in Sidney at the United Methodist Church in October of 1995 with Father Gordon Polenz from Sacred Heart Church administering the wedding vows. While Sean lived in Franklin during his married life, he was active in the local American Legion Post, Ouleout Valley Post # 1689 and was Commander of the post from 2012-2018. He served also as Delaware County Chaplain of the American Legion. Surviving relatives are: brother, Maurice Curtin and sister, Doreen Curtin of Garravane, brother Aeneas Curtin and wife Patricia of Glanmire, Cork and niece Deborah and husband Ian Heaslip and son Samuel, nephew John and wife Rosanne of Cork City nephew Patrick of Cork City, sister Sr. Nora Mary, Sisters of Charity, Sacramento, California, brother Daniel Curtin and wife Bernie, niece Deidre Curtin and nephew Donal Curtin, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Numerous cousins live in the United States.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 15 Liberty Sidney, NY on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 11:00 AM followed by internment at the Ouleout Valley Cemetery in Franklin. All friends of the family of the deceased are welcome to attend the mass and burial. Share condolences with the family online at www.landersfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

Latest poem from Marian Curtin

NOW Now is the moment And what a wonderful moment Now is A Cloud looking Like a dragon In the sky Soft rain falling As we Irish say Even if it’s a downpour I am smiling to myself At this image On this soft October day As the autumn leaves Are now falling It gives me time To reflect On my life Watching the birds feeding On the window ledge I love autumn With its copper leaves falling And the birds Many different finches A loan robin in the mix A slight chill Bring me out of my summer wonder In a season Of the year Where nature takes Its winter rest A time where I renew my family history On long winter evenings Excitement when a family link is found I must confess I am turning into Sherlock Holmes Ha I am starting my saving jar For our next Curtin Clan Gathering Are you Thinking time flies But I must say I live in the now But it’s ok to plan My plan at this moment Of now Is a nice cup of coffee I am telling myself A slice of currant cake Will be ok On this I will say Slán go fóill Goodbye for now Marian Quinlan Curtin© Templetuohy 6:21:29 pm

Mark Your Calendars

12th Biennial Curtin Clan Gathering
April 22-24, 2021
Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland


11th Biennial Curtin Clan Gathering
Photos and presentations from the gathering are now posted in the Gatherings tab.







W
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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 Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland in April 2020

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




 Patrick J. Curtin
   Clan Chief














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Curtins in the News


West Hartford, CT community raises funds for new outdoor classroom to honor Brigid Curtin, 12-year-old girl killed in 2018 stabbing. (12/3/2019)

Sean Curtin's 19th edition of "Stroll Down Memory Lane" is now available. (12/29/2019)

Professor Nicola Curtin, 65, of Newcastle University, England is donating her share of proceeds from the drug 
Rubraca research to charity. (11/27/2019)

"Today Is the Day"
, the latest book
 by Deborah Curtin is an engaging military thriller about terrorist activity. (11/26/2019) 


Richard Curtin
is living life on his own terms in Dallas, TX - artist, singing, acting, drag. (11/22/2019)


Kathi Curtin-Williams
to receive 2019 YMCA Peace Medal in Peterborough, Ontario, (11/16/2019)


Matt Curtin
is the new Chief Revenue Officer at ESO, Texas. (11/13/2019)

Check out Carol of the Bells (Ukrainian folk carol) played by Joey Curtin on YouTube. (11/6/2019)


Curtin Piano Duo to entertain in Pennsylvania. (11/1/2019)


Knights of Columbus Council Past Grand Knight John Curtin received recognition from the South and South Suburban Grand Knight and Past Grand Knights Club for his four decades of dedication and service to the Knights of Columbus in Chicago. (10/31/2019)


Bendigo Kangan Institute (BKI) has announced accomplished public sector executive and experienced government worker Sally Curtain as its new chief executive officer (CEO). (10/30/2019)


JP Curtin
leads the Optimist dinghy Cobbler League Main Fleet after nine races sailed at Royal Cork Yacht Club. (10/20/19).


Jennifer Curtin
has found a 
Limerick dog lover’s solution to modern day loneliness. (10/5/2019)

Irish children's author Judi Curtin is launching her new book "Lilly at Lissadell". 9/23/2019

Andrew Curtin's London Irish firm’s podcast strives ‘to inspire entrepreneurs.’ (9/11/2019)

School days start in Carrignavar. County Cork for Curtin triplets. (9/4/2019)

Carolina Curtin is the new chef in a Dorchester, MA restaurant. (9/3/2019)

Violinist Brian Curtin and  pianist Hyun Ju Curtin to perform. (8/11/2019)

For 15-plus years, Carolyn Curtin has been saving architectural gems for homes in Asbury Park, New Jersey/ (8/8/2019)

Clay Curtin has been appointed as public engagement manager in Menlo Park, California. (8/3/2019)

Eugene Curtin is leaving the Bellevue Leader after 22 years for a job at Creighton University as a writer. (8/1/2019)

Danny Curtin has been named chair of Association of Chairs. London, England. (7/29/2019)

Lorcan Curtin is a long serving volunteer for the Glórach Theatre and is also a career farmer and horticulturalist, as well as teaching horticulture. (7/22/2019)

My Dental Wig, a Los Angeles County company announced its new Orange County Sales Manager, Dan Curtin, MBA, MAOM, former Curtin Clan chief. (7/22/2019)

Matthew K. Curtin has been appointed as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) (7/19/2019)

Day in the life of Philadelphia Union soccer coach - Jim Curtin. (7/12/2019)

Jess Lofgren Curtin, a special education teacher, writer and artist, along with her huisband John Curtin, have created the “Haunted Worcester” (MA) podcast and website. “Haunted Worcester”. (7/13/2019)

Corporate and commercial attorney Kelly Curtin has been promoted to principal at Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC
in Morristown, NJ. (7/8/2019)


Julie Curtin
and Cassico Defend $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Title in North Carolina.
  (7/7/2019)

Jerry Curtin leads Sussex-based COR Wellness, a company that provides employers with on-site health and wellness professionals and extreme traveller. (6/24/2019)

Edward Curtin writes about his Father's voice. (6/15/2019)   

David Curtin of Illinois is high school dean and an ultramarathoner. (6/12/2019)

Nicole Glinski Curtin of Leominster, Massachusetts has joined St. Mary’s Credit Union as Senior Vice President of Marketing.

The Limerick and Clare Friesian (Holsteins) Breeders club is holding its annual field evening and stock judging competition on the Sean and John Curtin farm near Athlacca.  

Jess and John Curtin, of Worcester, MA are the creators of Haunted Worcester – a website, podcast and soon-to-be touring company, that is dedicated to all things spooky, ghostly and freaky in and around Worcester County.

Carolyn Curtin moved to Asbury Park, NJ in 2002 and fell in love with a late Victorian house with a falling-down porch and heaven knows what other problems. (5/15/2019)

Cheyanne Curtin, 25, is now living a life in recovery and is a lead Empowerment Coach in Linden, NJ.

It was 29 years ago this month when Kelly Curtin LaPierre took the field for the first varsity game of her Lynn, MA English softball career. (5/10/2019)

Interview with musician Joey Curtin. (5/7/2019)

Interview with Ohio-born, now Berlin resident, DJ, and producer Dan Curtin who has had a career in electronic music since the early 90s. ((5/3/2019)

Sarah Curtin of Strafford, New Hampshire, will deliver the valedictory address at St. Joseph's College, Maine. (5/1/2019) 

Helen Curtin Sheahan
, from Cork, Ireland, a mum-of-three  felt “very isolated” after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis at the age of 30. (4/26/2019)
 

Sarah Curtin
, a 2018 Denison Graduate, is currently living and working in Hamburg, Germany because of the Fulbright scholarship she was awarded during her senior year. (4/20/2019)


Talented milliner Pamela Curtin from Portlaoise handmakes intricate beautiful hats and headpieces to compliment every special dress worn by each Laois Rose. (4/19/2019)


A Yorktown, NY woman, Dr. Patricia Seagriff-Curtin who has dedicated her dental career to helping people with disabilities will be honored by the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) at its annual gala

Sarah Curtin ‘19 will deliver the Valedictorian message at Saint Joseph’s College’s 2019 commencement (Maine). 3/28/2019)

CDU researcher Nikki Curtin is investigating the opportunities for tourism to be a vehicle for greater understanding of Indigenous cultures in Australia. (3/16/2018)

Will Curtin breaks 29-year-old record at Bathurst Little Athletics, Western Australia. (3/13/2019)

David Curtin
is honored by the Boy Scouts with the Silver Beaver Award in Rhode Island. (3/10/2019)

John Curtin
of the Ireland Gardia is retiring in Limerick. (3/10/2019) 

Peter Curtin
of Lisdoonvarna is a local legend in the Burren, Ireland. (3/6/2019)

Debbie Curtin
of Londonderry, NH has created a 4.5 foot tall eagle sculpture to be auctioned as part of a project to support veterans. (3/4/2019)


UPS honors Henry Curtin, Jr. of Rhode Island for 35 years of safe driving. (2/26/2019)

TJ Curtin, 35, is partners with his father, Fred, at Curtin Land and Cattle in Blue Mound, Illinois. (2/23/2019)

David Curtin, a University of Toronto theoretical physicist is on the hunt for hidden particles that could solve cosmic mysteries. (2/23/2019)

Mike Curtin shares his 118 mile hike on the Pacific Coast Trail in 118 seconds. (2/20/2019).

Kevin Curtin named Tracey Road equipment manager in Albany, NY. (2/15/2019)

Dan Curtin is part of the electronic music evolution and crafts deep, innovative rhythms that captures people’s imaginations. (2/15/2019)

Mary Lou Curtin is the co-owner of new restaurant, Three Cats and a Cook, in Clawson, Michigan. (2/15/2019)

Kate Curtin of Orange, New South Wales, is embracing the benefits of the car and ride sharing. (2/12/2019)

John Curtin
of Adelaide, Australia helped pull down the Berlin Wall in 1989,  (2/11/2019)

Promptly at noon on Saturday, March 16, the 32nd Annual Jack Curtin St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration will kick off from Diamond Park in beautiful downtown Meadville, PA. (2/4/2019)


Hillcrest, CT Middle School student Danika Curtin was honored at the U.S. Department of Education for her story. (1/30/2019) 


In their book The Power of Small, Aisling Leonard-Curtin & Dr Trish Leonard-Curtin propose that one decision at a time can bring you gently out of your comfort zone and help you grow into the person you always wanted to become. (1/30/2019)


Crain's names Tom Curtin publisher. (1/28/2019)

Lee Curtin
will compete for Ireland at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. (1/22/2019)

Twin sisters Liz and Jessica Arrindell, (Curtin descendants) owners of Luscious & Co. Beauty, Shelton, Connecticut are celebrating Valentine’s weekend with their first-ever Newlywed Beauty Battle, with proceeds donated to the Adams House. (1/16/2019) 

Olono , the A.I. sales assistant for B2B account executives, welcomes Matt Curtin as chief revenue officer, Austen, Texas.  (1/7/2019)


Teacher Alex Curtin receives Villaume Education Enrichment Grant in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. (1/6/2019)

New nature-inspired play spaces open at Debbie Curtin Park, Miami, Florida! (1/5/2019)


Elizabeth Curtin retired as Henry County, Kentucky public defender after 30 years. (1/2/2019)

Country star, Tom Curtain is taking a stand against bullying and making sure the death of teenager Amy 'Dolly' Everett was not in vain, South Burnett, Australia. (12/28/2018)

An interesting story of how Lenny Curtin's habit of sneaking onto a golf course lead to becoming the superintendent at George Wright Golf Course, Boston, Massachusetts. (12/23/2018)

Thomas J. Curtin, an investment professional, joined Charter Oak Retirement and Investment Services as its newest financial adviser, Norwich, Connecticut. (12/20/2018)

Here's a song from singer/songwriter Sara Curtin entitled "Santa Fe". (12/20/2018)

Owen Curtin
is the founder and CEO of 
HC21, the largest privately-owned sales and marketing specialist in Ireland and the UK. (12/15/2018)

5 recent favourites from mum, powerlifter and Irish home cook Yvonne (Curtin) Kinahan. Marian and David's daughter. (12/10/2018)

 John Curtin is the director of the film "Why the Jews". (12/9/2018)

Stephen Curtin, along with his wife, is the founder of the Sanctuary on Church Street, Ellsworth, Maine. (12/8/2018)

Check out Rowena Curtin's of Sydney, Australia blog. (12/5/2018)

Shane Curtin is recognized as an unsung hero of music in Limerick. (11/29/2018)

Emma Curtin has written a book about her home in Australia Angliss’ Arcadia: A short history of West Yarraville. (11/27/2018)

Gym owner Ted Curtin gives free membership to family without water in North Andover, Massachusetts. (11/27/2018)

Here are Dan Curtin's 5 childhood tracks he loves today. (11/23/2018)


Carolina Curtin is the chef in the
 new Bartaco’s in Boston, Massachusetts. 11/23/2018 

Peter Curtin of the Roadhouse Tavern in Lisdoonvarna, Ireland is brewing geer with herbs and not hops at the Burren Brewery. (11/12/2018)

Sean Curtin of Limerick is publishing his 18th annual photo album - A Stroll Down Memory Lane. (10/30/2019) 

Jim Curtin, coach of Philadelphia Union soccer team, is enjoying wins, family during teams renaissance. (10/19/2018)

Amanda Curtin profiles the paintings of Kathleen O'Connor  of Paris in West Australia. (10/8/2018)

Nicole Curtin is the only science teacher in the Long Lake, NY Central School District. (10/4/2018)

Richard Curtin is the entertainment director of Caven Enterprises in Dallas, Texas. (10/3/2018)

Michele Curtin has been hired as a full-time suicide prevention services coordinator in Herkimer County, New York. (10/1/2018)