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Our December 2017 has now been sent to members.  Below is an excerpt from one of out articles.  To read more of it and the other articles, join the Curtin Clan here.

Standing on the Shoulders of the Generations Before Us, Part I 
by Patrick J. Curtin, Clan Chief, Illinois, USA 

There is an old Irish saying: “You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” Storytelling is an unscientific craft. When I was a young adult sharing common memories with my brothers and sisters about our childhood, I discovered our memories are creative. My grandfather used to say “Don’t believe anything you read and only half of what you see.” 

Thanks to my cousin, Peg Woods and Aunt Helen, I know stories of a number of relatives of my grandfather John Curtin. I joined a memoir writing class at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago to weave the stories together so that those coming after me can create stories to better understand where they’ve been.  
My grandfather was born in Rockhill West, near Rockchapel, in north County Cork, near the border of counties Kerry and Limerick. Rockchapel got its name from the penal times, when the Catholic religion was banned in Ireland. Mass was said on a rock in a remote area. When I visited in 1975 there were four buildings: St. Peter’s Church, a priest house, a school and Paddy Curtin’s Pub. About one third of the graves in the cemetery had the Curtin surname.  

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For rememberance sunday 11/1/2017

by Marian Quinlan Curtin
Just stop a see The poppy grow Its colour Bloody red Just stop For that moment And think of all The dead Men from many nations Went to save the day They gave us our tomorrow But they lost their today Bow your heads a moment And think of them today They went into battle They marched on And some sang this song It a long way to Tipperary To the battle call The battle fields were muddy The noise were loud and shrill As comrades they lost buddies As the guns Were never still Just stop for a moment And remember All who died Remember all their loved ones Who were at homes and cried On the field of battle They gave their lives In nineteen and fourteen And it just continues on Till nineteen and eighteen On the eleventh day Of the eleventh month At the eleventh hour All the guns were still So many lost O’ what a cost For now my mine is still Every year We pay respect And remember all who died All who survived Remembered All their comrades who had died Now we must continue To stop reflect And remember That they gave us our today I will wear my poppy With its colour bloody red And I will stop For a moment To remember All the dead In my minds eye Grave stone After grave stone Row after row In far away places Where they died in battle So long ago Marian Quinlan Curtin © November 2017

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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 Williamsburg, Virginia in Spring 2019.


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

        Patrick J. Curtin
                Clan Chief

Curtins in the News

UPM Pharmaceuticals appoints Chris Curtin as Chief Operating Officer. (1/20/2018)

Development Counsellors International has named Julie Curtin president, economic development. (12/20/2018)

Beverly Theresa Curtin
remembers the last 50 years. (1/12/2018)

Here is a great article about Judi Curtin, the children's book writer. Her father is in the Clan's dna project. (1/6/2018)

Matt Curtin is co-founder of the Sing Sing Brewery in Ossining, NY. (1/3/2018)

Bar-Making Basics With The Penrose’s Ruairi Curtin.  (12/27/2017)

John Curtin, owner of distillery in Albany NY, has adopted cats for rodent protection.  (12/27/2017)

Patricia Curtin-Kell
has written a book about the stained glass in St Joseph’s, Terenure, Ireland. (12/22/2017) 

Dairy farmer Maurice Curtin of Tournafulla, Limerick has been appointed to the board of DairyGold. (12/21/2017)

Four generations of Curtins have hunted on Mike Curtin's property in Massachusetts/ (12/17/2017)

Eugene Curtin of Nebraska reminisces about his Aunt Rose. (12/13/2017)

Tim Curtin is appointed Rochester, NY corporation counsel. (12/13/2017)

Oklahoma deputy, Catherine Curtin, is credited with stopping man armed with two large knives. (12/13/2017)

Tom Curtin has just published a novel - The Melting Pot  - a coming-of-age adventure, about Irish boys visiting hot-pot 1960s’ New York. (12/7/2017) - see Curtin book tab

Veteran Plymouth, England instructor, John Curtin, has been teaching the city to drive for 50 years. (12/4/2017)

Matthew Curtin joined CBRE/New England as a partner. (12/1/2017)

Limerick author,
Judi Curtin, a winner at Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards (11/30/2017)

In 1915, Alice E. Curtin was superintendent of the Western NY House of Refuge. (11/27/2017)

Troye Alexander Curtin, of Southern Pines, NC has earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award. (11/26/2017)

Birgitta Curtin of the Burren Smokehouse talks about the importance of being near the Cliffs of Moher. (11/25/2017)

"Righteous Entrepreneur" Michael Curtin of Washington DC fights hunger and goes way beyond (11/23/2017)

Curtins, an engineering firm in Liverpool, England, is relocation it headquarters from Bill Curtin's home. (11/22/2017)

Austin Curtin is the Nationalist Party candidate for the Lismore seat in the Australian 2019 election. (11/22/2017)

Michael Curtin has been designated as a 2017 community leader on the Sunshine Coast, Australia.  (11/22/2017)

Thomas Curtin of Limerick has
 come up with an award-winning design for safer and more user-friendly crutches. (11/19/2017)

Melanie Curtin
is a writer, activist in Australia.  Her articles are published at Inc. (11/18/2017)

A story in the Holly Bough, Christmas 2017 edition, published by the Cork Evening Echo newspaper (not published online) tells of how Margaret Curtain, our clan genealogist, aided in finding Christina Fitzpatrick's grandmother, Mary Anne (Curtin) Callaghan's death certificate and burial location.  (11/15/2017) 

Limerick author 
Judi Curtin needs our support!    Judi Curtin has been shortlisted in the senior children’s category of the Irish Book Awards for her 25th book ‘Stand By Me’.  You can vote for her here. (11/13/2017)

Patrick Curtin is the new executive director at the Orleans, MA senior center (11/13/2017)

Tom Curtain’s Katherine Outback Experience won the Department Trade Business & Innovation Business Growth Award. (11/13/2017)

Orla Curtin has dramatic weight loss. (11/10/2017)

Jennifer Curtin is the
inaugural director of
 University of Auckland's Public Policy Institute (PPI) to foster independent, critical research on key policy issues affecting New Zealand.  (11/8/2017)

"Limerick: A Stroll Down Memory Lane" (Volume 17) by Sean Curtin is now available in bookstores in Ireland. (11/4/2017)

 Drew A. Curtin of Canton, Massachusetts named a National Merit Scholar. (11/1/2017)

Sara Curtin releases new song "Blame Time". (10/24/2017)

Help Pat Cunneen, great grandson of Timothy Curtin and Julia Cunneen.  He lost his home and all his possessions in California fire. (10/23/2017)

Eamon Curtin
is the head of the University College Cork (UCC) startup bootcamp programme Ignite. (10/22/2017)

Jersey City native master chief petty officer Tom Curtin has served over 20 years as a US Navy submariner. (10/20/2017)

Alumni profile - University of Minnesota -Ronda Curtin Englehardt. (10/4/2017)

John Curtin
is co-owner/distiller of Albany, NY Distillery. (9/19/2017)

Limerick author Judi Curtin talks about success and struggle as 25th book is released. (9/10/2017)

Patricia Curtin is one of Northern California Real Estate Professionals. (9/6/2017)

Dr. Donna Curtin is building a new veterinary hospital in Hanover, Ontario, Canada. (9/5/2017)

Kerry Curtin is holding extracurricular art classes for talented 2nd to 5th graders in Denham Springs, Louisiana. (9/4/2017)

Debra Curtin is the founder of the New England Primate Conservancy in Merrimac, NJ. (8/29/2017)

David and Ann Marie Curtin, of Fairfield, Grand Marshals of the 2018 Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for March 16, 1918. (8/23/201&)

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)