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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

2019 Curtin Clan Gathering
April 11-14, 2019
Williamsburgh, VA

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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

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Curtins in the News

Kit Curtin supports her passion of protecting manatee and their habitat by waiting tables. (2/23/2018)

Lisa Curtin
walked away with a silver medal after representing England in the U15 European Badminton Championships. (2/21/2018)

Don Curtin
 has been promoted to Director of Broadcast Operations at ABC 6 in Rhode Island. (2/21/2018).

The Blackfoot Challenge has announced that Charles Curtin has been selected as the organization's next Executive Director. (2/15/2018)

Kim Ann Curtin is the author of Transforming Wall Street: A Conscious Path for a New Future and the Founder of The Wall Street Coach. (2/15/2018)

Garbiel Curtin’s
childhood fascination with the building and its vast history led him to curate a three-day exhibition held within the Beechworth, Australia prison’s walls. (2/10/2018)

Tom Curtin
founder and chairman emeritus, CRC Group is the 2018 IICF Philanthropic Honoree in Texas. (2/8/2018)

Reporter Kelly Curtin tells how to survive an attack and how to fight back - Syracuse, NY. (2/5/2018)

Our clan genealogist, Margaret Curtain, and her sister  learned the history of New Zealand miners in World War One and their great grandfather. (2/4/2018), 

Sarah Curtin is a graduate student studying accounting, and in charge of overseeing QuickBooks and computer literacy courses for the LIFT Program in Alabama. (2/4/2018)

Matt Curtin
is new employee at Storis of New Jersey.(2/3/2018)

Remembrance of Cornelius Curtin, Madera, CA, on 100th anniversary of his death. (2/3/2018)

Davis, CA Blue Devil athlete of the week is Aaron Curtin. (1/31/2018)

Kim Curtin Ryan
, a mother of 1, urges women to be vigilant for cervical cancer. (1/30/2018)

Letter honoring Peg Curtin's service to New London, CT. (1/23/2018)

Shauna Curtin, who most recently spent time as the assistant deputy minister of Manitoba Justice, has been appointed secretary of the Winnipeg, Canada Police Board. (1/23/2018)

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)