About Clan


THE CURTIN CLAN MISSION  STATEMENT

The mission of the Curtin Clan is to

-  Facilitate fellowship and cooperation among individuals and families linked by the name Curtin.

-  Support and promote the study and advance of genealogical research, including the use of DNA tests and other such tools as may clarify relationships and origins of individuals and families with the name of Curtin.

-  Encourage the study of the role in Irish history and literature played by members of Curtin families.

-  Fund, conduct and disseminate the results of the projects pertaining to ancestors of the Curtin family.

-  Appreciate and practice Irish culture, and encourage the study of Irish history and literature.

 


BY-LAWS OF

CURTIN CLAN, INC.

The Curtin Clan, Inc. (hereafter the Clan) is incorporated under the laws of the State of New York for cultural purposes, to discuss the genealogy and culture of individuals with the surname Curtin and descendents of the MacCurtin and Curtin families of Ireland as defined in the Certificate of Incorporation.

ARTICLE I – OFFICES

The principal offices of the Corporation shall be in the County of Columbia, State of New York.  The Corporation may also have offices at such other places within the State of New York as the Board may from time to time determine or the business of the Corporation may require.

ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP

Membership shall be open to the following without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, or presence of a handicap:

a.       Any individual with the surname of Curtin or any variation.

b.       Any individual married to or descended, in any form, from a Curtin.

c.       Any individual using DNA results who is identified as a descendent of a Curtin.

Membership shall be ratified upon payment to the Clan of annual dues. 

Honorary members may be appointed from time to time by action of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE III – DIRECTORS

Board of Directors

Subject to any provisions in the Certificate of Incorporation the business of the Corporation shall be managed by its Board of Directors, each of whom shall be at least 18 years of age and a member of the Clan.  The Board of Directors shall consist of six to eight elected directors, the Newsletter Editor and the immediate past Chief of the Clan.

The elected directors shall be elected by the Association membership at the periodic Clan gathering held every other year.  A simple majority of the votes cast shall be required for election.

The Board of Directors shall appoint a Newsletter Editor.  The editor must be a member of the Clan and be willing to accept the designated responsibilities. 

Election and Term of Directors

Nominations for the elected directors shall be made by a nominating committee appointed by the Chief. 

The term of office shall be from election at the periodic Clan gathering until the next subsequent Clan gathering, generally every two years.

The Chief and Vice Chief shall not serve in the same office for more than three consecutive terms. 

Each director shall hold office until the expiration of the term for which elected and until a successor has been elected and qualified, or until resignation or removal.

Vacancy

A vacancy occurring on the Board for any reason may be filled by a majority of the remaining directors then in office, although less than a quorum may exist.  A director elected to fill a vacancy of an elected director shall serve for the unexpired term of that director. 

Removal of Director

Any individual director may be removed with or without cause by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of the Clan.  When a resolution to remove a director for cause is made, the director must be given notice and an opportunity to be heard before the final vote is taken.

Resignation

A director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board, the Clan Chief, or the Secretary of the Corporation.  Unless otherwise specified in the notice, the resignation shall take effect upon receipt thereof by the Board or such officer, and the acceptance of the resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.

Temporary Conflicts of Interests

From time to time conflicts of interest may arise due to personal or financial relationships or other types of temporary conflicts of interest.  The director shall be required to announce the conflict and abstain from voting on any motion where the conflict would be in place.  Failure to abide by this rule could be grounds for removal of a director.

Compensation

All directors shall serve the Corporation without compensation.  Reasonable business related expenses which have prior approval of the Board may be reimbursed.

Quorum of Directors

Unless otherwise provided in the Certificate of Incorporation, a majority of the entire Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business or of any specified item of business.

Action of the Board

Unless otherwise required by law, the vote of a majority of the directors present at the time of the vote, if a quorum is present at such time shall be an act of the Board.  Each director present shall have one vote.

Place and Time of Board Meeting

The Board may hold its meeting at the offices of the Corporation in New York, at the periodic Gathering, or at such other places, as it may from time to time determine. 

Board meetings may be held via telecommunications or over the internet.

Regular Meeting

A regular meeting of the Board shall be held at every Gathering of the Clan. 

Notice of Meeting of the Board, Adjournment

Regularly scheduled meetings of the Board may be held without notice at such time and place as it shall from time to time determine.  Special meetings of the Board shall be held upon notice to the directors and may be called by the Chief upon seven day notice to each director either personally, by email, or by mail, or called by the Secretary in like manner on written request of two directors.  Notice of a meeting need not be given to any director who submits a Waiver of Notice whether before or after the meeting or who attend the meeting without protesting prior thereto or at its commencement, the lack of notice to him.  At special meetings only the business specified in the notice may be transacted.

 A majority of the directors present, whether or not a quorum is present, may adjourn any meeting to another time and place.  Notice of Adjournment shall be given to all directors.

Chairperson

At all meetings of the Board, the Chief, Vice Chief, or in their absence, a Chairperson chosen by the Board shall preside.

Other Committees

The Board by Resolution adopted by a majority of the entire Board, may designate from among its members other committees, each consisting of three or more directors, each committee shall serve at the pleasure of the Board.

Clan Genealogist 

The Clan genealogist is a permanent officer of the Clan. The Clan genealogist shall be appointed by the Board of Directors and is an ex officio non voting member of the Board of Directors. The Clan genealogist appointed at the founding of the Clan may remain in office at her pleasure.

Advisory Members

The Board may appoint advisory members who may not vote but may attend meetings and provide advice as requested by the Board.

Absenteeism from Meetings

Any director who is absent from three consecutive meetings may be removed from the Board. The director shall be notified by mail that he or she has been terminated from the Board.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

Offices, Election, Term

Unless otherwise provided for in the Certificate of Incorporation, the Board may elect or appoint a Clan Chief, a Vice Clan Chief, a Secretary and Treasurer, and such other officers as it may determine who shall have the duties, powers and functions as hereinafter provided. 

All officers shall be elected or appointed by the Board at the periodic Clan Gathering and hold office until the next Gathering or until their resignation or removal by the Board.

All officers shall hold office from one Clan Gathering to the subsequent Clan Gathering or until their successor has been appointed and qualified.

All officers shall be members of the Board.

The Clan Chief and Vice Clan Chief shall not serve in the same office for more than three consecutive terms.

No more than one officer position shall be held by one person at any time.

Removal, Resignation, Compensation, etc.

Any officers appointed by the Board may be removed by the Board with or without cause.

In the event of death, resignation or removal of an officer, the Board at its discretion may elect or appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term.

All officers shall serve the Corporation without compensation. Reasonable business related expenses which have prior approval of the Board may be reimbursed.

Clan Chief

The Chief shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation; the Chief shall preside at all meetings of the Corporation and of the Board.  The Chief shall have the responsibility for directing the management of the business of the Corporation and see that all the orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect. The Chief may sign corporate checks.

Vice Clan Chief

During the absence or disability of the Clan Chief, the Vice Clan Chief shall have the powers and functions of the Chief.  The Vice Clan Chief shall perform such other duties as the Board shall prescribe.

Secretary

The Secretary shall:

Attend all meetings of the Board and the Corporation.

Record meeting attendance, all votes and minutes of all proceedings.

Give or cause to be given notice of all meetings of the Corporation and special meetings of the Board.

Keep in safe custody the Seal of the Corporation. 

Use of the Corporate Seal is to be specifically authorized by the Board before each use.

When required, prepare or cause to be prepared and available at each meeting of the Corporation, a certified list in alphabetical order of the names of persons eligible to vote thereat.

Keep all documents and records of the Corporation as required by law and otherwise in a proper and safe manner.

Perform other duties as may be prescribed by the Board.

Treasurer

The Treasurer shall:

Have the responsibility for the Corporate Funds an

d Securities.

Keep or cause to be kept, a full and accurate account of receipts and disbursements.  

Deposit or cause to be deposited, all money and other valuables in the name of the Corporation in such depositories as may be designated by the Board.

Disburse or cause to be disbursed, the funds of the Corporation as may be ordered or authorized by the Board insuring preservation of proper documentation for such disbursements.

Sign corporate checks.

Render or cause to be rendered to the Board at their request an account of all transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the Corporation.

Render a report to the Board of Directors periodically.

Furnish to all Corporate Officers and agents, upon their request, with such reports and statements as may be required to fully disclose all financial transactions of the Corporation.

Perform such other duties as are given by these By-Laws or as assigned by the Board or the Chief.

ARTICLE V – SURETIES, BONDS & INSURANCE

Sureties and Bonds

In case the Board shall require, any officer or agent of the Corporation shall execute to the Corporation a bond in such sum and with such surety or sureties as the Board may direct, conditioned upon the faithful performance of duties to the Corporation and including responsibility for negligence and for all property, funds or securities of the Corporation which may come into his or her hands.

ARTICLE VI – CORPORATE SEAL

The seal of the Corporation shall be circular in form and bear the name of the Corporation, the year of its organization and the words “Corporate Seal, New  York”.  The seal may be used by causing it to be impressed directly on the instrument or writing to be sealed, or upon adhesive substance affixed thereto.  The seal of the Certificate for shares or on any Corporate obligation for the payment of money may be facsimile, engraved or printed.

ARTICLE VII – EXECUTION OF INSTRUMENTS

All Corporate instruments shall be signed or countersigned, executed, verified or acknowledged by an officer or officers or other person or persons as the Board may from time to time designate.

ARTICLE VIII – FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year shall begin the first day of January in each year.

ARTICLE IX – REFERENCES TO CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

Reference to the Certificate of Incorporation by these By-Laws shall include all amendments thereto or changes thereof unless specifically excepted.

ARTICLE X – BY-LAWS CHANGES

Amendment, Repeal, Adoption

Except as otherwise provided in the Certificate of Incorporation, these By-Laws may be amended, repealed or adopted by the Board.

ARTICLE XI – MISCELLANEOUS

The Board of Directors may adopt policies and procedures for the operation of the Corporation which do not conflict with these By-Laws, the Certificate of Incorporation or the Laws of the state of New York and the United States of America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Curtin Clan

Board of Directors  

Clan Chief
Patrick J. Curtin
Chicago, Illinois
  
Patrick is the grandson of John D.  
Curtin, born May 21, 1873 in Rockhill West, near Rockchapel in County Cork. He lives in the Chicago area with his partner, Armand Iaia.  Patrick works in the morning as a business analyst and in the afternoon as a hospice chaplain.

Vice Chief
Marion Quinlan Curtin
Tipperary, Ireland

Marian Quinlan Curtin is from County

Tipperary, Ireland. She married David Curtin in 1976. They have a son and two daughters and are blessed with two grandchildren.

She writes wonderful songs and poetry. She teaches people that want to learn, fund raises for local causes, and loves hiistory, sports and nature. She has been involved in the Curtin Clan since Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare Gathering, She enjoys meeting Curtins from all over the world.

 
Treasurer
Dan J. Curtin
Kinderhook & Adirondack,  New York
 
Dan splits his time between his home in 
the Adirondack Mountains and Kinderhook, New York near Albany, New York, USA with his wife Anne. He retired from New York State Government in 2002. In addition to genealogy, he enjoys running, hiking and snowshoeing. He has 2 sons and 3 granddaughters. Dan's great-grandparents settled in Lafayette, New York, near Syracuse, New York in 1880. Thomas Curtin was from Brosna, County Kerry, and in about 1855 he married Johanna Curtin the daughter of James Curtin and Johanna Casey of Newmarket, County Cork. 
 
Dan currently coordinates the Clan's DNA Project 
Secretary
Heidi Welch
Manchester, New Hampshire, USA

Heidi has been serving as Secretary for the Curtin Clan since 2011 and has attended every Curtin gathering since 2005!  She enjoys meeting Curtins in the many locations they have chosen as home and the great range of culture they live in. 

 The Curtin Clan has been a cherished part of her life over the years.  Heidi was introduced to the Curtin Clan on-line in 2004.  In 2005, she organized a trip for nine members of her family to attend the 2005 gathering at Mallow where first cousins met for the first time ever.  From that time, many introductions and happy memories have been made.  It comes as a surprise benefit of science to her that some of the Curtins she has been working with for years with the Curtin Clan are actually cousins of hers through DNA analysis.  It has been not so much of a surprise, many have become friends!

 Heidi represented the Curtin Clan at the general meeting of Finte na hÉireann (Clans of Ireland) in Dublin, Ireland in 2016.  Heidi’s Curtin connection is through her grandmother, Elizabeth Welch (nee Curtin), b. 16-Dec-1892 in Rockchapel where she lived for the first 16 years of her life before leaving Ireland for the United States to work as what she called a nurse (nanny in America) for 16 years.  After retiring from work-life, Elizabeth and her husband Sidney had six children, with 30 grandchildren descending and now Heidi welcomes their great-great grandchildren into the world!

Heidi is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and has worked as a Scientist in drug development for Pfizer for many years.  She loves to garden, cook, hike, cycle, sail, travel, ride horses, sew, embroider, read, strengthen skills as a learner of the Irish language, and learn about her family lines and history.  She hopes to connect with Curtins on some of these levels soon.

Jo Brodie 
Tasmania, Australia
Newsletter Editor

Jo lives in the island state of Tasmania, Australia, with four of her five children 
Eloise, Blaise, Paris and Bram in Bellerive a riverside suburb in the capitol city of Hobart. 
 
Jo was raised by her Grandparents (both with Irish heritage) and developed a love of family history at an early age.  Directly descended from William Curtin from Rockchapel, Co. Cork, she also has Irish ancestry via her Brody family in Co. Clare.  Her interest in Genealogy eventually led to an Honours degree from the University of Tasmania where she majored in Tasmanian Convict History and World War One.  A part-time author, Jo has contributed to three books on the transportation of Irish female convicts to Van Diemens Land.
 
After attending her first Clan Gathering in Macroom in 2013, Jo has been back to Ireland again to visit family and friends and is planning to take her children there on her next visit.

Gerard Curtin
Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
 
Gerard and his wife Andrée hosted and
chaired the 2007 Gathering in Peterborough. Gerard is a semi-retired farmer and a descendant of one of the two Curtin families that emigrated from Cork, Ireland in 1825 to Ennismore, Ontario.  He enjoys fraternal work with the Knights of Columbus and traveling with his wife  Andrée.

Joan Bentley Curtin
Raleigh, North Carolina
Joan discovered the Curtin Clan in 2007
at the beginning of her genealogical research of her husband Neal’s family.  Participating in the Clan’s DNA Project, Neal learned that his ancestors are from “Curtin Corner”.  Neal's great grandfather Cornelius emigrated to Niagara County, New York in 1850, before settling in Sterling, Illinois in 1862.  Before becoming the family genealogist, Joan worked as a school secretary and at a large bank.  In addition to genealogical research, she enjoys golfing and gardening.
 
Margaret Curtain
Gympie,  Queensland, Australia
Clan Genealogist

Margaret lives in Queensland, Australia, with husband David, on a small beef cattle property, 10 miles from Gympie.  Margaret has been researching Curtin lines worldwide since 1978, when she began the paternal line for her children. Margaret has researched all surnames within her children's ancestry back as far as possible. She travels to Ireland at every opportunity (usually 2 yearly when Clan Gatherings are on), to collect and find more early data on Curtin families. She has also collected a wealth of information from buying up thousands of documents for Curtin families worldwide. She is a founding member of the Clan, and became the official Clan Genealogist at the first Gathering in 1999. Margaret has self published 13 Curtin related books and is working on a 14th book at the moment. Her books are listed in the here.
 
Margaret 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. 

Nicholas Curtin
Valencia, California
Membership Chair 

Nick's grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from a dairy farm in Templeglantine, County Limerick, in 1921 and he has always had an interest in collecting the family history. Through the Curtin Clan he found out that his grandmother's maternal grandfather was also a Curtin from Rockchapel, County Cork, thus he has 2 branches of Curtin in his family tree, though he reassures us the branches are far apart!

Nick has a successful career in sales and marketing, and currently works assisting corporations who are relocating their employees from abroad to work in the U.S.  He has been a member of the Curtin Clan since its early start and has attended 3 gatherings, including the first gathering in Burlington, MA.  Nick lives with his wife Peggy, their 3 sons and a dog in southern California.

Willie Joe Curtin
Tournafulla, County Limerick, Ireland

Willie Joe is married to Eileen they have three daughters .He lives in Ballycommane Tournafulla , County Limerick. He farms the same lands that have been in the family since the late 1700's. Willie Joe loves cycling and gets a buzz from taking part in sportives.


Anne Emperor
Skaneateles, New York
 
Anne is a retired teacher and computer
programmer. The "teaching" came first and then moved to the computer field for less stress and more money. Anne lives not far from Bear Swamp in the Finger Lakes region of New York where her great, great grandparents bought a farm. They came from near Rockchapel in 1855 with 5 of their children including her great grandfather, Batt Curtin. The Curtins had 14 children in Bear Swamp. One was her grandfather Peter. Grandpa bought his farm in Skaneateles in 1908. Anne's mother was Agnes Curtin and that’s why she is in the Clan! Anne belongs to the Irish American Cultural Institute and has taught some Irish History Classes for her chapter. Currently Anne is working on a lecture on "Irish Women". 
 
Founder Emeritus
Neal Curtin Seattle
Washington State
 
Neal is Founder Emeritus of the Clan, 
serving as Secretary-Treasurer from 1997 - 2005, the first eight year's of the Clan's existence.   He is retired from the Boeing Corporation.  Neal Curtin, was born in Massachusetts to Theodore Curtin and Josephine McManus.  His grandfather Lawrence was born in 1874 in Beenaskehy, County Cork and emigrated to Massachusetts.  Lawrence married Elizabeth Gainey. Neal’s great-grandparents were Timothy Curtin and Elizabeth Cremin. Timothy Curtin, son of Lawrence Curtin and Hanora Curtin of Beensaskehy, County Cork was born about 1832.





























Clan History 

A modern embodiment of the ancient Curtin sept took form at the turn of the century in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA. The brainchild of Neal Curtin of Seattle, Washington, a U.S. Air Force retiree, his brothers and some Curtin friends he had contacted, the Curtin Clan Association held its first Gathering in Burlington in 1999, at which time the first officers and board of directors were confirmed.

 

A nucleus membership of about 60 selected the following officers and board members:

 

Chief of Clan – Curtin Winsor of Pennsylvania, descended from a Curtin of County Clare

Vice Chief – Daniel M. Curtin of California,

 

Secretary/Treasurer – Neal Curtin of Washington 

 

Clan Genealogist – Margaret Curtain of Queensland, Australia

 

Board of Directors:

 

Hugh Curtin of New Mexico,

Lawrence Curtin of New Hampshire,

Ted Curtin of Massachusetts,

Paul Curtin of Texas,

Anne Emperor of New York, descended from a Curtin of County Cork.

Hugh Curtin, Ted Curtin, Larry Curtin, Dan M. Curtin, Anne Emperor, Curtin Winsor, Margaret Curtain, Neal Curtin

 

The post of Genealogist was soon made permanent, at Margaret’s discretion. A constitution was proposed and distributed, to be ratified through electronic and postal means. It was agreed to hold a Gathering every two years, at which officers and board members would be elected. It was further agreed that Gatherings would be alternated between North America and Ireland. The site chosen for the next Gathering was Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland, close to the ancestral seat of the McCruitins of Thomond.

 

Clan business between Gatherings was to be conducted by the officers and the board by mail and e-mail or telephone. Neal Curtin established a journal, available to members by mail or e-mail, and an internet web site. These have been modified and updated from time to time. Later, “members-only” message board was set up for the board and general membership by Dan Curtin of California, when he became Chief.

 

In addition, Neal Curtin incorporated the group as the Curtin Clan Association in the State of Washington and had it recognized as a non profit organization for the United States Internal Revenue Service. 

The new Clan Association adopted as its symbol the arms of the distinguished County Clare sept, the MacCruitins, who, in olden days, were the hereditary bards/historians to the great O’Brien family of Thomond, (present-day Clare.) The lands of the MacCruitins were around Ennistymon, thus it was appropriate that the first Gathering of the modern Clan in Ireland was held in that neighborhood, where many Curtins reside to this day.

 

In 2001 at Lisdoonvarna in County Clare, ireland, the original slate of officers and board were reconfirmed, and two new members added to the board:  Peter Curtin of County Clare, the organizer of this Gathering, and Frank Curtin of County Cork.

 

 

Peter Curtin of Lisdoonvarna, the Gathering host, shows Peter Curtin of Rochester, NY how to pull a pint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2003, at the third Gathering, organized by Anne Emperor and her cousin Peter Curtin, held in Skaneateles, NY, in the Finger Lakes region, the sitting officers and board members were again confirmed, and Dan Murphy, of Massachusetts, descended from a County Cork Curtin, was added to the board. Peter Curtin of New York was made Assistant Genealogist. Unfortunately, Peter died suddenly within a year.

 

 

Top row - Ted Curtin, Dan M. Curtin, Curtin Winsor, Neal Curtin, Dan Murphy, Peter Curtin, Bottom row - Larry Curtin, Frank Curtin, Anne Emperor, Margaret Curtain, Hugh Curtin

 

 

 

 

 

The Curtin Clan returned to Ireland in 2005, holding its fourth Gathering at Mallow, County Cork.

 

   

Newly elected officers are:

 

            Chief of Clan – Daniel M. Curtin of California

            Vice Chief – Ted Curtin of Massachusetts

            Sec./Treas. – Neal Curtin of Washington

Curtin Musicians at the Hooley in Rockchapel

Frank Curtin of County Cork, organizer for this Gathering, and Hugh Curtin of New Mexico stepped down from the board, and Barbara Fageol, descended from a Curtin of County Kerry, and Dan Curtin of New York were appointed to the board. Barb was also named Editor of the Clan’s newsletter. Sadly, shortly after returning from Mallow, Larry Curtin of New Hampshire, died. His wife, Carole, was named to fill his place on the board. Neal resigned in September as secretary/treasurer and Dan Curtin was selected by the board to replace him.

 

For its fifth Gathering, in 2007, the Clan went to Canada, assembling at Peterborough, Ontario, which is central to the area inhabited by a large number of Curtins descended from families who arrived in the early 19th century, in a group organized by a Peter Robinson.

 

Changes to the board were in store, as Ted Curtin stepped down from his position as Vice Chief, Carole Curtin, Dan Murphy and Peter Curtin of County Clare left the board, and Lisa Wylie agreed to stand for Secretary.

Officers elected:

 

            Chief – Dan M. Curtin of California

            Vice Chief – David J. Curtain of Queensland, Australia

            Treasurer – Dan J. Curtin of New York

            Secretary – Lisa Wylie of New York, descended from a Curtin of County Kerry

 

 

 Gerard Curtin, Jo-Ann Wylie, Lisa Wylie , Richard Curtin, Dan J. Curtin, Dan M. Curtin, Margaret Curtain, David Curtain, Anne Emperor, Frank Curtin, Barb Fageol, Peg Curtin, George Thompson

 

Frank Curtin of County Cork returned to the board, joined by new members Peg Curtin of Connecticut, Richard Curtin of California, Gerard Curtin of Ontario, who, with his wife, André, organized this Gathering, George Thompson of Washington, England, and Jo-Anne Wylie, sister of Lisa.

 

At the Gathering, the Clan recognized Neal Curtin, the Clan’s founder, as “Founder Emeritus”.  He was presented a plaque in recognition of this endeavor.

 

In 2009, the Clan traveled back to Ireland, to the little town of Templeglantine, in County Limerick, which is near “Curtin Corner” where many Curtin families dwell, the corner where Counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick meet.  Joanne Curtin Linehan and her father Liam Curtin were the organizers of this Gathering.

 

David Curtain stepped down as Vice Chief, and Frank Curtin of County Cork was elected to replace him. Barb Fageol stepped down from the board and as newsletter editor. She was replaced on the board by Joanne Curtin Linehan of County Kerry; and Anne Emperor assumed the duties of editor. Changes to the Constitution were approved to aid in the designation of the Clan as an educational institution, and to revise the structure of the board.   

 

Jo-Anne Wylie, Joanne Curtin Linehan, Margaret Curtain, Dan M. Curtin, Anne Emperor, Dan J. Curtin, Gerard Curtin, Lisa Wylie

  

In 2010, The Clan was re-incorporated in New York as the Curtin Clan, Inc. to facilitate annual renewal.  New By-Laws were adapted.  Request for non profit status was submitted to the United States Internal Revenue Service.  In April 2012, the request was granted retroactive to November 2010.

 

The Clan returned in style to the US in 2011 for its seventh Gathering in the famed “Windy City” of Chicago. The many Irish families in the city have set up a fine Irish Cultural Center that served as a hub of the doings of the Clan. Chief Dan Curtin stepped down, to be succeeded by Anne Emperor of New York, descended from a Curtin of County Cork. Lisa Wylie also stepped down as Secretary, and was replaced by Heidi Welch of New Hampshire, descended from a Curtin of County Cork. Jo-Anne Wylie, Peg Curtin and Rich Curtin also left the board, to be replaced by Gerry Curtin of North Carolina, Lisa Curtin of California and Pat (PJ) C

urtin of County Cork. The new Chief relinquished the reins of the newsletter to Joan Curtin and her husband, Neal, of Virginia.

 

A high point for the Clan was the recognition of the work of our hard-working and very knowledgeable Genealogist, Margaret Curtain, and her induction as a Companion of the Order of the Clans of Ireland. She was presented with her regalia at the Gathering by the Vice Consul of Ireland, the Honorable Tim Reilly.

 

 

The new organization and format seem to be working smoothly, as the Clan makes plans for its return to the ancestral home for the next Gathering, in 2013.


In 2013, Chief Anne Emperor called the Gathering to order in Macroom, Co. Cork, the home of Bold Barry, hailed in an old song as “King of Punch Drinkers”. Some of our modern day Curtins may have sampled that heralded libation, but we have no record of any of them, or anyone at all, attempting to lay claim to that title at the Gathering. The existing officers of the Clan, Chief Anne Emperor, Vice Chief Frank Curtin, Secretary Heidi Welch and Treasurer Dan Curtin, were retained in office. PJ Curtin of Macroom joined the Board, and was asked to be host for the Gathering in his hometown. (No record of his being asked about the possibility of a punch-drinking contest while the Gathering was in session.) Board member Lisa Curtin of CA was asked to chair the Macroom Gathering. Patrick Curtin of Chicago joined the Board as Membership Chairman.
Unfortunately, during 2014, Vice Chief Frank Curtin became too ill to continue in office, and Marian Quinlan Curtin was elected to replace him. Frank was declared an Honorary Member of the Board.

Back in her own home state of NY, at the 9th Gathering in Grand Island,  Anne Emperor completed her second term as Chief, and stepped down. Patrick Curtin of Chicago was elected Chief, while Anne assumed the position on the Board as Immediate Past Chief,    replacing Dan Curtin of CA, our second Chief in this modern era of the Clan. Marian Quinlan Curtin was retained as
 Vice Chief, and Heidi Welch and Dan Curtin of NY were retained as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Nick Curtin, of Coronado, CA was elected to the Board and agreed to become Membership Chairman. Joan Curtin, who has done such a great job as editor of our newsletter, was elected to the Board and relinquished the newsletter to Jo Brodie of Tasmania, Australia. Our most sincere thanks and all around appreciation go to Joan (and her husband) for her outstanding work. PJ Curtin did not stand for reelection, and the Board thanked him for his service.
 
Frank Curtin remains in frail health in an elder care facility. He has had a very sad time of it, losing his daughter in 2013 and his son this past March. We ask that you keep Frank in your prayers. Frank died in April 2016.
 
The Gathering was an enjoyable one, with interesting speakers, 
such as Veronica Hogle of Dublin,, with her lace exhibit, and authors such as Mike McCarthy, with his story of Irish Immigration, of interest to all of us children of the immigrants. The Rambling House, like an all-night ceilidh was a popular addition, with various Clan members demonstrating their talents of entertainment. Now it’s back to the “old Country” for the next Gathering – stay  tuned.

The Curtin Clan returned in force to the “old country” for its 10th Gathering at Ennis, County Clare, in the land of the McCruitin, whose coat of arms our clan has adopted. There were 115 
members and family who attended the festivities centered on the Temple Gate Hotel April 21 to 23, 2017. The hotel has an interesting history, being made from the buildings of a 19th century convent of the Sisters of Mercy, which itself had grown from a set of row houses once owned by the cousin of The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, who was a frequent visitor to the area, particularly in 1826-27, when he was planning his election campaign. The fine meeting room, which was the center of much of the Gathering’s activities, was the chapel of the old convent. Just in front of the hotel was a monument to World War l soldiers from Clare, including Lawrence Curtin.  During the gathering, a wreath was laid at the memorial in Lawrence’s memory in a service conducted by 
Rev, Anne Curtin, wife of our treasurer Dan Curtin of New York.
 
The program seemed to provide something for everyone. Mike Moylan, describing the effect of the Penal Codes of the 19th Century, used materials 
from the Irish History Museum and volunteers from our Clan to show something of  the ordinary lives of our ancestors in Ireland. Treasurer Dan Curtin gave an update on the Curtin DNA project. Please consider joining the project, to broaden the knowledge of our family’s meanderings on their way to th
eir part of Ireland. Paddy Waldron, Chairman of the Clare Roots Society, gave a summary of Co. Clare history, including the parts played by ancestors Aodh Bui and Andreas Cruitin in the late 1600s, when Aodh Bui was jailed for challenging the English version of the history of Co. Clare. The gathering also provided tours sponsored by the Clare Library, and a “rambling house”, where one could hear, and provide stories and songs from family custom and memory, similar to what some at home in the USA may have experienced as “Kitchen Rackets”. Our Clan Genealogist, Margaret Curtain discussed her findings on the Curtins of Co. Clare. Clan 
member Joe Curtin, cousin of the murdered Lord Mayor of Cork, Tomas Mac Curtain, told of his father’s adventures with the Cork Volunteers in the War of Independence. Fine food and drink, plus entertainment, rounded out the program at the hotel. On Sunday, Mass was said at 
the Franciscan Friary, and the Gathering ended with a tour of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.
 
Memorial Service for Lawrence Curtin and other WW I Veterans.
At the Biennial election, the following Board members were retained: Patrick Curtin of Chicago, Chief of Clan; Marian Quinlan Curtin, of Co. Tipperary, Vice Chief; Heidi Welch of New Hampshire, grandaughter of Elizabeth Curtin of County Cork, Secretary;  Dan Curtin of New York, Treasurer; Nick Curtin of California, Membership Chairman;  Joan Curtin of North Carolina, at large;  Gerard Curtin of Ontario, at large;  Jo Brodie of Tasmania, granddaughter of Ronice Curtain, Newsletter Editor. Willie Joe Curtin, of Co. Limerick, was elected Member at Large to fill the place of our long-serving active member and dear friend Frank Curtin who died in 2016.

                                                                                                                        Frank Curtin





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