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Curtin Clan Gathering 2017



   

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Welcoming Poem by Marian Quinlan Curtin


Envisage the roots

Of an oak tree

Almost

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

Counties

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

Canada 

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

DNA

And most of all by the Curtin surname

Our interests as a Curtin Clan

Is friendships

Genealogy history

D N A

Making connections

In many places

Thorough out the world

Promoting and fellowship

Of our culture

Our music and song

And 

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 ©

4/21/2017

DNA Presentation at 2017 Gathering in Ennis, Ireland,  April 2017


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Marian Quinlan Curtin's poem at opening of the Curtin Gathering 

We gather together To meet and greet
To laugh and sing
To learn
All about our past

Family by name
Four counties
In the beautiful
Island of Ireland
Kerry, Cork, Limerick
And Clare
There are
A few more Curtins
Scattered around Ireland
Here and there

All around the world
Australia, Tasmania,
Canada America
England Scotland
Almost every country
Has a link by name
From way back
In Famine times
When
Our forefathers left
Their native land
Through hunger
To give a better
Living
To their Children’s
Children
So we gather
Every four years
In our native land Ireland
And every two somewhere
Else in the world
Where the Curtin name
Is carried
With pride

So from September
The eleventh to the thirteenth
Twenty fifteen
We gather as a family
By name, by blood
And by friendship
We learn about
Our past, our links
And our DNA
We laugh
Tell stories
Do a bit of
Irish dancing
Forge friendships
That will last a lifetime
All thanks to
The Curtin Clan




Past Gatherings
(click on year for photos)

2013 - Macroom County Cork, Ireland

  2011 - Chicago, Illinois, USA 

2009 - Templeglantine, County Limerick, Ireland

 2007 - Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

 2005 - Mallow, County Cork, Ireland

 2003 - Skaneateles, New York, USA

 2001 - Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, Ireland

 1999 - Burlington (Boston), Massachusetts, USA