TREINFHIR CLAN GATHERING 2019

09 May 2019 11:00 – 12 May 2019 22:00
Location: The Market House, Market Street 2, Monaghan, County Monaghan, Ireland

TREINFHIR CLAN GATHERING - 9 TO 12 MAY 2019

This is the draft schedule for the gathering, this is to allow attendees, particularly those who are coming a long distance and are making additional plans to know the schedule. The events indicated are core events, for which it is anticipated that all registered attendees will have the opportunity to participate in. All events are of course optional, though the core events are recorded. The events are evolving and subject to change, and the organizing committee will update with any changes as soon as we know. The dates however are set. There will be a fee for registration, which the committee will make every effort to keep to the minimum.

Thursday 9 May

Afternoon: Registration

OFFICIAL OPENING:- Introduction and welcome at the Market House, Monaghan Town

Evening:

Informal ceilidh, finger buffet, meet and mingle. This will provide a chance for attendees to meet each other and share stories as well as participate in a musical evening. It is the custom and anticipated that attendees, visitors and locals might share a brief story, recitation or a song. There is no absolute obligation, and the pathologically bashful will be given a free pass, but all contributions will be deemed good (unless it is a three hour self-penned black verse poem, that might be stretching everybody's tolerance).

Friday 10 May

Morning:- Trenor early history & genealogy.

This will be an informational talk on the history of the Treinfhir clan, as well as giving pointers and tips as to how people might research their own family history.

Afternoon:- Tour to Clones

This will be a guided tour to the historic town of Clones, where many Treanors and Traynors reside. A bus will take the participants from Monaghan Town and there will be a short, guided walking tour, as well as an opportunity to see locations of interest and local crafts, including the making of the iconic lace.

Evening:- Cookery demonstration

Back in Monaghan town, there will be a demonstration of traditional and local cooking, and this will be followed by music in the local hotel bar.

Saturday 11 May

Morning:- Local history and heritage

There will be talks on the local history and heritage of North Monaghan, and the traditional pilgrimage route from Monaghan to Clogher, through the original heartland of the Treinfhir clan.

Afternoon:- Bus tour to Treinfhir Heartlands

This will a guided tour through places of interest associated with the Treinfhirs, taking in Slieve Beagh, Mullan, Truagh and Errigal old graveyard, These are the parts of the county, the south and east of the Bragan Mountain, with the oldest recorded existence of the Treinfhir clan, and certainly the original homeplace of the majority of the Treinfhirs who found themselves as emigrants.

Evening:- Entertainment and barbecue

Truagh GAA club will host an evening of entertainment and craic, with an exhibition of the traditional Gaelic sports, as well as an opportunity to view and perhaps participate in traditional activities, such as butter churning. Transport will be available to bring attendees back to Monaghan in the evening.

Sunday 12 May

Morning:- Tree planting, Clogher

As a commemoration of the weekend, it is planned to have a tree-planting ceremony in Clogher. Clogher is the seat of St. Macartan who it is believed is the great great grandfather of all the Treinfhirs. Bus transport will be arranged to and from Monaghan Town.

Afternoon:- Discussion - Where do we go from here?

This will be an opportunity for a chaired discussion about what happens next for the clan, allowing any interested persons to put forward a view, and get a consensus about any future events.

Rotary Club welcome visitors 

Monaghan Rotary Club will host an event, welcoming visitors to the county.

Sunday evening 12 May

Farewell Dinner

No tie or jewellery required, but this will be a dinner event, formally drawing a close to our weekend. It is hoped that as many people as possible take the opportunity to attend and enjoy a last night in each other's company, having made new friends form old relations.

Optional/additional Events

Wednesday 8 May

Visit to local factory

Time to be arranged. This will be for interested persons to have a guided tour of one of Monaghan's established businesses, and to see the challenges and resolutions taking place in this most industrious of counties.

Thursday morning 9 May

Golf competition

For those of a sporting nature, an event will be scheduled at one of the local golf clubs.

It is also anticipated that some persons may wish to participate in a walking tour of Monaghan Town, a visit to the beautiful village of Glaslough and also to visit a traditional cottage in the Treinfhir heartlands, owned by successive generations of Treanors. These would be for smaller groups only, and may be by arrangement through the organising committee.

For those travelling onwards, there are a few hidden gems, or at least locations which have less prominence in the tour guides which we would be happy to recommend, depending of course on your interest.