Saturday, September 17, 2005

Reunion In Pictures 2005

Individual Photos can be viewed at: Byrne Reunion 2005

Monday, July 25, 2005


Byrne Reunion
Kilcar, County Donegal
August 2005

Activity Schedule

Day/Date Time Activity

Thursday 4th August 9pm -Welcoming committee
John Joe Byrne’s Bar in Kilcar - Followed by Traditional Night
(same venue)

Friday 5th August 7pm 8:30/9pm - Blessing of the graves in Kilcar
followed by a buffet, and craic in the
Bluehaven, Kilcar (20 Euros per person
cash bar)

Saturday 6th August TBC Choices of the Day

- Climb Slieve League

- Boat trip to Rathlin O’Bryne
Island from Dooneen Pier

- Mountain trip to Glen Lough to
where the painter Rockwell Kent did
Painting of same of same by Christy
Gillespie (Bring mountain shoes)

- Surfing in Bundoran (Gear for hire on

Sunday 7th August 11am Mass at the Bogagh House followed by a Barbeque session! Bogagh/Byrne family

Monday 8th August - Relax and enjoy the beaches


The Big Night is Friday night. First we will attend the Blessing of the Graves at the St. Cartha Cemetery at 7 p.m. For the Blessing, we all stand at the place of burial of your great great grandparents and great grandparents. The Blessing is held on the first Friday of August every year, and this beautiful cemetery is filled with people from all over. All of your cousins will be there. I have been to the Cemetery Blessing a few times and it is always very moving. Mass is celebrated at an outdoor altar and the priest walks about and bless the graves. On one of my research trips to Kilcar I found the handwritten St. Cartha Burial Book from 1846, the year the cemetery was created. Your great great grandfather was one of the first to purchase a site. At the start of the book is the history of the parish; next each section is shown with a grid for each grave site and you can locate your relatives’ place from this. We will stand at the site where Laughlin, Catherine, Michael and Mary – your great great and great grandparents - are buried. On the same site are your great aunt and uncle Francis and Mary Byrne.

At 8:30 p.m., after the Blessing of the Graves, the big party will be at the Blue Haven and a “Craic” (Irish for a good time) will be had. The cost is 20 euroes per person cash bar. Poetry will be read and one person from each original Byrne family will speak about their ancestor. I will say a few words about Connell Byrne. Some of our younger cousins are champion dancers and I understand they will perform. There are also some fiddlers and other musicians in the crowd and I believe they will perform, too. But most of all, we will all get to know each other and hopefully I can introduce my Yankee nieces and nephews and cousins to our born in Ireland family.

In addition to the items on the agenda for Saturday, I want to make arrangements to take any of you interested to the homes of our family on the Bogagh Road. The Doherty home is exactly the same and the McShane home is new as of 1960 but the original cottage is in the back with the original rooms exposed. Our cousin, Hugh Byrne and his wife Maryann live on Bogagh Road in Strateel Townland. Hugh’s aunt and my father were first cousins and were very close to my parents. They came to parties at our home all the time.

On Sunday, the Byrne family is having a Mass at the Bogagh Home, which is the home of the Byrne family since the early 1840’s. Afterwards, the Byrne family cousins are putting on a barbeque at this home. It will be our final time together for this trip for some of us. The original home is gone, but a beautiful new home is in its place and the old barn is still there.

Here is some information on the golf course: Portnoo Golf Course is about 5 miles beyond Ardara, and about 15 miles from Glencolumkille. The phone number is (074) 954 5107. Michael Gillespie, who is the current Club Captain, will give you all the information you require on the club. If you want to call from the States, it would be 011 353 74 954 5107.

Please everyone: email your address, email, and telephone number, and full name of yourself, spouse, and children with dates of birth for all. Please also send information on your parents with date of decease, if they are deceased. Please use maiden name for all of the women.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Attending Families


Family of Barbara Byrne and Joseph Varanese

Barbara Byrne married to
Joseph Varanese

James Byrne Varanese married to
Nataliya Lee

Mary Varanese Schaffer married to
Michael Varanese Schaffer
Joseph Byrne Varanese

Barbara Anne Varanese married to
Mark Solomon
Vaughan Solomon

Theresa Varanese married to
Joel Birch
Tyler Boyd Birch

Patricia Varanese married to
John Cavasini
Jennifer Cavasini
Patrick Cavasini

Jennifer Byrne Varanese married to
Mack McKissick
Everett Stone McKissick

Annie Varanese

Family of Joan Byrne and Vincent Deveney
Bridget Jane Deveney

Sweeney Family 2005

Family of Eileen Byrne and Michael Sweeney
Patrick Sweeney married to
Sallie Sweeney
Chris Sweeney
Bobby Sweeney
Melissa Sweeney

Colleen Sweeney married to
Herb Ascherman

Michael Sweeney

Maureen Sweeney

Dan Sweeney

Jim Sweeney

Patrick Marge Byrne Family 2003

Pictured from left to right:
Erin Byrne; Anne Noss; Robert Hunt; Carol Byrne
Janet Byrne; Patrick Byrne; Bill Byrne; Rich Hunt; John Byrne
Susan Byrne; Connell Byrne; Patrick Noss; Richard Hunt

Family of Patrick and Marge Byrne
Anne Marie Noss
Patrick Westbrook Noss

John Timothy Byrne

Connell Patrick Byrne married to
Carol Byrne

William Robert Byrne married to
Janet Ann Byrne
Erin Nicole Byrne
Patrick William Byrne

Susan Jane Hunt
Richard Hunt
Robert Hunt

Family of Peggy Byrne and Emmitt Downey
Carol Downey
Ruth Downey

Kelli Pannetti granddaughter of Margaret

Family of John Byrne and Agnes Harshbarger

Michael Byrne
Michael Byrne II
Lisa Byrne Dittoe

Frank Byrne

Family of Hugh Byrne and Bernadette Phee
Grandchildren, son of Mary Claire Byrne Golden
Stephen Golden married to
Penny Golden

Belinda Byrne married to
Kevin Byrne, son of Hugh Byrne

Virtual Tour - Ireland Trip 2001

Travel long, winding roads

into small, peaceful towns.

Traverse up high cliffs.

Walk within walls of stone.

Admire the simplicity.

For which we are blessed.

Witness the beauty of mother


and her children.

Conduct commerce.

Find sanctuary.

Strengthen your spirit

with friends

and family.

Níl aon tintéan mar do thintéan féin.