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.


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Glencolmcille Folk Museum, Glencolmcille

Tel: 00 353 74 97 30017 Fax: 00 353 74 97 3033 / Fr. McDyers Folk Village Museum

Relive 18th, 19th, and 20th century Ireland. The most accurate and detailed portrayal of old Ireland. Take a leisurely stroll through the changing lifestyles of this untouched community.

Founded by Father McDyer, the Folk Museum offers the visitor the chance to relive life as experienced by the people of south-western Donegal in 18th, 19th, and 20th century Ireland. A visit to the Folk Village makes an ideal family day out – you can undertake a guided tour and enjoy a break in the Teahouse which offers freshly baked breads, homemade soup, scones, bracks, coffee and tea, continuing on with a browse through the Craft Shop.

Father McDyer recognized that tourism could play a key role in revitalizing rural Ireland but stressed that it must be both environmentally and culturally sensitive. In 1967 he was the driving force behind An Clachan, a museum representing three hundred years of domestic life in southwest Conegal. A bete noire of Dublin bureaucrats, he received formal planning permission the day after the museum opened. The museum has proved to be highly successful; over 30,000 people visit it each year. In 1968 Fr. McDyer inspired a local co-operative to build a “village” of traditional-style houses for visitors to rent during the summer. Sample Ireland’s history with your own eyes!

Glenveagh National Park

Tel: 00 353 74 91 37088 /

10,000 hectare park with mountains and glens to be explored. Guided visits through Glenveagh Castle, self-guiding nature trail, nature walks and garden tours, visitor centre with audio visual show and displays explaining the park. Restaurant and traditional teas. Location 14 miles north-west of Letterkenny.

Glebe Gallery

The former home of artist Derek Hill houses an awe-inspiring collection of Japanese and Islamic art, papers, and textiles by William Morris and Donegal Folk art. An audio-visual presentation in the nearby Colmcille Heritage Centre at Gartan, Churchill depicts the life of St. Colmcille. Location 10 miles north-west of Letterkenny.

The Workhouse, Dunganaghy

Tel: 00 353 74 91 36540 /

Visit the Dunganaghy Workhouse and see and hear “Wee Hannah” tell the true story of her long life. In a series of tableaux, “Wee Hannah” talks of her harsh upbringing on a farm in the 1830’s, a grave illness, her time in the Workhouse and eventually a more peaceful old age. Use the study area to do further research into the Famine, The Workhouse, or local history. Coffee shop, Craft shop and exhibition area are also open. Open Monday – Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday- Sunday 12 noon – 5pm.

Heritage Centre, Ardara

Tel: 00 353 74 95 41704 /

The centre has an exhibition on the history of Donegal tweed since the 19th century using text, photography, artifacts, audiovisual displays and demonstrations.

Admission is free. Open Monday – Sunday 10am – 6pm.

St. Connell’s Museum & Heritage Centre, Glenties

Tel: 00 353 86 394 5398 /

This is a treasure house providing a great variety of exhibitions where the customs, traditions, and history of the people of south-west Donegal and preserved in a permanent way. The object of this centre is to preserve local historical information as well as artifacts of interest. In pursuing this ideal, St. Connell’s Museum have amassed a huge collection of interesting memorabilia: photographs, documents, books, videos, etc.


Teach Barnai Kilcar, Donegal

Tel: +353 74 9738160

Located on Main Street, Kilcar, this charming restaurant offers quality seafood and a full a la carte menu. A truly warm welcome awaits you in this superb restaurant which provides excellent service and value for money. Vegetarian food available.

Kitty Kelly’s

Tel: 074 9731925 (recommend

Kitty Kelly’s restaurant is a 200 year old farmhouse located in south Donegal between Killybegs and Kilcar. A scenic country location with mountain and sea views.

Harvey’s Point Country Hotel Lough Eske, Donegal Town, County Donegal

Tel: +353 74 9722208 Fax: +353 74 9722352

Luxurious country hotel situated on the shores of Lough Eske, Donegal Town. Award winning fine dining restaurant, superior accommodation to four star standard. AA 2 Rosette Restaurant aware for cuising, the RAC Blue Ribbon for excellence and Micheline and Good Food Guide listing.

Slieve League Bar & Restaurant Carrick Co. Donegal

Tel: ++353 74 0720073

Kate’s Cottage Towney, Kilcar

Pleasant tea rooms near Towney Pier.

Tea Rooms Glencashel


Blue Haven Hotel Largymore, Kilcar

Tel: ++353 74 9738090

Silverstrand House Malinberg

Tel: ++353 74 9730220

Glencolmcille Hotel (Glen Bay) Malinmore

Tel: ++353 74 9730003

Bed and Breakfasts

Dun Ulun Cashel, Kilcar

Tel: 074 973 8137

Prop: Denis Lyons

B&B and self-catering

Marie Boyle Churchtown

Tel: 074 973 8146

Veronica McGinley Bavin, Kilcar

Tel: 074 973 8314

Eithna Diver Longmore, Kilcar

Tel: 074 973 8542

Geraldine McHugh Muckross

Tel: 074 973 8438

There are 6 more, if required.

Getting Around

Taxicabs: Curran Travel Ltd.

Tel: ++353 (0)74 9739888

011 is the international code before 353 and dialing outside of country omit the zero (0) before 74. This goes for all of the above telephone numbers.


Out of country is 011 353 74 9739888

In country but out of Kilcar is 074 9739888

In Kilcar it is 9739888

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