Finnerty Gathering at Donamon Castle
(of June 26th 2003)

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From: "William Finnerty" <wfinnerty@eircom.net>
To: <FINNERTY-L@rootsweb.com>
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2003 6:30 PM
Subject: June 26 2003 Finnerty Gathering at Donamon Castle

Hello to Everybody,

I have had a number of e-mail requests today for information regarding yesterday's Finnerty Gathering at Donamon Castle.

All things considered, things went VERY well I thought.

A Clan Leader and a Deputy Clan Leader were elected, and it is to be expected that the new leaders will be attempting to contact all "Fionn Sneachta" people at a later date.

As most of you will already know, this year's meeting was organised at very short notice, and many wrote to say they would not be able to attend because of this. The main question I'm being asked in e-mails just now is: "When will the next Gathering be?".  Though nothing was decided yesterday, or even discussed at any length, some dates were mentioned - one for "sometime" in 2006, and another for June 21st 2005.

I feel it is really too soon to speculate very much regarding the date for the next Finnerty Gathering, and I believe the newly elected Clan Leader (Mr Peter Finnerty) and Deputy Leader (Mr Richard Finnerty) need to be given time to settle into their new jobs, and time to consider the best ways of going about things generally from this point onwards.

Mr John Bradshaw (from the The Clans of Ireland) gave a short talk at Domamon Castle yesterday, and he stressed two key questions that the leaders of newly formed Clan groups might ask themselves: a) What do the members want?, and b) How can the members be given what they want?

Though I cannot speak for them of course, it seems to me that both Peter and Richard are the kind of people who will be giving lots of thought to the above two questions in the weeks and months ahead.

In the meantime, there are a few photographs I took inside Donamon Castle yesterday at the Internet page address below:
http://homepage.eircom.net/~kilbegnet/DonamonCastle_26June2003_.htm

I suspect that other people got much better photos than I did, and if I can get hold of any of them later on I will add them in at the above address.

Regards to all,

Billy Finnerty.

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