Lines hereunder extracted from a poem “The Deserted Village” by Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) an essayist, poet, novelist, dramatist and eccentric.
“And, as a hare, whom hounds and horns pursue, pants to the place from whence at first she flew,
I still had hopes, my long vexations passed, here to return-and die at home at last.”
Dr. Mark Turner, a proud member of the O’Brien Clan (on his mother Hanora’s side) reports here on Thurles.Info.
“Members of the O’Brien Clan family will meet here, in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on the weekend beginning Friday August 25th, 26th & 27th of 2017.
Quite a few of our gathering have already booked accommodation at the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Thurles, with family members arriving from England, Canada and South Carolina, USA. The Clan grouping are all cousins and last met up in the 70’s/80’s.
“There are lots of us, and we hope to partake of the food & drink available in the local eateries and licensed hostilities, while visiting the house where most of our parents were born,” stated Dr. Mark , who has confirmed that he last visited Tipperary in 2006 with his mums cousins Paddy and Hannah looking after him; while dishing up delicious obligatory ham, potatoes and cabbage. “Bloody gorgeous it was too, stated Dr. Mark.”
“As an extended family we are all very excited by this clan gathering in Thurles, Co. Tipperary,” Dr. Mark Turner concluded.
Of course the original O’Brien (Ua Briain or Ó Briain) dynasty, were a royal and noble house founded in the 10th century by Brian Boru leader of the Gaelic Irish tribe known as the Dál gCais or Dalcassians. After becoming King of Munster, through conquest, Brian Boru established himself as High King of Ireland (Ard Rí na hÉireann).
Brian Boru’s descendants carried the name Ó Briain, and continued to rule the Kingdom of Munster into the 12th century. It should also be noted that the current reigning British Monarch, namely Queen Elizabeth II, [Herself a direct descendant of Thomas and Elizabeth Butler (nee Elizabeth Poyntz – then hailed Lady Thurles)] through her eight maternal great-grand-mother, was indeed of the same O’Brien Clan.
Thurles.Info greatly look forward to further communicating and eventually meeting with the O’Brien Clan here in their ancestral home of Thurles, during August 2017.