As President of Finte O’Broin, I am delighted to announce that on the 11th of September we registered our 350th member!
Seamus O’Byrne from Kells in County Meath with an interest in Medieval History was the 350th person to become a member of Finte O’Broin since we officially launched in July 2012.
With members covering all four corners of the globe, Finte O’Broin is one of the most thriving clan societies in Ireland.
Our Clan Gathering in 2013 at Ballinacor in Rathdrum was a huge success and was attended by the Clan O’Byrne best claim hereditary Chief, Lt. Col. Charles Artaud Byrne, the direct descendant of Feagh Mac Hugh O’Byrne. A re-enactment of the capture of Feagh thrilled all who came and a commemorative plaque was erected on the site where Feagh Mac Hugh O’Byrne was captured by the English in 1598.
Since then, Finte O’Broin has contributed to a number of history related events such as the Dublin History Festival, the annual Robert Emmet Memorial on the 20th of September and the 14th International Napoleon Society Conference in 2016 to name but a few.
Our charitable work has raised over 40,000 euro for MS Ireland since 2012 and will be celebrated with an invitation to the Mansion House by the current Lord Mayor of Dublin in October.
We continue to work on our mission is to celebrate and and honour the rich history of Clan O’Byrne and to make our clan society relevant in a modern Ireland.
Thank you to all 350 of our members for being part of this project and for ensuring that the legacy of our great name survives.
Certavi et Vici,
Derek Byrne, O’Byrne of Downes, Guardian of the Name.