Beginning in the early 1980s, a dedicated group of O’Dochartaigh volunteers in Ireland organised the worldwide Clann Reunion. The first O’Dochartaigh Clann Reunion was held in 1985 and was a month-long event which saw over two thousand visitors. Subsequent reunions were held in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2015. The Reunion in 2008 was out of the five-year rotation and was held to honor the last Gaelic Chieftain, Cahir Rua Ó Dogherty who was killed in 1608. Government travel and gathering restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the hosting of the scheduled 2020 Reunion. Following COVID-19, the original non-profit O’Dochartaigh Reunion Committee dissolved. These reunions were held in Inishowen, Co. Donegal and Derry City, Co. Derry and included a variety of activities including music, dancing, genealogy workshops, heritage tours, and more. While, the Association of O'Dochartaighs (a non-for-profit) has not developed a reunion plan, they welcome you to explore other groups and for-profit agencies to explore your interest in any O'Dochartaigh themed gatherings. Please contact us if you are planning an O'Dochartaigh themed gathering, so we can help spread the word!
Jennifer Doherty of Irish Ancestral Tours & Research created a for-profit venture to host a wonderful O'Dochartaigh themed reunion in 2023 and plans to host another in 2025.
Regardless of whether you attend one of these gatherings, many would like to visit the place where almost everyone is a Doherty! Where? None other than the O’Dochartaigh homeland situated in northwest Ireland. Below you will find links to planned O'Dochartaigh themed gatherings as well as travel-related information which may be of use of anyone who wants to visit the family's ancestral homeland.
Currently Scheduled Reunions
2025 July 16-22: Jennifer Doherty of Irish Ancestral Tours & Research is planning an event called "O'Dochartaigh Clann Reunion 2023" scheduled for Wednesday, 16th July, through Tuesday, 22nd July, 2025. This reunion will take place here in Co. Donegal and Derry. Presently she has released some Pre-Sale Tickets which are available at a special price until this Friday, 27th October 2023. If you wish to buy your tickets early and make a considerable saving on the 2025 All-Event ticket visit her website https://www.irishancestral.com/store/p10/Pre-Sales_Ticket_Special_Offer.html. The itinerary will not be released until 2025, but it is being marketed to be even better than the 2023 reunion with new and improved events based on valuable feedback from attendees at 2023.
Photos From Past Ó Dochartaigh Reunions
Photos kindly provided courtesy of our past Reunion Coordinator, Eva Doherty Gremmert, and her husband, Arden Gremmert.
Click the thumbnails below to open the photos in a larger viewer!