A NEW chieftain has been crowned to the O Leathlobhair Clan, at the annual clan gathering which was held in the Manor Hotel in Abbeyleix last weekend.
Dublin woman and Carlow native Áine O’ Cathasaigh is not the first in her family to receive the honour, as her brother Eamonn was chieftain two years ago.
Áine told the Leinster Express: “It is a great honour to be chieftain of one of the oldest, most established clans in Ireland. It was a most enjoyable weekend, and the banquet is always a great night and a lot of fun. A lot of friendships have been formed over the years”.
Despite numbers being down on last year, a good crowd turned out for the weekend and were kept entertained with excursions, meals, and the clan’s banquet which took place last Saturday night. People from all over the country attended the annual gathering, including a large crowd from Laois, as well as Wicklow, Carlow, Wexford and Dublin. There were also attendees from across the water in England and even further away, from Canada.
Gathering on Friday evening in the hotel, the group spent Saturday on a tour of the Japanese Gardens in the National Stud in Kildare, before returing to Abbeyleix for the banquet and election of chieftain. On Sunday the group attended a church service in Killermough Church near Ballacolla.
Throughout her tenure, Aine will be head of the clan, representing them at both O Leathlobhair Clan gatherings as well as other clan gatherings. The date for next year’s clan gathering has been set and it will take place in the Manor Hotel in Abbeyleix from July 12 to July 14.