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Dear McGinleys and those with the McGinley connection, you are invited to the Gathering of the Clans, Athenry 2016, Clans of Ireland commemoration of the Battle of Athenry 1316

Venue: Athenry Community Centre, Clarke Street, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Date: Saturday October 1st.

Prior to the Gathering events the Board of Directors will hold an EGM to seek the approval of Members for changes required under the new Companies Act 2014, which came into effect on 1st June 2015 and replaced all previous Companies Acts. All existing companies, like Clans of Ireland Ltd, that are limited by guarantee and not having a share capital will become a Company Limited by Guarantee or “CLG” with a new constitution by 30th November 2016. The Board at its meeting on 3rd September 2016 agreed these, the necessary changes now to be considered at the EGM. Attached is a copy of the New Constitution which you should please print and bring with you or if you are unable to attend please pass to your representative who will be attending.

The programme for the day will be as follows:
11.30am – 12.00pm: Registration

12.00 Noon: Extraordinary General Meeting
Agenda -Item (1) Proposed changes to the Memo and Articles of Association; relating to the 2014 Companies Act. - Cathaoir Ó Tighearnaigh, Company Secretary Clans of Ireland
- Item (2) Proposed changes to the Memo and Articles of Association; relating to Article 18 which presently reads as follows –
“ No business shall be transacted at any General Meeting unless a quorum of members is present at the time when the meeting proceeds in
business; save, as herein otherwise provided, one third paid-up members present in person shall be a quorum.”
To now read as -
“ No business shall be transacted at any General Meeting unless a quorum of members is present at the time when the meeting proceeds in business; save as herein otherwise provided, the lesser of one third paid-up members or 10(ten) paid-up members present in person shall be a quorum.”

12.30pm: The Organisation of a Clan Event – A workshop presented by representatives of event organisers, on what works, steps to take and how to deal with the media. Followed by a Q & A Session.

1.30pm: Lunch Break (Newpark Hotel = next to the venue)

2.30pm: ‘The Gaelic nobility who fell in the battle of Athenry, 1316’ Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraíle NUI Galway

3.30pm: Parade of Clans and Family Heads.

3.50pm: Closing Address Gearóid Ó Ceallaigh, Chairperson Clans of Ireland

Clans are encouraged to send representatives to this event. Unlike the AGM, where there is a limit of two, we encourage and welcome extra delegates. There is no fee involved but we do require clans to pre register by dropping an email, stating who will be attending to prior to September 15th. It is most important that as many Member Clans as is possible are represented.


Recent Update

Third International McGinley Clan Gathering

Friday 3rd August - Monday 6th 2018

Location: Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal, Ireland.


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August 3rd


11am: Meet & Greet.

Venue: Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal.




August 4th


1pm–2pm: Fascinating talk will be given by Choctaw Professor Waylon White Deer. Waylon is of the Choctaw nation and is an expert in their history and culture and of the Irish Great Hunger. The small Choctaw nation famously collected money to send to the poor starving Irish. On March 23rd, 1847, the Indians of the Choctaw nation took up an amazing collection. They raised $170 for Irish Famine relief, an incredible sum at the time worth in the tens of thousands of dollars today...

Venue: Dunfanaghy Work House, Co. Donegal.



August 5th





August 6th


Bus Trip


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See available accommodation in and around Dunfanaghy village here.

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If your surname is McGinley, or any of its variants, we hope that this website will be of help and interest to you. The main aims of this website is to give those of the surname McGinley (and its many variants) information regarding the origins and history of the clan along with some general information about the lifestyle and culture of the clan before they were dispersed around the world. The other main aim is as an 'Information Board' for McGinleys around the world to connect with each other and to help each other in developing their family trees etc. This history is the history of the surname McGinley, a small clan who originate in the north of Co.Donegal, Ireland. Other spellings include:
Mag Fhionnaile, Mag Fhionnghaile, Gainley, McGeanely, McGeanly, McGeenley, Geenley, McGenley, Genley, McGennell, Gennell, M'Gennely, McGennelly, Gennelly, McGennowlie, McGhinly, McGhunly, McGienley, McGilnay, McGimbley, McGimby, McGimlay, Gimlay, McGimley, Gimley, McGimly, McGinaly, Ginaly, McGindlay, Gindlay, McGindley, Gindley, McGindle, McGingley, Gingley, McGinlaey, MacGinlay, McGinlay, Ginlay, McGinleay, MacGinley, Ginley, MacGinly, McGinly, Ginly, McGinnally, Ginnally, McGinnaly, Ginnaly, Ginneley, McGinnell, Ginnell, MacGinnelly, McGinnelly, Ginnelly, MacGinnely, McGinnely, Ginnely, McGinnery, Ginnery, McGundle, McGuindlay, Guindlay, McGuindle, McGuindley, Guindley, McGuinlay, Guinlay, McGuinley, Guinley, McGuinnell, Gumelly, McGumlay, Gumlay, McGumley, Gumley, McGunlay, Gunlay, McGunley, Gunley, McGunly, Gunly, McGynley, McGynnillye, McKinlay, McKinley, Magenelly, Magenley, Magennelly, Maginally, Maginlay, Maginley, Maginly, Meginelly, Meginlay, Meginley, Meginly, Weginley

For many years now, it has been felt important among those surnamed McGinley (and its varients), that an authorative history of the clan be written and recorded. While many gifted genealogists and historians have written short pieces on the clan, nothing of great length or value has been put into print, until now. This project, covering many years of research, is officially approved by the clan itself. It is indeed surprising that a surname so numerous in the north west of Ireland has not, until now, been properly documented. They say that it's the quiet ones that you should watch, and that certainly pertains to the McGinley Clan. Throughout history the McGinleys have made their mark, both in Ireland and in America, in a very quiet, laid back and unassuming way. The McGinleys have many achievements, most of which are overlooked today. The McGinley name has made a difference to the lives of many without asking for a 'pat on the back'.




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