Due to COVID-19, the Cassidy Clan Rally scheduled for this Summer has been postponed until July 2021. As always, the Rally will occur in County Fermanagh, Ireland.
Please keep yourself and your families safe. We offer our deepest appreciation and prayers for the well-being to all persons on the frontlines of treating and caring for those taken ill by the virus, ensuring public safety and providing food and other essential products to our communities, including to our seniors and those most vulnerable.
Please connect with the Cassidy Clan on a regular basis on our Facebook page.
UPDATE – Due to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the Cassidy Clan Rally for one year. The text below is no longer applicable. We intend to meeting in County Fermanagh, Ireland in July 2021. Please keep safe and feel free to connect with us on our Facebook page.
The 2020 Cassidy Gathering of the Clan, will be held in the Manor House Hotel, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh on Friday July 3rd _ 5th incl. Cassidy’s from U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and England have already booked their place at the table and are looking forward to meeting and being welcomed by local Cassidy’s to the land of our Ancestors. It is gratifying to note that a number of those booked for the 2020 Gathering have attended on previous years.
The weekend event, organized every 3 years, celebrates Irish Culture & history, including local history and the Cassidy role within it, through stories, musical performances, DNA, genealogy and cultural presentations. There is also a guided tour and, of course, the Sunday evening Gala Dinner, which is always one of the main events.
The 2017 Gathering was a huge success as the
Clan Members stood on Devenish Island to witness the Inauguration of Nuala Cassidy
of Lurgan, Co. Armagh, as “An Caisideach”.
All registered members can nominate a person
for the office of An Caisideach.
Please do not hesitate to ask questions or make suggestions should you feel so inclined as we want to insure your full enjoyment at this gathering. If you have your family history I would be grateful if you could send me a copy.
Looking forward to greeting you in Enniskillen,
Nuala Cassidy, An Chaisideach
Programme of Events and fees for the 2020 Cassidy Gathering of the Clan
6.30 pm: Glass of Prosecco or fruit punch on arrival
7 p.m. Clan Dinner
An evening of good company, food, drink, and entertainment
Please send your name(s) and address(es) by email to Nuala Cassidy at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the 2020 Cassidy Clan Rally.
The cost of attending the Rally (including Clan Gala Dinner on Sunday night) is £190.00 per couple or £110.00 per person. There is a family rate (2 adults and 2 children (ages 12-16) of £320.00 .
Special discounts are provided upon request for large groups.
To secure your reservation for the 2020 Cassidy Clan Rally please use PayPal to make a deposit of £25 per person (plus any commission charged by PayPal) by clicking here.
Final payment is requested by June 1st 2020.
The rally cost does not include lodging. Attendees must make their own reservations for accommodation.
We have negotiated a discounted rate at the Manor House Country Hotel. Please ask for the Cassidy Clan Rally discount if you wish to stay at the hotel. As of January 2020, there are still a limited number of discounted rooms available.
A Cháirde Dhílis (Dear Loyal Friends) – The Cassidy Clan is pleased to announce the dates and venue for our next rally. The 2020 Cassidy Clan Rally will take place at the the Manor House Country Hotel, Killadeas, Enniskillen for the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July 2020.
January 2020 Update – for the rally program, registration and accommodation information click here.
The Cassidy Clan is headed by the Chief of the Clan, who is referred to or addressed by the title “An O’ Caisideach,” and the officers of the Executive Committee. The An O’Caisideach is an honoree position and ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.
The first An O’ Caisideach was Sean Ó Casaide of the Republic of Ireland, who was designated honorary Chief of the Clan for life. Sean served in this position from 1991 to 2003. With Sean’s passing, his wife Noirin Casaide was designated Chief of the Clan and served as Chief until 2005.
Dr. Sheila Cassidy from Australia was inaugurated as An Caisideach inaugurated on Devenish Island at the 2005 Cassidy Clan Rally.
Three years later Philip Patrick Cassidy (known as Pat) from County Fermanagh was installed as An Caisideach, and served as our Chieftain through the 2014 rally.
Sadly, Pat died in August 2014 and as a mark of respect for his dedication and commitment to the Cassidy Clan organization since 1991, the office of An Caisideach was left vacant.
At our 2017 Gathering, Nuala Cassidy was elected as the new Chieftain.
We thank Kerry Cassidy of Switzerland and Australia for his report and contribution to our website:
The 2017 Cassidy Clan rally was a great success. It was attended by over 60 clan members from many parts of the globe and all seemed to enjoy the varied and interesting program.
The Rally commenced on Friday the 30th June with registration of participants from 12.00 to 2.00 pm, then continued with getting to know the other members. This was followed at 4.00 pm by the Clan General Meeting with the election of An Caisideach (or president) and office bearers. The meeting was rather short as there was only one nomination for An Caisideach.
Nuala Cassidy was elected in a unanimous vote and her brother Noel was elected as chairman, a position in which Nuala had been active for some time. Both Nuala and Noel are very devoted to the clan and I feel they will both be excellent in the positions. Oliver Cassidy was invited to accept the office of An Tánaiste (deputy chieftain) for the next three years.
The venue for the Clan Rally was the Killyhevlin Hotel at Enniskillen and the facilities were perfect for the event.
After dinner on Friday we had a Power Point Presentation, “Meet the Cousins”, then the rest of the evening was spent meeting new friends and enjoying the beautiful night.
Saturday started with an interesting talk by Veronica Williams from Australia, telling us of the research she has done tracing her Cassidy ancestors back to Ireland and also explaining her work with DNA to trace ancestral links.
Anyone interested in this subject, please contact Veronica as she has now volunteered to oversee the Clan’s DNA project.
Veronica’s talk was followed by an interesting presentation by Frank Roofe, who is a local historian and genealogist. Frank is also an honorary life member of the Cassidy Clan and has helped many people with their research. He has been an integral part of the Clan gatherings for the last 15 years. Frank gave us several good tips on research and afterwards was our guide on a bus tour visiting interesting historical sites in the area.
We started off with the Enniskillen Castle museum, previously the Maguire Castle until the English confiscated it and their lands. The museum contains some very interesting displays showing how the people of the area have lived over the last two thousand years. We later continued on via Bally Cassidy to the Ardess Famine Graveyard and finally to the Ancient Cassidy Rath. It was a very special feeling to be at the Rath, knowing that over a thousand years ago our ancestors lived there.
After dinner on Saturday evening we were invited to an old fashioned Céili House, with three members of the Blackwater Céili Band. Eamonn Keeman and Jeff the Piper tod many tales of old and we were also entertained by singer Tina Cassidy and some talented clan members including Noel Cassidy.
The Sunday program started with a talk by Noel Cassidy about some of the renowned early Cassidy poets, including Gill Mo Duta Ua Caiside and Tómas Ban Úa Caiside.
This was followed by a fascinating P P Presentation by Alf Monaghan where he looked at the history of early Irish Christianity from a very different perspective. Titled “Monastic Ireland – A Gift of the Nile” it showed evidence that the original Christians in Ireland were Coptic Christians escaping the persecution of the Romans. Alf showed many examples of evidence substantiating the links back to Egypt. This was a long time before Saint Patrick came to Romanize the Christians in Ireland.
Alf’s talk was followed by another bus trip, this time to the ferry landing near Devenish Island.
We then took the ferry across to the Island for the Inauguration Ceremony of our new An Caisideach.
This was also a special experience and included many old customs of previous generations. We had lots of time to explore the Island, the ruins of the old monastery and the interesting museum.
We then returned to the hotel for the Gala Dinner and evening entertainment with the Byrne Brothers and the dancing and fellowship continued into the wee hours of the morning.
Many of us met again on Monday morning to say our farewells and there were quite a few who promised to meet again at the next rally in three years. We hope to see lots of members there in 2020.
P.S. SAVE THE DATE – the Cassidy Clan is pleased to announce the dates and venue for our next rally. The 2020 Cassidy Clan Rally will take place at the the Manor House Country Hotel, Killadeas, Enniskillen for the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July 2020.
Our next Cassidy Clan rally will take place in the Summer of 2017 near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, from Friday, June 30th to Sunday, July 2nd. The host hotel for the rally will be the Killyhevlin Hotel. We will publish the rally program and cost of the program in early 2017.
Attendees must make their own lodging reservations. You can book directly with the Killyhevlin Hotel or visit Fermanagh Lakelands website which has a comprehensive listing of hotels, B&Bs, and other accommodations.
February 2017 Update
The Cassidy Clan Rally is a weekend to promote friendship and camaraderie among Cassidys worldwide. The weekend will include Devenish Summer School, a trip to Devenish Island, the Ancient Cassidy Rath and other historic and scenic places in County Fermanagh, genealogy and family history discusscions, concluding with a gala dinner with traditional music, song and dance.
Programme of Events
Friday, 30th 2017
12 noon – Start of Registration
4 pm – Official Opening followed by Clan General Meeting including election of An Caisideach. As the office of An Caisideach (Chieftain of the Cassidy Clan) is vacant all registered members of the Clan may nominate a person for this position.
Saturday, July 1st
Morning – Genealogy
Family and Local History
Afternoon (depending weather)
Bus tour of scenic and places of historic interest including Cassidy Ancient Rath
Sunday, July 2nd
Morning – Devenish Summer School
Afternoon – Inauguration of An Caisideach on the Ancient burial ground of our Cassidy Ancestors on Devenish Island
Clan Gala Dinner
An evening of good company, food, drink and entertainment
Please contact Nuala Cassidy by email. Her address is nuala [at] caiside.org and inform her of your intention to attend and the number of persons in your party.