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The Port Seal: Wonderful Story Telling from Brent Ó Caiside

Brent Ó Caiside is a member of the Cassidy Clan Executive Committee and has made tremendous contributions to the success of our rallies.

An amazing storyteller, Brent has a smooth and inviting voice. He recently produced his first album, the Port Seal. It is a wonderful collection of timeless traditional, adapted and original stories with music and songs by Brent. The Port Seal is “a joy to the ear and to the senses,” as reviewed by the Irish News. The stories will delight children and adults alike.

We are honored to bring Brent’s album to the attention of Cassidys worldwide. The Port Seal is self published by Brent in CD and digital format. If you wish to purchase a CD, Brent will ship it worldwide for 18 Euro. A digital copy can be purchased for 10 Euro. Contact Brent by email at: bcassidy [at]

BBC at Devenish Island

Devenish Island in County Fermanagh

Devenish Island in County Fermanagh is special to the Cassidy Clan. The Cassidys served as “erenaghs,” hereditary land managers for the Church’s property in parts Devenish parish and undoubtedly studied and worshiped at Devenish Island.

The most famous early Irish Cassidy ancestor, the poet Giolla Mochuda More Ó Caiside, composed Banshenchas, The Lore of Woman, on Devenish Island in 1147. The poem tells the history of the women of the world starting with Eve. At the conclusion of the poem, Devenish is described as “of gracious words and pure holy song.”

Here’s a short video about the restoration work done there after the lightning strike in 2022:

We will visit Devenish Island during the 2025 Cassidy Clan Rally.

Beannachtaí an tSéasúir/Seasons Greetings

Dear Cassidys and Friends,

It’s my pleasure to share with you the 2023 Cassidy Clan Newsletter.

Included in the issue are tributes to Nuala Cassidy, our Clan Chieftain who passed away last month, an invitation to join the Cassidy Clan in Ireland in 2025 for our rally, a summary of the Cassidy connection to Devenish Island in County Fermanagh, and a bit of craic from Benny Cassidy.

Please share the newsletter with family and friends.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s, and that 2024 brings peace, joy and good healthy to you and your family.

All the best,

Stephen Cassidy , Cassidy Clan Chieftain

In Praise of Cassidy Clan Chieftain Nuala Cassidy

Nuala Cassidy at the 2022 Cassidy Clan Rally.
Nuala Cassidy with Noel Cassidy at the 2022 Cassidy Clan Rally.

“It is with great sadness but also the deepest appreciation for a life well lived and incredible contributions spanning three decades to the Cassidy Clan that we announce the passing of the Cassidy Clan Chieftain (“An O’ Caisideach”) Nuala Cassidy. After a long illness Nuala passed away early this morning, 7 November, in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Nuala was inaugurated as our Chieftain at the Clan Rally in 2017 during a ceremony on Devenish Island. While becoming Chieftain represented the pinnacle of her service to the Cassidy Clan, it is not hyperbole to state that the modern Cassidy Clan would not have commenced and thrived from its founding in 1991 to the present without Nuala’s tireless efforts and incredible contributions – all on a voluntary, unpaid basis.

Nuala was simply the backbone of the Cassidy Clan. From its founding under the leadership of Colm Cassidy of County Clare, Nuala served as the Clan Secretary. She co-organized the first clan rally and each rally thereafter, eventually becoming the lead organizer of all Clan rallies.

Nuala also eagerly took on the role of Clan Genealogist, maintaining Cassidy records and assisting countless Cassidys from across the globe in tracing their Irish ancestors. Eventually, Nuala became Chairperson of the Cassidy Clan herself, and then Chieftain in 2017.

Nuala’s warm smile, kindness, dedication, sense of humor and sharp intellect will be missed by all. I offer my deepest condolences to her family.

Please share your memories and experiences with Nuala here in the comments.”

– Stephen Cassidy, Cassidy Clan Tánaiste (Deputy to the Clan Chieftain)

Founding executive committee of the Cassidy Clan.

[Editor: Thank you to Gearóid O Ceallaigh, Chairperson of the Clans of Ireland, for your thoughtful comments on the passing of Nuala Cassidy. In addition to leading the Cassidy Clan, Nuala was an active member of the Clans of Ireland for several decades.]

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mrs Nuala Cassidy, Clan Chieftan of the Cassidy Clan.

I knew Mrs Cassidy well over many years as a member of the Board of Clans of Ireland, until she retired due to health complications. Indeed, she continued to help with the Annual Cultural Summit registration for a number of years following her retirement.

Nuala always treated her various roles on the Board with respectful seriousness, while also always maintaining her sense of infectious humour. I often sought her advice during my initial period as a member of the Board. It will be Nuala’s pleasant temperament that will remain as my abiding memory of her.

Tá sí i mo smaointe agus paidreacha. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam uasal.”

– Gearóid O Ceallaigh, Cathaoirleach (Chairperson), Clans of Ireland

[Editor: Brent Ó Caiside has written a loving tribute to Nuala Cassidy. One of Nuala’s strengths was recognizing the potential in people and welcoming them into leadership roles in the Cassidy Clan.]

Dear Nuala,

Ní bheidh do leithéid arís ann.

There will never be the likes of you ever again.

Today my heart breaks at the news that you have got your wings. I saw two rainbows in the sky yesterday and decided to take a walk not knowing what I would find, maybe a treasure. On my return, news came that you had passed and then it became clear that those rainbows were you smiling down on me. In every Irish sense of the symbolism of the rainbows and pots of gold, it was you. In that moment, I felt your presence and peace.

I am happy, grateful, blessed to have known you and shared so many loving memories over the last 21 years, but I believe everyone who came into your circle are better people than before meeting you. You were contagious with people, sharing stories, love and inspiration and treating everyone equal in the true sense of our Celtic ancestors.

Your love of Irish culture, history and the great Cassidy family that has spread all over Ireland and the world has inspired us all. I am forever grateful for your hospitality and warmth as a person to inspire my life into our Cassidy heritage, Irish history and culture. Forever grateful I am and little did I know that your inspiration drove me to go deeper, to learn more and discover self to be where I am today.

Thanks for welcoming my family to BallyCassidy so many times and for welcoming, showing and supporting our story from Roslea. Thank you for journeying across the pond to see where our family ended up and meet all your cousins.

Thank you for countless discussions, for encouragement and support. Thank you for welcoming my wife and family in to the Cassidy Clan and for visiting us in Donegal and then later in Oulu. The memories are countless, the craic and banter legendary, the love and hospitality forever a part of us. You were more than a friend, you were family and I will miss you forever while cherishing your memory.

Forever will you live in our hearts and forever will you be in my thoughts and anything I ever do for it was you who set me off on this Gaelic journey back in 2000. And, this is how I will celebrate your life, by continuing on as you did to inspire through peace, love and harmony. God bless you, your family and all that had the blessing to come in to contact with you.

When they write the next part of the Cassidy Clan’s history, your name will be amongst the greatest.

Go n’éirí an bothar leat a Nuala ’s go raibh míle míle mhaith agat, ár An Caiseadach mór go deo. Ní bheidh do leithéid arís ann.

My deepest condolences to Nuala, Leslie, Nodlaig, Sheila and all the extended family.

is mise le meas,

Brent Ó Caiside

2025 Cassidy Clan Rally Dates Set

We welcome you back to Ireland in 2025. The Cassidy Clan Rally is held in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, close to the ancestral lands of the Cassidys.

Our next rally will take place in 2025 from Friday 4 July through Sunday 6 July. The weekend event celebrates Irish culture and history, including local history and the Cassidy role within it, through stories, musical performances, and genealogy and cultural presentations.

Please visit our Clan Rally page for details, and to let us know of your interest in attending the rally.

2022 Cassidy Clan Rally Report

We thank Kerry Cassidy of Switzerland and Australia for his report and contribution to our website:

After two years delay and quite a few hiccups, the 2022 Cassidy Clan Rally was eventually held on the weekend of the 22nd to the 24th July. The organisation was rather difficult as all possible dates were taken by couples who had delayed their weddings due to Covid and the hotels were all fully booked. There was also a misunderstanding with one booking and the confusion of dates threw quite a few people’s plans out. We were eventually almost 30 people and I believe all enjoyed themselves.

The official meeting was planned for the Friday evening, but as a few members arrived late, it was put off till Saturday morning. The main business discussed was regarding support for the executives, as Nuala has not been well and Noel has been very busy with his sick wife. We decided to make Stephen, who has so far been responsible for the Website, an assistant executive officer. As such he can make minor decisions on his own and post the info on the website without having to wait for a reply from Nuala or Noel. We hope that this system works out and relieves Nuala of some of her responsibilities.

Stephen intends to update the website and if anyone has contributions or ideas for that, they would be very welcome. We are also looking at possibilities to strengthen the financial situation of the club with possibility of a worthwhile project which we could support. 

Following the meeting on Saturday, we boarded a bus for a tour of Enniskillen and then to the Castle which is also an interesting museum and always worth a visit. Frank Roofe was our guide and as a local historian, he is a very interesting one. We unfortunately had a breakdown with the bus and had to wait for a replacement before we could depart the museum.

The weather played tricks on us, but a lot of the rain fell during the bus trip to the Ancient Cassidy Rath. We were there for maybe a quarter of an hour before it started raining again. There are a few umbrellas evident in the group photo taken at the Rath. We can thank Noel Cassidy for his great efforts to clear the Rath and the access path through Cassidy Wood. He spent considerable time working on that and was eventually assisted by the forestry department, who own the Cassidy Wood and part of the Rath. We had a few discussion groups at the hotel after dinner on Saturday evening.

On Sunday we enjoyed a few presentations. First we eventually got the computer connected to the projector and sound system to play one of the well prepared presentations on using DNA in researching your ancestors. Veronica Williams is our specialist on DNA and made a very professional presentation. This as well as her second presentation are now available on the Clan web site for anyone who is interested. Check on the web site under

Veronica’s presentation was followed by an interesting talk by Frank Roofe with tips on researching your Irish ancestors, then the story teller held us in suspense with his vivid descriptions.

After the talks the bus was waiting to take us to the ferry landing to cross Dead Man’s Pass to Devenish Island. There we had time to explore this special place before holding the ceremony to reinstate Nuala as An-Caisideach. The weather improved during the afternoon and we made a short stop on the way home to view the old Bally Cassidy Post Office and the Cloughbally Mill at Bally Cassidy. This has now been rebuilt as a B&B and looks really nice.

Sunday evening was very pleasant and I believe all enjoyed the Gala Dinner at Killyhevlin Hotel. 

As we parted, many promised to meet again at the next rally. From what I have heard we will aim at three years time, so we hope we will be able to give a lot more notice this time.

I’d like to thank all who helped to get the Rally off the ground and I especially thank Noel for all the effort he put into the preparations under rather trying conditions.

We look forward to seeing you next time!  Kerry Cassidy    

Editor’s Note: The next Cassidy Clan Rally will take place in 2025 from Friday 4 July through Sunday 6 July.

December 2020 Update

Kerry and Elisabeth Cassidy with Noel Cassidy at site of ancient Cassidy rath in County Fermanagh during a tour as part of the 2017 Cassidy Clan Rally.

The 2020 Cassidy Clan Rally was postponed due to the Covid-19 situation. When the next rally can be held, is still in the clouds. 2021 could be possible if the virus can be stemmed worldwide, otherwise it may be 2022 before arrangements can be made.

The journey to Enniskillen to join the rally is quite long for most members, so one does not normally consider going to Ireland just for an extended weekend. My wife Elisabeth and I attended the 2017 Rally and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

We traveled from Switzerland by motor home, (RV for Americans), and we toured Ireland extensively for 27 days. If you are planning to look around while in Ireland, you have time beforehand to plan your trip. I have just posted our entire trip on my website as a virtual tour for all to experience. I have started with an introduction, which includes an index of where we travelled each day. I have divided the tour into 3 day sections, as there are a lot of photos and lots of information. Each day starts with a route map of where we travelled that day so you can orient yourself.

If you don’t have time to view the entire tour and wish to see for example, “The Cliffs of Moher” simply go to Day 11. Our photos of the 2017 Cassidy Clan Rally start on Friday, June 30, 2017.  I hope you enjoy the tour and can learn lot’s about our original homeland.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Kerry Cassidy,  Switzerland

Link to our virtual tour:

August 2023 Update Our 2020 rally was eventually held in 2022. The next Cassidy Clan rally will be hosted in 2025 at the Killyhevlin Hotel in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh from Friday 4 July through Sunday 6 July. Visit our Clan Rally page for details.

Postponement of 2020 Cassidy Clan Rally

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.

April 2022 – The Cassidy Clan rally will be hosted at the Killyhevlin Hotel in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh from Friday July 22nd through Sunday July 24th. Visit our Clan Rally page for our program details and how to RSVP to attend the 2022 rally.

2020 Cassidy Clan Rally: Progam and Registration

UPDATE – Due to COVID-19, we postponed the Cassidy Clan Rally until 2022. You can learn more about the 2022 rally, and our next rally in 2025 at our Clan Rally page.


Again, the 2020 rally did not occur.


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

Location: Manor House Hotel

Friday 3rd July 2020l

 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.    Clan Rally Registration

4 p.m.                 All Clan Member General Meeting + Election of An Caisideach

7.30 p.m. +      Meet the cousins with Music and Storytelling

Saturday 4th July 2020

10 a.m. – 12 noon: Lecture in Burns Suite

Family and Local History

Cúpla focal Gaeilge (a few words of Irish)

1.00 p.m.       Bus tour arranged for afternoon (weather permitting)

Visit historic places of interest including Enniskillen Castle, Cassidy Ancient Rath, Traditional Fermanagh Mummers and the Janus Stone

Guests to Dine at leisure in evening (at own expense)

Possibly attend the Cellar Bar during evening for after dinner drinks and Music with other in-house guests.

 Sunday 5th July 2020

 10.30 a.m. Devenish Summer School

Lectures by guest speakers

 2 p.m.      Lady of the Lake – Boat trip to Devenish Island

                    Inauguration of An Caisideach on Devenish Island

Clan Gala Dinner

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

Reservations and Registration

Please send your name(s) and address(es) by email to Nuala Cassidy at [email protected] 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.

Other hotels in the area, assuming you will have a rental car, include the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel.

It is a lovely hotel south of Enniskillen, the main city in the county. The Manor House Country Hotel hotel is north of Enniskillen, but it’s only about a 15 minute drive between the two hotels.

The Lough Erne Resort is also excellent, however, it is on the opposite shore of the lake from the Manor House Country Hotel. It is about a 20-25 minute drive between the two hotels.

There are several hotel options in Enniskillen itself. Take a look at the Belmore Court Motel and the Enniskillen Hotel. lists a large number of hotels and other lodging in County Fermanagh, so there should be something available for every budget.