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Global O’Deas reunite in Ennis

OVER 170 O’Dea delegates from all over the globe assembled to celebrate the recent ninth International O’Dea Clan Gathering, in Ennis, from July 11 to 13 and at the ancestral home of Dysert O’Dea Castle. This triennial event, which began in 1990, brought together O’Deas of every variation, including Deas, O’Days, Days and Odyas, from all over the world. This year, there were delegates from places as far away as Poland, the United States, Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand, as well as a number of delegates from Ireland also in attendance. Locally, clan members from Ennis, Kilfenora, Shannon, Lissycasey and Cooraclare were also present. Ennis native, James O’Sullivan, now resident in San Francisco, whose mother, Cecelia, is an O’Dea, made a surprise visit home for the clan gathering. The reunion commenced with a civic reception in Ennis. Councillor James Breen, the deputy mayor, warmly welcomed the delegates and, afterwards, the O’Deas returned to The Old Ground Hotel for a …

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