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12th March 2013

Benny Gallagher of Gallagher & Lyle fame to perform at Gallagher Global Gathering

The Gallagher Clan are delighted to announce that Benny Gallagher (see is to perform in concert and conduct a songwriters workshop as part of the 2nd Gallagher Global Gathering. The concert will take place in the Dunlewey Centre, Gweedore, Co. Donegal, Ireland on Saturday 14th September 2013 at 8.00 p.m. with the Loch Altán Hotel, Gortahork, Co. Donegal being the venue for the workshop on the following day, Sunday 15th September. This week special invitations were sent to Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame to join in the fun. For further information see HERE

28th February 2013

Links to further information on itinerary and venues for the 2nd Gallagher Global Gathering HERE

16th November 2012

2nd Gallagher Global Gathering features on TV3 Ireland AM programme

Today the 2nd Gallagher Global Gathering & Gallagher Global Award featured on Irish national television. To view, go HERE and scroll down to Gallagher Clan.

15th November 2012

Gallagher Clan announces Gathering Itinerary and Gallagher Global Award

The Gallagher Clan invite all Gallaghers (and those with variants of the name), those with Gallagher in their family tree and their friends to come to Co, Donegal, Ireland, the original Gallagher homeland. Here we will celebrate our shared heritage with local Gallaghers.

Today the Clan launches a detailed itinerary of the Global Gathering - Download PDF

The Clan also announces the start of a global search for nominations for the Gallagher Global Award to be presented at the end of The 2nd Gallagher Global Gathering. Download PDF

We would appreciate if you all would send information on the 2nd Gallagher Global Gathering and the Gallagher Global Award to your friends and contacts (even to non-Gallaghers as they may have Gallagher connections and friends) and also send a copy of a news release (see folowing link) which we would like to have circulated to the media in your area. Download PDF

The Gathering will be held in Gortahork,Co.Donegal Ireland from 6th - 14th September 2013. It will be based at the Ostan Loch Altan / Loch Altan Hotel. As with our first in 2007 this gathering will be a memorable occassion for all who attend. Various events will be taking place throughout the week and you can attend all of them or just a selection. Further information is available HERE

The Ostan Loch Altan / Loch Altan Hotel is offering a great rate to those staying over during the Gallagher Global Gathering see HERE

Videos and pictures of our First Gallagher Global Gathering in 2007 can be seen HERE

Pictures of Donegal can be seen HERE

31st October 2012

2nd Gallagher Global Gathering Programme to be published very shortly.

It is hoped to have a full itinerary ready very shortly for our 2nd Gallagher Global Gathering in September 2013. It will be a week where local communities commemorate their Gallagher heritage and in so doing, welcome both local and visiting Gallaghers to join with them in events to celebrate that heritage.

Starting with Gortahork, where the Óstán Loch Áltán Hotel will be our base for the week, Gallaghers in such areas as Ardara, Arranmore Island, Gweedore and the Carrigart/Downings area will welcome all Gallaghers, those with Gallagher family connections and their friends to their areas. The locals will introduce them to their local heritage and guide them around their areas.

At night events will be taking place in various venues that will showcase the best of the great Donegal tradition of music, song and dance. As in 2007 the locals will also look forward to an input from our visitors and we hope all will join in the fun. There will also be plenty of opportunity to chat and converse as should be the case with any good family get-together.

We are also looking forward to a large contingent of our Mayo cousins turning up for the first playing of the Gallagher GAA World Cup. There may also be the opportunity to be involved in other activities from golf to fly fishing, depending on the demand. So, if you plan on coming, please let us know as soon as possible where your interests may lie.

15th October 2012

"Gallagher Ancestors - A Pictorial Narrative" launched to the web.

This is to be a pictorial narrative of the Gallagher story. Because we often can't trace our individual family trees back much further than 1800-1864 in Ireland and because certain family resemblances can be retained over generations it has been suggested that we post photographs of our early ancestors to see if shared characteristics /"looks" appear. This was brought home to us lately at a re-running of some of the clips from our 2007 Gathering when a new Zealamd gentleman declared "Look at this man here, I don't know him and I've never met him before in my life but he is the image of my grandfather back home in New Zealand". While there imay be nothing definite arising from this procedure for some people, it may lead people to try new avenues/ directions for their research.

Please add photographs of your ancestors by forwarding them in .jpeg format in the highest quality resolution that you have to See our album HERE

23rd September 2012

All-Ireland replay between Donegal and Mayo pencilled in for next year

The Gallagher Clan launch their plans to hold in September 2013 a re-run of today's All-Ireland clash between Donegal and Mayo as part of the 2nd Gallagher Global Gathering. Both counties will field an all-Gallagher line-out in next year's event The announcement comes in a full page ad in today's All-Ireland programme booklet. For more see HERE

Panel on stage with An Taoiseach left, Mary Kennedy right and Adrian Gallagher 4th left of the panellists.11th May 2012

Gallagher Clan feature at launch of The Gathering Ireland 2013 in Dublin Castle

The Irish Government launched their tourism initiative, The Gathering Ireland 2013, in Dublin Castle today. It is a year-long celebration of everything that is unique about Ireland and its people The Gathering was launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. in the company of An Tanaiste, Minister Varadkar, and Minister of State Ring. At hand to help was The King of the Gallagher's, Adrian Gallagher, who was one of five guest panellists at the launch who told of their own or their organisation's events for The Gathering 2013. Mary Kennedy of RTE was the MC for the event. Gallagher told of the Gallagher Clan's 2nd Gallagher Global Gathering which takes place from the 6th - 14th September 2013 in Gortahork, Co. Donegal, Ireland. He also told of all that Donegal has to offer and the Clan's efforts to promote the event abroad, such as the recent launch in Sydney, Australia.Adrian Gallagher with Shaun Quinn CEO Fáilte Ireland and Monica Mac Laverty Manager Overseas of The Gathering Launch in Dublin Castle

2nd February 2012

A Gallagher Evening Announced for Letterkenny on 9th March 2012.

In order to set the scene for the beginning of the run-in to the 2013 gathering we've decided to give people a chance to recall the 1st Gallagher Global Gathering in 2007. We plan to have a Gallagher evening in the Station House Hotel, Pearse Rd., Letterkenny, Co. Donegal on Friday the 9th March 2012 beginning at 7.00 do just that and more. See more details HERE  

22nd December 2011

The Dave Gallaher Commemorative Bronze

Those of you with an interest in rugby and with a bit of money rolling around in your pockets might be interested in a bronze statue of Dave Gallaher being offered for sale by the Dave Gallaher Society (with whom we have no connection except as regards to having a mutual interst in the Dave Gallaher story). A sales leaflet produced by the Society has been added for your perusal to the Dave Gallagher page HERE

14th June 2011

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Apostolic Nuncio to Guatemala, was added to the list of Roman Catholic Bishops see HERE

17th May 2011

Following from the visit to Dublin for the AGM of the Clans of Ireland mentioned below and the discovery of a Gallagher being Lord Mayor in the period 1915-17 further information has come to hand via Dr. Mary Clark, City Archivist with Dublin City Council see HERE

6th May 2011

New Zealander launches her book on the mother of the famous All-Black captain, Dave Gallaher

The story of Maria Gallaher and her children (who included David  Gallaher, the captain of the 1905 All Blacks) is told fully for the first time by her great-granddaughter Kay Carter. It is a remarkable account of a family who emigrated from Ramelton, County Donegal, Ireland to the pioneer settlement of Katikati in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

They faced hardship and near-destitution as her elderly and ill husband failed to succeed as a farmer settler, and schoolteacher Maria became the sole breadwinner of the family. Her early death at 42, after bearing 14 children, threw the family on to its only resource — the determination of the older children as young adults to look after their ailing father and the younger siblings. The family eventually spread across New Zealand and Australia, encouraged by the opportunities of the gold fields of both countries.

‘Maria Gallaher, her Story and her Children’s Stories’, costs €25 plus postage and packaging and is available from The Dave Gallaher Society by emailing

28th April 2011

Gallaghers Galore - A memoir of the 2007 Global Gathering written at the time by one of the atendees Patricia Gallagher Cuff see HERE Anybody interested in having another Gallagher Global Gathering take place in September 2012 (or suggest an alternative date)? If so contact 

16th April 2011 

Taoiseach of the Gallagher Clan, Adrian Gallagher with Cllr. Paddy McCartan

Gallagher Clan represented at the AGM of the Clans of Ireland in the Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland

The Annual General Meeting 2011 took place on Saturday 16th  April in the Mansion House, Dublin. Clans of Ireland is very grateful to the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Gerry Byrne, for inviting us to hold the AGM at his official residence. We were also delighted that the Lord Mayor was represented at the AGM by Cllr. Paddy McCartan.

Delegates at the AGM represented over 60 clans based in Ireland, USA, Canada, UK, Australia and France. The Gallagher Clan was represented by our taoiseach, Adrian Gallagher. The Oak Room in the Mansion House provided an appropriate venue for the Parade of Clans as the walls of the room are decorated with the coats of arms of all Lord Mayor's of Dublin since 1841. The Parade of Clans  was received by Clans of Ireland Cathoirleach Ms. Norah Keohane Hickey who was accompanied on the review stand by O Morchoe of Oularteleigh, Chief of the Name, Cllr. Paddy McCartan representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Ambassador Hearn of Canada. 


After each clan had presented itself the Master of Ceremonies Micheal Kilcrann of Kilcrann declared in the assembly to be gathered and invited Ambassador Hearn of Canada to address the representatives of the Irish Clans and Families. In his address Ambassador Hearn highlighted the contribution of the Irish Diaspora to Canada, the USA and elsewhere and pointed out that this was a two way relationship that should be used to the benefit of Ireland during these difficult economic times.

Adrian Gallagher was delighted to see that a Gallagher has held the position of Lord Mayor of Dublin, He was James Mitchell Gallagher, who held the office from 1915 to 1917 and his coat of arms hangs on the walls of the Mansion House along with those of the others who held the office.We would like to hear more about this man and would especially like to make contact with any of his descendants, if there be any.


9th March 2011 

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D.

Best Wishes to New Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) 

We would like to offer our best wishes to the newly elected Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. on his appointment. Mr. Kenny, then leader of the opposition,  in July 2007 assisted the Clan to promote our then pending Gallagher Glpbal Gathering . This was especially important as his support led to our getting great coverage in the press especially in Co. Mayo which is such a Gallagher stronghold. Indeed we were very grateful to the many Gallaghers from Mayo who travelled to Donegal and thus helped us achieve our Guinness World Record in September of that year. To read more about our meting with Mr. Kenny in 2007 see HERE

Another Gallagher knight

It has been brought to my attention that we have another knight among the Gallaghers (see also 24/1/11 below). In November 2010  John Gallagher  CNZM  K.St.J., J.P., Hon. D. was promoted to Knight of Grace by the Order of St. John.   

Mary Ellen Jenkins (nee Gallagher)

8th March 2011

America's First War Bride

This is the story of Mary Ellen Jenkins (nee Gallagher), the first lady to cross the Atlantic as a war bride during World War 2. See HERE  


22nd February 2011:

On behalf of the global Gallagher Clan I would like to wish best wishes to all our fellow Gallaghers in New Zealand and hope that they and theirs have survived unscathed from the terible earthquake which hit Christchurch. Our thoughts are with you all.  

31st January 2011

Gallagher ancient lineage taken from The banquet of Dun na n-Gedh and The battle of Magh Rath by John O'Donavan  (

24th January 2011

Sir William Gallagher

We can start off 2011 with a great story for the Gallaghers with Sir William (Bill) Gallagher being honoured by being made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year's Honours List.

Bill Gallagher has decided to be known as Sir William after being knighted in the New Year's Honours for services to business, having created a company that employs more than 1000 people from a "world headquarters" in Hamilton.

It is the third honour to be bestowed on the businessman with a reputation as a hands on manager at family-owned Gallagher Group. He received an MBE in 1987 and was made a member of New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998.

"It will be Sir William, I've already decided that," he said. "The knighthood is a very high honour and it is very appreciated," he said.

Gallaghers everywhere will, I'm sure, be delighted to offer our congratulations to Bill and his family.

See HERE and HERE for more

The Late Marianna O'Gallagher

16th November 2010

It was with great regret that I heard this evening of the death of Marianna O'Gallagher, the noted historian from Quebec City, Canada, who died on he 23rd May 2010. Though this may be the age of the internet it was only via a chance meeting locally earlier this evening that I became aware of her passing.

She had honoured our Gallagher Global Gathering in 2007 with her presence and all who joined us for that week will remember her for kindness and also for her knowledge of things Irish, especially of the Irish emigration to Canada.

My last correspondence with her concerned her appointment as Grand Marshall when Quebec City  resurrected its St. Patrick's Day parade earlier this year. She took great pride in the fact that she would be placing the O'Gallagher name in high prominence by her position in this event. She later sent me a copy of the local newspaper celebrating the parade and telling me of her great enjoyment of the day.

May she Rest in Peace. 


New Variant on List:

GOLLEHER: A name found in the southern states of the USA. It originated with immigrants who came through Louisana as ranchers and farm workers. We would like to hear from holders of this name and that of other variants as we want to build up a profile of the various variants - the name origin (when & how) and the spread of it in the past and today. Strictly speaking variants are those surnames, no matter what the spelling, that were used over a period and were not single instances of incorrect spelling that were later corrected. .We just love lists concerning any of the Gallagher names whether it be your local electoral roll, phone book or other such source. We can be contacted at .

5th July 2010

Origins of the Gallagher Surname and the Nickname associated with it by Seosamh Ua Gallchobhair, Teelin, Co. Donegal see here.

3rd March 2010

LINKS TO GALLAGHER FAMILY HISTORY SITES - If you have or know of sites/pages such as these please forward links, which we will add here

12thJanuary 2010

MAUREEN GALLAGHER - Actress and playwright see HERE

22nd December 2009

DAVE GALLAGHER - Rugby Player and first All-Black Captain see HERE

5th December 2009

FERRY AND GALLAGHER - Part of the Donegal Relief Fund story see HERE

19th October 2009


5th April 2009 

Project begins to pinpoint the various Gallaghers as they appear in The Griffiths Primary List of Tenements of c. 1850 and have them available on a central database. A request for assistance. See HERE 

25th February 2009

Gallagher DNA project begins to come up with results. See HERE

12th February 2009

Finding aids for family history research in County Donegal, 4th Edition, updated January 2009

12th February 2009

The first non-stop, round-the-world flight in history in 1949.

18th December 2008

The Glasgow Celtic F.C. connection see here

Emigration to Australia - the Donegal Relief Fund

 12th December 2008

 John Gallagher - Rugby World Cup Winner see here

 10th December 2008

Benny Gallagher, singer/songwriter see here

18th October 2008

Addittions to GAA and Soccer in History-Personalities-Sporting 

Friday 3rd October 2008: 

Churchmen and Women 

The page dedicated to the many churchmen and women of Gallagher descent can be seen HERE

Wednesday 17th September 2008

Gallagher Clan record is in the Guinness World Records 2009

The Gallaghers take their place in the Guinness World Records 2009 book being launched today see HERE.




19th July 2008

Gallagher DNA Fund Established

A fund has been established to assist in expanding the number of Gallaghers taking DNA tests. The fund will be used to help pay for tests by those who

  1. May not have the funds to pay for their own tests and 
  2. May not be particularly interested in genealogy but whose results may help extended branches of their families better explore their origins. 

See HERE for further information.

22nd May 2008:

20th May 2008: 

24th April 2008:

  • Excerpts from the Boston Pilot newspaper “Missing Friends” column referring to Gallaghers. See Resources


12th January 2012

Death of Bridie Gallagher "The Girl from Donegal", (7 September 1924 – 9 January 2012):

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of Bridie Gallagher, the noted singer. In her time she was one of the best known, if not the best known, Gallaghers in the world. Among other things she holds the record of the biggest audience in the Albert Hall in London. This is a record which will not be broken as that venue has now been transformed to an all-seater one.

She had been living in Belfast for some time but today she was interred in Doe Cemetery in her native area, an area she made famous with her singing of the song “They’re cutting the corn in Creeslough today”. For more information see HERE

May she rest in peace.