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Quinn Gathering 2015

Second Quinn Gathering

Quinn’s and Related Families of Convoy, Co. Donegal

Friday 3rd July to Sunday 5th July 2015

Daniel Quinn was born around 1800 and died of bronchitis on 27th March 1871 at Callan beside Drumkeen, they still refer to the wallsteads where he lived as “Dan’s Garden”. Daniel was father of William Quinn who was married to Mary Houston and Hugh Quinn who was married to Grace Campbell, and an uncle to John Quinn who was married to Hannah McLaughlin.

The Gathering is a bringing together of their descendants

Programme of Events

Friday 3rd July

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

7.30 pm Launch 2013 9.00 pm Tea and Coffee Reception

Saturday 4th July

Knockalla Suite, Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny

8.00 pm Celebratory Dinner €25

Sunday 5th July

11.00 am Newmills Corn and Flax Mills

Information on the Quinn Gathering is available by contacting

Ambrose 087 665 6906; (074) 9147281;

Eamon 087 250 2010; (074) 9129827;

Seán 087 203 9163; (074) 9123131; and

Liam 087 761 8967; (074) 9130303.

or e-mail quinngathering@gmail.com

Genetic Genealogy

The theme of this Quinn Gathering will be Genetic Genealogy, and the event will see the launch of the County Donegal DNA Project. The purpose of the County Donegal DNA Project is to promote and encourage the use of genetics in genealogy in order to prove family relationships. The concentration is going to be upon Donegal people living in Donegal with a Donegal pedigree and would include Donegal people in Derry and Strabane. The results of DNA testing within the families will be announced.

Genetic genealogical research is ongoing; as more and more people are tested a clearer picture will emerge. However the genetic ancestry of the Quinn Sept of Donegal as with many other Donegal Septs points to the Connachta, which is appropriate in that the surname Quinn means “descendants of Conn”. This ancestry they share with many others in North West Ireland and West Scotland and their common ancestor may have lived in the first or second century.

Video Quinn Gathering 2013 On Sale €10

Quinn and Related Families of Convoy

The Quinn Gathering 2015 events will be an opportunity for people to join a new family history association which is being formed. At a meeting last year of those involved in the Quinn Gathering 2013 it was agreed that an association be established and named Quinn and Related Families of Convoy.

The proposed objectives of the Association are:

(a) To promote the study of the genealogy and the family history of Quinn and related families of Convoy;

(b) To promote the preservation, security and accessibility of family history and genealogical material; and

(c) To promote relations between members and to organise family events and gatherings.

Seán Quinn

Seán Quinn Barrister-at-Law, Genealogist and formerly a lecturer in law at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology is again organising the Gathering. Seán is author of several books on law and genealogy, which include Surnames in Ireland and An Introduction to Irish Ancestry; he is webmaster of www.IrishAncestors.net and www.IrishSurnames.net, administrator of the County Donegal DNA Project; and also administrator of the Irish Genealogy Forum on Facebook.


Quinn Surname

McLaughlin Ancestors