After a few years of planning we are proud to announce that, with the help and support of the Ancient Clan O'Neill, the Council of the Cineál Eoghain has been formed.
The primary objective of this council is to revive the 4 ancient festivals of Ireland:- Samhain ( Halloween ), Imbolc ( St Brigid's day ), Bealtaine ( May ), Lúnasa ( August ). The first of these festivals was recently (and very successfully!) held in Greencastle 2016 at which new members were sworn in and a committee formed.
The Cinéal Eoghain are a large population group descended from Eoghan son of Niall of the Nine Hostages and historically their territory stretched from Inishowen in Donegal to cover the modern counties of Derry and Tyrone and part of north Armagh. There are many modern surnames connected to the Cineál Eoghain and we hope to encourage these surnames to form modern clans. We will open up a register and a like-minded group with the same surname can then register as a clan with the Cineál Eoghain council. We believe that in the modern day EVERY surname has the right to call itself a clan and that we are all equal.
In the Cineál Eoghain we will educate each other on the history of our names and of the areas we come from.as well as helping and encouraging people to find out more about their own family history. We will all come together 4 times a year at the great Celtic festivals to celebrate our history, customs, music, language, song, dance, story-telling and poetry….and to have fun!
All of us are realistic enough to know that this will not happen overnight but we have made a good start and the next festival Imbolc ( St Brigid's day ) will be held in Stewartstown Co Tyrone in February, information to follow soon.
The Cineál Eoghain is a non-political, non-profit making organization.
The following people were elected to office:-
Chairperson: Martin Mellon
Secretary: Marty Cullen
Treasurer: Donal Muldoon
Irish Language: Sinéad Ní Mhearnóg
Coordinators: Ed Mallon and Dan O'Neill
Other members will be elected as time progresses and will be named later.