From politicans to Aussie outlaws - all at the Kelly clan gathering in Tipp

Alfie Kelly [6] the youngest Kelly member at the Kelly clan gathering with his granddad Tom Mernagh and "Ned Kelly's" horse at the historical reanactment in Moyglass.
Among the many guests at the Kelly Clan Gathering which was held at Dundrum House Hotel, Dundrum at the weekend were Alan Kelly TD and Seán Kelly MEP.

Among the many guests at the Kelly Clan Gathering which was held at Dundrum House Hotel, Dundrum at the weekend were Alan Kelly TD and Seán Kelly MEP.

Alan Kelly gave a most interesting talk during the day on his own family history and life in the local area, while Seán entertained at the Gala Dinner with accounts of life in Belgium and the GAA.

One amusing anecdote Seán recalled was a tale at a recent function, when he he didn’t realise he was quite so well-known and respected, until he discovered that he had been mistaken for Seán Kelly the international cyclist!

The Gathering also received a charming personal message from the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, expressing every good wish for the weekend. Enda’s wife, Fiona, is a Kelly, hence the connection.

There was a bumper turnout for the weekend with many locals attending, rubbing shoulders with international cousins from all over the world. One of the highlights was a re-enactment of a highway hold up performed by a local historical group.

One of the highwaymen herded the bus tour passengers off at “gunpoint” while on a stop at Moyglass, Fethard. Everyone was taken by surprise at this, including the organisers who thought there was just going to be a short cameo taking place in the local pub!

Ned Kelly then expertly rode in on horseback to rescue all and many photos were taken to record the event.

Mary Kelly, one of the organisers and a spokesperson for the Association, says - “The weekend was a resounding success with numbers far exceeding those anticipated. We have to thank the local people for all their support and especially John Kelly of Cappawhite who took on the mammoth task of on the ground organising.”

Further information can be found on the Kelly Clan Website www.kellyclanireland.com email clankellyinfo@gmail.com