One hundred and fifty members of an old Carrick-on-Suir family, who once ran a fruit merchants business in the town, attended a “Gathering” celebration in the Carraig Hotel last Friday night.
Members of the O’Dwyer family of Ashpark, Carrick travelled from as far as Las Vegas, Malta, Luxembourg, England and Scotland as well as the four corners of Ireland for the celebration.
Five branches of the family spanning four generations enjoyed the evening of nostalgia, reminiscence, music and craic.
All are descendants of William and Ellen O’Dwyer of Ashpark, who were both born in 1880 and ran a successful fruit wholesale business in the town.
Nine-two years-old Mary Kelly (née O’Dwyer) from Pill Rd. was the oldest family member at the celebration and eight years-old Harry Broxsan represented the youngest generation.
During the event, a slide show of family photographs and photos of Carrick-on-Suir in bygone years was shown to a backdrop of Irish tunes of significance to family members. Carraig Bróg provided the musical entertainment and there was an open mike session featuring performances from musicians in the clan.
Mary Kelly’s daughter, Geraldine Gavigan, who organised the event, said there was also a charitable theme to the celebration with a donation being collected for South Tipperary Hospice, which was a charity dear to their heart. She thanked the Carraig Hotel for sponsoring a meal for two as a prize on the night.