On Tuesday 26 March 2019 the Society hosted a talk on the 'Hollands of Tyrone' by Brendan & Jerome Holland at the Killymaddy Centre. The talk was extremely well attended with a crowd of perhaps 80-90 people packed into the Centre. As an experiment the talk was also simultaneously streamed to Youtube to allow the Society's non-local members to enjoy the talk.
The night was a great success and everyone enjoyed the information provided by Brendan & Jerome. The streamed broadcast attracted a lot of attention and just 36 hours after the talk the video had been viewed on Youtube by over 200 people.
The Society hopes to make this a regular part of our Talks in the future. The link to the Youtube video of the talk is below:-
On 16 September 2017 the Society made a trip to the new Seamus Heaney Homeplace in Belaghy. Everyone was delighted with the work that has gone into the design of the Centre and the excellent use of images alongside the poetry of Seamus Heaney. We were also gratteful for the wonderful presentation by Davy, our guide, and we would like to thank all of the staff at the Centre for a very rewarding afternoon.
The Society was delighted to welcome Gerry & Rita McCaughey to Killymaddy on 12 August 2017. The family live in Australia and had travelled to Ireland to research the family's roots in Killeeshil & Clonaneese.
With the family's roots in Aughnagar and elsewhere in the area there are a number of relatives today in the local area including the McGahan Family also shown in the picture.
The Society was delighted to meet the Caulfeild family from Canada on 9 July 2017. Three generations of the family were visiting the area over the weekend and exploring their connections to Sir Toby Caulfeild who was granted 1,000 acres in the area known as Ballydonnelly in 1610.
Sir Toby went on to build the Castle/Manor House, the ruins of which are in the centre of the village of Castlecaulfield. The family's Canadian connection began with Dr Hans James Caulfeild who travelled to Canada in the mid 19th Centrury.
The origins of the Caulfeild family date back at least until the early 16th Century when one Humphrey Calfehill was a Gentleman of the Bed Chamber to the young King Henry VIII. Amongst the wider family tree are some remarkable descendants including, Princes William & Harry, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney and former Prime Minister David Cameron.