Maine Mór, offspring of Niall of the Nine Hostages and descendant of Conn of the Hundred Battles, King of the Gaels in the region of Oriel, summoned his warrior princes about him, and said:  

"Numerous are our heroes, and great is our population, our tribes having multiplied and prospered; and we cannot all find room in any one province; for nobles cannot well bear to be confined.  Let us therefore find that province least populated, and make our way there".

And so a great hosting was called, and the clans were gathered for their journey to Connacht to establish a new kingdom there, which was to last for over 1,000 years.


There will be another gathering of the Larkin group of families in July  2014! 

This takes place in the town of Ballinasloe, County Galway, in the west of Ireland. The event covers visits to historic Meelick, to the royal site of Clonmacnois on the Shannon river, to the scene of the Battle of Aughrim, and to a selection of castles and other historic buildings with strong Larkin associations. 

There is a strong cultural emphasis on our shared heritage and history, spanning not just centuries, but millennia. Local officials from heritage, historical, cultural and genealogical groups will participate to bring familiarity to all participants, wherever they came from.  Clan members from Canada, the U.S., Australia, South Africa, Germany, France, Scotland, England and Russia will attend. The occasion will provide a forum for Larkin descendants from all over the world to create or renew links with their distant cousins; in some cases, after the passage of many generations. Lasting friendships and rewarding contacts will be  established, renewed and flourish in an historic social setting.


July 11th, 12th and 13th,  2014 at the Carlton Shearwater Plaza Hotel in Ballinasloe, County Galway.


Check out your Accommodation Options here:   ACCOMMODATION in East Galway


Work on your budget for the event here:   Clan Gathering COSTS.

Here is our preliminary Programme of Events:


Friday July 11th 2014: 

This day is primarily a social event; registration and official opening followed by an introductory lecture on our Irish Heritage.

10:00   Registration Process begins.

12:00   Official Opening of the Gathering – Welcome Address – Reception.

19:00   Lecture Series - Heritage & History of the Larkin families in Ireland.


Saturday July 12th 2014.

10:00   Field Trip by Coach – Athlone, Clonmacnois, Birr and Meelick.

20:00   Clan Banquet

21:00   Evening of live Traditional Irish Music!.


Sunday July 13th 2014.

10:00   Service at the 15th century Meelick Church; and the Larkin Chapel.

15:00   Option: Visit to the Larkin Hurley Factory at Killimor. (By Car)

16:00   Option: The annual Patrick Larkin Memorial Hurling Match - Kiltormer vs. Killimor

18:00   Closing Ceremony

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