Saturday 23 September 2017

All these men share one thing, but can you name it?

Mayo men called John McNicholas who have come together to celebrate the Gathering
Mayo men called John McNicholas who have come together to celebrate the Gathering

These men have a lot in common – they are all Mayo men called John McNicholas who have come together to celebrate the Gathering, writes Ailish O'Hora.

The theme of the Kiltimagh 'Gathering', which kicks off on September 14, is the surname 'McNicholas' and the Johns pictured all hail from the towns of Kiltimagh, Bohola and Charlestown.

The McNicholas surname is one of the most popular in the east of the county and earliest records of it date to the 1500s, when deeds to several properties in what today is known as Bohola Parish, Co Mayo, listed owners with the surname.

This month, Gathering events include genealogy talks, historical walks and sight-seeing trips.

This Gathering runs from September 14 to 21.

Irish Independent

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