Griffins bring it all back home for family Gathering

Marisa Reidy

MEMBERS of the Griffin family from Camp were reunited with cousins from Lancashire last week as they enjoyed a family get together in their native west Kerry to officially celebrate The Gathering 2013.

The family soiree was organised by Camp resident Pauline Duffy Griffin, who invited her nieces and nephews from Lancashire to the village for the event. Among the visitors who travelled from the UK were sons and daughters of the late James Peter Griffin - Kevin, Michael, Gerard, Marian and Ann - who joined cousins from Tralee, Camp and Lispole.

They were joined by the families of the late Mick and Dan Griffin, among them Margaret, Mary and Michael Griffin from Tralee, along with Bridget Griffin from Lispole.

After meeting up in O'Dwyers in Camp, the family shared stories and memories around the table and were lucky to meet local historian Eugie Deane who shared some stories about the family involvement in the local football teams gone by.

From there the group visited the old school, St Mary's Church and Ashe's Pub, where a photo and plaque to their uncle Tommy stands proud in honour of his sporting and sheep sheering success. In The Railway Tavern they also saw family members in an old Camp team football photograph

"It was a wonderful family gathering and all down to cousin Pauline, who brought us all together," Margaret said afterwards.


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