Redmond clan gathering
WHAT'S IN A NAME?…
"We are who we are"
For generations now people have moved around this earth, landing on previously undiscovered shores as welcomed missionaries or already inhabited places as unwelcome conquerors.
Keeping track of people as they moved proved very difficult as there was a limited ability or willingness to make and keep records, many people got lost in the system or due to illiteracy names were changed forever......
Modern advances have shown us that even in these times of basic knowledge and abilities this information was stored in our very bodies all the time, through our DNA!
The ability now exists to test our DNA and determine if we are who we think we are....
Loftus Hall will host one of the biggest gatherings worldwide to perform as many tests as possible and bring as many of the clan of Redmond to their ancestral home!
From The Beginning
Our story starts back in 1170 The second wave of Anglo-Normans, led by Raymond le Gros, landed about the 1st of May 1170 at Baginbun south of Fethard-on-Sea on the Hook Head peninsula in Wexford. Le Gross, who had 10 men at arms and 70 archers, was joined by Hervey de Montmorency with a few more, and established a defended camp at Baginbun constructed of banks and ditches with a palisade. Le Gros and his men were attacked at Baginbun by a combined force of 3,000 Norsemen drawn from the City of Waterford and their Irish allies. Although outnumbered the Normans managed to drive off the attackers and take prisoners. This battle was to be known as "the battle where Ireland was lost and won!"
Le Gross remained at Baginbun until Strongbow, Richard fitz Gilbert de Clare, landed near Waterford on the 23rd of August with an army of 1,200 and their combined forces took the City of Waterford on the 25th of August.
Raymond was granted these very lands of the Hook Peninsula as reward for his bravery and it was here that he built his first castle where he set up his Irish legacy, coined and adopted the name Redmond where his family would remain until unseated by Cromwell after the staunch defense of "The Hall" by his great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandson Alexander Redmond in 1649 as Cromwell stated he would firstly take Redmond Hall and then Waterford city "By Hook or by Crook" which refers to the two prominent headlands on either side of the estuary to the harbours of Waterford and New Ross .
The Redmond crest,
a flaming beacon, represents the oldest lighthouse in Ireland, off the peninsula of the Hook, the area most closely linked with the family; in the Annals they are described as Clanna Reamainn Tighe Solais,
"the Redmond family of the lighthouse".
The arms themselves commemorate Alexander Redmond's defence of Redmond's Hall against Cromwell's army,
in which woolsacks were used to protect the defenders.
The family motto translates
"To live piously and to love God and our country".
Where did the Redmonds go?
Many notable Irish rebels were produced by this family, but many also fled to France and Spain after the invasion. Other lines settled in England using the name Redman, particularly in Yorkshire where they held estates at Thorton and Tolford.
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Chevalier Gabriel Redmond who fought with distinction with the Irish Brigade in France; Dr John Redman (1499-1551), English churchman and academic, the first Master of Trinity College, Cambridge (1546-1551); Sir Richard Redman (or Redmayne) (died 1426), British soldier, administrator and politician, Speaker of the House of Commons for the Parliament of 1415; Richard Redman (died 1505), Bishop of St Asaph, Bishop of Exeter, and Bishop of Ely; and William Redman (c. 1541-1602) was an English Archdeacon of Canterbury (1570), Bishop of Norwich (1594).
In 1845, the great potato famine culminated several years of famine causing widespread poverty and starvation, and the great exodus from Ireland began. Within fifty years the population was reduced to less than half. Many joined the armada of sailing ships which sailed from Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Holyhead, Liverpool and Glasgow, all bound for the New World. Some called these small ships the "White Sails," others, more realistically, called them the "Coffin Ships," voyaging across the Atlantic when 25 percent of the passengers died at sea.
- John Redmond, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
- Michael Redmond, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
- Patrick Redmond settled with his wife Bridget and four children in
New York State in 1804
- Bernard Redmond, aged 58, arrived in New York in 1806
- Lawrence Redmond, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1812
- Maurice Redmond, aged 18, landed in North Carolina in 1812
- Thomas Redmond, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1812
- Stephen Redmond, who landed in Canada in 1816
The most famous bearer of the name was John Edward Redmond (1855-1918), leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party in the British House of Commons until the party was eclipsed by the rise of Sinn Fein.His immediate family, which claimed descent from the old Norman stock, was remarkable for the number of politicians it produced. no fewer than seven others became M.P.s in the U.K. parliament or T.D.s in the Irish Dail after independence.
Our Mission for 2019
Our mission is to try to discover as many of the Redmond Clan living overseas as possible and bring them back to their ancestral home to light the flames of the great bonfires as their forefathers had done so many generations before to keep safe the seafarers and their ships who bravely navigated the graveyard of a thousand ships off Hook Head.
It has not been lost to us that we will celebrate this Festival on the anniversary of Raymond's landing of his two ships "Le Bague" and "La Bonne" at the headland which is now known as "Baginbun" at May 1st 1170 (849 years previous).
We believe that through the gathering and testing of DNA we will be able to put together one of the most detailed family trees of all time and to cement a legacy in history forever more!
Who is involved
This idea ignited from a chance meeting between Cecelia Redmond (President of Irish Network Mobile Bay) and Aidan Quigley (current custodian of Loftus Hall previously Redmond Hall) whilst Cecelia was paying a visit to Loftus Hall. Cecelia has become a regular visitor to Loftus Hall and the conversations around the Redmond family and their history is always top of the agenda when she visits.
It was agreed that a gathering of the clan had to be organized and to do it justice we decided to place the date in May 2019 which was an obvious perfect fit being the Festival of Beltane.
We are currently seeking the assistance of Failte Ireland (Irelands Ancient East) Tourism Ireland, Wexford County Council, Visit Wexford and The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Emigrant Support Programme to assist both here at home in Ireland and to roll out to the USA, the UK, Australia and Europe.
Support requested will be in both soft support to market the message and hard support to help with the funding of the DNA kits and testing plus whatever supports the previously mentioned organizations and any others could suggest to us.
"I think history is inextricably linked to identity. If you don’t know your history, if you don’t know your family, who are you?”— Mary Pipher
We look forward to taking the next steps on this exciting journey
both into the past and into the future with all your help.
Aidan and Cecelia
To Celebrate the Gathering, we have put together a 6 Day event to include the May Bank Holiday weekend 2019