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2022 Gathering

Killarney,  Ireland


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Welcome to the Curtin Clan! 


Many of us enjoyed sitting around the table listening to stories from our grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and cousins.  Many of those voices are now silent, yet our yearning to connect with the generations before us is still strong.  The Curtin Clan offers the opportunity to connect with stories that help us better understand our history.  

An important benefit of joining the Clan is connecting with Margaret Curtain, our genealogist. She has collected a wealth of information from buying up thousands of documents for Curtin families worldwide since 1977. She is a founding member of the Clan, and was presented the insignia appointing her as a Companion of the Order of Clans of Ireland (CIOM) by the Irish vice counsel at the Chicago Gathering in June 2011. 


Another benefit is connecting with our DNA project coordinator, Dan Curtin. We have a number of Curtins who have participated and this will help expand your genealogy research.  We have quarterly newsletters and will have our next gathering in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland in 2021.


Sláinte chuig na fir, agus go mairfidh na mná go deo! 

(Health to the men and may the women live forever!)

                                Patrick J. Curtin

                                     Clan Chief

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The Curtin Clan Newsletter is one of the ways created by our founder, Neal Curtin, to further the Mission of the Curtin Clan.  The quarterly issues feature stories about Curtin families, past and present.  It is where Members may share their family milestones and achievements.  There are articles about life in Ireland and its history and updates to the Curtin DNA Project. 

The quarterly Newsletter is provided to Clan Members via our Message Board - An Archive and Index of all issues since 1999 are also available on the same site.

Neal Curtin, RIP

It is with a sad heart that we announce the passing of the Curtin Clan. Neal Curtin, age 83, founder emeritus, died 6/14/222 in Seattle, Washington/ He was the man that brought us all together to celebrate our Irish heritage and find our family connections.

Neal served as Secretary-Treasurer from 1997 - 2005, the first eight year's of the Clan's existence.   He is retired from the Boeing Corporation.  Neal Curtin, was born in Massachusetts to Theodore Curtin and Josephine McManus.  His grandfather Lawrence was born in 1874 in Beenaskehy, County Cork and emigrated to Massachusetts.  Neal’s great-grandparents were Timothy Curtin and Elizabeth Cremin. Timothy Curtin, son of Lawrence Curtin and Hanora Curtin of Beensaskehy, County Cork was born about 1832.


Poem by Marian Curtin for

Curtin Gathering

Killarney, Ireland 2022


A tree with broad branches

Spread wide

Across the world

Each leaf representing

A stem of DNA

And each person

That says proudly

I am a Curtin

I Married a Curtin or we have

The Curtin name in common

We gather as a family

In genealogy, DNA history.

friendship and in name


We proudly carry our name

We stand tall

Because our ancestors

Travelled far and wide

To have a better life

In far off places


But still called

Ireland their home


Each person’s name is a badge

Of whom they are

They wear it proudly

And in doing so

Carry their people gone before

And made each of you

Who you are

Each generation did their best

In good times and in bad

In famine

In wars

And just living everyday

As best they could

What a legacy

They left us

Without knowing


Each person here

And across the world

Are now asking

Who am I

But we sometimes leave it

too late

Stories told by a fireside

When as small children we put down

to a rambling mind

We look back now and ask ourselves

If only we were interested

I so wish

I could rewind time

And learn

Who am I


Each person with

The name Curtin Mac Curtin or Curtain

Carries the traditions and stories

Of their people gone before

In culture, music storytelling

And in the gift of genealogy and DNA

The tree is broad

It spreads wide

And makes us as Curtin’s

So very proud

As a people


Marian Quinlan Curtin ©

Vice Chief Curtin Clan

Tipperary Ireland

June 2022

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DNA Testing

It's a way to explore your heritage, connect with your cousins, and assist in building your family tree. 

Over 350 Curtin descendants are part of the Curtin surname dna project at FamilyTreeDNA ( Become one of them.


If you have a dna test at or transfer your data for free.

Any questions or need help send us a message. Use contact us.

Famous Curtins

Check out the biographies of a few famous historical Curtins

Curtins in the News

Susan Curtin's paintings of Faces of a Pandemic will be on display in West Chester, Pennsylvania. (6/29/2022)

Bob Curtin is learning the ropes in college football. (6/28/2022)

Interview With The Founder: Andrew Curtin of Construction Wave. (6/28/2022)

Robin and Terrance Curtin were honored for their philanthropy at Albright College, Pennsylvania. (6/24/2022)

Listening to My Father, a Father's Day story about Edward Curtin's father. (6/21/2022)


Jim Curtin named grand marshal of Lee, Massachusetts Memorial Day parade Monday. (5/27/2022)



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