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Sweeney History



The Chairman: Cathal MacSuibhne.
Regional Manager of Údarás na Gaeltachta, the authority with responsibility for all matters pertaining to the Irish language speaking areas of Donegal, and in particular, its social, economic and cultural needs. Cathal is an authority on matters concerning job creation and is instrumental in bringing many industrial jobs to the county and has through his endeavours raised the standard of living for many people in the Gaeltacht on par with the highest in Europe. Lives in Falcarragh with his wife Mary, who is also deeply involved in the social and economic life of the area. They have three children Treasa, Bríd and Cathal. Founder member of Clann tSuibhne his hobbies include walking, reading and social affairs.

The Secretary: Máirín Ní Fhearraigh.
Deeply involved in the tourist industry for many years, she travels nationwide as an advisor to local development organisations. Native Irish speaker whose ancestors hailed from the island of Gola off the Gweedore coast. Has a burning passion for the Irish culture and is responsible for many cultural events in the area.A member of the Parents Association of Pobal Scoil Gaoth Dobhair active in the local Credit Union and founder member of Gola Island Co-op. Lives at Gweedore with her husband Declan and children Áisling, Colleen, and Éimear. Founder member of Clann tSuibhne. Hobbies include collecting teapots and books.

Treasurer: Fergus Sweeney.
Secondary school teacher at Gweedore Community School teaching Science and Maths. An excelent gardener and bee keeper, he and his wife Shiela run a very successful Guest House with the most modern facilities at Meenmore, Dungloe. A home from home for their guests who keep returning regularly. Any Sweeneys looking for best of accommodation at the right price this is your best bet! Fergus and Shiela have four children Michael, Fergus Jnr., Eamon and Katie. Fergus is a founder member of Clann tSuibhne. Interests include music, fishing and golf.

Treasurer: Ben Sweeney.
Well known electrical dealer in the North West with outlets at Letterkenny and Dungloe, serving the entire county as well as Northern Ireland. Has a passion for all things which are clan related and does much research into family history. Has a special interest in the Fanad Sweeneys and the Rathmullan base. A keen Gaelic and Soccer Football enthusiast. Former President of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce. Active in very many local committees, Tidy towns, Festival etc,. Lives in Letterkenny with his wife Sadie son Raymond and daughters Caroline and Deirdre. Ben is a founder member of Clann tSuibhne. Much of his leasure time is taken up with Clan research.

Organiser :Jim Sweeney.
Jim is retired from the taxi business lives at Letterkenny with his wife Maureen. He has two sons Bernard and Robbie and a daughter May Herrity who runs one of Letterkennys finest guest houses at Leck Road. Recipiant of the prestigious ‘Frommer Recommended Regional Breakfast Award’ and a must for all Sweeney Clan members visiting the Letterkenny area. Jim has a keen interest in Sweeney research and Doe Castle is high on his priority keeping a watchful eye on progress there. Hobbies include golf, touring and research of course!

Public Relations: John Sweeney (J.P.)
Involved in the import export business. Has a passion for the Irish language and culture. Takes part in many broadcasts in the Irish language on both Radio na Gaeltacht and Telifis na Gaeltachta nationwide, on various topics. Member of many local voluntary committees. Is a keen angler and collector of antiques, stamps and memorabilia. Editor of ‘The Sweeneys, Fanad, Doe, Banagh, International’, ‘Fleadh Caislean na dTuath’ and Capt. Richard Mingo Sweeneys ‘Sween Clan of the Battle-Axe’. Is currently working on a booklet "Looking For Roots". Lives at Loughanure with his wife Máire and children Gráinne, John Michael and Caoimha. Founder member of Clann tSuibhne.

Other Members:
Very Rev. Michael Sweeney P.P. Derrybeg.
John Michael Sweeney, Loch an Iúir.
Dr. Peter Sweeney, Dungloe.
Raymond Sweeney, Letterkenny.
Máire Bn. Mhic Suibhne, Loch an Iúir
Gráinne Nic Suibhne, Loch an Iúir.
Caoimha Nic Suibhne, Loch an Iúir
Máire Bn. Mhic Suibhne, An Fál Carragh.
Seamus Sweeney Thorr, Crolly.
Cathal Sweeney, Letterkenny.

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