Connie O’Ferrall Chieftain

Connie has been our Chieftain since the formation of The Farrell Clan in 1991. Since that time Connie and Rose have been outstanding leaders to our Clan and have given generously of their time and efforts to develop and support not only our own Clan and its connections, but also to promote Irish culture and heritage. They have presided over 9 International Farrell Clan Rallies and have represented The Farrell Clan both at home and abroad with dignity and distinction.

Connie was the unanimous choice of all members for Chieftain when the Clan was re-established in 1991. The two principal reasons for this choice were the long-standing association of the O’Ferrall family with Camlisk House in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford and their warm, welcoming personalities and passionate interest in all things Farrell!

It proved to be an inspired choice as over the following 30 years Connie and Rose welcomed many Farrell visitors not only to Longford but also to their home, Camlisk House.

In the Plantation of James 1, a grant was made in 1620 to Keadagh MacConnell O’Ferrall of the lands of Camliskmore and Camliksbeg – 113 acres (Irish Plantation measure) – at a crown rent of 2 ½ pence per acre. These lands were already in the possession of the O’Ferrall family from time immemorial. Keadagh’s father, Conal, lived there in the latter half of the 16th century.

The O’Ferrall family have had direct and unbroken possession of some of the lands owned by their ancestors in the sixteenth century and earlier, spanning 20 generations. The Farrells of Camlisk are mentioned by JP Farrell in his history of County Longford. Our DNA project has established links between the Camlisk Farrells and the many Farrell families in the midland counties.

Conal Henry, our Chieftain and the present owner, married Rose Mary Beirne from Glen and they had four sons and two daughters. Sadly, two sons are now deceased.

Connie has presided over nine International Farrell Clan Rallies. He has always taken an active part in the organisation and implementation of the Rally program. He leads us by example. Every year in between our official Rallies we have a stream of visitors who come to visit Longford, the ancestral home of the Farrells. Connie and Rose welcome our visitors not only to Longford, but also to their home in Camlisk.

Visitors come as strangers but immediately feel like family. Much of this is due to the wonderful example of welcome and hospitality that Connie and Rose have set for us. Welcome and hospitality are the hallmark and legacy that they have stamped on The Farrell Clan.

There are Farrells worldwide and Connie has represented The Farrell Clan with distinction both in Ireland and abroad. The O’Farrill family of Mexico are descendants of Joachim O’Farrell born in Longford in 1809. He emigrated to Spain and then to the Caribbean region, settling in Puebla.

A large delegation came from Mexico to the first International Farrell Clan Rally in 1993. In August 1995 Connie  led a group of Farrells on a visit to Puebla in Mexico. They were entertained at the Consulate where Chieftain,Connie, addressed the gathering.

Undoubtedly, the highlight of the visit was when Connie laid the foundation stone, brought all the way from Camlisk, of a castle to be modelled on the ancient O’Farrell stronghold.  This has created a permanent, distinctive link to the heritage and culture of Ireland in Mexico City.

At the heart of every Clan Rally is the hard work and commitment of The Farrell Clan Committee. At the heart of the Farrell Clan Committee are our Chieftain Connie and Rose. They lead us in good times and bad, in happy times and sad with dignity and kindness and care.

The motto of the Clan is Prodesse non Nocere …. To do good, not evil. Under the guidance and example of Connie and Rose we have expanded this to incorporate working together to achieve our goals of doing good with dignity and kindness and care.

Connie has given sterling service to our Clan; without his dedication we may not have survived for so long. At the young age of 90, Connie still turns out to committee meetings on dark winter evenings and still contributes enthusiastically to our plans for our next Rally in 2026.

 

Connie O Ferrall

Clan Social

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