Welcome to the Clan Ua Ríagáin! :
We are very pleased that you have visited our Website.
Formed in 1991, the Clan Ua Ríagáin of Ireland serves to unite
all Reagan kinsmen in preserving and perpetuating the culture,
histories, and traditions of our families. We have many
gatherings and events for all our kinsmen to reunite and
become re-acquainted; and assist our members in ways they may
Be sure to see the new Reagan tartan, our wonderful heraldic
art, and the information on our family’s history. Our surname
DNA project, though in its infancy, will be a spectacular
resource in the coming years.
On behalf of our Clan’s Chief, we appreciate your visit and
hope that you will come back regularly to see the latest news
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Chief Comments on Irish Affairs in
March 17, 2007; Atlanta, Georgia
In his annual St. Patrick's Day message to the
Clan, Our Chief spoke about his support of Irish history, the
plight of Irish immigration, and his hopes for the future. You can
read the Clan Chief's annual message here.
Clan's Chief Honoured by Bishop of San
March 4, 2007; Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Our Clan's Chief, along with 60 other
distinguished honourees were inducted into the Royal Confraternity
of Sao Teotonio. Named after the first Saint of Portugal, the
confraternity is patroned by the Bishop of the West African nation
of San Tome y Principe, and the Duke of Viseu Dom Miguel de
Braganza. The Clan Chief enjoys the rank of Knight Commander of
Justice, and was appointed Delegate to the State of Georgia.
Gathering of the Clan Postponed Until
February 16, 2007; Atlanta, Georgia
After prolonged discussion amongst the Clan
Council, our Clan Chief has decided to postpone the
scheduled Gathering of the Clan until next year. This was due to a
rise in transportation and accommodation prices. In addition, the
change will allow for many more locales to be visited and
outstanding opportunities for all attendees. Our Clan Chief
regrets this change in plans.
Clan Chief Remembers Late Governor of Texas
September 13, 2006; Austin, Texas
Upon hearing the death of former Governor Ann
Richards of Texas, our Clan's Chief expressed his
condolences to the childen of the late Governor.
He also recounted his meeting with the former
Governor while she was State Treasurer of Texas,
"She was a trailblazer, a great daughter of
Texas, and an outstanding public servant... I hope
that we have others who will follow her lead"
Breithlá sona duit an Togaidhe do Chenal!
August 26, 2006; Atlanta, Georgia
The members of the Clan and the Chief's Council
wish to extend a very Happy Birthday to Our Clan
Go maire tú an lá! Bail ó Dhia ort.
Clan Chief Honours Australian Kinsmen
July 17, 2006; Atlanta, Georgia
Thanks to the efforts of members in Australia and
New Zealand, our Clan Chief was informed of notable
kinsmen in the region. The Clan Chief expressed his
gratitude for the efforts of compiling the names of
well known kinsmen of Australia and New Zealand and
noting their accomplishments.
John Denis O'REAGAN - New Zealand 1990
The Hon. Sir John Barry O'REAGAN, KB -
Judge of the High Court of New Zealand 1973 - 84
Fiji Court of Appeal 1984-87.
Died in Wellington 22 September 1995.
The Hon. Katherine Victoria O'REAGAN,
(nee: NEWTON) - NZ 1990 Medal, NZ Sufferage Medal
1993, Minister of the Crown, Justice of the Peace
Private P.J. O'REAGAN - awarded the MM
(Military Medal) for Bravery 1919.
Patrick Joseph O'REAGAN - awarded MBE
(Member of the British Empire) 1974.
Patrick Joseph Burke O'REAGAN - awarded
the Coronation Medal 1937.
Sr. Pauline Margaret O'REAGAN, CBE
(Commander of the British Empire) 1990 - for
services to education and the community.
Sir Stephen Gerard (Tipene) O'REAGAN, KB -
Ngai Tahu (Maori) senior Chief. Son of Dr Rolland
O'Reagan and Rena Ruhia (nee: BRADSHAW), Director of
a wide range of South Island Maori enterprises.
Leading Aircraftsman Thomas O'REAGAN, BEM
(British Empire Medal) - for services in the RNZAF
at Lauthala Bay, Fiji.
Tricolour to be Flown on Easter Sunday
13 April 2006; Baile átha Cliath, Eire
As reported on the Fianna Fail website. Irish flags
are to be flown from all government buildings this
Easter Sunday, as the country remembers the events
that led to the birth of the Nation.
"The Tricolour had a central role in the rising
and was flown by the 1916 heroes from the roof of the
GPO together with a green flag with the words 'Irish
Republic'. The message of the flag is one of peace
between all people on the island and it is one we
should be proud of." the website reported.
Our Clan's Chief has asked all of our kinsmen to fly
the Irish Tricolour Flag. "The flag will be
raised from half-mast in memory of the Easter Rising
at 12:19pm Dublin time." (7:19am EDT).
Commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising
April 5, 2006; Dublin, Eire
Multiple news services have reported on the upcoming 90th
Anniversary of the Rising parade being planned in
On Easter Monday, April 24th 1916 nearly 2,000 men led by
Pádraig Pearse seized control of the Dublin General Post
Office and other strategic points in Dublin. Their aim was
to establish political independence from Britain and to
form an Irish Republic. Pearse's forces included 1,300
members of the Volunteers (public arm of the Irish
Republican Brothers) and 300 members of James Connolly's
Citizen Army. 550 people died and over 2000 were wounded.
While their rebellion failed in 1916, it did lead to the
creation of the Irish Free State in 1922, and later to the
Republic of Ireland in 1949.
Pádraig Pearse made the following statement at his court
martial the day before he was executed by the British:
"We seem to have lost. We have not lost.
To refuse to fight would have been to lose; to fight is to
We have kept faith with the past, and handed on a
tradition to the future."
---Pádraig Pearse, May 2, 1916.
The Irish government is planning a "90th Anniversary
Commemoration of the Rising". It will be marked by a
military parade in Dublin on Sunday, 16 April, 2006 when
2,500 personnel representing all branches of the Irish
Public Defence Forces together with representatives of
ex-service personnel and veterans of UN service will be
included. The Parade will also include members of the
Garda Síochána (police), representing their service
abroad with the United Nations. An aerial fly past by the
Irish Aer Corps is also envisaged.
The parade will depart from Dublin Castle, pass through
Dame Street, College Green and O'Connell Street. There
will be a reading of the "Proclamation of
Independence" outside the GPO and appropriate
military honours will be rendered.
This 90th Anniversary of the Rising will also be marked by
a wreath laying in Kilmainham Gaol earlier that morning
and by a State reception at Dublin Castle that evening.
The Irish government says they are trying to "reclaim
the memory of 1916 for all the people of Ireland". Ó
glaigh na hÉireann has been the motto of the Irish
Defence Forces ever since, and when translated from the
Irish language it means "Irish Volunteers". It
recently has been hijacked by some groups, and today the
Irish Government wants it reclaimed as Ireland's own motto
of Easter 1916.
Clan Chief Returns from Iberian Tour
March 28, 2006; Madrid, Spain
Upon departing Madrid-Barajas Airport, our Clan Chief
remarked, " I always enjoy exploring the rich
history and culture of the Iberian peninsula... the
succulent meats cheeses, and wines of the Castile-Leon
region are the finest in Spain". The Clan
Chief was in Spain as part of the group of American
members attending the European meeting and investiture
of the Imperial Byzantine Order of St. Constantine, held
The gala events of three days were attended by hundreds,
including representatives of the Orthodox Church and
several Noble households. A meeting with the Mayor and
a lunch at one of the bodegas of Toro, a river cruise down
the Duero, and a journey to the Portuguese border
filled the week long working holiday.
Increased Clan Resources Priority in
March 17, 2006; Atlanta, Georgia
"By providing support, assistance, and benefits
proper to the Clan members; will we be able to insure
future growth and well being for... and as, a Clan". Commenting
on his annual St. Patrick's Day Message, our Clan
Chief expressed his best wishes for the future of the Clan
especially next year's Clan Gathering in Ireland and
increased service to our Clan's membership.
Highlights of this year's message involved the
continued planning of the Gathering of the Clan in
Ireland(Scheduled for 2007), and obtaining an
Emergency Blood Bank Account and other immediate-need based
support for the Clan. "In light of the
catastrophic events of the last few years, the need is greater
than ever to help our kinsmen, wherever they may be
affected by the torments of this earth". This was our
Clan Chief's twenty-sixth annual message.
From the Chief :
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!
Please accept my
sincerest appreciation for all the kind wishes and messages
to my family and myself during this holiday. My sincerest
prayer is that all of you are healthy, joyful, and
prosperous this St. Patrick’s Day.
There have been some
setbacks in our planned Gathering of the Clan, which was
planned for the summer of this year. Due to several factors
out of our control, I have decided to postpone this event
until next year. This will allow us to procure better
accommodation and travel rates, as well as, permit all those
attending to see as much of the country as possible. I am
certain that with this delay, the Gathering will be
something very special... more so than originally planned.
Since my last message
to you, I have had the privilege to add my voice in causes
which directly effect the Irish nation on historical and
cultural matters. I wish to state that I fully support the
call for reassessment of the Tara/M3 project, which if done
in it’s current plan, would call for the destruction of
major archaeological sites near the Hill of Tara. I also
openly support the plight of the “undocumented Irish”
living in the United States, and I concur with An Taoiseach
of the need for immigration reform in this matter. Also, I
await with our fellow Irishmen and women for the successful
start of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and I call for a
peaceful political process for the region.
I continue to encourage
all of you to invite your extended family to join our Clan.
By growing in numbers with family, does our Clan become a
great resource in our lives, and a perpetual treasure to
pass to our future generations. By providing support,
assistance, and benefits proper for our Clan members; will
we be able to insure the perpetuation of our history as
family... and as, a Clan.
I am looking forward to
an official visit to Australia in May, as well as, my annual
visits to Texas in August and Southern California in
I pray that God
continues to bells all of you with health, peace, and
prosperity; especially those most in need of the Devine’s
Tá fáilte romhat ar son ar An Togaidhe
do Chenal Clan UaRíagáin, an aimsir láithreach ar án
(You are welcome on behalf of the Chief of
the Clan, you belong to the Clan Ua'Riagain!!)
Mise le meas,
An Togaidhe do Chenal Clan UaRíagáin na hEireann