O'Higgins - Ó hUigin - d'Eguino
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News and Events
News and Events
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Western Front Association Lecture on Michael Higgins - February 2017
The Dublin Branch of the Western Front Association are holding a lecture about Lt. Michael A. Higgins who served in the Leinster Regiment from 1915-1017.
Higgins was a younger brother of Dr. Thomas Higgins TD and an older brother of Kevin O'Higgins TD who was Minister for Justice in the 1st Dail Éireann.
The lecture will be given by his kinsman Denis Kirby of the Cork branch of the family at 2pm on February 18th in the National Museum Collins Barracks, Dublin. All Welcome.
Rest in Peace - Passing of US Clan Association Leaders - January 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of three of members of the clan association in the USA.
Vincent Higgins of New Jersey d. June 12th 2016
John Higgins of Idaho d. April 23rd 2015
James Higgins of Nebraska d. June 13th 2016
Vince and John were cousins who grew up together in New Jersey having attended school together and served in the US Military at the same time. In later life although they lived apart they remained close friends and dedicated members of the Clan Association in the USA. They were both involved in organising commemorations and gatherings in Ireland and in the USA. They are survived by their wives and extended families and will be sadly missed.
James (Jim) Higgins grew up in Nebraska a loved member of the extended Higgins family there who also saw military service. He was artistic and gentle and was appointed in 2009 by the Chief of the Clan as our official poet ultimately composing over 40 poems for his Chief and Clan. He last visited Ireland in 2015 when he distributed his late father's medals in places of connected with his family,.
Our clan association is all the poorer for the loss of these three gentlemen.
Orthu dheis Dé go raibh a anam
Mal (Higgins) Fay Performs on TV in Finland - November 2016
Mal Fay a cousin of our Chief was recently invited to perform an Irish ballad on TV in Finland. Mal has lived in Finland for many years where he is a well known musician and personality.
You can check out his recent TV performance here
Wreath Laying Ceremony at Bernardo O'Higgins Memorial - January 2016
On Friday 15th January the Chilean Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Heraldo Munoz visited the O'Higgins Memorial in Merrion Square Park, Dublin where he laid a wreath at the Bernardo O'Higgins Monument. The event which was organised by the Embassy of Chile in Dublin was attended by members of the O'Higgins family who are pictured above with the Foreign Minister and the Chilean Ambassador to Ireland.
Chilean Government Honours President Higgins - January 2016
On 14th January 2016 the Chilean Minister for Foreign Affairs presented President Higgins with a Diploma of Honour to recognise his contribution towards the development of democracy and human rights in Chile. In 1988 President Higgins was a member of the Irish Parliament who travelled to Chile to support the campaign against the Dictator General Pinochet and the revival of democracy. The ceremony was hosted by the Chilean Embassy in Dublin and was attended by members of the O'Higgins Clan Professor Niall O'Higgins and Dr. James O'Higgins Norman.
Death of Aidan Higgins Irish Poet and Writer - December 2015
The death has occurred of the Irish writer Aidan Higgins. Aidan was born in 1927 in Celbridge, Co. Kildare. He attended Clongowes Wood College and went on to become one of Ireland's most prolific and well known authors. He was a founding member of the Irish association of artists known as Aosdána and lived in in Kinsale, Co. Cork. His works included "Langrishe, Go Down" , "Balcony of Europe" and "Lions of Grunwald". H is survived by his wife journalist and writer Alannah Hopkin. Tributes were led by President Higgins among others. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Saving of the Book of O'Gara 300th Anniversary - October 2015
October 15th marked the 300th Anniversary of the binding of the Book of O'Gara by Brian Higgins of Dublin. The manuscript had been written by Fr. Nicolás (Ferghall Dubh) Ó Gadhra between 1655 and 1659 when he was in exile in Belgium following the confiscation of clan lands in Sligo. The manuscript mostly contains poems and verse attributed to some of the great Gaelic scholars including our own Tadgh Dall Ó hUigin who is buried at Banada Friary where Fr. Nicolás had been based prior to and subsequently after his exile in Belgium. In 1715 Brian Higgins of Dublin (descended from the Mayo O'Higgins) ensured the posterity of the manuscript by having it securely bound. It is now held at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. More information about the Book of O'Gara and it's O'Higgins connections here. To mark the occasion Maura O'Gara O'Riordan and Dr. James O'Higgins Norman met in Dublin to represent their clans at a specially arranged lunch.
Dame Maura O'Gara O'Riordan represented her clan at a special lunch in Dublin to commemorate the binding of the Book of O'Gara by Brian Higgins in 1715.
President of Ireland Hosts Clans of Ireland for 25th Anniversary - May 2015
Ronán Rafferty (Ireland) and Terexa O'Higgins (Argentina) represented the O'Higgins Clan at this years Clans of Ireland Gala Dinner at the Stephens Green Hibernian Club in Dublin. Terexa is descended from William O'Higgins of Summerhill, Co. Meath who left Ireland in the mid 1700s and became a senior Spanish Colonial Administrator in Paraguay. Her family later settled in Argentina.
Wedding Announcement in Florida- April 2015
Mr. James and Mrs. Madeline Higgins of Vero Beach, FL announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin Higgins, to Brian Ghere originally of Menomonee Falls WI, son and stepson of Mr. James and Mrs. Kathy Ghere of Wheaton, IL. Brian and Kristin met in high school in Cincinnati, OH after she moving there from Hoffman Estates, IL and started dating after Homecoming in 2006. They dated long-distance through college before getting jobs at the same company and moving to Dalton, GA. In December, they purchased a home in Chattanooga, TN. Brian proposed on vacation in San Francisco, CA at the top of a lighthouse on an island overlooking the bay. A May Florida wedding is planned for the continental couple
Higgins Elected to Local Government in Washington DC - January 2015
Congratulations to Mr. Jeffrey Higgins who was recently elected to the Area Neighborhood Commission in Washington D.C.; His two-year term begins tomorrow. The Advisory Neighborhood Commissions consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District's annual budget. The ANCs are the body of government in Washington DC with the closest official ties to the people in a neighborhood.Jeffrey will represent the Penn Quarter neighborhood.
James F. Higgins of Nebraska RIP - October 2014
Local Clan O'Higgins co-ordinator John F. Higgins, 89, of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away October 1, 2014. Born on December 25, 1924 in Chicago Heights, Ill. to John F. and Clara (Cropper) Higgins, He served as a Navy Radioman in WWII and the Korean Conflict. During his life he was a police officer, a railroader (CB&Q) and an employee of Woodmen Accident and Life Company, Lincoln, Neb. John and Mary Ann (McDonald-Angus) Higgins were united in marriage on May 28th, 1976 in Columbus, Neb. Long time member of American Legion Post #3, life-time member of VFW Post 131, and DAV Chapter 7, and attended Oak Lake E-Free Church in Lincoln. John had many interests: sports, history, travel, genealogy, but his greatest interest was being a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Survived by his wife, Mary Ann; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel T. and Stephanie G. Higgins; son, James F. Higgins; daughter and son-in-law, Myra L. and Jarold Bartek; grandchildren, Joshua and Megan Higgins, Justin Mullen, Matthew and Brooke Mullen, Zachary and Sarie Whitson, Brooke and Joseph Reinhard, Max and Jennifer Whitson, and Shannon Whitson; and several great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents and one son, John Patrick Higgins. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam uasal.
Chief Karl Raises Funds for Bridge2aid - September 2014
Clan Chief, Karl O'Higgins, has left the comfort of his office once again to raise badly needed funds for his favourite dental charity Bridge2aid. On 6th September 2014 The Baron of Ballynary participated in a gruelling "Wolf Run" which involved running a 10KM track of mud runs, trail runs and obstacle runs through open ground, woodland, lakes & thick mud. Chief Karl was delighted to complete the run and to raise GBP£1000 for Bridge2aid's work in Tanzania.
Chief Karl Supports New Medical Charity Ship for Africa - September 2014
Last year our Chief The Baron of Ballynary and his colleagues at A-Dec Limited supplied a package of dental equipment and installed it on a small medical ship called the "Jubilee Hope" which is operated by the Vine Trust Charity. The ship traveled from Scotland to Lake Victoria in East Africa where it will be visiting islands and shoreline villages providing various medial services including dental and optical to local communities. On the 24th September after a journey of 246 days the Jubilee Hope arrived at Mwanza in Tanzania and is now ready to provide healthcare to people in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Jack Higgins joins Team Ireland at European Touch Rugby Championships in Wales - August 2014.
Good luck to Jack Higgins (17 yrs) of Dundrum in Dublin who joins Team Ireland at the European Touch Rugby Championships in Wales from 5th - 10th August 2014. Jack is a cousin of our clan chief and a member of the Ballynary line of the O'Higgins family.
Clan Chief Builds New Clinic in Tanzania - May 2014
Our Clan Chief The Baron of Ballynary recently returned to Mwanza in Tanzania to assist with the relocation of a charitable dental clinic that he first built over 10 years ago with the help of his late wife Joanne. With the help of colleagues in the dental industry Chief Karl raised over GBP£150,000 worth of funding and support, most of which was new or nearly new equipment supplied by his company A-Dec Limited. The clinic is operated by the charity Bridge2aid and is called Hope Dental Clinic. The clinic had previously been temporarily located in a local hotel but with the help of Chief Karl and others at Bridge2aid it has now been relocated and refitted with state of the art equipment.Chief Karl was accompanied on this trip by his daughter Emily Mae who attended a local primary school while in Mwanza.
Obituary of Elaine Higgins of New York - May 2014.
Elaine Mary Higgins, of Lattingtown, N.Y. has died at the age of 96. In her prime she was an Executive of a Long Island real estate management firm, an entrepreneur having founded her own sundries and direct mailing business in the late 1950?s; but she shall be best remembered as a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother of the Higgins clan. She was the last surviving member of the McMahon family where she shall now join her brothers and sisters; Ted , Richard, Marjorie, Patricia and Betty. She was the Past President of the Mercy League charitable organization on Long Island and was unrivaled in reputation for the fund raising galas she organized during her tenure.
Her late husband, Thomas Laurence Higgins, was a former business executive and direct descendent of Shean Duff O?hUigin [O?Higgins], Baron of Ballynary and the Royal O'Conor Family of Ballintubber, and first cousin (4x removed) to Bernardo O?Higgins, Liberator of Chile. Elaine declined consideration to re-marry upon his death declaring her marriage ?the perfect one?. Her deceased daughter, Elaine, a beloved mother, grandmother and teacher, made her debut at the Regina Cotillion in Garden City, New York in the early 1960?s.
She is survived by her son, Thomas Laurence, of Matinecock, New York, Co Chairman and CEO of Goldshield Industries, a Life Science company and daughter Coleen of Lattingtown, N.Y., an award winning film maker and photographer, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
The O'Higgins Clan sends our condolences to Elaine's family.
Brian Boru 1014-2014 Commemoration - April 2014
Clans of Ireland recently hosted a commemoration at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin on 23rd April to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf which was held on the same day in 1014. The battle was waged by Brian Boru who was then High King of Ireland against the King of Leinster who employed viking mercenaries to assist him in his aim of supplanting the High King. Although Brian Boru lost his life at Clontarf he did succeed in winning the battle and uniting most of the Irish clans under his banner. While the O'Higgins were not present in Clontarf in 1014 we were represented at the commemoration in 2014 when our Secretary General met with the 32nd direct successor to Brian Boru, Sir Conor O'Brien who is Chief of the O'Brien Clan and Prince of Thomond. The ceremony was also attended by members of other clans, particularly the O'Brien clan and many visitors from the USA. Pictured above Sir Conor O'Brien Princeof Thomond in attendance at the commemoration in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
Council of Chiefs Launch Book on Gaelic Ireland - April 2014
For the past number of years the Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains has sponsored an essay competition on Gaelic Ireland. These essays have been edited into a book by Dr. Katharine Simms of Trinity College Dublin and the book was recently launched at the Clans of Ireland AGM on the 12th April in the Mansion House Dublin. The book is entitled ?Gaelic Ireland (c.600 ? c. 1700): Politics, Culture and Landscapes? and is published by Wordwell ISBN 978 1 905569 79 3. Pictures above is The O Morchoe m(Council of Chiefs), Dr. Simms (Editor) and Dr. Michael J.S. Egan (Cathaoirleach Clans of Ireland). It was also announced that future competitions will be jointly sponsored by the Standing Council of Irish Chiefs and Chieftains and Clans of Ireland.
Secretary General Completes Term on Clans of Ireland Board - April 2014
The O'Higgins Clan Secretary General Dr. James O'Higgins Norman recently resigned from Clans of Ireland after completing a term of 6 years on its board of directors, 5 of which he was Vice Chairperson. James was elected to the board on the nomination of the O'Higgins Clan in 2008 and has been centrally involved in a number of developments at Clans of Ireland since then. To mark his retirement from the board of Clans of Ireland he was presented with the first copy of book entitled ?Gaelic Ireland (c.600 ? c. 1700): Politics, Culture and Landscapes?which is a compilation edited by Dr. Katharine Simms of Trinity College Dublin. Pictured above The O Morchoe and Dr. Simms present James with the book.
To the End of the Earth - Two Radio Documentaries about O'Higgins in Chile - February 2014
The O'Higgins Clan was delighted to collaborate recently with Enda Roche on the production of two radio documentaries about Don Ambrose O'Higgins and Don Bernardo O'Higgins of Chile. The documentaries were recorded in Dublin and Santiago and feature interviews with scholars from the prestigious Instituto O'Higginiano de Chile as well as Dr. James O'Higgins Norman of DCU. The programmes were broadcast on February 10th and 24th, 2014. They can be listened to as podcasts on Near FM
Tom Higgins (New York) Addresses Commonwealth Business Council in Sri Lanka - November 2013.
CEO and Co-Chairman of Goldshield, Tom Higgins, delivered a speech at the Commonwealth Business Council?s Round-table Forum on ?Business and Society?. Mr. Higgins who's ancestors come from Summerhill, Co. Meath, focused his remarks on the need for 21st century corporations to commit to their social and environmental responsibilities. He gave examples of the movement in 1990 to provide alternative organic cotton growth to reduce the amount of insecticides and pesticides sprayed on conventional cotton globally, estimated to have been 55% of the world?s insecticides and 26% of the world?s pesticides, all of which were hazardous to humans and animals.
Through a grass route assembly of farmers and small to medium sized companies, they formed the National Organic Cotton Association, in an effort to certify and promote organic cotton. In large part due to their efforts, the percentages of these chemicals on a global scale have been reduced to 16%-20% of insecticides and 10% of pesticides, making the USA the largest supplier of organic cotton. He emphasized the innovation and commitment from these companies that took on the challenges of sustainable development and how governments and industries need to recognize and support these initiatives of corporate social responsibility.
He went on to describe the global human health challenges with infections disease. He quoted the amount of deaths in the USA attributed to hospital ?acquired-infections at an astonishing 280 deaths each day at costs estimated to be in excess of $30bb to remediate these patients. He drew a parallel concern in the Asian market where there is a keen acknowledgement that the proximity of human and animals is breeding higher morbidity rates and posing global threats of pandemic diseases. He stated as the world gets flatter the risks posed by the likes of SARS and Avian influenzas becoming ever more daunting.
To meet these challenges he introduced the nano technology his company has developed that can significantly mitigate the spread of these diseases by simply reducing the exposure of people to them. Mindful of the need for products that have long term residual protection he emphasized the importance of governments and industries to acknowledge and support these innovations. Lastly, he pointed out that it was not an anomaly for firms to be socially responsible and economically profitable.
Sharing the dais were Hon. D.E.W. Gunasekera, Minister for Human Resources, Sri Lanka; Pradipta Mohapatra, past Chairman CII Southern Region; Dr. Rupali Basu, CEO Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals Ltd.; and Rosemary Kirkby, Managing Director R. Kirkby Associates, Australia.
Vincent Higgins Visits Grave of Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginn - September 2013
In September 2013, Vincent Higgins who is a member of Clan Council traveled from New Jersey to his ancestral home in Sligo to spend a few days in the company of his kinsmen when he came across the burial site of Tadgh Dall Ó hUiginn at Banada near Tubbercurry in Sligo. Tadgh Dall Ó hUiginn (c. 1550- c. 1591) was one of the most well-known of the late-Gaelic era poets. He was called dall because he was blind. His father was Mathghamhain mac Maolmhuire Ó hUiginn, directly descended from Tadhg Óg Ó hUiginn (died 1448). His brother was Maol Muire Ó hUiginn, Archbishop of Tuam (died 1590). Another brother may have been one Tomhaltach Óg. Tadhg was noted as having lands at Doughrarane in Achonry and Coolrecuil in Kilmactigue, and other parcels, in County Sligo and served as a juror. He was murdered in 1591 by the O'Hara's as a punishment for composing a satirical poema bout 6 members of their family who were robbers. Vincent also took the opportunity while in Sligo to meet up with his cousin Jim F. Higgins (pictured above) who is the retired President of the Irish National Teachers? Organisation (INTO). Vincent and Jim located each other through the clan DNA programme. Jim lives in the part of Sligo where Vincent's ancestor's originate, so the apple does not fall far from the tree!
New Chief Acclaimed - August 2013.
The Clan has acclaimed a new Chief, Karl O'Higgins of Ballynary, who succeeded his father at a ceremony in Dublin on August 17th 2013. For more information click here.
O'Higgins Clan Welcomes President to Boston - May 2012
Nadya and Jim Higgins with President and Mrs. Higgins
Barry Higgins and daughter Erin with President and Mrs. Higgins
President Michael D. Higgins made his first official visit to the Boston from 5th to 7th May 2012 during which he attended a number of events to commemorate the Irish Famine and gave an address at Faneuil Hall. Members of the O'Higgins Clan were on hand to ensure that the President felt at home. Pictured above with President and Mrs. Higgins are Nadya and Jim Higgins from Harvard Massachusetts who welcomed the President to Boston along with Barry Higgins and his daughter Erin who hail from Cape Cod. Thanks to Clan Ollamh Vincent Higgins of New Jersey who co-ordinated the welcome for the Clan.
Terexa O'Higgins Attends Clans of Ireland Meeting in Dublin - April 2012
Terexa O'Higgins from Argentina represented the O'Higgins Clan Society at the annual general meeting of Clans of Ireland the independent authority that co-ordinates the activities of Irish Clans. As part of the event Terexa met the Minister for Toursin, Dr. Leo Varadkar and Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague. Terexa's ancestor William O'Higgins left Ireland for Paraguay in the 18th century.
Higgins Elected Mayor in Freehold, New Jersey - March 2012
Congratulations to Nolan Higgins who has been elected as Mayor of Freehold, New Jersey in the USA. Nolan is a local business man who's family arrived in the USA from Sligo in the 1850s. He is the Funeral Director and Manager of Higgins Memorial Home, a business established by his father, James, in 1952. Nolan Higgins is a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson University, the American Academy, McAllister Institute of Funeral Service and received a mini-MBA from Rutgers Center for Management Development. He is a former Adjunct Instructor in Funeral Service Law and Funeral Home Management at Mercer County Community College.
Chilean Students Visit Ballynary - January 2012
On Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January a group of Chilean students paid a visit to Ballynary, Co. Sligo to see the birthplace of Ambrose O'Higgins (ca. 1720). The group stayed at Arrow Rock Hostel overlooking the scenic Lough Arrow. They visited O'Higgins Memorial Park and had a short lecture on the history of the clan.
"Last of the Mohicans" Dies in Summerhill, Co. Meath - January 2012
Post Office, Summerhill ca. 1911.
Ms. Phyllis Gogarty who often described herself as the "last of the mohicans" has died in Ireland. She was the last direct descendent of the O'Higgins of Ballynary to own the family seat at Clondoogan in Summerhill Co. Meath. She had spent her whole life at Summerhill where she was the post mistress and custodian of the family holding which had been in the O'Higgins family since 1721. Ms. Gogarty's grandmother a Higgins who married a Gogarty. May She Rest in Peace.
Higgins Becomes President at Dublin Castle Ceremony - November 2011
(Photo: Irish Times)
Michael D Higgins has become the ninth President of Ireland at an inauguration ceremony in Dublin Castle today.
(Photo: Irish Times)
Shortly before 12.30pm Chief Justice Mrs. Susan Justice Denham read the presidential declaration to Mr Higgins, who repeated and signed it. Mrs Justice Denham then presented Mr Higgins with the presidential seal. All those of the name O'Higgins and Higgins around Ireland and the world pledge our support for our kinsman in his work as President of Ireland. You can read President Higgins inauguration speech here.
Enrique O'Higgins Appointed as Rúnaí for South America - October 2011
On the advice of Clan Council the Clan Chief the Hon. Thomas O'Higgins has appointed Snr. Enrique O'Higgins to be post of Rúnaí South America. Enrique is from Argentina but is descended from William O'Higgins (an uncle of Bernardo O'Higgins of Chile) who came from Summerhill and settled in Paraguay. Enrique now lives in South America with his wife and son and is delighted to have been appointed by Clan Chief to represent and organise the Clan in South America where there are an estimated 200 people who are related to O'Higgins. As a Rúnaí Enrique will also be a member of Clan Council and contribute to the future leadership of the Clan.
Nuevo Web site en Español / New Spanish Website - October 2011
Somos felices de anunciar que nuestro Web site está disponible ahora en español. Gracias a Enrique O'Higgins por su trabajo sobre el nuevo Web site.
Usted puede visitarlo aquí
Dr. Michael D. Higgins Elected President of Ireland - October 2011
On 29th October - Dr. Michael D. Higgins has been elected 9th President of Ireland. Dr. Higgins received over one million votes in a landslide victory that left other contenders behind. Dr. Higgins is a poet and academic with 30 years experience as a politician in Ireland. Internationally he is best known for his human rights work in South and Central America and the Middle East. He will be inaugurated as President of Ireland at a special ceremony in Dublin Castle on 11 November before taking up residence in Aras an Uachtarain in the Phoenix Park. He has promised to be President for all of the People at a time of transformation in Irish Society. You can access his acceptance speech here.
Higgins Poet to be Commemorated in Annual Competition - September 2011
(Photo: Poet Higgins Society)
A new group called the "Poet Higgins Society" has been established with the intention of commemorating the life and works of the poet Patrick Higgins (1832-1902) of Cloncloose on the Leitrim-Longford border. A special book was launched in September and the organising committee have established an annual Poet Higgins Award for Poetry which this year was presented to Anne Byrne from Boyle Co. Roscommon for her poem "Raindrops". The Society is also planning to erect a monument where Patrick Higgins lived an area which has come to be known as "Poets Hill". Anyone interested in supporting the work of the Poet Higgins Society can contact the committee through their website.
O'Higgins Meets Chilean Ambassador in Dublin - August 2011
Chief and Madam O'Higgins were recently invited to meet with the Chilean Ambassador Mr. Searle and his wife to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Bernardo O'Higgins in Chile on 20th August 1778. During the meeting Ambassador Searle presented Chief Thomas with a letter from the President of Chile.
Higgins to Run for President of Ireland - June 2011
Former Labour Party Minister and Senator, Michael D. Higgins has obtained the Labour Party nomination to run for President of Ireland in the autumn. Mr. Higgins is well known to members of the O'Higgins Clan having joined us most recently for the Bernardo O'Higgins Memorial Ceremony in August 2008. His family come from Galway and he has held political office in Ireland since he first became a Senator in 1973. He retired as a TD in 2011.He will be the second member of the clan to stand for election to the Presidency, the former being Tom O'Higgins who was narrowly defeated by President DeValera in 1973. Should he win the nomination and be elected President of Ireland he would be only the second member of the Clan ever to be a Head of State, the first being Bernardo O'Higgins in Chile. Although not related directly to Bernardo, Michael D. Higgins has in the past visited Chile and campaigned for human rights there and in Palestine. The presidential election will take place in October.
Vincent Higgins of New Jersey Takes on Conkilins Trail - June 2011
Clan Ollamh Comhalta Vincent Higgins will mark his 80th birthday this month by cycling the Conklin Trail an Irish heritage trail in New Jersey. In the late 1800s the present bike trail served as a tow path for mules pulling barges along the Delaware Canal sadly dug by Irish laborers many of whom died at the work. There are memorials to their memory along this thirty five mile portion now a New Jersey state park with the Delaware river paralleling the canal on its west side. Best of luck to Vince as he takes on this challenge.
Higgins Greet World Cup in Caravaca, Spain - December 2010
When the World Cup visited Spain to celebrate the end of Caravaca's Holy Year local Higgins were on hand to join in the celebrations. Tony and Teresa Higgins of Murcia took their family to see the Cup which was sent to the town by the Spainsih National Team in gratitude for the blessings they received through the intercession of the famous Caravaca Cross. A replica of the Cross accompanied the team during the World Cup in South Africa.
New Stamp honours Bernardo O'Higgins - October 2010
On October 28th 2010 the Irish and Chilean Governments jointly issued two bicentennial stamps featuring images of General Juan MacKenna and General Bernado O'Higgins. The stamps were issued as part of a series of events to mark the 200th anniversary of Chilean independence and the contribution of the Irish to this achievement. Two separate stamps were issued, one with the figure of O'Higgins and the second with the figure of General Juan MacKenna who fought alongside O'Higgins in Chile. Members of the O'Higgins family in Ireland were present at the launch of the stamps as well as Ambassador Searle of Chile. Further details about how to purchase the stamps is available here.
Chile 200th to be celebrated in Dublin - September 2010
The Chilean Ambassador in Dublin hosted a special ceremony at the O'Higgins Monument in Dublin's Merrion Square to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of Chilean Independence. Chief and Madam O'Higgins were unable to attend the ceremony but sent a beautiful traditional Irish gift to be presented to the President of Chile through the Ambassador in Dublin. Several members of the O'Higgins family of Summerhill. Co. Meath attended the ceremony as well as other members of the wider clan. Photographs of the ceremony can be viewed here .
David Higgins Published "Eclectic Collection" - August 2010
David Higgins of Eau Claire, Wisconsin recently published his first book of photographs entitled "Eclectic Collection" representing over 30 years of his photogrpahy. Several genres of fine art photography are included in the edition which can be purchased from here.
O'Higgins War Heroes Remembered at Ohio Ceremonies - July 2010
There were two SAR ceremonies held in Ohio on 31st July to honour Col. Robert Higgins and Pvt. William Higgins. The first ceremony in honour of Col. Robert Higgins was held at 09.30am at Higginsport Cemetery, Higginsport, Ohio. The village of Higginsport was founded by Colonel Robert Higgins, a Revolutionary War Officer who received 1,000 acres of land for his services to the country. Colonel Higgins, who was born in Virginia, left his large plantation on the South Branch of the Potomac River, and emigrated with his family to Kentucky in 1798 - across the river from his survey in Lewis Township, OH. Col. Higgins and his family crossed the Ohio River in spring of 1799, and occupied a crude cabin in what is now the village of Higginsport. Mrs. Mary Higgins (nee Joliffe), who died in 1806, was the first person buried in the Higginsport Cemetery. Subsequently, Col. Higgins donated the land for a public cemetery to the village of Higginsport. The second SAR ceremony in honour of Pvt. William Higgins was also held on 31 July at 14.30pm at the gravesite of Pvt. William Higgins, Prospect Cemetery, Hillsboro, Ohio. Pvt. Higgins is the 6th great grandfather of our clan poet James F. Higgins of Nebraska. Further information on these events can be accessed from the local press here.
O'Higgins Elected Chair of Bar Council of Ireland - July 2010
Paul O'Higgins SC has been elected as Chair of the Council of the Bar of Ireland, one of the most senior legal positions in Ireland. Mr O?Higgins graduated in history from UCD, qualified as a barrister and was called to the Bar in 1977. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1982 and became a senior counsel in 1992. He has practised in wide areas of the law including criminal, media, administrative law and judicial review, planning and constitutional law. He appeared in the litigation leading to the deregulation of taxi licences and represented Seán Mulligan in his challenge to the slopping-out system in Portlaoise prison where judgment was given earlier this week.
Clans of Ireland AGM - April 2010
The Annual General Meeting of Finte na hÉireann ~ Clans of Ireland will take placeon Saturday 17th April at 2.00pm in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Clans of Ireland is the independent authority established in 1989 to support the re-formation of Irish Clans and to maintain the Register of Irish Clans of which O'Higgins is a member. The AGM will begin with the Procession of Chiefs and will include a lecture by Brian O'Donovan of Eneclann entitled "Survival Through Assimilation 1691-1800: Evidence for the People of Ireland". If you wish to attend please contact the Registrar of Clans of Ireland Maura O'Gara-O'Riordan at [email protected]
DNA Conference in Dublin - April 2010
The O'Byrne Clan are holding a DNA information seminar on the 18th April from 11.00-16.30hrs in the Unites Arts Club, 3 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. While the seminar will focus on the O'Byrne Clan it will be of interest to those wishing to learn more about DNA testing and it's contribution to genealogy. Anyone interested in attending should contact Paul Burns at [email protected]
Higgins in Spain 2010
Greetings are sent from Tony Higgins in Spain who celebrated St. Patrick's Day there this year with his wife and family. Tony runs a holiday home in Murcia but has the time to write about Irish connections with Spain. He recently publishean article about celebating St. Patrick's Day in Spain and another about the Irish contribution to the Spanish Civil War. We hope you enjoy reading them.
Higgins' Film for Irish Screens
Congratulations to Michelle Higgins of CNGM Pictures in the USA who has had her movie "Darren and Abbey" accepted for the International Irish Film Festival which takes place in Clonmel from 4-11th September 2010. Further details can be obtained at http://amritsa.com/eire/list10.htm Michelle is among a number of Higgins in the film industry.
Chief Appoints new Clan Poet - November 2009
On the recommendation of the Clan Council Chief Thomas has signed the certificate appointing James F. Higgins of Nebraska to the position of Aosdána or Clan Poet. James is well known within the clan and his poems have been published in a book by Publish America (2007). His writings will be available on this website. From now on as Clan Poet he will have the right to be heard wherever and whenever the clan gathers.
Chief of Clan Celebrates Chile Day with Ambassador - September 2009
On Thursday September 17th Ambassador Cecilia MacKenna hosted a reception at the Mansion House in Dublin to celebrate Chile Day which falls on the 18th of September. The Chief of the O'Higgins Clan and Madam O'Higgins were among 200 guests who attended the reception. Chief Thomas presented Ambassador MacKenna with a photograph of a Copihue flower which is the national flower of Chile. The Chief also briefly discussed plans for the O'Higgins gathering in Santiago in 2010 to mark the bicentenary of Chile.
Chile Bicentennial 2010
The Chieftain of the O'Higgins has announced a special gathering of the Clan to be held in Chile in 2010 to celebrate the countries bicentennial. At this stage it looks like the event will take place in late September and early October 2010. Chief Thomas and the planning committee are working closely with Ambassador MacKenna in Dublin and as soon as a draft itinerary is ready it will be released to the Clan. In the meantime, if you are interested in being part of the gathering in Chile next year please email Sarah Higgins at [email protected] to register your interest. For further information please visit our Clan Gatherings section.
President of Chile Unveils New O'Higgins Monument - JUne 2009
On the 23rd of June members of the O'Higgins Clan in the USA gathered at the Chilean Embassy in Washington DC to see the President of Chile unveil a new bust of Bernardo O'Higgins. In her speach President Bachelet acknowledged the presence of the O'Higgins group led by Clan Ollamh Vincent Higgins of New Jersey and reminded people of the important contribution of Bernardo O'Higgins as Chile's first Head of State.
Clan Gathering in Washington DC - June 2009
The O'Higgins Clan held its first USA based Clan gathering at the Army & Navy Club in Washington DC from the 4-7th June 2009. The itinerary included a visit to the Chilean Navy Tall Ship "Esmeralda" as well as clan members being special guests at the Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington DC. There were also seminars on the history of the clan and individuals of the name who have excelled in their fields. Further details on the event can be found at 2009 USA Clan Gathering
Lectures on O'Higgins Poets and their Patrons - May 2009
There was a lecture entitled O'Higgins Poets and their Patrons by Dr. Katherine Simms of Trinity College, Dublin on Saturday 9th May in the Clarion Hotel, Sligo. The lecture was part of an innaugural conference entitled Scholars, Scribes and Poets of Gaelic Sligo an it was organised by the Sligo Field Club. There was also a lecture entitled In Search of Tadhg Dall Ó hUigínn by Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin from the School of Celtic Studies in the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies.
St. Patrick's Festival - March 2009
The Annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations will take place in Ireland and around the world on March 17th and the O'Higgins Clan will be represented at the festivities in Dublin as well as in other cities in Ireland and around the world.
New Arrival in Spain - December 2008
The O'Higgins Clan are pleased to announce the birth of Chiara Musante Bibolini who through her mother Rosa Bibolini is descended from Bernardo O'Higgins of the Ballynary line of O'Higgins. Chiara was born on the 18th of December in Spain and as you can see from the photograph her Irish roots can be seen in those big blue eyes. Incidentally, tradition has it that the many Irish Clans are descended from the sons of King Míl of Spain, so Chiara is bringing the clan back home in many ways!
New Arrival in Co. Meath - July 2008
The O'Higgins Clan warmly welcomes the arrival of Hannah Louise O'Reilly Jackson who was born in July in Dublin. She is the daughter of Siobhán (O'Higgins) O'Reilly and Andrew Jackson of Ashbourne, Co. Meath and a grandaughter of Carmel O'Higgins and Terry O'Reilly. Through her mother Siobhán, Hannah Louise is descended in the Ballynary line of the O'Higgins.
O'Higgins Appointed to European Court of Justice - August 2008
The Government of Ireland at its meeting on 1 July, 2008 nominated Judge Kevin O?Higgins for appointment as a judge of the European Court of First Instance. Judge O?Higgins term of office will run for a period of six years. The European Court of First Instance was set up by the Single European Act and is attached to the European Court of Justice. Judge O'Higgins was born in 1946 and was educated at Crescent College, Limerick; Clongowes Wood College; and UCD. Judge O?Higgins is related to the first Irish Minister for Justice also Kevin O'Higgins and former Presidential Candidate Tom O'Higgins. He is descended from the O'Higgins family of Woodstown near Stradbally in Co. Laois. He is one of the longest serving Judges in the Ireland.
Bernardo O'Higgins Commemoration - July 2008
August 2008 marks the 230th anniversary of the birth of Bernardo O'Higgins who was an independence leader and first Head of State of Chile. He was descended from the O'Higgins family of Ballynary and later of Summerhill, Co.Meath. During his time as President, Bernardo succeeded in establishing the first Chilean constitution, a national navy, and continued his goal to free Latin America by invading Peru. A commemoration ceremony was held in Merrion Square Dublin on the 27th July at 3pm. More details can be found at 2008 Dublin Clan Gathering .
New Arrival in USA - May 2008
The O'Higgins Clan is delighted to announce the birth of Jack Marley Higgins who is the first child born to Brendan Higgins and Suzanne Bass. Through his father Jack is descended from the Ballynary line of the O'Higgins family who were later located in Summerhill Co. Meath from about 1720 until his ancestor Laurence Higgins left Ireland for the USA in the 1861.
New Arrivals in Lancashire - February 2008
Congratualtions to Melissa O'Higgins-Norman and her partner Matt Derbyshire on the birth of their twin boys Callum and Breidín who were born on February 27th last at Blackburn Royal Hospital. Melissa and Matt live in Lancashire where Matt is a striker for Blackburn Rovers FC. The identical twins received a warm welcome into the family and as they grow they will be under the watchful eye of their great uncle Clan Chief Thomas O'Higgins who lives in nearby Cheshire.
Chief's Son Takes a Tumble for Charity - December 2007
Karl O'Higgins, steering his Driller Killers soapbox, was catapulted from his ride on the very first run during this years annual Hoar Cross Downhill Race. Karl who is the Clan Chief's second son was knocked out of the annual race in Staffordshire, England but refused to go to hospital until after the race had finished. The event broke its own records as it was attended by 7000 people and raised in excess of ,000 for the Acorns Childrens Hospice.
Flight of the Earls 1607-2007
On the 13th and 14th September 2007 a number of events will take place to commemorate the Flight of the Earls in 1607. The Flight of the Earls marked the informal end to the Gaelic Order in Ireland due to the fact that the Chiefs who left to raise an army in Spain never returned to flight against the English occupation of their lands. It was in this context that the O'Higgins lost their position as nobles and poets in several Chiefly houses including O'Conor, McDermott, McDonagh and O'Doherty. Full details of the commemoration in Rathmullen, Co. Donegal are available at Flight of the Earls 400
Summerhill O'Higgins Gather for First Time since 1846 - August 2007
The O'Higgins Clan was delighted to welcome home to Ireland members of the Summerhill Higgins family who visited Ireland in August. Coleen Higgins and her children Tara and Dylon are direct descendents of Laurence Higgins who left Clondoogan, Summerhill in 1866 to live in New York. Coleen, Tara and Dylon were accompanied on the trip by their friends Hilary, Lucas and Lilly who joined them for a tour of a number of locations associated with the family. The Higgins of New York were welcomed by their cousins in Summerhill and at a reception on Friday 24th August in Dublin.