Dear friends of the Nolan Clan,
This year has been a busy year for our clan culminating in a successful Gathering in Carlow of many Nolans from within Ireland and abroad. We would like to thank those who contributed to the Gathering’s success and look forward to many more of you joining us at our next Gathering in 2019.
On behalf of myself, as the new Chief of the Clan, and all of the Clan Committee Members, I would like to wish all Nolan’s, Nowlan’s etc throughout the world a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
Catherina (Nolan) O’Brien
An update on plans for the 2019 Gathering will be provided in the next Clan Newsletter (March 2018)
As many Nolans already know, a first book (O Nolan – the History of a People) was published under the auspices of the Nolan Clan Family organisation in the year 2000. Since then, largely thanks to the advent and increased use of Internet technologies, much new information has been uncovered and our understanding of Nolan family history and the global diaspora is growing in leaps and bounds.
The time is ripe for a new Nolan book which captures the most up-to-date understanding of Nolan family history and provides a baseline for future Nolan family researchers. With this in mind I have set myself the task of completing a new Nolan book, tentatively entitled “Peering through the Mists of Time – the story of the Nolans”, by 2020.
For me the completion year of 2020 is significant for two reasons:
- 2020 is an anniversary year of sorts; the first Nolan book was based largely on manuscripts written some 100 years ago by a Fr. John Nolan around 1920.
- To save future Nolan family researchers a lot of time and energy, it is important that the new book be written with 2020 vision, in a mental sense, sorting out, as much as possible, fact from fiction in the rapidly increasing mound of information and misinformation.
In writing the book I hope to formulate a free-flowing narrative inclusive of as many Nolan family lines as possible (O Nuallains, O hUllachains, Nolan,Nowland, Noland, Nolins, Knollin, Naulin, …) availing myself of as much information as possible:
- information in the 2000 Nolan book “O Nolan – the History of a People”
- information in earlier issues of the Nolan Clan Newsletter
- information derived from analyses of bits of information
available in online databases and electronic archives
- information obtained from fellow Nolan researchers
(in -person, via Email, through postings to this BLOG, etc. )
Webmaster and Nolan Clan Newsletter Editor
For anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the first Nolan book I am happy to report that Print-On-Demand copies of the first Nolan Book entitled “O Nolan – the History of a People” by Art Kavavanagh and Fr John Nolan are available via Amazon.com. Just enter “”O Nolan – the History of a People” in the search field.
Nolan Clan Newsletter Editor
& NolanFamilies.org Webmaster
At the most recent Sports Emmy Awards ceremony (May 10, 2016), Katie Nolan won a sports Emmy Award in the Outstanding Social TV Experience category for her digital TV show entitled “Garbage Time with Katie Nolan” appearing on the Foxsports network (FS1/FoxSports.com ).
The following YouTube video clip shows Katie accepting her award:
To catch a glimpse of Katie in action during one of her shows check out the following video clip:
1916 EASTER RISING – NOLAN INVOLVEMENT
Simultaneous with the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland were several
other world events that still reverberate today: World War 1, the Russian revolution, the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, etc.
This traumatic era split families and friends, allegiances. Nolans were no exception with members on all sides of the questions.
The Nolan Clan reaches out to the worldwide Nolan diaspora and asks anyone reading this Blog posting and having information about a Nolan family member during the troubled 1916 time period to submit it for inclusion in the Clan’s historical archives.
Many Nolan families have connections to events related to the Rising. We hope to hear from Nolans at home in Ireland or wherever else the winds have taken us.
Many thanks to David and Orla Nowlan of Dublin for suggesting this project and for the fascinating story of David’s great, great uncle James Nowlan, first president of the Gaelic Athletic Association which played a significant role in the events leading up to the 1916 Easter Rising.
You may add to the collection of 1916 era anecdotes by sending any information you might have either directly to myself (Chris Nolan ).
Chris Nolan, Nolan Clan Chief (March 2016)