At the Clann Gathering in 2010 Jimmy Kavanagh of Dublin was installed as Clann Chief for the next two years - awaiting bio and photo
|In 2010 Cathal Cavanagh of Luxembourg was elected Tanaiste 2010-2012. This means Cathal will be our next Chief. Bio and picture to come
James Joseph "German Jim" Kavanagh -
Born March 1943 in Detroit, Michigan.
Father was a Lineman with Detroit Edison. Descended
from John Kavanagh, who immigrated in 1849 (birthplace
unknown) and Anne Gerrity from Co. Roscommon, who
immigrated in 1848.
Disability Retirement from the US Air Force in
January 1978, as a Master Sergeant, Superintendent of
Electronic Intelligence Operations, with Active Service
from June 1962, including duty tours in Turkey, Japan,
Italy, Berlin (2 Tours), and Southeast Asia.
Employed by Volkswagen of America, Inc. starting in
March 1978; overseas assignment to the parent company
followed in 1987, and was then transferred to the VW
Group Staff, Quality Assurance Division at Volkswagen
AG in 1992, where employment continues to date as a
Reliability Engineer for motor vehicle electrical
systems. Currently on overseas assignment to my home
town as the QA Resident Engineer for the North American
BA magna cum Laude in Business, History and Language
from the University of Maryland. Associate in Applied
Science (AAS) degrees from the Community College of the
Air Force in Communications Technology and Technical
Interpreting / Translating (German).
I am responsible for the creation and maintenance of
the Clann Data Bank and have
held that chair on the Executive Committee from its
establishment in 1994.
Celia Kavanagh Boylan - Executive member and Clann Genealogist
Celia was Chief of the Clann in 2002-2004 and
descends from the Garyhill branch of the family.
Her great grandfather Martin Cavanagh moved from
Galway to England during the famine years. His
brother and many of his descendants emigrated
giving Celia a very international family.
Interests are family history and finding records
and connections for folks worldwide.
Bridget Kavanagh Dalton - Clann Historian
Born 1948, near Kildavin Co. Carlow, into a farming
family claiming descent for the Sept of Clonmullen.
Read pharmacy at University College Dublin,
Graduated with honours 1969 (B.Sc. (Pharm) Head of
Quality Control, Production Management, R&D in
pharmaceutical industry Married near Boris 1975, raised
three children. Managed a pet and veterinary
shop/hospital in Carlow.
Membership, Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland 2001
Currently in Community Pharmacy management. Further
studies ongoing into evidence based pharmaceutical
patient care. Inherited my family's folk memory and an
abiding interest in history and heritage.
Met Michael Kavanagh in the early 90's prior to the
first Clan gathering and was one of the founding group
along with Michael. I am the Clann Historian with a duty to
convey an understanding of the complexity of our
history, Serving member of the Executive Committee. I
have served terms as Chairperson of the Executive
committee, Hy Kinsella History and Heritage Committee,
Tuatha Laighin and Clans of Ireland. From 1998 to 2000
I had the honour of server as Chief of Clann
Apart from matters
relating to history and heritage, I have a keen
interest in theatre, and politics.
Kavanaugh Jr. - Executive member
Born in Mississippi in 1939, the oldest son of Ben
and Mary Patton Kavanaugh.
Graduated from Mississippi State with a BS in
Electrical Engineering. In 1963, I moved from Mississippi
to Huntsville, Alabama, where I now reside. Spent my
entire working life as a computer programmer / analyst.
During the space race I worked as an Engineering
Programmer. Following that helped to design and program a
large Payroll Personnel System used in more than 100 major
corporations in the English speaking world. I continued to
work with this system for some 35 years as the company
that owned it was bought and sold.
One of my early hobbies was genealogy, which I managed
to pursue during work related travel. Began corresponding
with Michael Kavanagh in 1995. After a couple of letters,
I joined the Clann that same year and attended my first
Clann Gathering in 1996. I became a Clann Organizer for
Mississippi and Alabama in 1996, Executive Committee
Member in 1998 and the Clann Treasurer in 2001.
- Executive member
Born in Seattle Washington USA Oct 1948 to Owen
P. and Delia Brady Kavanaugh.
I grew up & went to High-School. Worked for Boeing
for three years. Then did some traveling first to San
Fransico for a year in 1970 and then to Chicago for a
year, trying to find myself I guess. Moved back to Seattle
area in 1972 where I went to trade school at South Seattle
I took a course in commercial truck driving and started
the class in 1973. A month later I met the Jeanine who
would become not only my best friend but also, a year
later, my wife. We have been married 28 years now.
In 1974 I joined the Seattle branch of The Irish
National Caucus of America. In 1980 its members merged
with Irish Heritage Clubs of America. I worked on
everything from peaceful marches to entertainment, dances,
Gaelic football, Hurling matches and more. I talked about
going to Ireland for years and finally in 1992 my wife
told me to go. She said if you don't like it you don't
have to go again. So I got ready to go but I had an
accident with a horse and had to travel the following
I went to Ferns, met Jim Gethings & Pat kavanagh
and joined the Clann. I became a recruiter the same yearr.
In 1994 I was asked to sit on the board and I have
continued to do to this day. In 1995 ran for Clann Chief
and won with the largest amount of votes 96%. I Was
inaguarated in 1996 with 9 family members making the trip
to see it. WOW I still get goose bumps when I think about
Since then I have worked on the Micheal A. Kavanagh and
MacMurrough awards. I have also written articles on many
items including Lk. Cavanaugh and Mt. Cavanaugh which will
be climbed this year. I've made many friends and we all
share a common bond. I believe that Donal and Dermot must
be mighty Proud of us all.
Fergus Kavanagh - Clann Treasurer
In the summer of '96 I heard Michael Kavanagh being
interviewed on radio, regarding the 1996 Gathering which was due
to be held that September. His enthusiasm was interesting,
exciting and contagious, hitting a cord within me, as nothing had
done before. Subsequently I attended the Gathering and I loved
every minute of it. I've lived here in Ireland all my life
and yet every time I go to a Gathering I get the same boost, that
magic feeling in my chest returns and has my heart skipping a beat
or two, as it did when Michael popped his head inside the door of
the packed gathering office and said, " Are there any
Kavanaghs here? You had better get moving, the bus is about to
take off on the tour". Everybody in the office moved to the
door. That feeling of kinship and belonging is absolutely magic!
Well two years later I was elected to the Executive Committee
and have been working directly for the Clann since. In ' 99 I was
delegated to represent the Kavanaghs on the Board of Directors of
Clans of Ireland. This Job has added another dimension to my
experience and development. C of I are generating considerable
appreciation and respect in Government, Genealogical, Historical
and Tourist Agencies. I have great hopes of many good developments
in Clans of Ireland, developments that will prove beneficial and
constructive to our own clan.
My original reason for joining the Clann was to help me further
my research into my family tree and secondly to learn more about
the Kavanagh origins and history. In my own researches I have had
greater success in the non-Kavanagh side of my family, but I hope
to correct this imbalance now that I've recently retired from my
job as a printer. The Clann has kept me busy over the past few
years, and the big plus for me is the number of friends I have
made, from all over the world. I most certainly have got much more
out of the Clann than I was able to put into it.
Dr. Gary Cavanaugh - Executive member
I was born in Blockton, Iowa to Col. Michael A.
Cavanaugh and Jean Yvonne Audas-Menelaus. My family line descends
from the Ballyloughan sept of Co. Carlow, Ireland.
I was educated at various schools in Vienna,
Austria, New York, California and Iowa. Later I attended Drake
University and the University of Iowa. I served as in the US Air
Force as a Flight Surgeon with the rank of Captain from 1969 to
In 1967 I married Sylvia Elaine Willaims and we
have two children; Tara & Corey.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, practicing
in Stockton, California since 1973 and I am also a member of the
Clinical Faculty at the University of California, Davis School of
Medicine beginning in 1973.
I have been a member of Clann Chaomhánach
since 1993 and I have presented a number of papers on Clann
history at various gatherings since then. I was elected to the
Executive Committee of the clann in 1996, serving as chairman from
2000 to 2002.
I take an active
interest in Irish music and play the uilleann pipes.
John Cavanagh, Executive member
I was born and bred in Liverpool, England. For
the past twenty years I have been living in Western Australia.
Patsy O'Shea - Executive member
Born and raised in New Zealand.
My Cavanagh connection is through my mother who was the granddaughter
of John Charles Cavanagh born Dublin c1840.
I joined the Clann in
2002 and attended my first Gathering in the same year. I attended again
in 2006 and in 2008 was privileged to complete the work
done by the late JungleJim on organising the Gathering for that year.
I am passionate about genealogy and would like to see
all C/Kavanaghs discover their Irish connections.
Terry Kavanagh - Executive member
Hamilton New Zealand. I descend from Thomas and
Ellen(Moylan) Kavanagh who arrived in Napier, New Zealand
in 1860. I moved to Australia with my family in 1977.
My first contact with the Clann was in 2004 when I
joined to enlarge my resources base. I became a Life Member
in 2006. My first Gathering was in 2008 at which time I
became a Member of the Executive and Organiser for Victoria
Australia. I attended the 2010 Gathering in Bunclody as
I am passionate about everything Irish. My aim
within the Clann is to assist where and when I can, also to
assist other K/Cavanagh's find their connections.