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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

When's your surname?

Here's news of an unusual and continually updating exhibition that's going out under The Gathering banner.

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is celebrating The Gathering with an exhibition about the 160 most numerous surnames to appear in the 1901 census for County Clare.

Each week one of the top 40 family names is featured. The surnames Murphy, McInerney, O'Brien, Cleary, Hogan and Ryan have already been featured and this week is the turn of Collins. Next week it'll be O'Dea that gets star-billing.

If you turn up at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre and your surname matches the current featured surname, you'll receive a complimentary commemorative certificate and a goodie bag. You'll also be included in a prize draw at the end of the year and could win an exclusive trip to County Clare including hotel accommodation, activities and attractions.

To see the calendar of surnames that are to be commemorated each week up to 9 December 2013, click the image above.

You might also be interested to see Clare Library's Frequency of Surnames 1901 chart.