Return to News indexMarch 27, 2000
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE CLAN MACCARTHY SOCIETY, INC
We intend this letter to bring each of you up to date on the status of the MacCarthy Mór affair as we know it now.
The Irish Genealogical Office (IGO), has released part of their records from April 1998 to July 1999 to some applicants under the Irish Freedom of Information Act, but they have not released any documents to The Clan MacCarthy Society for any time period. In addition, the IGO has denied all requests for the release of any documents before April 1998. Some applicants have appealed the decision on the documents for the period before April 1998, but the IGO has not decided the appeal, as far as we know.
We have been given a copy of the documents released for the period April 1998 to July 1999 by someone who did receive those documents from the IGO. An investigation of the pedigree of Terence McCarthy is included in these papers that concludes that the pedigree is unsupported by the evidence in the IGO.
At the time of the "abdication" of Terence McCarthy of the title of MacCarthy Mór, he pointed out that no one of his family was interested in claiming the title. Since then, his brother, Conor McCarthy, has made a claim. Initially Conor showed a willingness to discuss the several questions relating to the pedigree of his family, but lately, it appears that the family intends to rest on the published pedigree.
The position of The Clan MacCarthy Society is that our approval of the rightful holder of the title of the MacCarthy Mór will depend upon the successful result of a lengthy investigation of all claims. There have been many questions raised about the claims concerning the pedigree of Terence McCarthy and his family. However, at this time, we are unable to either approve or disapprove the claims without the evidence both from the critics and from the Terence McCarthy family.
The Clan MacCarthy Society has been placed in a difficult position since the Irish Genealogical Office provided "courtesy recognition" of Terence McCarthy as the MacCarthy Mór in 1992, but now claims that evidence in their files since 1977 proves that his claim is invalid.
As we understand the situation now, we recognize that the following could make claims to the
title of MacCarthy Mór:
Conor McCarthy has made a claim for the title of MacCarthy Mór and has asked The Clan MacCarthy Society to both approve his claim and to publish his letter of claim in our website. We intend to publish his letter, but only to present our membership with the information provided therein. We will continue to do the same with other claims that come forward, and to inform our membership of the result of the investigations of any claims.
In relation to the claim of Conor McCarthy (the brother of Terence McCarthy), to be the rightful holder of the title of MacCarthy Mór, the following unanswered questions need to be satisfactorily addressed before The Clan MacCarthy Society can or would approve his claim:
However, in the spirit of fairness and providing complete information to our members, we are publishing the letter of claim of Conor McCarthy as the MacCarthy Mór (below), without endorsement or support, as we will also do with the claims of others.
Lawrence J. McCarthy
The Clan MacCarthy Society, Inc.
Thursday, February 24, 2000|
As you are doubtless aware, my brother, Dr. Terence MacCarthy abdicated as MacCarthy Mór in October 1999. In accordance with the successional laws of our Dynasty, I, Conor MacCarthy, was ratified by the Derbhfine as the new MacCarthy Mór during that same month.
I thank you all for the support and loyalty rendered to my brother through turbulent times brought about by what can only be described as a vindictive and political campaign of innuendo, misinformation and untruth. It is my intention to discharge the duties of this office with the same dignity and integrity shown by my brother, and I trust that I will enjoy this same level of commitment from the Clan.
For over 600 years, the MacCarthy Mór has led the Clan in a relationship of mutual obligation. This reciprocal relationship will not be allowed to lapse for want of effort on my part. Let us work together to promote the interests of Gaelic Ireland and our own ancient and noble Clan.
The MacCarthy Mór, Prince of Desmond.
At the moment, as far as we know, the "Derbhfine" that Conor McCarthy refers to in his letter consists of himself, his brother Terence, and their father.
Look here for a definition of Derbhfine.
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