1 month today we should be getting ready to go.
At present 33 are booked – 21 from Ireland, 3 from U.S., 8 from Canada and 1 from Australia.
For those flying from Ireland, we depart at 18.30 on the 9th Oct. Aer Lingus flight 594 and arrive in Madrid at 22.10. Everyone has one piece of luggage already paid for (included in the overall cost).
Returning on the 17th Oct, departing Madrid at 10.35 am.
Be sure to have your own travel insurance. We are not a travel agency and are not bonded.
Also be sure that your passport is up to date.
Bring photo copies of prescription of any medication you’re on, passport, credit card help line & travel insurance.


O’Donnell Clan Gathering Madrid 2017

8 nights 4* Hotel Rafael Atocha B&B
€1,250.00 per person sharing (single supplement of €336 will apply)

Depart Dublin to Madrid 9th October 2017.
Return Madrid to Dublin 17th October 2017.

Prices to include flights, taxes, accommodation, transfers, lunches on excursion days  except  day 5 where lunch will be substituted for dinner, farewell dinner on last night.  Prices based  on two adults sharing a room.  (Single Supplement of €336 will apply)

Deposit of €500 required soon .  Deposits must be in Euro   either by way of cheque, bank draft or electronic transfer.
Full balance by balance date which will be notified to you at a later date.

For those not travelling from Ireland but availing of everything else, the total cost is €950 with €400 deposit. Deposits may be, or partially be, refunded if we are notified before we pay for  flights, hotel, coaches etc.


Terms and Conditions
Offers subject to availability and baggage may incur a surcharge. We reserve the right to amend prices should necessity require.
Insurance:  We strongly recommend that you take out your own personal travel      insurance. We are not bonded.

Prices and activities subject to numbers.

For those wishing to pay deposit soon here’s some details. If you wish for more info,  contact me

You can mail a cheque or a Bank Draft to me Vincent O’Donnell, Drimnakillew, Inver, Co. Donegal, Ireland. or
You can do an electronic transfer to our bank
IBAN : IE95 BOFI 9047 1289 6864 74
Bank of Ireland, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
Branch code 90-47-12
Account name: O’Donnell Clan Committee



Here below is the latest version of the itinerary for the Clan Gathering in Madrid this

coming  October.

Day 1 – October 9th

A bus will pick you up at the Airport and take you to the Hotel where you will have a Welcome Cocktail. Around 21.30 .

Day 2 – October 10th

Departure at 10.00 am to visit the O´Donnellś Pantheon , and then visit the Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida with Goya Frescos. Around 14.00 h lunch at a typical restaurant “ CASA MINGO “ which is next to the Ermira.  Typical dish is roasted chicken , cheese and Sidra (sparkle wine ). Also  after lunch you may visit on your own – ( it’s near) “ Templo de Debbot “ Egyptian Temple in  Paseo de Rosales. The temple was brought to Spain when in Egypt was going to be flooded do  to the construction of a dam on the Nile River. The Egyptians donated the Temple to Spain.

Dinner on your own

Day 3 – October 11th

Early departure to Toledo by bus at 9.00 am where we will have a guided tour of the city and  the Alcázar ( Old army museum with some O’Donnell artefacts ) – We will have lunch at  “ PARADOR OF ILLESCAS “ on the way back to Madrid – Afternoon  reception at the Irish Ambassador’s residence – you can take a Taxi to go there. dinner will be on your own.

Day 4 – October 12th

National day of Spain – Shops will be closed therefore no shopping .

Great day to see the Parade at the Paseo del Prado with attendance of the Royal Family,  President and all government officials – I´ll give you more information about the Parade when days gets nearer. Also stroll in the  retiro Park where you can see The Crystal Palace and row in the lake. Close to the Retiro Park  is El Real Jardín Botánico ( Museums are opened – Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen, Museo  Sorolla, Museo Reina Sofía .) Lunch and dinner will be at your own.

Day 5 – October 13th

Early departure to Salamanca where you will have a guided tour of the city and visit what used to be the Irish College. Lunch will be on your own ( I will provide you with a list of restaurants in Salamanca to choose from). Around 16.00 we will return to the hotel in Madrid – Free time  until evening, when a bus will take you at 20.30 to a Flamenco Show dinner is included.- then a bus will take you back to the hotel at 23. 30 h.

Day 6 – October 14th

Visit the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and lunch in the Asador Esther – . Departure  to EL ESCORIAL at 11.00. Around 14.00 we departure to have Lunch in The Asador Esther . Then go back to the Hotel. Dinner on your own.

Day 7 – October 15th

( This day you can move around Madrid by Taxi, Metro or Bus ) .

Mass at the Church of Santa Barbara ( Mass Schedules at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00) where the first  Duke of Tetuan is buried.

After Mass you may visit the the Center of Madrid and have a walk there ( Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor , Gran Vía , Preciados street for shopping …….)

Lunch and dinner will be on your own.

Day 8 – October 16th

Early departure to Valladolid where you will have a guided tour of the city ( we will see the  important sites and monuments – and we will also see the place where Red Hugh has a  commemorative plaque) Later that day, we will visit the Castle of Simancas (where Red Hugh died and where we will see the letters written by Red Hugh and Hugh O’Neill to King Philip  requesting military aid) and where we will have lunch at the “ NUEVA CHOZA RESTAURANT “ and return to the Hotel in Madrid. Then you will have a Goodbye  dinner at the hotel.

Day 9- October 17th

A bus will take you to the Airport

For those not flying from Ireland and not staying in our accommodation here are the prices  per item –

Day Item Cost Total per person
1 Cocktails




2 Lunch




3 Lunch






5 Guide


Flamenco & dinner




6 Lunch




8 Lunch



Goodbye dinner





9 Transport 10 10
Total for week 405 405

The marriage of Elena Gómez and Gonzalo G. De Diego O’Donnell took place in Marbella, Spain last Saturday 7th Sept. 2014. Needless to say, there were O’Donnells there and I enjoyed their company. Got to know some whom I hadn’t yet met. Here’s a few photos –

Conzalo, Vincent & Elena.

Gonzalo, his mother Maria Ana, her mother Maria & Leopoldo O’Donnell, cousin of the groom and captain of one os Spain’s aricraft carriers.







Habiendo recibido los Santos Sacramentos.


Sus hijos César, Álvaro, Alfonso y Patricio O’Donnell Torroba; sus hijas políticas Cristina de Solís y de Bustos, Paloma Porrero de Chávarri y Miret, Emilia Romero Rovira y Patricia Heigl Alemán; sus nietos Carmen, Cristina, Carla, Bárbara, Álvaro, Paloma, Alfonso, Jaime, Pepa, Fiacha y Alina; su biznieta Gabriela y demás familia

RUEGAN una oración por su alma.

El funeral tendrá lugar el jueves 12 de septiembre a las veinte horas en la Iglesia del Santísimo Cristo de la Salud (calle Ayala, 12) de Madrid.

Vanished by the Danube

A new book – memoirs of Charles Farkas (grandson of Evelyn O’Donell of Budapest.)

Follow this link for information on this wonderful new book

Vincent O’Donnell Honoured

The Minister for Trade, Tourism and Transport conferred the Order of Clans of Ireland on 4 individuals at a special ceremony at the Mansion House on Saturday 28th April 2012. The Minister agreed to stand in for the Patron of Clans of Ireland President Higgins who was not available to attend the ceremony this year. Those chosen to receive the Order of Clans of Ireland were nominated by their Clans as an acknowledgement of their outstanding contributions to Irish heritage and culture. Vincent O’Donnell was one of the four and his award was in recognition of the work he has done for the O’Donnell Clan. For more information visit

Norah Keohane Hickey, Chairperson, Vincent O’Donnell and Dr. Leo Varadkar TD Minister for Tourism.

Red Hugh plaque unveiled in Valladolid

A plaque commemorating the death and burial of Red Hugh was unveiled in a side street off the Plaza Mayor, Valladolid on Friday 12st of October 2011. Present were the following – Justin Harman, Irish Ambassador; Hugo O’Donnell, Duke of Tetuan and most senior of the Spanish branch of the O’Donnells; City Mayor; historians attending the Spanish-Irish History Conference, Irish people living in and around Valladolid; people involved with the film festival, especially those associated with “The Pipe” and Vincent O’Donnell representing the O’Donnell Clan Association.

To see what it said in the papers visit –

The plaque

Vincent O’Donnell, Hugo O’Donell and Justin Harman admire the plaque.

Vincent O’Donnell with Risteard Ó Domhnaill who filmed and produced “The Pipe”.

Three generations – on right, Hugo O’Donnell, Duke of Tetuan, standing beside him is his son Hugo, Marqueses de las Salinas with his son, Hugo.

For anyone visiting Valladolid and wishing to see this plaque here’s a few directtions.

If you walk out of the Plaza Mayor by the Calle Manzana you will find on your right a restaurant named ‘Pecaditos.’ Walk in the front door, straight through and out the back door and look to your right. Don’t forget to have a coffee.

The co-ordinates are 41° 39’ 09.15” N and 4° 43’ 41.32” W

The area from the street

Inside the area, at the back of the Pecaditos Restaurant.

X marks the spot. Picture from Google map.

Tom O’Donnell R.I.P.

The following message arrived by e-mail a week ago – “Tom passed away 20th June after a 6 year courageous battle with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. He often spoke about his O’Donnell reunion to Rome amd also about his trip to Ireland with his sons last summer.” O’Donnell Abu” was played at his funeral.”

Tom has been a member of the O’Donnell Clan Association for many years and attended some of our functions, the most memorable being the trip to Rome in 2008. He was very proud of his ancestory and brought his sons to Ireland and Donegal last summer so that they would learn some of the O’Donnell story.

We lament his passing and send our condolences to his wife, Colette and family.

Calle O’Donnell, Malaga

At 12.30 pm (Spanish time) on the 11th March 2011 a crowd had gathered on the corner of ‘Calle Eugenio Gross’ and ‘Calle General Mola’ in Malaga. The purpose of this gathering was to witness the official renaming the latter as ‘Calle O’Donnell.’ There had been a ‘Calle O’Donnell’ in Malaga same as many other Spanish cities, but it had disappeared sometime in the 80’s due to development much to the regret of the O’Donnells of that city. After many petitions to the city mayor it was decided to remove the name ‘General Mola’ (as it’s now Spanish policy to remove names associated with General Franco and the Spanish Civil War) and to rename it ‘Calle O’Donnell.’

City Mayor speaking, to his left is the Irish Ambassador. Hugo O’Donnell, Duke de Tetuan is immediately behind the mayor with very little of him to be seen. And if you can see a black hat behind that again, well I’m under that hat.

And who was this O’Donnell after whom streets, a metro station, a communications tower and other features in Spain, Cuba, Porto Rico, North Africa etc. are named? He was Leopoldo O’Donnell (1809 – 1867), one of Spain’s outstanding military and political figures. Quoting Rupert S. O’Cochlain in the 1950 Donegal Annual – “He served in the army from an early age, winning rapid promotion. He was given the title Count de Lucena and the high post of Captain General of Cuba for his services in the Carlist War. He returned home, rose to the rank of Field Marshal, became Prime Minster and Minister of War, He conducted a brilliant campaign against the Moors that won Morocco for his country in 1860. This military victory made him tremendously popular. He was created Duke of Tetuan and received many other worthy honours in acknowledgement of his political and military skill. He died without issue in 1867 and the title went to his nephew Carlos.”

But to us Irish, he was the grandson of Joseph O’Donnell (1722 – 1787) who immegrated from Mayo to the continent, eventually arriving in Spain where he became Colonel of the Regiment of Ultonia and rose to the rank of Lieut. – General. Joseph was great, grandson of Calbhach Rua who was moved from Co. Donegal to Mayo during the Cromwellian Plantation (mid 1600), Calbhach Rua was great, great grandson of Mánus (21st chieftain, died 1563) who in turn was grandson of Aodh Rua, died 1505 and is commemorated by a sculpture on the pier of Donegal Town.

Amid a sea of umbrellas, lashing rain and a near gale force wind the ceremony began. Speakers were the City Mayor, Justin Harman the Irish Ambassador and Hugo O’Donnell, Duke de Tetuan (most senior of the Spanish O’Donnells). We then repaired to a hotel for lunch and more speeches etc. In my short speech, on behalf of the O’Donnell Clan Association, I referred to the contribution made by Irish people throughout the world, and that the ceremony we had just witnessed earlier was a testimony to that of the O’Donnells of Tyrconnell.



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