Calling of the Clans


In support of Beaver Island's Emerald Isle Irish Féile

  • The Calling of the Clans is a fun and slightly competitive way for the Beaver Island diaspora (those who have ever called Beaver Island home or are descendants of those who have) to support the longevity of the festival. The Beaver Island Irish Heritage Group thanks the 170 generous donors who responded to the Calling of the Clans initiative in 2024.  As a result of the final St Patrick’s Day Push, the fundraiser generated approximately $28,000.00, in the names of 13 historic Beaver Island families, to be used to host the 4th Emerald Isle Irish Féile in September of this year.
  • The families, most of them descendants of Beaver Island’s original Irish settlers, vied for the top spot in a competition that started in early February and picked up steam as the March 17th deadline approached. Each clan’s leader worked behind the scenes to get their clan motivated.  The slagging on social media became more intense as each family pushed for the top spot.
  • We are pleased to announce that the McDonough Clan can claim bragging rights again by raising over $8,000.00. Second place in the rankings is the Green/Greene Clan which raised nearly $6,000.00 in donations, and third place goes to the McCann Clan which raised just over $2,000.00.   The McDonough clan has earned the right to claim the Féile’s Hearth area for display of their Clan photos and heirlooms.  All Clans who generated $1,000 in donations will have their family crest displayed at the festival: Boyle, Connaghan, Gallagher, Gillespie, Martin, McCafferty, McCauley/Malloy, and McNamara.
  • Not a member of one of the historic clans, but have a strong connection to Beaver Island? You can create your own clan (like the Heller-Perdue Clan did in 2023) and be a part of the evolution of Irish cultural heritage on Beaver Island; you can even develop your own Clan Crest!
  • All ‘Clans’ who raise at least $1000.00 by August 10th will have a flag of their Family Crest on display at the Festival Headquarters – Holy Cross Hall. For our Calling of the Clans supporters, the festival will begin on Thursday September 5th with a “Holy Hour” event to kick off the féile and thank our Calling of the Clans Supporters for their generosity. This “Holy Hour” special event is an American take on a weekly festive gathering at Early’s Pub on Arranmore at which we will thank and recognize those who are supporting the longevity and expansion of the festival. To secure your spot at the Thursday evening event, contribute at least $50.00 to the clan of your choice and to include a plus one at the event, contribute at least $100.00.


Alice & Andy Klees, Alli & Joe McDonough, Amy Yachcik, Anthony Connaghan, Audrey Chapman, Bailey McDonough, Bailey’s Favorite Baby Nurse, Barb Flowers, Bernadette Cole, Beth Anne Lucas, Betty Greene, Beverly Cantwell, Bonnie Cull-Rice, Bonnie Cull-Rice, Bradley Vistain, Brenna Wearn, Bridget Martin & Travis Martin, Brooke Slater, Bud & Skip McDonough Family & Tim & Denise McDonough, Carol Gillespie, Carrie Douglas, Casey McDonough, Catherine Brozek, Chris & Kristen Bass, Christie Perdue, Christine Miller, Cindy Gillespie-Cushman, Cindy Novotny, Clyde Left, Colin Nackerman, Colleen Martin, Colleen McCann, Colleen Sellers, Dan & Marnie Byers, Dan Gillespie, Dan Nackerman, Dana Miller, Daniel Boyle, Daniel Greene, Danny and Ann Nackerman, David Bair, Dennis Cull, Diane Westmaas, Emma Tuthill, Eric Bair, Erin Martin, Gail Craig, Gail Hansul, Gary Breden, Grainne Cushman, Greg & Patty Brynaert, H Terrence Smith, Hilary Palmer, James Gallagher, James Gillespie, Jane Baker, Jared Cole, Jared Wojan, Jason Chapman, Jessica Anderson, Jim Henley, John & Pam Greene, John Cull, John Gillespie, Jon Lewis, Jordan McDonough, Joy Green, Judith Hansul, Julie Gillespie, Juliette Wolf, Kate Wojan, Katelyn Dusdal, Kathleen Boyle Zeits, Kathleen Dvoracek, Keith Szczepanski, Kellie Sopczynski, Kelly Ireland, Kerrie Gillespie DiGia, Kevin Green, Kim Jones, Kitty McNamara & Mike Green, Larry McDonough, Leslie Cunningham, Linda Supernaw Warner, Linda Wearn, Lisa Sladek, Lynn Blue, Maeve Green, Marie LaFreniere, Mark & Jacque LaFreniere, Mary Beth & Dave Nelson, Mary Delamater, Mary Faber, Mary Faber, Mary Muto, Mary O’Donnell, Mary Palmer, Michael Penkevich, Mike Crowell, Molly Cull, Nancy McCann Plumley, Neal Green, Neil & Connie Boyle, Nicole LoDico, Paige Cull, Pam O’Brien, Pamela Grassmick & Brad Grassmick, Pat and Julie Greene, Patrick Nackerman, Paul Cole & Shirley Cole, Peggy Bowersock, Pete & Sandy LoDico, Pete Peterson, Randi Hunter, Ray Vining, Richard & Laura Gillespie, Robert Cole, Roberta Griffith, Ron Wojan, Rose Peters, Rosie Boyle, Russell Green, Sarah Brubaker, Sarah MacLean, Shannon McDonough & Brad McDonough , Shari Chesshire, Steve Lucas, Susan & Ted Kocol, Susan Boyle Heynig, Tara Palmer-Pop, Theresa Gacek, Timothy Wearn, Tom Greene, Tom Lockton, Tom McCafferty, Tony Gatliff, Vicki Smith, Vincent Left

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