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FINNERTYS IN IRISH HISTORY

The Siol Muireadach Finaghtys

Clan Conway Siol Muireadach



The Finnertys in History section will attempt to provide important events from the Irish Annals which are relevant to our family name.

The Siol Muireadach Finnertys have been selected to lead the group as they are the people [Cinel or Muinter] who are most frequently mentioned in history and because they are identified with Donamon Castle which is still occupied today. Donamon Castle on the River Suck bordering Galway and Roscommon is the epicenter of the largest group of Finnertys in Ireland.  I believe many of these people still inhabit the locales of their ancestors, but believe some are not closely related.  I refer primarily to those related to the O'Conors [Sil Mirry Finnertys] and those related to the O' Kellys [Hy Maine Finnertys]


Siol Muiredaigh Coat of Arm


The Siol Muireadach Finaghtys   


Clan Conway Siol Muireadach



The Finnertys of Clan Conway in counties Galway & Rosscommon were often referred to as the Finaghtys of the Valley of the Succa, and their territory was often described at being “about the River Suck.“  The Annals record that these Finnertys of the Siol Muireadhach, descended from Conmhach, the eldest son of  the King of Connaught, Muireadhach Maolleathean who gave his name to this sept which produced the O'Conor Kings of Ireland  and Connacht.

A notice of this family is given in MacFirbis’ Book of Pedigrees, the literal translation of  it is as follows:

Conmhach was the son of Muireadhach, and he was his eldest son, and in consequence of this seniority, the descendants of Conmhach [though inferior in power] are entitled to great privileges from the descendants of the other sons of Muireadhach, viz., to drink the first cup at every feast and banquet of a king: and all the descendants of the other sons of Muireadhach must rise up before the representative of Conmhach, or Chief of Clann Conway.  O’Finaghty was the royal chieftain of Clann Conway, and had forty-eight ballys about the Suck before the English Invasion; but the Burkes drove him from his patrimonial inheritance, so that there liveth not of the family of O’Finaghty, at the time of writing this Book [1650], any one more illustrious than the blessed and miraculous priest, James, whose brothers are William and Redmond, sons of Cathal, son of Donough, son of Hugh, son of Rory, son of Cathal, son of Teige Oge, son of Teige, son of Cathal.”  Clann Conway in ancient times was thought to be the territory know today as the two half baronies of Ballymoe; East Ballymoe, that portion lying east of the river Suck in the county of Roscommon, and West Ballymoe, that portion lying west of the river Suck in county Galway.   The territory today is referred to as Clan Conway, and has been referred to as: Clanconoo, Clannconon, Clyn Convey, Clyn Convay, Cloinn Connmaigh, &etc.  In the Annals of the Four Masters the name in Irish is usually spelled connmaigh.   In the Annals of Clonmacnoise the translator uses an older phonetic method of spelling , and uses both Clyn Convey, and Clyn Convay.  The genealogy of O’Hart in his Irish Pedigrees uses Conbhach, which would support the translators phonetic use of the English letter [v] in both Convey and Convay.  A map of Hy Maine published in the Tribes and Customs of Hy Many defines only the area west of the Suck River in County Galway as Clann Conmaig.  This is supported by the fact that Ricard-Finn deBurgo, the ancestor of the MacDavid Burkes appears to have only taken territory in West Ballymoe when he was given Clan Conway for his knight's service to King Roderich O'Conor.  It is not likely that Clan Conway, or the two half baronies of Ballymoe were divided between two historical families of the O’Finaghtys who were known as O'Finaghty of Clan Conway and O'Finaghty of Clan Murchada [Murrough] of the Champions.


The two clans were distant cousins  Each of these two O’Finaghtys were  one of the Twelve Great Lords of Rath Cruachain who supported the King of Connacht.  Richard Burke the ancestor of MacDavid Burkes who replaced the aging O’Finaghty, Lord of Clan Conway appears to only have  gained possession of lands in West Ballymoe or he may have lost the east half to Anglo-Norman invaders.  Burke was a lone knight and took possession of  Clan Conway as a gift from King Roderick for his knight’s service.  He married the wife or daughter of  O’Finaghty who was murdered, and the name Finaghty ceased to exist in West Ballymoe.  Nuala na Meadóige Ní Fionnachta, Ní Fionnachta was a member of the Sil Muiredaig (a branch of the Ui Briuin Ai) the royal dynasty of Connacht. She was born and raised at the river ford of Dunamon [Dun Imghain], which had been constructed by her family before 1154 and was the family seat.

Nuala was married or daughter to the lord of the district of Clanconway, but she or her mother murdered him and Nuala married Richard Burke, who seized the lands, including the castles of Dunamon and Glinsk.

One story is: Nuala's son was David Burke (a quo Mac David Burke). Local tradition holds that when attacked by O Connor of Ballintober, David considered retreating until Nuala, seeing his fear, raised up her petticoats and told him Teidh suas a bhfolach uathfa san ait as a dtainig tu. Nuala's derision caused David to stay and fight, and was killed. The Burkes descended from David took the name Mac David Burke.

Among her descendants were those ennobled as the Burke Baronets.  



Clan Murchada/Murrogh Finnertys [Siol Muireadach]

After the legal seizure of Clan Conway by Richard Burke, the ancestor of the MacDavid Burkes, the Annals of the Four Masters and other annals only make reference to the O’Finaghtys of  Clan Murrough or Murchada of the Champions who descended from King Inrachtaigh the brother of Conmagh, a quo clan conway. Flann O’Fynaghty was named as the Dux and Chief of the many clans of the Siol Muireadhach [Sil Murry].  Earlier references to O’Finaghty in the “Annals” do not mention the territory of either clan although the notes of the translator sometimes speculate regarding the clan’s location, always noting that Clan Murrogh/Murchada was east of the river Suck.  In the annals these Finaghtys are noted as both clan Murrogh and clan Murchada. The index of the Annals of Loch Ce state: The Clann Murchadha [were the tribe name of the O’Finnachtas seated on the east side of the river Suck in county Roscommon].  Also: the index of the Annals of Loch Ce state under the heading; “Baile-mic-Murchada [Ballymacmurragh, parish of Tibohine, barony of Frenchpark, county of Roscommon].”  translation: the town of the son of Murchad/Murragh.” Murchadh or Murchada was the progenitor of the O'Finnertys of clan Murchada of the champions.

Antiquarians have often assigned parts of Ballymoe to clans of both the Sil Murry and Hy Many. These Finnertys descend from  Murchada, son of King Inreachtact the son of King Muireadach Maolleathan. There is also a marriage of a Clan Murrogh Finnerty to the daughter of  Aod {Hugh] a King of Connacht and son of King Roderick of the Yellow Hound.King & Saint Finsneachta Luibhne [Siol Muireadach]

King of Connacht Fionnachta [Saint Finsneachta] Luibhne was the son of Tommaltaig, son of Murgal, son of King Inreachtach son of Muireadach Maolleathan.

His grandfather King Inreachtach obtained the throne in place of King Muireadach’s eldest son Conmach [ancestor of Finnerty of Clan Conway].   King Innreachtach is also the ancestor of the Clan Conchobhar Finnertys, the Clan Muchada of the Champions Finnertys and of the O’Conor Kings, and of the Mageraghtys and the McDermott Princes of Moylurg.   

Tomaltaig mac Murgal mac Inreachtach, who appears to never have been King of Connacht, had three sons who were Kings: [1] Muirgiuswho seems to have shared the32nd kingship with Cinaed mac Artgal [Saint Ardgal] mac Cathal mac Muireadach from 786-792, and shared the 33rd kingship with Colla mac Forggus mac Cellach mac Ragallach [Ragallach was the grandfather of Muireadach M] from 792-796, and Muirgius was the sole king from796-815.  Muirgius’ brother Diarmait Fionn was the 35th king from 818-833; and his brother Finsnechtae Luibhne [our saint] was the 39th king from 843-848.  Finsneachtaewas replaced by a shared kingship between his brother Muirgius’ grandson Conchobar and Mugron of the line of Cathal mac Muireadach M.  The date in the Annals Four Masters differ from the charts:  “The Age of Christ, 846. ....Finsneachta Luibnighew, son of Tomaltach, King of Connaught, and who was afterwards an anchorite, died.  See Finsneachta Luibnighe, also under Saints, in this book.


King & Saint Finsneachta Luibhne [Siol Muireadach]

King of Connacht Fionnachta [Saint Finsneachta] Luibhne was the son of Tommaltaig, son of Murgal, son of King Inreachtach son of Muireadach Maolleathan.

His grandfather King Inreachtach obtained the throne in place of King Muireadach’s eldest son Conmach [ancestor of Finnerty of Clan Conway].   King Innreachtach is also the ancestor of the Clan Conchobhar Finnertys, the Clan Muchada of the Champions Finnertys and of the O’Conor Kings, and of the Mageraghtys and the McDermott Princes of Moylurg.   

Tomaltaig mac Murgal mac Inreachtach, who appears to never have been King of Connacht, had three sons who were Kings: [1] Muirgiuswho seems to have shared the32nd kingship with Cinaed mac Artgal [Saint Ardgal] mac Cathal mac Muireadach from 786-792, and shared the 33rd kingship with Colla mac Forggus mac Cellach mac Ragallach [Ragallach was the grandfather of Muireadach M] from 792-796, and Muirgius was the sole king from796-815.  Muirgius’ brother Diarmait Fionn was the 35th king from 818-833; and his brother Finsnechtae Luibhne [our saint] was the 39th king from 843-848.  Finsneachtaewas replaced by a shared kingship between his brother Muirgius’ grandson Conchobar and Mugron of the line of Cathal mac Muireadach M.  The date in the Annals Four Masters differ from the charts:  “The Age of Christ, 846. ....Finsneachta Luibnighew, son of Tomaltach, King of Connaught, and who was afterwards an anchorite, died.  See Finsneachta Luibnighe, also under Saints, in this book.


O'Hart of Tara

From O’Hart’s Irish Pedigrees  Vol. I:

Chapter I, part II page 46:  The Firvolgians ruled over Connaught down to the third century, when King Cormac Mac Art, the 115th Monarch of Ireland, attacked and defeated the forces of Aodh or Hugh, son of Garadh, King of Connaught, who was the last King of the Firbolg race in Ireland; and the soveriegnty of Connaught was then transferred to the Milesians of the race of Heremon-descendants of King Cormac Mac Art.

Fionnachtas of the line of Heber, son of Milesius of Spain

of the Province of Munster

Chapter I, part II, page 64. Elim Oillfinshneachta, the 136th Monarch of Ireland.  Elim’s father Rotheacta was the first monarch of this stem and the line produced 18 monarchs of the line of Heber, after Elim.  This name is sometimes spelled Eiliomh OllFhionach.

O'Carroll & Flanagan of Ely - Maher of Ikerrin



O'Carroll of Ely


Chapter I part III page 178:  Surname O’Carroll. [No. 1.]  Princes of Ely O’Carroll.

Arms: Sa. two lions ramp. combatant or.  armed and langued gu. supporting a sword, point upwards ppr. pommel and hilt gold.

Cian, the youngest brother of Eoghan [Owen] Mo’r who is No. 85 on the “Line of Hever,” ante, was the ancestor of O’Cearbhaill Ele; anglicised O’Carroll Ely, Karwell, Carvill, Garvill, and MacCarroll.

85.  Cian: third son of Olioll Olum, King of Munster.

86.  Teige: his son.

87.  Conla: his son; had a brother named Cormac Galeng.

88.  Iomchadh Uallach: his son; whose brother  Finnachta was ancestor of Meagher, and Maher.  Note:  The O’Carrolls seemed to have started in Leinster where some remained, and some migrated to King’s County near Birr and Keenaught co. Derry.  There was an O’Carroll family in barony Magunihy, co. Kerry.


Casey of Cork

Chapter I part III page 79:  The surname Casey.  Arms:  Argent, a chevron between three eagles’ heads erased gu.  Crest: A hand fess ways issuing from a cloud.  Motto; Per varios casus.  CORMAC, a brother of Conla, who is No. 87 on the “O’Carroll Ely” pedigree, was the ancestor of O’Cathasaigh, I.e., Na Saithne; anglicized Casey[1.

87.  Cormac: son of Tadhg [or Teige].

88.  Gailineach: his son; a quo O’Gailineigh, anglicized Galinagh.

89.  Glasaradh: his son.

90.  Faghad: his son.

91.  Ionrosa: his son.

92.  Beag: his son.

93.  Brogan: his son

94.  Fionnachtach:  his son.  The first Casey was Cathasach, a quo O’Cathasaigh;    number 101.



O'Loughnan of Ely O'Carroll

Chapter I part III page 101:  The surname Loughnan. Arms: Vert a exter hand couped apaume’e  and in chief an arrow fessways ar.  Crest: A castle triple-towered ppr.  Fionnachtach, a brother of Iomchadh Uallach who is No. 88 on the “O’Carrol Ely” pedigree, was the ancestor of O’Lachtnain Ele; anglicised O’Loughnan, and Loughnan, of Ely O’Carroll, and modernised Loftus.  These are of the race of Heber, son of Milesius.



MacNamara and Sheedy of Clare

 MacNamara No.1 of Bunratty, Clare

Chapter I part III page 260:  This family [Sheedy] descends from Sioda, *, a younger brother of John an Ghabhaltuis [Conqueror], who is No. 117 on the “MacNamara” genealogy: that Sioda who was the ancestor of “MacNamara Fionn.” See footnote.  MacNamara. [No. 1.]were Lords of Bunratty, County Clare.  Bunratty Castle is located just a few miles south of Kilfinaghty which is located near Sixmile Bridge.  The MacNamaras were of the same stock as the O’Brians and Kennedys, Kings of Thomond.


Chapter IV part III page 448:  Under the surname Fihilly. Muredach Maolleathan, the 16th Christian King of Connaught, who is No. 97 on the “O’Connor” [Connaught] pedigree, was the ancestor of O’Ficheallaigh; anglicised Fihilly, Feely, Field, Fielden, Fielding, Tooth, Ol’Feely, and Pickley.  This Ficheallach had a brother named Cahernach, who was the ancestor of Canavan, of Connaught; and another brother named Dungar, who was the father of Finaghty of Clan Conway.  Note: Dungar was also known as Donn Garadh; Garadh, as noted above was the last Firbolg King of Conacht. There is also a place named Dun Garadh in county Roscommon.

Chapter IV part III page 449:  Under the surname Finaghty.  Arms: Ar. an oak tree eradicated ppr.  Dungar, a brother of Ficheallach, who is No. 99 on the “Fihilly” pedigree, was ancestor of O’finachtaigh; anglicised Finaghty, Finnerty, and Snow.

99.    Dungar: son of Conbhach.

100.     Fionnachtach [“fionnsneachda:”  Irish, snow-white]: son of Dungar; a quo O’Finachtaigh, “one of the twelve lords of Cruaghan” (or Croaghan) in the county  Roscommon.

Coat of Arms

Fionnachtach [ancestor of Donnellan, Lords of Massarene].

Chapter IV part III page 452:  Under the surname Flinn.  Lords of Tuirtre, or Northern Clanaboy.  Fiacra Tort [son of Colla Uaais], a brother of Roghan, who is No. 86 on the “Mac Uais” pedigree, was the ancestor of O’Flainn, of Tuirtre; anglicised O’Flinn, Flinn, Linn, Lyne, etc.  Clannaboy is comprised of the present day baronies of Toome and Antrim in N. Ireland.

86.  Fiachra Tort: son of Colla Uais; a quo O’Tuairtre.

90.  Cuanach son of Daire was King of Orgiall, as were seven of his posterity.

Bec: his son; King of Orgiall; a quo Cineal Beice.

92.  Fuadhran: his son; King of Orgiall; wnf4e6o5 ot Casey and Dubhghala [Dougall?].

93.  Suibhneach: his son; King of Orgiall.

97.  Inrachtach son of Reachtabrad; had a brother Fionnachtach[ancestor of Donnellan, Lords of Massarene].



HOOLIHAN



Chapter IV part III page 487:  .Under the surname Hoolahan. [No. 3.]  Chiefs of Siol Anmchada in Hy-Maine.  arms: Az. a tower or, supported by two lions ramp. ar. in base two crescents of the last, on a chief of the third three annulets gu. Some say the clan was not of the Hy Maine [Kelly/Madden], but descended from the high kings of Munster, while others say the Kings of Leinster. Their basic coat of arms is the same as O'Kelly of Hy Many [clan Colla]

 Flanchadh [Flancha], brother of Cobthach who is No. 100 on the “O’Madden” [of Connaught] pedigree, was the ancestor of O’h-Uallachain; anglicised O’Hoolahan, Hoolahan, Oulahan, etc.  It is recorded that the O'Uallachains were Lords in Lusmagh a part of Connacht lying on the east side of the Shannon River near Clonmacnoise Monastery.

100.  Flanchadh: son of Maoldun [or Maoldubhan].

101.  Flann: his son.

102.  Uallachan his son; a quo O’h-Uallachain.

Fourteen generations:

117.  Fionnachtach: son of Umhan.

Genealogy of King Finnachtach Fleadhach follows:

The ancestry of this Monarch of the Southern Hy Niall descends from the Monarch Aed Slaine a King of Meath.  King Finnerty was at constant war with his distant cousins who eventually killed him and his heir.  His only known descendant are the Moodys of Meath and surrounding country. The Fogartys of Tipperary appear to be his closest cousins.

Chapter IV part III page 592.  Under the surname Moody.  Arms: Az. a chev. erm. betw. three pheons ar.  [a pheon is a spear head]. Most internet sites selling family name plaques show a similar coat of arms, however, the three pheons have been replaced with three pheon shaped flowers.



Fogarty coat of arms Fogarty family crestFogarty Lords of Eliogarty, Tipperary


DONOCH, brother of Dermod Ruanach who is No. 92 on the “:Fogarty” pedigree, was the ancestor of O’Maolmodha; anglicised Mulmuog, Mulmody, Moody, and Mulmy.

88.  Conall Crimthann: son of Niall Mo’r or Niall of the Nine Hostages, the 126th Monarch of Ireland; was the first Christian King of Meath. [Fogarty pedigree]

89.  Fergus Cearbhall, his son.

90.  Diarmaid [Dermod]: his son; the 5th Christian King, and 133rd Monarch of Ireland.  Was slain at the battle of Rathbegg, by Hugh Dubh MacSweeney, King of Dalaraidia, A.D. 558.  In Dermod’s reign the Royal Palace was deserted.

91.  Aodh [Hugh] Slaine: son of Dermod; the 141st Monarch.

92.  Donoch: son of Aidus [or Aodh] Slaine the 141st  Monarch of Ireland.  [Moody pedigree]

93.  Finachtach Fleadhach:  his son who was the 153rd Monarch.

Chapter IV part III page 601:  Under the surname Mulrennan.  The pedigree states that the 18th Christian King of Connaught, Cathal mac Muireadach Maoilleathan is the ancestor of Finnerty and Finaghty.

This is incorrect as O’Hart states elsewhere that Finnerty Clan Conway is descended from Conmach mac Muireadach, who was a brother of this Cathal.   The Finnertys of clan Murrow descend from Inreachtach this Cathals brother, and another Finnerty descends from Conor or Conchobhar another brother.

Chapter IV part III page 649:  Under the surname O’Donell. [no. 6.] Lords of Clankelly.  Arms: same as O’Hart [no. 1.]

DONALL, who is No. 99 on the O’Hart pedigree, was the ancestor of O’Domhnaill, of Clankelly, in the county of Fermanagh; also anglicised MacDonnell, MacDonald, Daniel, and MacDaniel.

99.  Donall: son of Colga: a quo O’Domhnaill.

100.  Art: his son.

101.  Fionnachtach:  his son.

Chapter IV part III page 664.  Under the surname O’Hart. [No. 1.] Princes of Tara, and Chiefs in Sligo.  Arms: Gu. a lion passanat guardfant or, in base a human heart argent.

ART EANFHEAR, who [see page 359] is No. 81 on the “Line of Heremon,” and son of the Monarch Conn of the Hundred Battles, was the ancestor of this family:

81.  Art Eanfhear the 112th Monarch of Ireland son of Conn.

82.  Cormac Ulfhada: son of Art was the 115th Monarch of Ireland.

83.  Cairbre-Lifeachar, the 117th Monarch of Ireland: his son.

84.  Eochaidh Dubhlen, the eldest son of Cairbre had a brother Fiacha Srabhteine, who          was the 120th Monarch.  Eochaid was married to alechia, dau. of Updar, King of          Alba,and by her had three sons, who were known as the “Three Collas.

85.  Colla da Chrioch [ or Facrioch] meaning two countries, Ireland and Alba.  Founder of the Kingdom of Orgiall.

86.  Rochadh: son of Colla da Crioch.  Had a borther Imchadh who was ancestor to the Hy Maine of Connaught

Thirteen generations:

100.  Fionnachtach, son of Donall chiefs of Clann Kelly.  From this Fionnachtach descended O’Hart; and Cairn, Cairns, Flanagan, Donnellan, Kearns, etc., all of Ulster.


    O'Kelly Kings of Hy Maine [Roscommon-Galway]  

Chapter IV part III page 684.  Under the surname O’Kelly. [No. 1.]  Kings of Hy-Maine.  Arms: Azure. a tower triple-towered supported by two lions ramp. Argent,. as many chains descending from the battlements betw. the lion’s legs orgiall.

IOMCHADH, The second son of Colla da Chrioch, who is No. 85 on the [No. 1] O’Hart [Princes of Tara] pedigree, was the ancestor of O’Cellaigh, Princes of Hy-Maine [ in the counties of Galway and Roscommon], Anglicised O’Kelly, Kalloch, Kellogg, and Kelly.

86.  Imchadah: son of Colla-da-Chrioch.

87.  Domhnall: his son.

88.  Eochaidh: his son.

89.  Main M'or: his son: a quo the territory of Hy-Maine

Six generations from Main M'or to Eoghan Fionn:

96.  Eoghan Fionn: son of Cormac.  Eoghan had a younger brother named Eoghan [Owen] Buac, who was ancestor of Madden, Clancy, Tracey, Hannan, Kenny, Hoolahan, and the Ua Finnachtaigh of the Sil Anmchada]

Three generations from Eoghan Fionn to Inreachtach

100.  Inreachtach, son of Fiacalach.  Had a brother Coscrach [Coskry].

101.  Olioll [Ailell], son of Inreachtach.

102.  Fionnachtach: his son.

103.  Ceallach: his son; a quo O’Cealliagh, of Hy-Maine, A.D 874.  Grandfather of Teige: Catha Briuin, meaning Teige who fell in Brian’s Battle [of Clontarf] where the Danes were beaten at Dublin [Clontarf] in A.D. 1014.


Chapter IV part III page 718:  Under the surname O’Neill. [No.2.]  Princes of Tyrone.

Niall Ruadh O’Neill, son of Aodh was Prince of Ulster, and was married to Nuala [died 1226], daughter of Roderic O’Connor, the 183rd Monarch of Ireland.  Niall’s father was styled: Lord of Tirowen, King of Aileach, etc.

Chapter IV part III page 786.  Under the heading: “Monarchs of the Line of Heremon.”

67.  Diarmid: son of Feargus Ceirbheoil, son of Conal Creamthann, son of Niall Mo’r.

75.  Aodh Slaine: son of Diarmuid, son of Feargus Ceirbheol, son of Conal Crimthann, son of Niall Mo’r [No. 61].

87.  Finachta Fleadhach: son of Dunchada, son of Aodh Slaine.

Part VI page 845:  THE ANCIENT KINGDOM OF CONNAUGHT.


Part VI chapter 2 page 851: --ROSCOMMON AND GALWAY.

[a] The Irish Chief and Clans. : as collected from O’Dugan’s Topograhy and other sources:


Part VI page 852 para. 4.  O’Fionnachta or O’Finaghty, chiefs of Clan Conmaig, and of Clan Murchada, district in the two half baronies of Ballymoe in the couunties of Galway and Roscommon, in O’Kelly’s principality of Hy Maine.  The O’Finaghtys here mentioned were of the Clan Colla; and two distinct chiefs of them are given by O’Dugan: one of them, Finaghty of “Clan Murrough of the Champions:”  The other, Finaghty of the “Clan Conway.”  O’Finaghty [modernized Finnerty], chiefs of Clan Conway, had their castle at Dunamon, near the river Suck, in the county Roscommon..  It is stated in some old authorities, that the O’Finaghtys had the privilege of drinking the first cup at every royal feast.

        Note:  Donnellan in his Four Masters says the O’Finaghtys “as a head branch of the Siol Murry, had the privilege of drinking the first cup at every royal feast.  Donnellan is correct, these Finnertys were kin to the O'Conors.  The O'Finaghtys of Clan Conmaig were not Clan Colla or related to the O'Kellys.


Concannon coat of arms Concannon family crest

Part VI page 852 para. 13:.  Oconcean’Cnain or O’Concannon, chiefs of Hy-Diarmada, a district on the borders of Roscommon and Galway, in the baronies of Athlone and Ballymoe.  They are Sil Murry, descending from Indeachtrach, as do the O’Conors of Connacht.  They are of the line of Dermod Fionn the brother of Muirgius and King Finsnechtae Luibhne.

           Donnellan’s Four Masters has a map which shows the names “Fihilly” and “Concannon” just south of East Ballymoe and opposite West Ballymoe on the River Suck.  Fihelly was a brother to Dungar the ancestor of Finnerty [Clann Conway].


 

w Finsneachta Luibnighe: i.e. Finsneachta of Luibneach, a place on the borders of ancient Meath and Munster, where it is problable he was fostered.-see Book of Lecan, fol.260, b, and Leabhar-na-gCeart, p. 10 note u.  “AD 847. nix magna [great snow] in Kal. Februarii, Finsnechta Luibnighi, Ancorita, et Rex Connacht antea [before], mortuus est [he died].”--Ann. Ult.


[1]  Casey:  The patrimony of this family was at Coiltemabhreenagh, in the parish of Mitchelstown, barony of Brigown, and county of Cork.

* Kinelargy:  This ancient territory corresponds with the present barony of Ballybrit, in the King’s County.

* Sioda: According to a desription of County Clare [ situate in the W. part of that ccounty] this territory, MacNamara Fionn,” comprised the parish of Kilfinaghty.



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Carolan, Donnellan, and Flanagan.

Chapter IV part III page 419 Under the surname Donnellan. [No. 2.] Lords of Massarene. Finachtach, brother of Inrachtach who is No. 97 on the "Flin" of North Clanaboy pedigree, was the ancestor of O'Donnellan, of Orgiall.

97. Finachtach son of Rachtabrad. Ancestor of O'Donellan and O'Craoibhe of Ulster; anglicized Creagh, Creaghe, and Crabbe.

Chapter IV part III page 448 Under the surname Fihilly. Muredach Maolleathan, the 16th Christian King of Connaught, who is No. 97 on the "O'Connor" [Connaught] pedigree, was the ancestor of O'Ficheallaigh; anglicised Fihilly, Feely, Field, Fielden, Fielding, Tooth, Ol'Feely, and Pickley. This Ficheallach had a brother named Cahernach, who was the ancestor of Canavan, of Connaught; and another brother named Dungar, who was the ancestor of Finaghty.

Chapter IV part III page 449 Under the surname Finaghty. Arms Ar. an oak tree eradicated ppr.

Dungar, a brother of Ficheallach, who is No. 99 on the "Fihilly" pedigree, was ancestor of O'finachtaigh; anglicised Finaghty, Finnerty, and Snow.

99. Dungar son of Conbhach.

100. Fionnachtach ["fionnsneachda" Irish, snow-white] son of Dungar; a quo O'Finachtaigh, "one of the twelve lords of Cruaghan" (or Croaghan) in the county Roscommon.

Chapter IV part III page 452 Under the surname Flinn. Lords of Tuirtre, or Northern Clanaboy. Fiacra Tort [son of Colla Uaais], a brother of Roghan, who is No. 86 on the "Mac Uais" pedigree, was the ancestor of O'Flainn, of Tuirtre; anglicised O'Flinn, Flinn, Linn, Lyne, etc. Clannaboy is comprised of the present day baronies of Toome and Antrim

86. Fiachra Tort son of Colla Uais; a quo O'Tuairtre.

90. Cuanach son of Daire was King of Orgiall, as were seven of his posterity.

Bec his son; King of Orgiall; a quo Cineal Beice.

92. Fuadhran his son; King of Orgiall; wnf4e6o5 ot Casey and Dubhghala [Dougall?].

93. Suibhneach his son; King of Orgiall.

97. Inrachtach son of Reachtabrad; had a brother Fionnachtach [ancestor of Donnellan, Lords of Massarene].

Chapter IV part III page 487 .Under the surname Hoolahan. [No. 3.] Chiefs of Siol Anmchada in Hy-Maine. arms Az. a tower or, supported by two lions ramp. ar. in base two crescents of the last, on a chief of the third three annulets gu.

Flanchadh [Flancha], brother of Cobthach who is No. 100 on the "O'Madden" [of Connaught] pedigree, was the ancestor of O'h-Uallachain; anglicised O'Hoolahan, Hoolahan, Oulahan, etc.

100. Flanchadh son of Maoldun [or Maoldubhan].

101. Flann his son.

102. Uallachan his son; a quo O'h-Uallachain.

Fourteen generations

117. Fionnachtach son of Umhan.


Chapter IV part III page 592. Under the surname Moody. Arms Az. a chev. erm. betw. three pheons ar.

DONOCH, brother of Dermod Ruanach who is No. 92 on the "Fogarty" pedigree, was the ancestor of O'Maolmodha; anglicised Mulmuog, Mulmody, Moody, and Mulmy.

88. Conall Crimthann son of Niall Mo'r or Niall of the Nine Hostages, the 126th Monarch of Ireland; was the first Christian King of Meath. [Fogarty pedigree]

89. Fergus Cearbhall, his son.

90. Diarmaid [Dermod] his son; the 5th Christian King, and 133rd Monarch of Ireland. Was slain at the battle of Rathbegg, by Hugh Dubh MacSweeney, King of Dalaraidia, A.D. 558. In Dermod's reign the Royal Palace was deserted.

91. Aodh [Hugh] Slaine son of Dermod; the 141st Monarch.

92. Donoch son of Aidus [or Aodh] Slaine the 141st Monarch of Ireland. [Moody pedigree]

93. Finachtach Fleadhach his son who was the 153rd Monarch.

Chapter IV part III page 601 Under the surname Mulrennan. The pedigree states that the 18th Christian King of Connaught, Cathal mac Muireadach Maoilleathan is the ancestor of Finnerty and Finaghty. This may be incorrect as O'Hart states elsewhere that Finnerty is descended from Conmach mac Muireadach [clan Conway], who was a brother of this Cathal. There wer other Finnertys in the Sil Murry.

Chapter IV part III page 649 Under the surname O'Donell. [no. 6.] Lords of Clankelly. Arms same as O'Hart [no. 1.]

DONALL, who is No. 99 on the O'Hart pedigree, was the ancestor of O'Domhnaill, of Clankelly, in the county of Fermanagh; also anglicised MacDonnell, MacDonald, Daniel, and MacDaniel.

99. Donall son of Colga a quo O'Domhnaill.

100. Art his son.

101. Fionnachtach his son.

Chapter IV part III page 664. Under the surname O'Hart. [No. 1.] Princes of Tara, and Chiefs in Sligo. Arms Gu. a lion passanat guardfant or, in base a human heart argent.

ART EANFHEAR, who [see page 359] is No. 81 on the "Line of Heremon," and son of the Monarch Conn of the Hundred Battles, was the ancestor of this family

81. Art Eanfhear the 112th Monarch of Ireland son of Conn.

82. Cormac Ulfhada son of Art was the 115th Monarch of Ireland.

83. Cairbre-Lifeachar, the 117th Monarch of Ireland his son.

84. Eochaidh Dubhlen, the eldest son of Cairbre had a brother Fiacha Srabhteine, who was the 120th Monarch. Eochaid was married to alechia, dau. of Updar, King of Alba,and by her had three sons, who were known as the "Three Collas.

85. Colla da Chrioch [ or Facrioch] meaning two countries, Ireland and Alba. Founder of the Kingdom of Orgiall.

86. Rochadh son of Colla da Crioch. Had a borther Imchadh who was ancestor to the Hy Maine of Connaught.

Thirteen generations

100. Fionnachtach, son of Donall chiefs of Clann Kelly. From this Fionnachtach descended O'Hart; andCairn, Cairns, Flanagan, Donnellan, Kearns, etc., all of Ulster.

Chapter IV part III page 684. Under the surname O'Kelly. [No. 1.] Princes of Hy-Maine. Arms Azure. a tower triple-towered supported by two lions ramp. Argent,. as many chains descending from the battlements betw. the lion's legs orgiall.

IOMCHADH, The second son of Colla da Chrioch, who is No. 85 on the [No. 1] O'Hart [Princes of Tara] pedigree, was the ancestor of O'Cellaigh, Princes of Hy-Maine [ in the counties of Galway and Roscommon], Anglicised O'Kelly, Kalloch, Kellogg, and Kelly.

86. Imchadah son of Colla-da-Chrioch.

87. Domhnall his son.

88. Eochaidh his son.

89. Main Mo'r his son a quo the territory of Hy-Maine

Six generations

96. Eoghan Fionn son of Cormac. Had a younger brother named Eoghan [Owen] Buac, who was ancestor of Madden, Clancy, Tracey, Hannan, Kenny, Hoolahan, etc. [Ua Finnachtaigh of the Sil Anmchada]

Three generations

100. Inreachtach, son of Fiacalach. Had a brother Coscrach [Coskry].

101. Olioll [Ailell], his son.

102. Fionnachtach his son.

103. Ceallach his son; a quo O'Cealliagh, of Hy-Maine, A.D 874. Grandfather of Teige Catha Briuin, meaning Teige who fell in Brian's Battle [of Clontarf] where the Danes were beaten at Dublin [Clontarf] in A.D. 1014.

 

Chapter IV part III page 718 Under the surname O'Neill. [No.2.] Princes of Tyrone.

Niall Ruadh O'Neill, son of Aodh was Prince of Ulster, and was married to Nuala [died 1226], daughter of Roderic O'Connor, the 183rd Monarch of Ireland. Niall's father was styled Lord of Tirowen, King of Aileach, etc.

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