McCarthy of Buttevant, County Cork, and Grange End, County Meath

McCarthy of Buttevant, County Cork, and Grange End, County Meath

John McCarthy (1838-c.1920) – The Huntsman   John McCarthy, who probably descended from the Duhallow MacCarthys, was born on 23 July 1838 on the Harold-Barry estate at Ballyvonaire, between Buttevant and Doneraile, in County Cork. He was the fourth of seven...

The Kinnears from Balmerino to Ballybay

THE KINNEARS FROM BALMERINO TO BALLYBAY Arms: Sable, on a bend or, three martlets (or canary birds) vert. Crest: Two anchors, saltier ways, proper. Motto: I live in hope. WHAT’S IN A NAME? There have always been numerous variations to the spelling of the name with de...
Connolly of Dundalk, County Louth

Connolly of Dundalk, County Louth

ORIGIN OF THE CONNOLLY NAME   The Connollys, or O’Conghailes, were an ancient Connacht sept who took their name from the Gaelic word ‘con’, meaning ‘hound’, and ‘gal, meaning ‘valour’; hence ‘descendant(s) of the Hound of Valour’. The chief branch resided...