Cork Genealogies


Compiled in the year 1418, on the history and topography of Corca Laidhe, edited by John O’Donovan, gives interesting information, and we quote excerpts from it as follow:—


Lughaidh Laidhe, from whom the Corca-Laidhe, was the son of Daire Sirchreachtach. Another name for him was Sen Lughaidh. He had a son, another Lughaidh, i.e., Maccon, and Lughaidh was also the name of Daire, if some of the poets say truly. Maicniadh was the (popular) name of Lughaidh Laidhe. Maccon had a celebrated son, namely, Maicniadh. Maicniadh had good sons, namely, Aenghus Gaifailech, from whom descends Ua Eidersceoil (O’Driscoll); Duach, from whom Ua Cobhthaigh; and Fiachra, from whom Ua Floinn-Arda (O’Flynn of Arda, near Skibbereen). The three Fothadhs were three other sons of his, namely, Fothad Airctheach and Fothad Cairptheach and Fathadh Canann. (They were joint monarchs of Ireland, 296). The three MicAenchearda of Beara (Bere) (frequently mentioned in Irish romance as warriors) were three other sons of his, and Finnchaemh, daughter of Ronan, was their mother; and the Ceard [artificer], in whose custody they were at first, was of the Ceardraidh of Teamhair; Glas, Gear, and Gubha were their names.


Eiderscel, son of Finn, had two sons, namely, Fathadh and Cathra [Cathna]. The race of Cathna, son of Eiderscel (O’Driscoll), was he by whom Teampull-mor Fachtna at Ros-Ailithre was erected (10th century). The sons of Finn, son of Nuadhad, were Eiders-cel, from whom Ua Eiderscel, and Intogha, from whom Clann-Intogha; and of them are the Clann-Maghnusa. Son to Fathadh, son of Finn was Maccon; son to Maccon was Finn). Finn had two sons, namely, Fathadh and Ciarmhac, from whom the Clann-Ciarmhaic. Fathad had three sons, namely, Donnchadh Mor, from whom the chieftains, Fathadh Og, from whom the Clann-Fathaidh, and Dunlang, from whom the Clann-Dunlaing. Fathad (son of Finn) had another son, namely, Aedh Garbh (slain in the year 1212); it is from him are sprung the people of Bearra, and Ua Eiders-ceoil of Bearra, with their correlatives.


Dunghalach, son of Maicniadh, son of Conda Cilline, son of Ferghus, son of Ailill, son of Macreithe, son of Conall Claen, son of Gearan, son of Duach, son of Maicniadh, son of Maccon, son of Lughaidh Laidhe, son of Daire Sirchreachtach, son of Lithbholg, son of Firuillne, son of Deaghmanrach, son of Lugh Manrach, son of Lugh, son of Eithleann, son of Lughaidh, son of Ith, son of Breogan. The people of Bearra are of the race of Aenghus Bulga. Daire Sirchreachtach had six sons, Lughidh, from whom the Corca Laidhe; etc.


Concohobhair, son of Maelan, son of Eochaidh Guneach, son of Binneach Beag, son of Conchobhar, son of Diarmaid, son of Beacan, son Conchobair. Flannan had two sons, namely, Baire and Onchu, and from this Baire comes Muintir Bhaire, a promontory in the parish of Kilchrohane, South-west Cork.


The country of O’Gillamichil (unknown) extends from Teith-na-h-Imghona to Ceann-Mara (the head of Glandore), and from Beann-Sidhain (in the townland of Farranconor, parish of Castlehaven) to Beal-atha-Seamann (not identified). These are his hereditary leaders (petty chiefs or heads of families), namely, O’Duibharda (now Doorty), O’Dunlaing (now Dowling or Doolin), O’-h-Ogain (now Hogan), O’Dubhagain (now Duggan), Ua Meiceidich (now Mac Keady and Keady), Ua Chiabhain (now Keevan), Ua Cheartaig (obsolete), Ua Buadhaigh (now Buaig), Ua Mongain (now Mongan and Mangan), Ua Doirc (now Durk and Dark), Ua Meccon (now Maccen), Ua Aingle (now Ceangail), Ua Mothla (now Mohilly, O’Mothola), Ua Maileadair (obsolete), Ua Adhaimh (now obsolete), Ua Bairr (now Barr), and Ua Rosna (now obsolete).

[Of this territory was the man who, for his means, was the most hospitable and bountiful that ever came, to our knowledge, of this tribe, namely, the representative of Bearchan, i.e., the Great Vicar of O’Gillamichil, who was usually called Open Purse.—Extracted from O’Dubhagain’s Book.] The words enclosed in brackets are taken from D. Mac Firbisigh’s Genealogical Book, p. 692.

Tuath Ui Chonneid, i.e., the Garrgha—the Garden—(this is still the name of a fertile district in the parish of Myross) extends from Ceannmara (Glandore harbour) to Lochan-Bhricin (obsolete), and from Midhros (Myross) to Beal-an-atha solais (a ford in the river Ilen, about a mile westward of the town of Skibbereen), O’Conneid (Kennedy and O’Kennedy). These are his hereditary leaders, viz., O’Muimhnich (Moyny), O’Drochruainnigh (obsolete), O’Fuailchin, Ua Chaingne (now obsolete), and Ua Dubhchonna (now Doheny).

Tuaith Ruis, i.e., Tuath Indolaich, extends from Loch-an-Bhricin to Fiadh Ruis (land or wood of Ross), and from Traigh-long (to the east of Baltimore) to Sidh-na-bhfear-bhfinn (the fairy hill of the fair men, now She Hill). O’Laeghaire (O’Leary) was driven from this region about the period of English Invasion, and he settled in the parish of Inchigelea or Iveleary. These are its hereditary leaders, viz., O’Ruaidhre (now Rory or Rogers), O’Lonain (now Lannin and Lenane), O’Laididh (now Liddy or Laddy), O’Torpa (now Torpy), O’h-Urmoltaich—in the Book of Ballymote O’h-Urmoltaigh, anglicised Tromulty and Hamilton, O’Mirin (Mireen), O’Macdairic (now obsolete), O’Tuaraidhe (obsolete), O’Treana (obsolete), O’h-Uainidhe (now Hooney or Green), and O’Cerdin (Kerkin, Curdin).

Tuath O’n-Aenghusa (extends) from Fearsaid-Ruis to Goilin-nagaethneamhdha (from the passage at the head of Ross Bay beneath the church to probably " Goleen Marsh," in the parish of Aghadown), and from Dun-Deide (now Dundeady in the parish of Rathbarry) to Bealatha-na-leice (mouth of the ford of the flag, unknown). O’h-Aenghusa (Hennessy) is its hereditary chief. These are his hereditary leaders, viz., Ua Corrbuidhe (Corby), Ua Dubhain (now Downes, Duan, and Dwan), Ua Duinnin (now Dinneen), O’Mundain (now Modan; the parish of Ballymodan took its name from this family), O’h-Aidhne (now Hyney), O’Mainchin (Mannin), O’Cuis (Cas and Hussey), O’Cuile (Cooley), O’Dearcain (Derkan), O’h-Iairisnich obsolete), Ua Odhradain (now Horan), O’Grese (obsolete), O’Cuilin (now Cullen), and O’Sinnaich (Shinny or Shine).

Tuath O’Fitcheallaigh extends from Goilin-na-gaithneamha to the Island of Inis-Duine (now Inchy Doney, in the Bay of Clonakilty), and from Dun-Eoghain (now Dunowen in the parish of Ardfield) to Glaisedraigheach. O’Fitcheallaigh (Feehily, Feely, and Field) is its hereditary chief. These are its hereditary leaders: O’Cormaica (Cormick), O’Donnamhain (O’Donovan)—this was a different family from O’Donovan of Ui Cairbre Aebhdha in the now County of Limerick; O’Dubhchon (obsolete), O’h-Iarnain (now Mac Iarran), O’Nuallain (Nowlan, or Nolan), O’Croinin (Cronin, very numerous), O’Sife (unknown), and O’h-Ainbhith (Hanvey and Hanafey).

Tuath O’n-Dunghalaigh extends from the Island of Innis-Duine to Beal-atha-na-h-Uidhre (the name of a stream dividing the parish of Kilmeen from that of Dunmanway, Windele), and from Greallach-na-gruime (Grillagh, in the parish if Kilnagross) to Acadha (now unknown). O’Dunghaile (now Donnelly) is its hereditary chief. These are its hereditary leaders, viz., Ua Mailchomadh (obsolete), Ua h-Aedha (O’Hea and Hayes), O’Loingsich (Lynch, Lynchy, or Linshy), O’Mailtemhin (obsolete), O’Ceallaich (now Kelly), O’Mailguirm (obsolete), O’Muireadhaich, (now Murray), O’Sealbhaich (Shallow and Shelly), and O’Gabhadhain (now Gavan).

O’Cobhthaigh’s Territory. This name is now anglicised O’Cowhig and Coffey. The family was seated in the barony of Barryroe.

Tuath-Ui-Duibhdaleithe extends from Beal-atha-na-h-Uidhre to Beal-atha-buidhe, and from Gort-na-daighche (now Gortnadehy, a townland in the parish of Kilmeen), to Loch-an-tairbh (now Loughatarriff, in the parishes of Kilmeen and Drinagh). O’Dubhdaleithe (obsolete) is its chief. These are its hereditary leaders: Ua Mailcheallaich (obsolete), Ua Duibh-leanna (obsolete), Ua Mailchorma (obsolete), O’Culeannain (now Cullenan), O’Bruaidair (Broder and Broderick), Ua Dunadhaich (now Downey), and O’Laithimh (Leahy and Lahiff).


Maccon, son of Finghin, son of Donnchadh Gud, son of Maccraith, son of Donnchadh Mor, son of Fothad, son of Finn, son of Maccon, son of Fothad, son of Eiderscel, son of Finn, son of Nuadhat, son of Donnghal, son of Murthuile, son of Dunghus, son of Aenghus, son of Falachtach, son of Flannan, son of Cobdan, son of Flannan, son of Bran Dubh, son of Eiderscel, son of Nathe, son of Aenghus, son of Maicniadh, son of Maccon (who flourished in the third century), son of Lughaidh, son of Daire Sirchreachrtach, son of Firfhuilne, son of Sithbholg, son of Deadhmannra, son of Deagha Dearg, son of Deargthenedh, son of Nuadhat, son of Lachtaine, son of Lugh, [son of Ethleann], son of Eireamhon, son of Eadamain, son of Gos, son of Sin, son of Maithsin, son of Lugh, [son of Eadamhoin], son of Mal, son of Lughaidh, son of Ith, son of Breogan.

The first Maccon in this pedigree died in the year 1418. The pedigree is pretty correct up to Maccon, monarch of Ireland, in the third century, but from this period to Ith it is more than forty generations short. The line has been continued by Keating, The Four Masters, Mac Firbisigh, and in a manuscript in the British Museum

Maccon O’Driscoll, d. 1418.
Maccon, d. 1442.
Finghin, d. 1472.
Tadgh, died 1472. Conchobhar, d. 1508.
Finghin, Conchbhar; m. Jane, d. of Conchbhar Finn O’Mathghamhna.
Maccon, Conchbar, Sir Finghin; m. d. to Sir Owen McCarthy Reagh.
Conchbhar Tadhg Finghin Cornelius O’Driscoll, Captain in the Archduke Country; living 1615. He was married to Ellen, d. of Donnell MacSwyne, of Muskerry.

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