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DIGdat - Digital Irish Genealogy Data


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The Auteri occupied this area in the second century A.D., according to Ptolemy. Later, it was divided amongst several powerful clans: Clanconow belonged to the De Burgo or Burke clan; Clanfirgail to O'Halloran; Hymaine (Hy Many or Ui Maine) to O'Madden, O'Donnellan and O'Kelly; Maghullen (Moycullen) to the O'Flaherty; Silnamchia and Hy Fiacra Aidne, later called Clanricard, to another De Burgo or Burke clan. Lesser clans or septs included McDavie, O'Moran, O'Mulrooney, Bermingham, McEgan, O'Mullan, O'Moran, O'Mannion, O'Concannon, O'Lyne, McKilduff, McWard, O'Ruane, McKilkelly, O'Touhy, O'Haverty, O'Feeney, McHugh, O'Mullaly, O'Kirwan, O'Callanan, McConry, McAneave, O'Donnell, McHenry, O'Devany, O'Mahan, O'Divily, O'Cahill, O'Shaughnessy, O'Clery, O'Daly, McNevin, O'Dugan, O'Casey, O'Murray, O'Fallon, and O'Mulkerran. In the city of Galway there were 14 families, mostly of Norman origins, who dominated the city, and were called the Tribes of Galway: Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, D'Arcy, Deane, Ffont (or De Fuente), French, Joys (or Joyce), Kirwan, Lynch, Martin, Morris, and Skerrett.

25 Most Common Names in Galway: Kelly Burke Walsh Fahy Joyce Conneely Connolly Flaherty Murphy Connor Mannion King Ryan Hynes Glynn Quinn Murray Blake Donohoe Ward Moran Higgins Keane McDonagh Kenny.

Galway Publications

{Some of the following publications are available on microfiche only - if you do not have a fiche reader, contact your local library, they probably have one you may use (often with print capabilities as well). Click here for further information on placing an order.}

HISTORY OF THE TOWN & COUNTY OF THE TOWN OF GALWAY, Hardiman 1820, 6 fiche. A basic and comprehensive county history.

LOUGH CORRIB, ITS SHORES & ISLANDS, Wilde 1867, 2 fiche. History, geography, and anectdotes from this lake on the Mayo - Galway border.

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