Families of County Limerick
Official County Book of The Irish Families Project
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New, Genealogy & Family History, indexed,
maps, arms, illus, hardbound, gold stamped, 184 pages.
Finding Your Family History in Co. Limerick
This is the hardbound, illustrated, book that focuses exclusively on families of County Limerick. Part of the Irish Families Project, it includes: Catholic and Protestant; native Irish; settler families from England, Scotland, and Wales; County Map; Coats of Arms; and more.. Information contained here-in dates from the earliest times to the modern era.
Expands Upon Earlier Information
The Master Volume in the Irish Families series is 'The Book of Irish Families, great & small'. It covers thousands of families from all of Ireland.
'Families of Co. Limerick' greatly expands upon the coverage given in that book and adds several hundred new families. In this way both books compliment each other. 'Families of Co. Limerick' is the 5th volume in the series, which covers every county in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Only 7 of the 29 county books were hardbound and gold stamped. This is one of them. It was published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation and edited by Michael C. O'Laughlin.
An outline of the history of the county as it relates to Irish families, and to Irish research, is included, along with an exhaustive enumeration of thousands of Limerick families, sure to help any family researcher.
In the Beginning
The following is taken from the introduction to this work, setting the stage for the many family history notes to follow in the bulk of the book: " By the time of the 12th century English invasions the O'Hurleys, MacSheehys, O'Gormans, O'Collins, O'Coins, O'Scanlans and O'Hallinans are listed among the principal families according to the work of Samuel Lewis in his 'Topographical Dictionary'.
Henry II granted the Kingdom of Limerick to Herebert Fitz-Herebert and subsequently to Philip de Braosa, to whom it was renewed by Richard I, (excepting the cantred of the Ostmen.) Braosa's grants were eventually forfeited and several Anglo-Norman settlements were made in Co. Limerick, (which was one of 12 counties formed in 1210 by King John.). Among the settlements were those under Theobald Fitzwalter, the ancestor of the Butler family, Hamo de Valois, William Fitz-Aldelm, and Thomas, son of Maurice Fitzgerald.
The four chief places in the county, namely Kilmallock, Askeaton, Rathkeale, and Newcastle became forfeited after the death of the Earl of Desmond in the reign of Elizabeth. The wars of 1641 and 1688 led to similar confiscations and an increase in English settlers.
Given in Counties Limerick and Kerry in Prendergasts' 'Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland' are several baronies to be turned over to members of the army as it disbanded. These baronies include Coshlea, Small County, Coshma, Iracht-I-Connor, Clanmorris, Corkaguiny, Glanerought and Clanwilliam. Among the leaders of the disbanded companies were: Cols. Chidley and Richard Coote, Major Ormsby, Major King, Captain St. George, Captain Mould, Lt.-Col. Jones, and Capt. Eudes. "
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Old Irish Families in Limerick
'The following families were, specifically identified as families of County Limerick more anciently in that work:
Mac Eneiry, Mac Ineiridhe
O' Billry or O' Billraidhe
O' Cullane, O'Cuillein or Collins
O'Mackessy or O'Maelmacasa
Mulholland or O'Maelchalloin
O'Cleirhcinn or O' Clerkin
O'Kirwick or Kirby
O'Muldoon (from Aughrim)
Gunning or O'Conuing
O'Keely or O'Cadhla
O'Malley or O'Maille
O'Hea or Hayes
O 'Dinan or O'Dinnahan
Modern Day Families
'The foregoing families may be found in Limerick and surrounding areas today, and are given among the old Irish families of the kingdom of Thomand.'....... In more modern times the following families are given as being the most numerous in the area:
Hayes (45) (likely from O'Hea)
Many more families are given with their historical notes, but the list is too long to give here.
Specific Limerick Parishes
One key to research is establishing the parish of origin within an Irish county. If you establish that the parish you are looking for is in Limerick, then this book will be of interest to you for sure! Here are the specific parishes in County Limerick: Abbeyfeale,
Grean. Be sure to remember that spellings of these names can change in the records you are researching. "Galbally" can be found as "Gilbally" and "Gallbaly", etc....
The 2nd part of the place names given in this book are given below. As always, spellings continue to change. Names like
"Kilbeheny" can be found spelled as "Kelbeny" etc.., in older records. The names are as follows:
Inch St. Lawrence,
St. Peter's & St. Paul's,
Please be aware that parish names and spelling changed over time, so be sure to check spellings that are similar to yours.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Barony Map of County Limerick
Ortelius Map of Limerick 1576
Ancient Tribal Names Chart
Keatings History (illus)
Family Locations in 1659
To The New World
Seige Of Limerick City (illus.)
Limerick Sheet Music (illus)
Families of County Limerick, Ireland
History and Locations Found for over 1,000 families in Limerick.
Limerick Surname List
Limerick Placename List
Civil Survey Surname Index
City of Limerick, occupiers, lessees, mortgagees
Index of Family Names Found in Text ..........
Families on the 4 Masters Map
What families were in the county in earlier days ? This might provide a clue to the locations of your family today. Here are some of the families given on the Map in the History of Ireland by the 4 Masters (Connellan translation. 2003, I.G.F.) E. = Earl, L.=Lord, C. = chieftain, V = Viscount, B.= Baron:
de Lacy, L.
Mac Eneiry, L.
O' Brien, L.
O' Brien, P.
O' Connell, L.
O' Cullen, C.
O' Dinnahan, C.
O' Donovan, L.
O' Grady, V.
O' Hallinan, C.
O' Hea, C.
O' Kinealy, C.
O' Morony, C.
O' Quinn, L.
O' Scanlan, C.
O' Sheehan, C.
The Final Word
This is a one of a kind book. "Families of County Limerick, Ireland" is hardbound and gold stamped, with a smyth sewn binding for a lifetime of use. Includes over 1,000 families and is a must have for anyone with family in Limerick.
Specifications: 6" x 9" size; 184 pages; 34 illustrations; well indexed by surname. Includes Castles in County Limerick; family seats of power; locations; variant spellings of family names; full map of County Limerick, coats of arms, and sources for research. From ancient times to the modern day. First Edition in dust jacket. Author/Editor: Michael C. O'Laughlin. Please note that the first book in the Irish Families Project, "The Book of Irish Families, great and small", has information on families in County Limerick, not given in this book.