Register of Clans 2022

Clans who wish to apply to be included in the Register of Clans should register online here

Clans not included on the Register of Clans have not registered/renewed their membership for the current year. We await contact from these clans and individuals who are interested in organising a clan.

Clans are listed according to the most common English version of the surname followed by the original Irish version. Please note that individual Clan Societies may differ in the spelling variations they use in English and Irish and that  where appropriate we have used the original prefix of O' and Mac but these are not always used with every variant of each Clan name or can sometimes be used differently e.g. Mc, Mac, Mag, M' etc.

Carty of Connaught – Ó Carthaigh Connacht 

Historically, the Cartys, often spelt as Carthy, or Ó Carthaigh in Irish, were recorded as being a dynasty of the Clann Cathail group of families in North Roscommon. The name derived from a king of Connaught called Cathail, who died in 735. The Ua Carthaigh were recorded as chief poets of Connaught under the famous O’Conor kings from 1067 to 1131. A later branch of the Clan established themselves as canons of the Premonstratensian monastery in Lough Key, Boyle from 1428 to 1517. A poet, Aodh Ollbhar Ua Carthaigh was also recorded in the mid-15th century, in Uí Maine territory (South Roscommon/East Galway). As centuries passed, the Clan spread out to surrounding counties in Connaught and the midlands. Today, the heaviest concentration of the name still exists in County Roscommon. Another separate unrelated clan of Cartys exist in Wexford. Carty is often confused with McCarthy from Munster but again is unrelated. Famous Cartys from County Roscommon include Brian Carthy, RTE sports presenter and Jack Carty, Connaught Rugby player.



Contact:  Mr Thomas Carty, Rosmeen, Ballintober, Castlerea, Co.Roscommon.   

Connolly – Ó Conghaile

CONTACT:  Bartle Ó Conghaile, Ballynaxos, Dunganstown, Brittas Bay West, Co Wicklow.


Giffin of Ulster - Mag Dhuibhfinn Ulaidh


Contact:   The Right Reverend Robert Todd Giffin, "Ceann Fine" 24019 Seven Winds, San Antonio, TX 78258-7266, USA

Fitzpatrick of Upper Ossory

Fitzpatrick / O'Mulpatrick of Breifne – Ó Maol Phádraig Breifne




Fitzpatrick / Mac Gilpatrick of the tribe of Cas – Mac Giolla Phádraig Dál gCais

Contact: Karen Fitzpatrick Hall, 12375 Wallace Pike, Bristol, Virginia, USA 24202


Fitzpatrick / Mac Gilpatrick of Leinster – Mac Giolla Phádraig Laighean

Contact: Dr Mike Fitzpatrick, 731 South Titirangi Rd, Auckland 0604, New Zealand 

Fitzpatrick / Mac Gilpatrick of Ulster – Mac Giolla Phádraig Ulaidh

Contact: Ian Fitzpatrick, Chaffey’s Locks, Ontario, Canada KOG 1E0 

Hackett of Leinster – Ó hAicéad Laighean

The Hacketts (of Norman origin) settled in Leinster in the 12th Century in Kildare, Kilkenny, Dublin, Wicklow and Carlow.

Contact: Cav. Uilliam Ó hAicéad   GCEG. MSt.J. FSAScot. BB.
Address: 10a Lefroy Street Coatbridge North Lanarkshire ML51PN Scotland



Hoban of Cenél Eoghain – Ó hÚbáin Cenél Eoghain

(O) Hoban Clan Ó hÚbáin,  a branch of the Cenél Eoghain who settled in Co. Mayo.

From the 17th century a branch of the Hobans had settled in Co. Kilkenny.


Contact: Baron Denis A. Hoban, 1930 Lawerance Ave West, Toronto Ontario, M9N-1H2, Canada.




Joyce of Joyce Country – Seoigh Duthaigh Seoghach

The Joyces are a family who are believed to have come to Ireland from Wales around the end of the twelfth century.  They became hibernicized and by the sixteenth century had acquired much land in West Connacht in a mountainous area generally referred to as Joyce Country. They are recognized as having been one of the fourteen Tribes of Galway.

Contact: Mr. Laurie Joyce,  16 Pickerel Ave, Clyde North, VIC 3978, Australia

Joyce of Ulster

Based on recent Y-DNA evidence and traditional genealogical evidence, there are Joyce lineages from Ulster who claim Scottish descent. Arriving from Banff, Scotland during the early 18th century, some of these lines include Thomas Joass (Joyce) (1683-1725) of County Down, Ireland, George Joyce (1767-1807) of Ireland, and William Joyce (b. 1814) of County Armagh, Ireland. Today, many of their documented descendants live in the US and Canada.

Contact: Mr. David Joyce



Facebook Group: Clan Joyce of Ulster  

Mac Cabe of Breffny – Mac Cába Breffny

The Mac Cabes (Clann Cába) were a strong Gallowglass Clan who first appear in the Irish Annals in 1358 and who, by 1424, were recognised as Constables of the two Breffneys (Cavan and Leitrim), Fermanagh and Oriel (Monaghan)


Contact: Mr. Brian McCabe, Ivy Cottage, Johnstown, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland.




Mac Carty – Mác Cárthaigh


Contact: Steven McCarty, Albany/Berkeley, California, USA


Mac Curtin of Thomond – Mac Curtáin Thuamhumhan

This clan orignates in Thomond but later was found in Cork. Up to the end of the 16th century the English version of the name was MacCruttin. In the census of 1659 in Counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick similar sounding names such as Mac Curatine and O' Curataine were treated as synonymous although they are not the same clan.




Contact: Mr. Dan Curtin, 45 Bishop Nelson Road, Valatie, NY US 12184, phone 518-758-9480.



Mac Garvey of Ulster – Mac Gairbhith Ulaidh

The McGarvey Mac Gairbhith Septs Association currently represents the following Clans:

Ó Gairbhith of Donegal,
Mac Gairbhith of Armagh,
Ó Gairbhith.

Contact: Mayor Jamie McGarvey, 42, River St., Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada. P2A 2T6.


Email: Jamie McGarvey -







Mac Ginley of Donegal – Mag Fhionnghaile Dhún na nGall

Mac Ginley Clan Mag Fhionnghaile is a Donegal Clan claiming descent from one who was "fair" or "valour".




Ginnell [Westmeath]; Ginnelly [Mayo].

Contact: Proinsias Mag Fhionnghaile, Teonraigh, Béal Átha Seanaidh, Tír Chonaill, Éire.

Mac Grath of Ulster – Mac Craith na Uladh

The McGrath Clan were co-arbs of the ancient pilgrimage islands (Saints Island and Station Island) known as Saint Patrick's Purgatory of Lough Derg, Co. Donegal. The territory under the control of the McGraths was known as Termondavog, after the local saint, and covered a large area of the modern counties of south east Donegal, west Tyrone and north west Fermanagh.  Incorporating Termonmagrath (the sancutuary of the McGraths) and the neighbouring Termonamongan.  The territory included the modern town of Pettigo and the townland of Aghnahoo Glebe where the McGrath Castle is located and the townland of Carrickmagrath (the rock of the McGraths) near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, a possible inauguration site of the McGrath Chiefs. 

The lands were held by the Clan McGrath since at least the early 13th Century, when they Annals first mention the death of the Co-rab of Lough Derg, the Mac Craith of the Termon in 1290. The Termon created a buffer between the lands of the Gaelic Lords O’Donnell of Donegal (Tyrconnell) to the west, O’Neill of Tyrone to the east and Maguire of Fermanagh to the south. The Termon was protected under Irish Brehon law and fell under the physical protection of the Clan McGrath, as did the Benedictine monastery located on Saint’s Island within the Lough. 

Contact: Mr. Seán Alexander McGrath
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Mac Hale of Co. Mayo – Mac hÉil Condae Mhuigheo

Contact: Kathleen Blanchard

Mac Kenna of Truath – Mac Cionaoith

Mac Kenna Clan Mac Cionaoith a branch of the Southern Uí Néill settled in County Monaghan where they were Lords of Truath.

Contact: Siobhan McKenna McQuillan, Clossagh Beg, Rockcorry, Co. Monaghan - Secretary
Email: OR

Mac Laughlin of Donegal – Mac Lochlainn Dún na nGall

Mc Laughlin of Donegal – Mac Lochlainn Dún na nGall are a senior branch of the Northern Uí Néill and a leading sept of Tirconnell who's seat was originally at Inishowen .


Contact: Conor Brian McLaughlin, Fanaghan, Inver, Co. Donegal.

Mac Mullen – Mac Maoláin

Mac Mullen Mac Maoláin is a common surname in Ireland with more than one clan of the name.



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Contact: Col. Lyn David McMullen, 21-125 Cabernet Drive Okanagan Falls, BC, Canada V0H1R3.

Mac Shane – Mac Seáin

Mac Shane Mac Seáin is equivalent to Johnson. In Ulster and Louth the Mac Shanes are a cadet branch of the O'Neills.

Contact name: Jameson  Johnson McShane
Address: Waldburg Strasse 45, 71032 Boblingen, Germany



McGillycuddy of the Reeks

Contact: Donough TheMcGillycudddy


Malpass – Malpas


Contact: Franklin Malpass, 212 N. Stout St. Randleman, NC 27317

The Official newsletter of Clan Malpass is THE MALPASS MESSENGER, and will be forwarded [the Dec. edition of the Clan Malpass Newsletter] upon Request.
Apart from the Website the following social media are available

Twitter: @ClanMalpass


Linked in:

Mannion of Soghan – Ó Mainnín Soghain

The Mannion Clan descend from Mainnín son of Flannabra, a tenth-century king of the Sogain people who dwelt in modern-day East Galway in medieval times. Mainnín was a direct descendant of an Ulster prince called Sogan Sálbuide son of Fiacha Araide, the 37th king of Ulster. Fiacha Araide and his descendants, the Dál nAraide, are depicted by the medieval Irish genealogists as having belonged to the Cruthin, an early band of settlers deemed to have reached Ireland about 600 BC.

The origin legend of the Sogain of East Galway informs us that their progenitor Sogan Sálbuide migrated from Ulster to Connacht, where the legendary Queen Medb granted him an extensive territory between the Clare river and the Suck, where he and his followers settled. This was the ancient tuath or kingdom of Sogan, over which the Ó Mainnín Clan ruled as kings and later as chiefs until the end of the Gaelic era in the seventeenth century.

The Ó Mainnín surname first appears in the Irish annals in 1135, when ‘Ó Mainnín, king of Sogan’ was slain at the battle of Áenach Máenmaige to the east of Loughrea. The tomb of the last known chief of the name of the Mannion Clan, John son of Melaghlin, can be seen in the impressive ruins of Kilconnell Abbey near Ballinasloe, where it is marked by an inscribed graveslab dated 1648.

Contact:  Dr. Joe Mannion, Bolag, Woodford, Co. Galway.

DNA project: in progress

Monaghan – Ó Manacháin


Contact: Kevin Monaghan, Beaghbeg, Caherlistrane Co Galway, Ireland

Mulqueen of Ballymulqueeny – Ó Maolchaoin Baile-Ui-Maolchaoine

A clan located in the Co. Clare district of Thomand in north Munster.


Contact: Mr. Niall Mulqueen, 49 Silchester Park, Glenageary, Co.Dublin 

Nolan – Ó Nualláin


Contact: Christopher A Nolan III, 67 Commons Road, Clermont, New York, 12526 USA



O'Boylan of Darty – Ó Baoighealláin

(O’) Boylan Clan of Darty – Ó Baoighealláin  

The Boylans are a sept of Darty (County Monaghan). Before being subdued by the MacMahons of Oriel they were influential from Fermanagh to Louth.



Contact: Mr. Peter Boylan, Jagdweg 37, 90562 Heroldsberg, Germany.

O'Brosnan of Brosna – Ó Brosnacháin Brosnach

The O'Brosnan's are a small but significant clan originating in a place called Brosna in County Kerry. In fact, the name in Irish Ó Brosnacháin means "a son of the descendent from Brosna". Brosnan is one of a handful of locational surnames found in Ireland.

Contact: Mr. Paul Brosnan, Uisneach, New Road. Greystones, Co. Wicklow.


Clan website:

O'Byrne of Leinster – Ó Broin Laighean

O'Byrne Ó Broin is a foremost clan in east Leinster, prominent in Irish history, especially in the resistance to English conquest.


Contact: Dr. Emmett O'Byrne, Hon Chief,  O'Byrne Solicitors, Office C25, Wicklow Enterprise Centre, The
Murrough, Wicklow Town, Co Wicklow.




O'Carroll of Oriel – Ó Cearbhaill Oirialla

O'Carroll Oriel Ó Cearbhaill Oirialla is an important clan who anciently ruled the Kingdom of Oriel (Co. Louth and Co. Monaghan).

Chief: Dr. Vincent J. O Carroll Oriel.



Contact: Dr Vincent J H O Carroll Oriel, Fairfield House, off Newbridge Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4.

Ó Ceallaigh Dal gCais - Uí Mhaoil Cheallaigh Dál gCais

A Clan originating in the territory of the Dál gCais before migrating to Corca Baiscin in what is now County Clare.


Contact: Gearóid Ó Ceallaigh, Bromehill House, Kilrush, County Clare


O'Cleary of Co. Donegal – Clann Uí Chléirigh 


Contact: Mr. Fergus Cleary, 5 Main Street, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh BT93 3FY

O'Colman – Ó Colmáin Uí Fiachrach Muaidhe

Contact: Jean Baptiste Lagnie

Email : or 

Clan website:


O'Crowley of Cork – Ó Cruadhlaoich Corcaigh

O'Crowley Ó Cruadhlaoich derive their name from the Irish for hard (cruadh) hero (laoch). The clan originate in Moylurg in Connacht but migrated to West Cork where they became a leading clan.

Contact: Kate O'Reilly



DNA Project in progress

O'Dea of Dysert – Ó Deághaidh Dísert

O'Dea Ó Deághaidh Dísert is a Dalcassian clan based around their main seat at Dysert (Co. Clare). O'Dea is a name associated almost exclusively with the County Clare and the areas such as Limerick City and North Tipperary which immediately adjoin it. It is not a common name anywhere and even in County Clare is not numerous outside the part of the county where it originated. This is indicated by the place names Tully O'Dea and Dysert O'Dea, the site of a famous battle in 1318. The head of the clan was chief of a considerable territory comprising much of the Barony of Inchiquin.




Contact: Mr. Shane O’Dea 45, Carysfort Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

O'Donnell of Tyrconnell – Ó Domhnaill Tír Chonaill

O'Donnell of Tyrconnell – Ó Domhnaill Tír Chonaill is the ruling clan of the ancient Kingdom of Tyrconnell who reigned until the completion of the English Conquest of Ireland in 1601. The clan's seat today remains focused mostly around County Donegal (with prominent branches in the Diaspora) but originally the Kingdom of Tyrconnell included all of Donegal and parts of Sligo, Leitrim, Fermanagh Tyrone and Southern Derry. The main seat of the clan's chiefly family is Donegal Castle.

Chief of the Name: Rev. Fr. Hugh O'Donnell, OFM, KM.

Tanaist: S.E. Don Hugo O'Donnell y Duque de Estrada,  KM, Duke of Tetuan.



Contact:  John O'Donnell, Kilmacrennan, Donegal.


O'Driscoll of Corca Laoidhe – Ó hEidersceoil Corcu Loígde

O'Driscoll Ó hEidersceoil is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ó hEidirsceóil which is has the meaning of "diplomat" or "interpreter." The clan were based in Corcu Laídge where they were Kings.



Contact: Mrs Marion (O'Driscoll)Bushe, Bushes Bar, Baltimore, West Cork, Ireland

yDNA Project Administrator: Susan Barretta, FCGS
Contact Email:

O'Farrell of Annaly – Ó Fearghail Angaile

O'Farrell Ó Fearghail means "man of valour". This clan were numerous and important in Annaly and had their chief seat at Longfordm which was known as Longphort Uí Fhearghail (O'Farrell's fort). 




Contact: Ballymacormack Longford Co Longford

O'Flanagan – Ó Flannagáin

Flanagan is the name of at least five distinct and unrelated Irish Clans.

Flanagan of TuathRatha  (Fermanagh)

Flanagan of Clann Chathail (Roscommon)

Flanagan of Comair and Teffia (Westmeath)

Flanagan of Cinel Arga (Offaly)

All of the above Clans are represented by the Flanagan Clans Society

Contact details:

Address: Granuaile O'Flanagan,55 Soi Ladphra 35, Baan Supar Apt, Room 405, Chan Kasem, Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand 10900


See separate listing for Flanagan of Upperthird (Waterford).

O'Gara of Coolavin – Ó Gadhra Cúil Ó bhFinn

O'Gara Ó Gadhra means descendant of Gadhra' (an old Irish personal name, perhaps from gadhar, a dog, mastiff); the name of a Connacht family, of the same stock as the O'Haras of Leyney. Both families are descended from Lugh, son of Cormac Gaileng, and had from him the common clan-name of Luighne. When the two families separated, about the end of the tenth century, they divided this territory between them, the O'Haras taking the northern, or Sligo, portion, and the O'Garas the southern, in Co. Mayo. The O'Garas were then styled lords of Sliabh Lugha, but after the English invasion of Connacht they were driven out of this territory and forced to seek a new settlement. This they acquired in the district anciently known as Greagraidhe, and now as the barony of Coolavin, in Co. Sligo, from which in later times they were known as lords of Coolavin.



Contact: Mrs. Maura O'Gara-O'Riordan, 3 Cherry Park, Newcastle, Galway City, Ireland.

DNA Project in progress.

O'Higgins of Ballynary

O'Higgins Ó hUigin  is a clan which claims descent from Cenél Fiachach a branch of the Southern Uí Néill.  The Clan were initially settled in the ancient Kingdoms of Brega and Mide before a branch migrated in the 12th century to Connacht. Principal seats were established in Westmeath at Kilbeg and in Sligo at Dooghorne, Monteige, and Ballynary.

Patron: Karl O'Higgins, The O'Higgins of Ballynary.


DNA project in progress.

O'Hosey of Fermanagh – Ó hEodhusa Fhear Manach

O'Hosey, Husey Ó hEaodhusa were an important bardic family attached to the Maguires of Fermanagh.
Contact: Mr. Robert B. Hosey, 5757 Bermuda Drive, Walbridge Ohio 43465, U.S.A. DNA project in progress.

O'Lafferty of Tyrone – Ó Laithbheartaigh Tír Eoghain

O'Lafferty Ó Laithbheartaigh are a clan of Ulster described in the Annals of the Four Masters as the "Tanists of Tyrone".



Contact: Jamie Lafferty Richey 544 Windy Road Mount Juliet, TN 37122

O'Lalor of Leix – Ó Leathlobhair Laoise

O'Lalor (Lawlor) Ó Leathlobhair are one of the "Seven Septs of Leix" who's seat was at the Rock of Dunamase.

Contact: Mary Carmody, Rossleighan, Portlaoise, Co Laois.

O'Mahony Society - Muintir Mhathúna



Contact: Dr. Dermot O'Mahoney

O'Malley Clan – Clann Ó Máille



Contact: Mr. Don O'Malley

O'Mordha / O'Moore / Moore of Leinster

Contact: John Moore: Honorary Clan Chieftain,
6 Rochfort Park,Ballyowen Lane, Lucan, Co. Dublin, K78 T220, Ireland

The historical territory of the Uí Mhórdha (O'Moores) was primarily in Leix, now Co. Laois. There is an Irish language genealogy of the family written in the mid-17th century and is printed in the journal Analecta Hibernica (1951), no 18, p.140 [under pedigree no.1839) by a member of the genealogical-chronicler family, Ó Cléirigh. It is clear from this genealogy and other references (See 'The Midland Septs of the Pale' by F.R. Montgomery Hitchcock, 1908, pp 151) that the late medieval territory of the Uí Mhórdha stretched across Laois and Offaly, with the former sometimes referred to in 16th century English official correspondence as 'O'Moore's Country'. They were allied to the midland O'Conors and were displaced by the plantations of the midlands in the 1560s. They were present at the infamous massacre of Mullaghmast in 1578 which was perpetrated by English colonists during the plantation of Queens County (now Co. Laois). The 'Laigis' or Laigse were the early medieval population group who gave their name to Leix/Laois (previously Queens County), and they are often called 'secht Laigse Lagen' - the 'seven Laigse of Leinster'. They were a powerful group and in the medieval period their chief lineage was the Uí Mhórdha/O'Moores. The family still held some position in the aftermath of the Cromwellian confiscations of the 1650s for we see that they are recorded as landowners in Laois, as recorded in the 1659 Census of Ireland (ed. Seamus Pender).

O'Mulvihill of Connacht

O'Mulvihill means 'devotee of St. Michael' and originates in Connacht where they were an important clan. The name has also evolved over the years to Mitchell.


Contact: Mary Ann Mulvihill-Decker

O'Neill – Ó Neill

(O) Neill Ó Néill is a surname that is numerous throughout Ireland especially in Tyrone and Antrim. The Association of O'Neill Clans was established in 2007 and represents the following O'Neill Clans:


O'Neill of Tyrone

O'Neill of Fews

O'Neill of Clandaboy

O'Neill of Leinster i.e Carlow

O'Neill of Munster i.e. Decies and Thomond.




Contact: The Association of O’Neill Clans,

c/o Seán O’Neill, Clifton, 48 Castle Ave., Clontarf, Dublin 3, Ireland.




O'Sullivan of Munster – Ua Súileabháin Mhumhain

O'Sullivan Ó Súieabháin  originated in South Tipperary before they were forced Westward during the Anglo-Norman invasion where they became one of the leading clans of Munster Eoghanacht. There are a number of sub branches represented by the clan association including:

O'Sullivan Mór

O'Sullivan Beare

O'Sullivan MacCragh

Mac Fineen Duff (extinct)

The cadet clan of MacGillycuddy of Reeks evolved into a separate clan and are listed separately on the Register of Clans.




O'Tierney – Ó Tighearnaigh

O'Tierney Ó Tighearnaigh derived from the Gaelic word tighearnach meaning “lord” or “lordly”.  Tighearnach, sometimes spelt Tigernaich or Tigernach or even Tignarach was a popular given name in ancient Ireland. The O'Tierney Clans Society was formed in 1990 to represent the following main septs of the name:

O'Tierney Chiefs of Farney (Armagh)

O'Tierney Chiefs and Lords of Ceara (Mayo)

O'Tierney Kings of Bréaga

Fearran O'Tierney (Tipperary)

O'Tierney of Corcu Modruad (Clare)




Contact: Mr. Cathaoir Ó Tighearnaigh, Naomh Antoine, 53 Árd Aoibhinn, Athenry, County Galway, Ireland.

DNA Project in progress.


Clan Poole, a cadet branch and descendants of Mag Uidhir (Mcguire's of Co Waterford and Fermanagh). Mag Uidhir also a cadet branch of their Parent house Clan Conla. There are Baptismal records of the Poole's in Ireland from the 17th century.

Contact: Mr. Darren Poole, 39 Bird Street Ince Wigan, WN22AZ, Lancashire, England




Website: a work in progress

Contact: Mellissa Livermore (nee Redfern) 26 Riddell St. Molong 2866, NSW Australia




The Roche Clan were a Norman family who settled in Ireland Munster and Wexford.

Contact: Sir David Roche Bt

Address: 20 Lancaster Mews, London, W2 3QE, England.



Walker – Mac Siúbhlaigh

Contact: T Walker