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