Thornton—In the most parts of South Connacht and North Munster this name is the anglicised form O'Draighneain, a South Galway sept; Drennan and Drinan in the districts about Tuam; in Sligo Dreinan, and Drinan in the district of Oughterard. Likewise Meenagh (Muimheach) in North Sligo, O'Monaghan (O'Muineachain) in Co. Mayo, McSkeghan and McSkean in the districts of Tyholland, Tydavnet and other parts of North Monaghan; correctly written Mac Sceacháin, from Sceach, a thorn-bush.
Alphabetical Index of Surnames
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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