From Irish Names and Surnames 1923
Ó MANACHÁIN, Ó MACHÁIN—I—O Managhane, O Manahan, O Monaghan, Monaghan, Monahan, Manahan, etc., Monk, Monks; 'descendant of Manachán' (diminutive of manach, a monk); the name of a Connacht family who derive their descent from Manachán, a famous warrior mentioned by the Four Masters at the year 866, and were chiefs of Ui Briuin na Sionna, in the barony of Ballintober, Co. Roscommon, until the year 1249, when they were ousted by the O Beirnes. The name at the end of the 16th century was very scattered. It is sometimes pronounced Ó Mionacháin and Ó Muineacháin, which see.
Alphabetical Index to Irish 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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