Conroy family genealogy

[1] Arms: Gu. three beads ar. on a chief or, as many cinquefoils az. Crest: A lion ramp. vert supporting a pennon gu.

ANMIRE, brother of Donall who is No. 92 on the "Breen" pedigree, was the ancestor of MacConaire, O'Conaire, or O'Mulconaire; anglicised MacConroi [2] (modernized King), Conroy, Conry, Connery, MacConry, MacEnry, McHenry, and Mulconry.

92. Anmire: son of Crimthann.

93. Ronan: his son.

94. Foranun: his son.

95. Crunmaol: his son.

96. Maoldun: his son.

97. Fergal: his son.

98. Florence: his son.

99. Neachtan: his son; had a brother named Suibhneach, who was the ancestor of Macnamee.

100. Dubhdahna: son of Neachtan.

101. Brocan: his son.

102. Flaithgheal: his son; had a brother named Sealbaoth, who was the ancestor of Slaman.

103. Conair ("conair," gen. "conaire:" Irish, a way): his son; a quo MacConaire, etc. (as above).

104. Paul Mór: his son.

105. Maoillinn: his son.

106. Paul Oge: his son.

107. Consalach: his son.

108. Tanaidhe (Tanny or Nathaniel): his son.

109. Dunlong: his son.

110. Dunnin: his son.

111. Tanaidhe (2): his son.

112. Paidin (Paidin: Irish, a diminutive of "Patrick"): his son; a quo MacPhaidin, anglicised MacFadden, Padden,[3] Patten, and Pattison. This Paidin [paudeen] had a brother named Giollaiosa.

113. Conang Eolach ("eolach;" Irish, cunning): son of Paidin; a quo O'Eoluighe (of Connaught), anglicised Gunning; had a brother named Maurice.

114. Tanaidhe Eolach: son of Conang.

115. Conang Buidhe: his son; had a brother named Maollinn.

116. Neidhe: son of Conang Buidhe.

117. Paidin (2): his son; had a brother named Donogh.

118. Tanaidhe Mór: son of Paidin.

119. Maollinn: his son; had a brother named John Ruadh.[4]

120. Lochlann: his son; had a brother named Toranach (toran: Irish, "a great noise"), a quo MacToranaigh, anglicised Torney, and Thunder.

121. Paidin (2): son of Lochlann.

122. Muirgheas O'Conaire (or Mulconaire): his son.


[1] Conroy: Florence Conroy, a Catholic ecclesiastic, was born in Galway in 1560. At an early age he was sent to College in the Netherlands, and afterwards to Spain, where he entered the Franciscan Order, and distinguished himself as a student of St. Augustine's works. His defence of the doctrine of the " Immaculate Conception" enhanced his fame, and attracted the notice of Philip II. In 1588, he was appointed Provincial of the Franciscans in Ireland, and embarked in the Spanish Armada. In 1593 he published in Irish a translation of a Spanish work, A Christian Instruction. In 1602 he met the famous Irish Chieftain Hugh Roe O'Donnell, and acted as his chaplain during the last hours of that Chieftain, at Simancas, following his remains to their resting place in the Cathedral of Valladolid. Although he was appointed Archbishop of Tuam in 1610, the proscription of Catholicism in Ireland prevented his ever taking possession of his see. Through his exertions the Irish College at Louvain was founded, in 1616. His latter years were occupied in the publication of works on St. Augustine and his writings. He died on the 18th November, 1629, in one of the Franciscan convents at Madrid, aged about 69 years. His remains were transferred in 1654 to the Louvain College, where they repose under a marble monument.

[2] MacConroi: The "MacConrois" gave name to their old home of Baile MacConroi (anglicised "Bally MacConroy" and "Ballymaconry"), now usually rendered "Kingston"—near Streamstown, Connemara; and were one of the tribes who possessed West Galway, before the Joyces settled there (see the "Joyce" pedigree). The Conroi here mentioned was the first chief of the territory of Gnomore in Iar-Connaught. Of the origin of Gnomore, O'Flaherty, in his Ogygia, p. 387, says: "Gnomore et Gnobeg duo filii Lugaddii," etc. O'Dugan states that, in the twelfth century, MacConroi was chief of Gnomore, and O'Heyny chief of Gnobeg. The barony of Moycullen, County Galway, was created A.D. 1585; and was formed of the two ancient territories of Gnomore and Gnobeg. After the twelfth century the O'Flahertys seized upon this territory, after having been themselves driven from their own ancient inheritance, on the east side of Lough Corrib, by the De Burgos (or De Burcs). Many centuries after the above-mentioned Conroi's time, some of his descendants emigrated westward towards the coast, and settled in this district of Bally MacConroy, to which they gave the name. After the introduction of the English language into Iar-Connaught, the name of the Clan Mhic Conroi was anglicised MacConry, etc., and finally, but improperly, King, as if the original name was Mac-an-Righ, which means "son of the King." The district of Bally MacConroy was also anglicised "Kingstown;" and thus the ancient name was wholly obliterated.—HARDIMAN.

[3] Padden: There was another family of MacPaddin, modernized Padden, which was descended from the Barretts of Munster; and another from Brian Oge O'Brien, of the "O'Brien" (of Thomond) family.

[4] John Ruadh: This John (or Shane) Ruadh had a son Donal Ruadh, who was father of Connor O'Mulconry, who was father of Maolmuire of Fullon, who was father of Maollin O'Conry (d. on 5th January, 1637), who was m. to Katherine, daughter of Teige O'Flanagan of Conneloin, county Roscommon. This Maollin had five sons—1. Thorva O'Conry, m. to Evelin, dau. of Ferdorach Branon; 2. Conry; 3. Morie; 4. Donoch; 5. Paidin.