The Conaghty Family

Conaghty family crest

(Crest No. 11. Plate 3.)

THE Conaghty family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Muiredach, or Mulrooney Mullethan, King of Connaught in the seventh century, and of the line of Duach Galach, first Christian King of Connaught. The ancient name was Conaghtach and signifies “Connaughtman.” The possessions of the family were located in the present County of Cavan. The O’Conaghtys were also chiefs of Cabrach, or Carbra, in Tireragh, in the present County of Sligo.

The name is still comparatively numerous in Ireland and the United States. The Rev. Thomas J. Conaty of Worcester, Mass., eminent as a writer, theologian, and temperance advocate, a devoted patriot and a strenuous advocate of the cause of Catholic education, is a descendant of this ancient family.