The Corrigan Family

Corrigan family crest

(Crest No. 313. Plate 18.)

THE Corrigan family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Colla da Crioch, son of Eocha Dubhlein, or Doivlen, brother of Fiacha Straivetine, first King of Connaught of the race of Heremon, and son of Carbre Liffeachair, King of Ireland, 264. The ancient name was Corraighin, and signifies “The Builder.” The possessions of the sept were located in the present County of Westmeath.

This name is still quite numerous in Ireland, the United States, and the English-speaking colonies, and is honorably represented in the ranks of the clergy in the United States. His Grace, the Most Rev. Archbishop of New York, Michael Augustine Corrigan, is a descendant of this ancient family. In his zeal for the interests of the Church and the spiritual welfare of his people, and in the successful administration of the important interests committed to his care, his Grace, Archbishop Corrigan, stands in the front rank of the great churchmen of our day. He enjoys not only the affections of his own people, but the confidence and esteem of all classes of non-Catholics.

Another worthy and widely-known clergyman of this name was the late Rev. Patrick Corrigan of Hoboken, N. J. As a builder of Catholic schools, a worker in the cause of Catholic education, and a friend of his fellow-man, without distinction of race or creed, he was a credit to his name and an ornament to the Catholic Church.