The Falvey Family

Falvey family crest

(Crest No. 11. Plate 3.)

THE Falvey family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Nial the Great, or Nial of the Nine Hostages, King of Ireland, A. D. 379.

The ancient name was Falgha, which means “Joker.” The chief of the sept was styled Lord of Corcaguiney and his possessions were located in the present County of Kerry.

The Falveys are given by O’Heerin as chiefs of Corca Duibhne and of the territory from the Mang westward to Fiontraigh, or Ventry. Corca Duibhne is now the barony of Corcaguiney, in the County of Kerry.

The O’Falveys were powerful chiefs and in ancient times held the rank of hereditary admirals of Desmond.