The Hanraghty Family

Hanraghty family crest

(Crest No. 98. Plate 48.)

THE Hanraghty family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heber. The founder of the family was Cormac Cas, son of Olliol Ollum, King of Munster, A. D. 177, and his consort, Sabia, daughter of Con of the Hundred Battles, King of Ireland, A. D. 148.

The ancient name was Annracht, and signifies “Poet Laureate.” It was taken from Ionrachtagh of that sept. The possessions of the clan were located in the present County of Armagh.

The name has been Anglicized Enright. The Hanrattys or Enrights were Chiefs of Hy-Meith-Macha, a territory in the present County of Monaghan, comprising the parishes of Tullycorbet, Kilmore, and Tehallan, in the barony of Monaghan. Of this territory the O’Hanrattys or Enrights were the ancient chiefs before they were dispossessed by the sept of the MacMahons. St. Maeldoid, the patron saint of Mucknoe at Castleblaney, was of the same origin as the O’Hanrattys.