The McEneiry Family

McEneiry family crest

(Crest No. 148. Plate 33.)

THE McEneiry 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 of Sabia, daughter of Con Kead Caha, King of Ireland, A. D. 148.

The ancient name was Enrach, meaning “Solitary.” The possessions of the sept were located in the present Counties of Cork and Limerick.

The McEneirys were chiefs of Corca Muiceadha, also called Conaill Uachtarach, now the barony of Upper Conello, in the County Limerick. The McEneirys were descended from Mahoun (Anglicized Mahon), King of Munster and brother of Brian Boru, and had their chief residence at Castle McEneiry. The name has been Anglicized McHenry and Fitzhenry.