The McHale Family

McHale family crest

(Crest No. 11. Plate 3.)

THE McHale family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Brian, son of Eocha Moy Veagon, King of Ireland, A. D. 350. The ancient name was Aille and signifies “Handsome.” The possessions of the clan were located in the present County of Mayo.

The late venerable Archbishop John McHale, of Tuam, Ireland, pre-eminent as prelate, patriot, and poet among the Irish hierarchy for more than half a century, was a descendant of this ancient family.