Ó Cléireacháin

Rev Patrick Woulfe

Ó CLÉIREACHÁIN, Ó CLÉIRCHÍN—IO Clearkane, O Clercan, Clerihan, Clerkan, Clerkin, Clarkins, Clarke, &c.; 'descendant of Cléireachán,' or 'Cléirchín' (diminutive of cléireach, cleric, clerk); the name (1) of a family of Ui Fidhgheinte who were anciently lords of Ui Cairbre Aebhdha, in the east of Co. Limerick; now represented by Clerihan in Co. Tipperary; and (2) of a Meath family who were anciently lords of Coillte Fallamhain. This family probably removed to Monaghan and Cavan, where the name was common at the end of the 16th century.

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