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From: Iain Kennedy <>
Subject: Re: [R-M222] Dills of Inishowen
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 07:45:41 +0000
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Thanks but unfortunately this is all secondary source material=2C but I am =
always interested to review any primary source=2C contemporary references t=
o native O'Kennedys in Donegal or elsewhere in Ulster. I keep an open mind =
on the possibility that they existed but in the meantime=2C there is a Fian=
t pardon record for Teige Duffe O'Kennedy dated 26 Feb 1603. Interestingly =
he is one of the few for whom a townland is not noted but all the others ar=
e from Munster. Their association with Donegal men is entirely to be expect=
ed given their activities at the time. These are described by Dermot Gleeso=
n in 'Last lords of Ormond'=2C ch. 3 'The Ormond chiefs and the Tyrone Rebe=
llion' and the sources he used were all extracted and published in Brian Pa=
trick Kennedy's book on the Irish O'Kennedys.=20
> Date: Sun=2C 1 Nov 2009 21:42:19 +0000
> Subject: Re: [R-M222] Dills of Inishowen
> The O=92Kennedys originate in Magh Itha i.e. North Raphoe Barony=2C co. D=
> The O Cinaith is from the Old Irish Cin=E1eth (Cin=E1ed or Cinnead)=2C i.=
e. Kenneth. They appear in the fourteenth century Book of Ballymote as memb=
er of Cenel Eoghain in Magh Itha:
> U=ED N=E9ill:
> Incipit craeb coibhnesa Fear Muige h-Itha andso sis.
> 1. Concobar in ceatramadh mc. Fergaile da mc. deg lais .i. Cinaeth Diarmo=
id Flaithbertach Loingsech mor Loingsech bregh Brogan Maelfinde Duibhindrec=
ht Furudhran Drugan Cumascach Dondchadh.
> 2. Cinaeth a quo .H. Cinaith .H. Cuind & .H. Mothlachan & .H. Mughroin .H=
. Gairtnen & .H. Uididen.
> 3. Diarmaid a quo Muinter Ceindeidigh Muinter Cairellan & .H. Muiredaigh =
& .H. Corran .i. Muinter Corran.
> 4. Flaithbertach a quo .H. Dubda & .H. Baighill & .H. Mailbreasail & .H. =
Merrlaich & .H. Dublaich.
> 5. Loingsech a quo Ua Cathalan & .H. Maelbreassail & .H. Muircertaigh.
> 6. Duibindrecht a quo .H. Doibhlechan & .H. Thanaidhe & .H. Flaithrai.
> 7. Borgan a quo .H. Breislen.
> 8. Maelfinde a quo Ua Mailfinde.
> 9. Drugan a quo .H. Cathan & .H. Loingsigh.
> 10. Furodhran a quo .H. Godan & .H. Muiredaigh & .H. Bhranagan.
> 11. Cumascach a quo .H. Cuind & .H. Muiredaigh & Clann Fogartaigh .i. .H.=
Floind & .H. Cinaith & .H. Mailmoill & .H. Dubagan.
> 12. Loingsech a quo .H. Maelan.
> 13. Dondcadh niuil clann uadh.
> They also appear in English as O=92Kenny (dh in the Ulster dialect is sil=
ent). And like the Scottish MacKinneys:
>> Date: Sun=2C 1 Nov 2009 19:07:54 +0000
>> Subject: Re: [R-M222] Dills of Inishowen
>> The Munster O'Kennedys were allied with the O'Neills in the Tyrone wars =
and the Fiants are full of pardons referring to them around this time. But =
there are also some very Irish sounding O'Kennedys (eg Terlogh oge Kenedy) =
present as far away as Antrim in the early 1600s whose origins are unclear.
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