WALSH, Fr. Paul. Ed. by. Leabhar Chlainne Suibhne (The Book of the MacSweeneys). An Account of the MacSweeney Families in Ireland, with Pedigrees. In Irish with and English translation on facing pages.


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Dublin: Dollard, 1920. Crown octavo. pp. 141. Stiff grey wrappers, title on printed labels on upper cover and spine. A very good copy. Very scarce. The earliest record of a Mac Suibhne, in relation to the clan, is of Murchadh Mac Suibne in 1267. Murchadh’s father was Máel Muire an Sparáin of Castle Sween in Knapdale, who was himself the son of Suibne. Murchadh became a prisoner of Domnall Ó Conchobair and was handed over to the Earl of Ulster, in whose prison Murchadh is said to have died. Once established in Ireland the Clan Sween controlled large territories, and was divided into three branches: Mac Suibhne Fánad (Mac Sweeney Fanad); Mac Suibhne na d’Tuath (Mac Sweeney Doe); Mac Suibhne Boghaineach (Mac Sweeney Banagh). Contents: The Mac Sweeney Families in Ireland; Origin; Mac Suibhne Fánad; Mac Suibhne na dTuath; Mac Suibhne Connachtach; Mac Suibhne Bghuineach; Branches in Connacht and Thomond; Mac Suibhne Urmhumhan; The Mac Sweeneys in Munster; Description of the Manuscript, etc.

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