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This blog is five years old

December 31, 2016 Leave a comment

This blog is now five years old. The family Ó Siodhacháin has been in Ireland for centuries. The Gaelic spelling was simplified to be Ó Síocháin in the 1940s. The anglicised spellings are Sheehan, Sheahan, and the other variants listed elsewhere in the blog. Sheehan’s are mostly associated with the Southern province of Munster in counties Limerick, Tipperary and Cork, and also county Clare. Today people with the name Sheehan can be found all over Ireland, in the United Kingdom, and scattered across the world in Australia, the United States, and Canada etc. The meaning of the name is commonly stated as peaceful or peacemaker. Search on the name and you will find people in all the professions and cultural pursuits. The “clan” is often associated with the Dal gCais – the Sept that mostly controlled Munster in the middle ages. Its most famous son: Brian Buru was the High King of Ireland.  There is no evidence that the Sheehan’s were a prominent clan. It is indicated that they had land in the Lower Connello part of county Limerick prior to the Normans. In the past, the Sheehan’s would have been predominately Roman Catholic. The History of Limerick notes that a Captain William Sheehan fought at the Siege of Limerick in 1691, and my conjecture is that he left Ireland for good with the other Jacobite troops under the agreed articles of surrender, after the signing of the Treaty of Limerick.

My own family’s more recent origin is in  County Clare and County Limerick on my father’s side. I currently reside in Donegal in the North West of Ireland, not known for many Sheehan’s. There is a Sheen avenue in Bundoran, so I wonder if it is named after a person or simply after peace?

 

 

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