Conmaicne Mara


Conmaicne Mara

The Conmhaicne (descendants of Con Mhac) were an ancient tribal grouping that were divided into a number of distinct branches that were found scattered around Ireland in the early medieval period. They take their name from a mythical ancestor known as "Con Mhac" "hound son".

The Conmhaicne Mara (the Conmhaicne of the sea) were located in what is now the extreme west of County Galway and gave their name to the territory they occupied i.e. Connemara, which is the anglicised form of Conmhaicne Mara. The territory of Conmhaicne Mara / Connemara covers all of the barony of Ballynahinch and the civil parish of Inishbofin, which is in the barony of Murrisk. The territory contains the five civil parishes of Ballynakill/Baile na Cille, Ballindoon, Moyrus/Maigh Iorras, Omey/Iomaidh Fheicín and Inishbofin/Inis Bó Fine. The territory contains the five Catholic parishes of "An Clochán" (Clifden, Omey & Ballindoon), "Iorras Ainbhtheach" (Carna), "Cloch na Rón"/(Roundstone), "Baile na Cille" (Ballynakill) and "Inis Bó Fine"/(*Inishbofin (County Galway).

The area of County Galway in which Connemara lies is known as Iar Connacht ie the portion of County Galway west of Loch Corrib and a small piece of County Mayo.

Other branches of the Conmaicne located in what is now County Galway include the Conmaicne Toland, the Conmaicne Dun Mor. The parish of Kilconickny, which means "church of the Conmaicne"is located west of the town of Loughrea.


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