McFall-O Roarty-O Kelly
The Cenel Coelbad of Donegal
The Inishowen peninsula was divided into two sub-kingdoms, Carraig
Brachaidhe to the west and An Bredach in the east. The Kings of
Carriagh Brachaidh were the O Mailfabhails (angliced McFall, Mulfall,
and according to McLysaght, Lavelle and Melville). The surname is
now virtually unknown in Donegal.
The O Maolfabhail Kings of Carriag Brachaidhe were seated at
Carrickabraghey on the Isle of Doagh in the parish of Clonmany. They
were a branch of the Cinel Eoghain known both as the Clann Fhearghusa
and the Cenel Coelbad. Their original territory as descendants of
Owen was in the western part of the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal, but
following the generally westward movement of the Kings of Aileach in the
11th century, some of the Cenel Coelbad settled in Tryone, most notably
the O Hogans of Telach Oge (Tullahoge), the well-known inaugurators of
the O'Neill Kings of Tyrone at Tullahoge.
O'Clery gives a long list of surnames associated with the Cenel
Coelbad, most of which are no longer recogniseable today.
O Mael fahaill (MacFall, Mulfall of Donegal)
O Bruadar (O'Broder)
O Hagan (O'Hagan of Tullahoge - Tyrone)
O Ceallaigh (O'Kelly of Donegal)
O Robhartach (O'Roarty of Donegal)
O Mail Mocheirghe
O Dhoret (O Derry of Donegal)
O Conne (O Cuinn of Tyrone)
O Cearnaigh (Mac Kearney of Donegal)
O Dubhaine (Dwayne, Devanny of Donegal)
Of these surnames, O Hogan and O Cuinn are now associated with
Co. Tyrone. O Robhartach (O'Roarty) is a well-known Donegal name,
co-arbs of St. Columcille on Tory Island. O'Kelly (O Ceallaigh) is
a very numerous name in Donegal. O Mail Mocheirghe appears in the
Pardon List of 1602 as O Mulchieran. The family were herenaghs of
Clonca parish in the Inishowen Peninsula. O Dhoret is probably now
O Derry (O Doirighe), an herenagh family in Raphoe Diocese.
They appear in the Inquisition at Liffer as herenaghs of Drumhome parish
(O 'Dorrianuns). In O'Clery's Book of Genealogies they are named
O Dhoret of Domnaigh Mor Magh Ith, a district in Raphoe Parish in Donegal,
now the parish of Donoghmore.
O Dubhain (MacDwayne) is probably now Devanny in Donegal (According to
McLysaght, the names are often confused). The Mac Dubhaines were chiefs
of Cinel Enda, a district in Donegal to the south of the Inishowen
Over the lasting Carraig Brachai
Over the red-armed Clann Feaghasa
On each side they extended to the wave,
The O Bruadairs, the O Mailfabhails,
The O Coinnes, the O hOgains here
Elevation of human people.
Niall 'of the Nine Hostages'
Ferghusa [a quo Clann Fhearghusa]
Coelbad [a quo Cenel Coelbad]
Brachaide [a quo Carrig Brachaidhe] Conaill clogigh
Conaill Mail mocheirghe
| | Furudrain
Loinsigh Oilella |
| | Ruarcan
Mail fabhaill 878 Mail gairh |
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Cathalan Cinaetha Colgusa Mail mhocheirghe
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Con gartan Ogain [ a quo O Hogan Cosgraigh Dubhrodan
| | of Telach occ] | |
Fogartaigh Eogain Crunmail Cernaigh
| | | |
Mail fhabhaill Gille epscuip Conaill Diermada
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Flaithbertach O Mail fhabhaill Floind Colaim Aedh O Mail Mocheirghe
1053 | |
Gille aeda Mail brighde
Raghnall O Hogan Mael muire
of Telach occ |
O Cuinn of Tyrone
O'Clery Book of Genealogies
691. Fearghus m Eoghain, tra, da mac lais .i. Aedh (a quo cenel
nAedha mic Ferghusa) et Caelbhadh (dia ta cenel Caelbadh).
692. Da mhac la Caelbadh .i. Coireall et Coirpre. Aenmac la
Coirpre .i. Feidlimid.
693. Da mac la Feidlimid .i. da Diarmait .i. Diarmait mongach
et Diarmait ri carrge Brachaide. O Diarmait ri cairrcce Brachaidhe
ata cenel mBaetalaigh et .h. Cainnide et .h. Luit et .h. Cernaigh et .h.
Dubhthachain et .h. Gaillin et .h. Eimin dibaid acht beg; et as on
Diarmait cetna atait clann Cuanach atuaidh et andes.
694. Tri mic la Coircall .i. Logan, ocus Termpan et Ainnind. O Logan
atait .h. Crebit et .h. Antaigh .i. mic Congal gamin et .h. Losccraigh
et .h. Luachain et .h. Beraigh et .h. Fraecharan. Tremparan, uero,
aenmac aicce .i. Faelcu: as uadha .h. Mail mhocheirghe et .h. Duible
et .h. Duibh ghiolla et .h. Dinertaigh, .h. Muirecan, .h. Dobarn, .h.
Dubhain. As e an Faelcu sin do-ricchne an curach do Colaim cille.
.i. an [blank space] et do-rad Colum cille bennachtain fair. Et as da chinedh
Conall clogach an righ-oinmhit. Inonn mathair dano dho-saidhe, ocus
do Domnall mac Aedha mic Ainmirech .i. Lend ingen Aedha guaire a
mathair a ndis. As do cenel Faelchon Dubh duin comarba Colaim cille.
695. Ainninn, as uadha ata .h. Sercachan.
696. Do chenel Caelbhadh, .h. angaile, .h. Udmallan et .h.
697. Cuanach mac Conmail ceithri mic lais .i. Robhartach (o tait
cenel Robhartaigh .i. .h. Ceallaigh) et Dubh loinccsiuch
(a quo clan Dub loinccsicch .i. muinter Corcrain) et Cu cathrach (a
quo cenel Con cathrach). Donngal, uero, an cethramadh mac, o fuilit
na taisigh thuaid et tes for cenel Fergusa. Da mac lais .i. Bruadar
(a quo cenel mBruadair), et Cumuscach.
698. Cumuscach, dano, da mac lais .i. Loinnccsiuch diaruo mac
Mael fabaill (o tait .h. Mail fhabaill i ttaisighecht tuaidh) et Oilill.
699. Oilill, dano, da mac lais .i. Conne (a quo muinter Conne), ocus
Mael garb athair Cinaetha diaruo mac Ogan (a bfuilit .h. Ogain i
Genelach Cenel Ferghusa
700. Flaithbertach m Mail fhabhaill m Fogartaigh m Con
gartan m Cathalan m Mail fabhaill m Loingsigh m Cumuscaigh m
Donngaile m Cuanach m Conaill m Brachaide m Diarmada m Feidhlimthe
m Coirpre m Caelbad m Ferghusa m Eogain m Neill noigiallaigh.
701. Raghnall m Gille aeda m Floind m Gille epscuip
Eogain m Ogain (a quo .h. Ogain o Thealaigh occ) m Cenaetha m
Mail garibh m Oilella m Cumuscaigh m Donngaile m Cuanach m Conaill
m Brachaide m Diermada m Feidlimthe m Coirpre m Caelbad m Fergusa
702. Mathghamain m Ceallaigh m Colgan m Mael comghaill m
Ceallaigh m Mail padraicc m Branagan (no Braccain) m Mail caich
m Cinaetha m Ferghusa m Con lenai m Fidgaile m Forandain m
Laeguire m Aedha m Fergusa m Eogain m Neill m Echach muigmedoin.
703. Domnall, ocus Mael muire da m Gille luaithrinde
m Conraith m Mael muire m Cathaln m Mail fabhaill m Loinccsigh.
Do Genelach .H. Coinde
704. Muiredhach m Dunchada m Mael muire m Mail brighde m
Colaim m Conaill m Crunnmail m Cosgraigh m Colgusa m Gairbh.
Genelach Clainne .H. Mail Mocheirghe
705. Aedh m Diermada m Cernaigh m Dubhrodan m Mail mhocheirghe
m Ruaran m Furudrain m Anluain m Daithghil m Ruarcan m
Mail mocheirghe m Conaill clogigh m Faelchon m Trempan
m Cairill m Caelbadh m Ferghusa m Eoghain.
Genelach Muintire Dooireit Dhomnaigh Moir Mhaighi h-Ithe
712. Flaithbertach, et Saeirbreathach, et Eoghan, tri mic Echach
m Corbmiac m Cathusaigh m Scannail m Doireth m Congail m Toilg
(.i. tolcc ruc-som aa mbroinn a mhathar) m Con lerga m Snedhusa
deirg m Conghail m Conaill (sunn condregait .h. Dhoret et .h. Ogan
tulcha og) m Bracaide (dia ta carrac Bracaide uel Bresnaide) m
Diermada m Feidlimthe m Coirpre m Caelbaidh m Ferghusa m Eoghain.
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Cenel Coelbad corice so. Cenel immorru Aeda asso sis.
Aed mac Fergusa, secht maic lais .i. Loegaire, Tautan, Uanaind, Coman,
Breccan, Lannan, Ubban. O Loegaire tellach Cinaeda .i. Oe Branacain, Oe Gan, Oe
Mailmaige, Oe Cathalan 7 tellach Muredaig .i. Oe Loingsechain, Oe Enaisc, Oe
Berecdai, Oe Scurri, Oe Mailfinn, Hoe Lannacain, Oe Firaiste. Oe Thuatain .i.
Oe Bruatair, Oe Murchadha, Oe Beoailb. Oe Uanainn .i. munter Mellain. Oe Commain .i.
Oe Dibnaid. O Brecan .i. O Airisnig. O Hubban .i. cland Duban Hi Connachtaibh.
O Loegaire .i. Oe Chollai.
¶1022] Ragnall mc Gillai Áeda m. Flaind m. Gillai Epscoip Éogain m. Ócáin m.
Cináeda m. Máelgairb m. Ailella m. Cummascaich m. Donngaile m. Cuanach m.
Conaill m. Brachaidi m. Diarmata m. Feideilmid m. Cairpre m. Cóelbad m.
Fergusa m. Éogain m. Néill.
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"In the days when the O Neill dynasty ruled supreme in the north
one of the important families of Inis Eogain was the O Maolfabail sept.
Te name is recorded in two ways, "O Maolfabail" and "O Maolfabail", and
has been anglicised in various forms, e.g., "O Mulfall" and "MacFall."
This family was of Cineal Fhearghasa, a branch of Cineal Eogain. The
territory ruled by the sept was Carraig Bhracai on the western side of the
peninsula. The seat of rule was in the townland of Carrickabraghey, situated
in the Isle of doagh, parish of Clonmany.
The Isle of Doag is a peninsula connected by a narrow strip of land to
the mainland. The site was well-chosen as a place of security. Today
tere are the ruins of an ancient castle. Whhile the remains probably
mark the site of an older fortress, te present pile was built at a much later
period tan te days of the O Maolfabail lordship.
This ancient family is first noted in Irish records in thhe year 834. It
occurs on a number of occasions up to 1215, after wichh it is no longer mentioned.
Surprsingly, it occurs very rarely as a family surname in Inis Eogain. In the
General Pardon Lists issued by the englis for those natives of Inis Eoghain
who engaged in rebellion against te Crown in the early seventeenth century,
the name occurs but rarely. It does not occur at all in te Hearth Tax
records for 1665.
Fearghus son of Badhbhchadh, lord of Carraig Brach Aidhe, was slain by
Seghonnan, son of Conang, lord of Carraig Brachaidhe, died.
Maelfabhaill, son of Loingseach, lord of Carraig Brachaighe;
Ruarc, son of Maelfabhaill, lord of Carraig-Brachaidhe, died.
Another slaughter was made of the foreigners by the Eoghanachta,
and by the Ciarraighi. The army of the Ui-Neill of the South and
North was led by Niall, son of Aedh, King of Ireland, to the men
of Munster, to wage war with the foreigners. He pitched his camp at
Tobar-Glethrach, in Magh-Feimhin, on the 22nd of August. The
foreigners went into the territory on the same day.
The Irish attacked them the third hour before mid-day, so that one
thousand one hundred men were slain between them; but more of the
foreigners fell, and they were defeated. There fell here in the heat
of the conflict the chief of Carraig-Brachaidhe, and Maelfinnen, son of
Donnagan, chief of Ui-Cearnaigh; Fearghal, son of Muirigen, chief of
Ui-Creamhthainn; and others besides them.
Tighearnach, son of Ruarc, lord of Carraig-Brachaidhe, died.
Cudubh, son of Maelfabhaill, chief of Carraig-Brachaidhe,
was slain by the race of Tadhg in Breagha.
Flaithbheartach Ua Maelfabhaill, lord of Carraig-Brachaidhe,
Domhnall Ua Loingsigh, lord of Dal-Araidhe, and Muircheartach
Ua Maelfabhaill, lord of Carraig-Brachaidhe, were slain by the
Gillachrist Ua Maelfabhaill, lord of Carraig-Brachaidhe; Finnchadh
Mac Amhalghadha, chief of Clann-Breasail; Flaithbheartach Ua Maelduin,
lord of Lurg; Uidhrin Ua Maelmuire, chief of Cinel-Fearadhaigh, died.
An army was led by the Cinel-Eoghain to Magh-Cobha. The Ulidians
entered their camp at night, and killed Sitrick Ua Maelfabhaill,
lord of Carraig-Brachaidhe, and Sitric, son of Curoi, son of Eoghan.
Aedh Ua Maelfabhaill, lord of Carraig-Brachaidhe, was slain by the
son of Niall Ua Lochlainn.
Cathalan O'Mulfavil, Lord of Carrick-Braghy, was slain by O'Dearan,
who was himself slain immediately afterwards in revenge of him.
Trad O'Mulfavill, Chief of Kinel-Fergusa, with his brothers, and a great
number of people who were with them, were slain by Murray, the son of the
Great Steward of Lennox.