• Clancy surname history

    Clancy surname history

    The Irish version of the surname is Mac Fhlannchaidh, from the personal name Flannchadh, which, it is thought, meant "red warrior". It originated separately in two different areas, in counties Clare and Leitrim. In the former, where they were a branch of the McNamaras, their eponymous ancestor being Flannchadh Mac Namara, the Clancys formed part of the great Dal gCais tribal group, and acted as hereditary lawyers, or "brehons", to the O'Brien chieftains. Their homeland was in the barony of Corcomroe in north Clare, and they remained prominent among the Gaelic aristocracy until the final collapse of that institution in the seventeenth century. The family were prominent in the defence of Limerick in 1691, and many of the name were among the "Wild Geese" who emigrated to the service of France after defeat. Placenames recording their presence and influence include Ardmaclancy in Kilfinaghta civil parish and Caherclanchy in Dysert.

    The Leitrim family of the name were based in the Rosclogher area of the county, around Lough Melvin. Today, the surname is still most common in Leitrim and Clare, with significant numbers also found in the adjacent counties.

    .Tom Clancy, (1947- ) is and American thriller writer who specialises in the inclusion of military and technical detail. His best-known book is The Hunt for Red October.

    The Clancy Brothers, originally from Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, teamed up with Tommy Makem in the 1950s, and played a large part in the revival of traditional Irish music. Although they were part of the international folk music movement, their material drew attention to the Irish originals.

    Willie Clancy (1918-1975), from Milltown Malbay in Clare, was famous country-wide for his skill and warmth as a musician (on pipes, flute, fiddle and whistle). When he died another piper, Seamus Ennis, said of him "He died of a big heart".

    Peadar Clancy (1901-1920) was one of three prisoners killed in retaliation for the shooting of British agents on "Bloody Sunday" in 1920.