Ireland Family Travel - Personalized travel arrangements
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Are you a Murphy, Kelly or Ryan?
IRISH CLAN TOURS
All Irish clans are invited back to Ireland this year. We have family name
toursall year -. a great opportunity to
retrace your family roots. We know how important it is to see where your family
came from, walk the same roads, enjoy a drink in the same local pub, perhaps
visit the old farm. See the shop with your family name on it. Enjoy the
atmosphere in the local villages. So invite your cousins, and meet some new
ones that you never knew you had.
A unique and highly personalized form of tour to Ireland is our family heritage
tour.We have Irish family tours for all last name, including yours. However,
each of these can be personalized for your particular branch of the family. For
example, although the majority of Murphys are from Cork, that surname can be
found in many parts of Ireland. You visit the regions and towns to which you
can trace your Irish roots.
A trip to Ireland - a trip back home - is surely the best
way to feel connected to this ancient land. A way to feel part of something
greater than the here and now. A way to truly belong.
Visit the places your grandfather went, the tales he heard, the songs he sang.
Sit beside a turf fire, chat with locals, and build memories for years to
There's never been a better time to
So invite your relatives, and meet some new ones in Ireland. We give you access
to Special Clan Events of particular interest to you and your Family. Search
below or contact us for the dates for your family trip!
Ask us to plan your own tour, just for your
We can plan Irish clan escorted WEEK OR
Join our ESCORTED family tours:
Contact us for a family clan tour just for your group (minimum size 6
persons) for ANY date.
Irish Family Name Tours
Our Irish clan tours
If you know where your family is from, but don't see
the name above, take a look here:
- Coach touring with an IRISH driver/guide.
- Accommodations at B&B's, hotels, and even a castle
- Breakfast each day
- Traditional music sessions
- Enjoy a medieval banquet at a castle if you are nin the Shannon area
- Visits to the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Blarney Castle and Folk Park
or other sightseeing.
- A hop-on hop-off Dublin city tour ticket
- A keepsake, just for you -- A Certificate of Irish Ancestry - a
Government of Ireland official document providing official recognition to
people of Irish ancestry across the world. Each Certificate has a Harp, the
official State symbol of Ireland, and is signed on behalf of the Government of
Ireland . Each Certificate is unique and includes the name of the applicant ,
and the names of up to two ancestors including their county and year of birth.
Applicants can choose from three beautifully designed certificates depicting an
emigrant ship, a Celtic knot, or a west of Ireland scene. The Certificates are
available in English, Irish, or Spanish.
HOW TO FIND YOUR TOUR BY COUNTY. Look for your name
below. For example, Murphys are from everywhere, but look to see what
tour your Murphys should be on.
County Antrim Smith, Johnston, Thompson, Wilson, Campbell, Stewart, Robinson,
Bell, Brown and Boyd.
County Armagh Most common names: Murphy, Hughes, Wilson, Campbell, O'Hare,
Smith, McCann, Donnelly, Watson and Quinn.
County Carlow Most common names: Byrne, Doyle, Farrell, Kavanagh, Kinsella,
Lalor, Lawler, McDonald/McDonnell, Murphy, Nolan, Walshe.
County Cavan Most common names: Reilly, Smith, Brady, Lynch, McCabe, Clarke,
Farrelly, Maguire, Sheridan and Galligan.
County Clare Most common names: McMahon, McNamara, Moloney, O'Brien, McInerney,
Ryan, Kelly, Keane, O'Connor, O'Halloran, Hogan, Lynch, Murphy and Burke
County Cork Most common names: McCarthy, Callaghan, McAuliffe, Fitzgerald,
Sullivan, Murphy, Walsh, Connor, Hagerty and Connell.
County Derry (Londonderry) Most common names: Doherty, McLaughlin, Gallagher,
McCloskey, Kane, Kelly, Coyle, Moore, Bradley and Campbell.
County Donegal Most common names: Boyle, Haggerty, Gallagher, Dougherty ,
O'Donnell , McLaughlin, Sweeney , Ward, McGinley
County Down Most common names: Smith, Johnston, Thompson, Wilson, Campbell,
Stewart, Robinson, Bell, Brown and Boyd.
County Dublin Most common names: Kelly.
County Fermanagh Most common names: Murphy, Hughes, Wilson, Devlin, McManus,
Armstrong, Donnelly, O'Neill, Quinn, Cassidy and Maguire.
County Galway Burke, Lynch, O'Flaherty, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, D'Arcy, Deane,
Font, Frain, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martyn, Morris and Skerrett.
County Kerry Most common names: O'Sullivan, O'Connor, Shea, Murphy, McCarthy,
Moriarty, Fitzgerald, O'Connell, Donoghue, Griffin.
County Kildare Kelly, Byrne, Dunne, Nolan, Murphy, Lawler, Farrell, Doyle,
Walsh, Dowling, Connor, Neill, Brennan, Moore and Kavanagh
County Kilkenny Most common names: Murphy, Walsh, Brennan, Maher, Butler,
Phelan (& O'Phelan), Grace, Fitzpatrick, Comerford and Ryan.
County Laois Most common names: Kelly, Dunne, Molloy, Carroll, Egan, Dempsey,
O'Connor, Daly, Fitzpatrick and Lalor.
County Leitrim Most common names: Reynolds, McGowan, Rooney, Flynn, Kelly,
Gallagher, Moran, Dolan, McLoughlin and McMorrow.
County Limerick Most common names: Ryan, Fitzgerald, O'Brien, O'Connor, Hayes,
Walsh, Sullivan, Bourke, Madigan, Collopy, Donovan and Wolfe.
County Longford Most common names: O'Farrell or Farrell is still the most
dominant surname in the County. Other common surnames are, Quinn, Kenny,
Kiernan, Mulvey, Smith, Leavy, Kelly, Glennon, Keenan, Casey and Murphy.
County Louth Belton, Corrigan, Dowdall, Duffy, Hamill, McArdle, O'Hagan, O'Hare
County Mayo Most common names: The more common surnames in the North Mayo
include Gallagher, Durkan, McHale, Barrett, McNulty, McNicholas, Brennan,
Henry, Doyle, Harkin, Dogherty, Foy, Kelly, Loftus, Gaughan and Lavelle.
In South Mayo common surnames includes Walsh, Burke, Gibbons, Prendergast,
Joyce, Murray, Gallagher, Lydon, Heneghan, Murphy, O'Malley, Kelly, Moran
(family gathering June 28-30), Duffy, O'Connor, Waldron, Farragher.
County Meath Most common names: Reilly, Smith, Lynch, Brady, Farrell, Farrelly,
Kelly, Brien, Daly and Maguire.
County Monaghan Most common names: O'Boylan / Boyland, As to be expected, there
is a great variety of family names in Monaghan, mainly of native Ulster origin,
although in the Ulster Plantation many Scots and English settlers arrived in
the county. Prominent Monaghan names, in no particular numerical order, are
McMahon, McKenna, Hughes, McCabe, Smith, Kelly, Maguire, Murray, Woods,
O'Connolly, Duffy, Leslie, Hamiliton and Shirley.
County Offaly Most common names: Kelly, Dunne, Molloy, Carroll, Egan, Dempsey,
O'Connor, Daly, Fitzpatrick and Lalor.
County Roscommon Most common names: Hanley, Beirne, Kelly, Brennan, Connor,
Flynn, Cox, McDermott, Brady and Farrell
County Sligo Most common names: Gallagher, Brennan, MacGowan, Kelly, Gilmartin,
Healy, Walsh, Hart, Feeney and MacDonagh.
County Tipperary Most common names: The chief surnames of North Tipperary
include Ryan, O'Brien, Kennedy, O'Meara, Maher/Meagher, Burke, Gleeson,
Carroll, Hogan and Kelly.
The chief surnames found in South Tipperary include Ryan, Dwyer, Maher, Brien,
Hayes, Quirke, Treacy, Meara, Macken, Maloney, Lonergan.
County Tyrone Most common names: Murphy, Hughes, Wilson, Devlin, McManus,
Armstrong, Donnelly, O'Neill, Quinn, Cassidy and Maguire, Boyle.
County Waterford Most common names: Power, Walsh, O'Brien, Murphy, Ryan,
McGrath, Foley, Flynn, Morrissey, Kelly, Phelan and Sullivan.
County Westmeath Most common names: (Mc)Geoghegan, O'Growney, Brennan,
O'Coffey, O'Mulleady, O'Malone, O'Daly, McAuley, McCormack.
County Wexford Most common names: Murphy, Sinnott, Doyle, Furlong, Walsh,
Rossiter, Scallan, Brien, Brown, Stafford, Devereux and Kavanagh
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What our clients say
|| Thank you so much for setting up our
Reidy family trip to Ireland. We had a wonderful time and were able to see a
great deal in a short period of time, thanks to our guide, Martin Hogan. He was
wonderful and became part of the family. We were able to find the house my
father was born in as well as a cousin we never knew existed in Kilgarvin. We
will be back again. Thanks much for everything. The Reidy Family. Dick
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The prefix Mc, Mac or O' can be dropped, .i.e., O'Fallon and Fallon are
probably the same family. There is no difference between Mac, and Mc - they are
both Scottish and Irish. Many names are variations on the Irish or Gaelic
names. Look for your name WITHOUT the Mc, Mac or O' prefix, or a name that
sounds similar to yours. There are many spelling variations. The Gaelic prefix
'mac' indicates 'son of' and 'O', 'male descendant of',
BREEN - Galway
BOYD (Laois, Antrim)
COUGHLIN Brave in Difficulties Offaly
COSTELLO Galway, Mayo, Clare
CONDON Cork, close to the adjoining counties of Limerick
and Tipperary, called the barony of Condons
FITZPATRICK Counties Kilkenny and Laois
GILMARTIN Originally from France, followers of St
Martin. Then Galway. Granted lands by Strongbow. Original Tribes of Galway
LONERGAN - Tipperary
MALONE A devotee of St John. From Connacht (northwest
MORAN Galway, and at Ardnaree, County Mayo
QUINN Counties Antrim, Longford and Clare
REARDON - County Tipperary, but migrating to County Cork
REGAN There were three main septs of this family in Ireland, Meath and Dublin,
Counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary, South West Cork
TOOHEY O' Towie, O' Tuohy, O' Towey, Tuohy, Twohig, Twohy, Twoohy, Toohy, Tuhy,
Tooey, Toohey, Towey, Towhey, Touey,=Clare
AHERN Co Clare, Cork Waterford
BARRY Cork The most common origin of the Barry surname
comes from De Barri, a French Norman name which was derived from a small
village in Normandy known as La Barre. The first bearer of the surname to
arrive in Ireland was Robert de Barri, one of the original band of Norman
Knights who landed at Bannow in Co. Wexford in May 1169. In the 1180's, more
Barry's starting leaving the Welsh coasts and began settling in Cork, Irleand.
It was here in Cork that the Barry's thrived, becoming one of that county's
major lineages with three major branches and many minor ones. These include
derivatives such as: De Barry, Barrymore, Barryroes, O'Barry and of course,
Barry. However, not all Irish Barrys descended from De Barri. Some modern
Barrys were originally called Ó'Beargha `descendants of Beargh'. Beargh
was a nick-name meaning `robber'.
BOYLE Ruddy. In the Middle Ages the O'Boyles were powerful
and respected chieftains in County Donegal
BRYNE can be found flying around all over Counties Wicklow
and Dublin. Byrne, originally OByrne, comes from the Gaelic O'Broin
meaning "descended from Bran, an 11th century King of Leinster. The
O'Byrnes were chieftains of what is now County Kildare until the Norman
invasion when they were driven from their lands and migrated (ha!) into the
mountains of County Wicklow. meaning "raven". The Byrne or O'Byrne
(Ó Broin) family originally came from Kildare claiming descent from
Bran, the king of Leinster, who died in 1052.
'bright-headed'. Mallow, Co. Cork
CARROLL 'warlike champion' or 'valorous in battle'. The
O'Cearbhaills were prominent in the Province of Leinster. There were six
separate O'Carroll clans in Ireland, in Counties Kerry, Offaly, Monaghan,
Tipperary, Leitrim and Louth. Carrolls of Northern origin descend from the
MacCearbhaill clan who were located in Ulster particularly near the town of
Derry. There is also a MacCarroll family (anglized to MacCarvill) from the
province of Ulster. Your tour
CASEY Watchful. Casey genealogy begins County Cork. There
are at least six septs (family branches) of the Caseys in Ireland today, mostly
in Counties Cork and Dublin. Casey family history includes many notable people
including William Casey, director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1981
to 1987; and father and son US Army Generals George William Casey, Sr., and
George William Casey, Jr. O'Casey were also the chiels of Pubblebrien, Co.
CONNELL Three distinct O'Connell clans arose separately
as surnames in Connacht, Ulster and Munster, but the most prominent and
numerous of these were the O'Connells of Munster. They were mainly located in
County Kerry where they were originally lords of the barony of Magunihy from
very ancient times. Today a large majority of the O'Connells in Ireland are
still to be found in Kerry, as well as in adjoining County Cork, but
descendants with this name can be found in every county in Ireland. Limerick.
'strong as a wolf'.
CONNOLLY Monaghan most prominent. 'as fierce as a hound
/ wolf'. The Irish name Connolly derives from a number of different native
Irish septs. The O'Conghailes were an ancient Connacht sept where the English
version is now often spelt 'Connelly', they were also found in County Monaghan.
The O'Congheallaigh sept was located in the Province of Munster, mainly in West
Cork. The Ulster Connollys derive from both the O'Conghalaigh of Fermanagh and
the Monaghan Connollys.
CUNNINGHAM an extended family with its
roots in the north west of Ireland - villages of NewtownCunningham and
COLLINSyoung dog. In
Ireland, Collins may be regarded as a genuinely indigenous Irish name; ranked
number 30 in Ireland it is one the most numerous surnames, with an estimated
Collins population of 14,000 persons, the majority of which come from Counties
Cork and Limerick.
CONNORHero, champion or patron of warriors. Not everybody
with the surname is descended from the same source or the same clan. There are
at least three main groups each descended from a different Conor or ConnorThe
majority of all the many O'Connor names in Ireland are largely in the Kerry,
Limerick and Cork areas.
CANNONTirconnell. Wolf cub. a territory in Ireland, now
more commonly referred to as County Donegal, although the Kingdom and later
Principality of Tyrconnell was broader than that, including parts of Sligo,
Leitrim (present day Republic of Ireland), Tyrone, Fermanagh and a southern
part of Derry. Your tour is in September/
DALY The surname Daly is among the thirty most frequently
found in Ireland. The Dalys claim descent from an Irish hero from Celtic
mythology, Niall of the Nine Hostages, who was High King of Tara 380 to 405AD.
The main O'Daly sept belonged to County Westmeath but they later located
branches in Galway, Clare and Cork where the majority of descendants can still
DOHERTY is an Irish clan based in County Donegal. Today
there are Doherty families in many parts of Ireland, with primary concentration
in their homeland of the Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal and the vicinity of
Derry. The names Doherty and Dougherty in Ireland are derived from the Irish
word "dochartach" meaning obstructive or hurtful.
DONOVAN Limerick. Crom Castle
DOWNEY fort. Cork and Down
DOYLE dark and tall, Leinster Dublin
DRISCOLL Baltimore and islands of Cape Clear, Sherkin
and Heir have been the seat of the O' Driscoll clan for 1,000 years or more and
there are plenty of O' Driscolls living in the area today to prove it
DWYER Tipperary, Limerick, Kilkenny, Cork. Their original
homeland was in the mountains of west Tipperary, at Kilnamanagh between the
modern town of Thurles and the Limerick border, where they held power and
resisted the encroachments of the English down to modern times.
EGAN also Keegan. Tipperary
FLANAGAN The Irish names Flanagan and
O'Flanagan are derived from the native Gaelic O'Flannagain Septs who were
located in Counties Roscommon, Fermanagh and Offaly. The O'Flannagain chief was
one of the 'royal lords' to the King of Connaught. The name is taken from a
Gaelic word meaning 'red' or 'ruddy and is among the one hundred most
frequently found in the country.
HAGGERTY "unjust". Originally from Ulster,
Counties Donegal and Derry. Also County Cork.
Hughes Most bearers of this name are from the Ulster sept
O hAodha (descendants of Hugh), who were mainly concentrated in parts of north
Tyrone and Donegal. In Monaghan, a closely related variant, O hAoidh, became
Hoey. Hughes was also a common surname in England and Wales from the Middle
Ages, and the name was borne by many seventeenth century settlers in Ireland.
KENNEDYhelmet headed. Tipperary.
LYNCH - Galway The term lynching was coined when Judge
Lynch ordered the hanging of his own son.
MacMahon, one of the top five names in Monaghan, derives
from mathghamban, a bear. They are descended from Mahon O'Brien, grandson of
MILLIKAN Means "bald". The name has been traced from its original
source, and from its Norman-French adoption, directly into England and southern
counties of Scotland and Ireland - Donegal especially. The name in Scotland is
spelled "Milliken", in Ireland, "Milligan", and in England,
"Millikin" and "Millican". In the north of Scotland it is
sometimes found as "Mulliken". In United States the surname in
various branches of the family has been spelled Mulliken, Milliken, Millikin,
Millican and Millikan.
fine, stately fine Westmeath
the sea battlers Murphys you win the prize for most common and
widespread name in Ireland, especially in County Cork. This surname, translates
to Gaelic as McMurchadh (son of Murchadh) and O'Murchadh (descendent of
Murchadh), a derivation of the first name of Murchadh or Murragh. O'Murchadh
families lived in Wexford, Roscommon and Cork, in which county it is now most
common, with the McMurchadhs of the Sligo and Tyrone area responsible for most
of the Murphys in Ulster. The name was first anglicized to McMurphy and then to
Murphy in the early 19th century.
KELLY, (Irish Gaelic: O
Ceallaigh) O'KELLY (the bright-headed ones) is a genuine 'O' surname which
belongs to the oldest class of native Irish surnames. It means 'Descendent of
Ceallach' (war or contention), and is the name of several distinct and
illustrious families in various parts of Ireland. The Kellys are all over
Ireland; the name originates from at around 10 different and unrelated ancient
clans or septs. These include O'Kelly septs from Meath, Derry, Antrim, Laois,
Sligo, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Galway and Roscommon. O'KELLY was chief of
the great Uí Maine clan and ruled over an extensive territory in the
counties of Galway and Roscommon. Whilst the name "O'Kelly" dominated
from the Viking Era in the 9th century to the middle of the 16th century, the
"O" was dropped during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and
the name became Kelly. This arose from the policy of Queen Elizabeth I of
England to break the influence of the gaelic chieftains by rewarding them with
land and noble status in return for abandoning their Irish customs. Typical of
this was the granting of land and rights to Colla O'Kelly, Seventh lord of
Screen in 1601AD in exchange for his dropping the "O" from the
MCNULTY It is derived from the pre 10th century aelic Mac
an Ultaigh meaning the "son of the Ulsterman", a regional locational
name. They held great power as the royal family of Ulidia in County Down and
South Antrim until 1177, where they were defeated by the Norman army and
greatly reduced in power. After this defeat, the majority gathered themselves
together and migrated to Donegal where they became hereditary physicians to the
O'SULLIVAN OR SULLIVAN are one
of the most populous of the Munster families. In Irish, O'Sullivan is
O'Sileabhin, and there is no doubt that origin of the name comes from the word
sil (eye), though whether it is to be taken as "one-eyed" or
"hawkeyed" is in dispute among scholars. Originally lords of the
territory around Cahir, County Tipperary, in the 12th century, they migrated to
what is now West Cork and South Kerry, where the name is still very prominent.
WALSH Walsh the Welshmen The meaning of this
Welsh name is pretty straightforward. The name Walsh is one of the
most common of the Norman associated names found in Ireland. It seems to have
been the name used by the many different groups of Welsh people who arrived in
Ireland with the Normans during the 12th century. It is found in every county
and is particularly strong in Mayo, where it has first place, and also in
Galway, Cork, Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny.
the noblemen OBriens are pretty lucky they are
descended from one of the greatest and most famous Irish kings. The name
OBrien, also spelled O'Bryan or O'Brian, translates to Ó Briain in
Gaelic, which means "of Brian. The name indicates descendance from
Brian Boru, the celebrated High King of Ireland. This gives OBriens leave
to call themselves high and noble. Most OBriens
can be found in Counties Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.
RYAN Name meaning:
"Descendant of Rían (little red one/little king disputed)"
Counties associated with the name: Carlow, Tipperary, Limerick
O'CONNOR The O'Connor name, with its varied spellings,
doesn't spring from a common source. The name arose in five areas of Ireland:
Connacht, Kerry, Derry, Offaly and Clare and split into six distinct septs. The
most prominent sept is that of the Connacht O'Connors who gave us the last two
High-Kings of Ireland: Turlough O'Connor (1088-1156) and Roderick O'Connor
(1116-1198). They trace their heritage and name from the Irish "Ua
Conchobhair," meaning from Conchobhar, a king of Connacht.
family traces its history back to 360 A.D. to the legendary warrior king of
Ireland, Niall of the Nine Hostages, who is said to have been responsible for
bringing St. Patrick to Ireland. Niall is also said to have been incredibly
fertile he has 3 million descendents worldwide. ONeill
is derived from two separate Gaelic words, "Ua Niall," which means
grandson of Niall, and "Neill" meaning "champion."
Irelands O'Neills were known by the nickname "Creagh," which
comes from the Gaelic word "craobh" meaning branch, because they were
known to camouflage themselves to resemble the forest when fighting the
Norsemen. Crafty fellows, those ONeills
O'REILLY The O'Reillys were the most powerful sept of the
old Gaelic kingdom of Breffny (Cavan and the surrounding counties), and the
family is still prominent in the area.
POWERS the poor man.
SHEA Hawk. Co Kerry
STACK The Stacks, who originally came from England, have
been in Co. Kerry since the beginning of the fourteenth century and by the
sixteenth had become thoroughly Irish, being among the foremost Kerry opponents
of the English in the Elizabethan wars. They were allied by marriage to several
of the great families of Desmond John Stack was Bishop of Ardfert from 1558 to
1588 and Philip Stack from 1588 to 1595. General Edward Stack (c. 1750-1833)
was a notable officer in the Irish Brigade in France, and also in Pitt's Irish
Brigade. Their association with Clanmaurice is perpetuated in the Stack
Mountains between Tralee and Abbeyfeale and a district in the vicinity was long
known as Pobble Stack or Stack's Country.
SHEEHAN peaceful or "Siodach", gentle and
courteous. Originally belonging to County Clare, this clan moved southwards to
occupy Counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick, and it is in these counties that the
name is most numerous today
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