|Title||The O'Neills of the Fews: new findings concerning the historical O'Neill family and their present day lineage|
It is forty years since Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich published the first article in his series in Seanchas Ard Mhacha that provided the definitive history of the O'Neills of the Fews clann2. The articles were later printed in a single volume by Cumann Seanchais Ard Mhacha, in 2003. Since 1973 additional documentation has been uncovered that throws new light on the O'Neills; archives around the world have become more accessible making it easier to follow the footsteps of the O'Neills overseas; and new DNA technology has been developed that allows us to understand more about the lineages of the O'Neills of Armagh today.
By combining these new sources, I aim to outline new discoveries concerning the O'Neills of the Fews who fled Ireland in the 17th and 18th centuries and the family that they left behind. In his concluding article in his series Tomás Ó Fiaich lamented that 'it is tantalizing to be able to follow the fortunes of the O'Neills of the Fews down to the end of the 18th century and to trace the present O'Neill families of the area back to the early 19th century and yet not be able to bridge completely the narrow gap between the two'3. This article will go some way to narrowing that elusive generation.
|Journal||Seanchas Ardmhacha: Journal of the Armagh Diocesan Historical Society|
|Journal citation||4 (2), pp. 52-97|
|Publisher||Armagh Diocesan Historical Society|