County Offaly Genealogy

County Offaly Genealogy

Offaly Ancestry - County Offaly Family History

Irish name: Uíbh Fhailí

County Offaly is one of the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland and one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland. It is located in the province of Leinster. It was named after the of Kingdom of Uí Failghe. Tullamore is the county town and largest town in Offaly, and is the 30th largest in Ireland. The population of the county is 70,868 according to the 2006 census. Offaly is the 18th largest of Ireland’s 32 counties in area and 23rd largest in terms of population. It is the fifth largest of Leinster’s 12 counties in size and ninth largest in terms of population. It is the largest county by area and the second largest by population in the Midlands.

The lost city of Clonmacnoise in County Offaly is Ireland's leading Monastic site. Located at the river Shannon near Shannonbridge,it was the greatest centre of learning in Europe during the first millennium. It was regarded as the most important centre for learning, Arts and Crafts and Christianity in Europe and today tourists may see the famous Celtic Crosses of Clonmacnoise at the site.

Before the plantation of modern day Offaly by English settlers, the territories it comprises were controlled principally by the Ó Conchubhair Fáilghe clan in the North/East of the county and the Ó Céarbhaill of Ely in the south. The county was shired in 1556 by Mary I of England during one of the Plantations of Ireland. It was created from some of the remnant Gaelic captaincies on the borderlands of the ancient kingdoms of Meath, Munster and Leinster and therefore does not correspond to the territory of the Kingdom of Uí Failghe. It was named King's County after Philip, the consort of Queen Mary I, who later ruled as Philip II of Spain. As a result, Daingean was renamed Philipstown. Both were renamed in 1922 after the Irish War of Independence. The Mooneys ruled there.

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Civil Parishes of County Offaly

If you are researching Offaly ancestors, there are many civil parishes in County Offaly and the church registries can be researched in the Public Records Offices of Northern Ireland in Belfast or National Library in Dublin. They are as follows;

Genealogy Sources for each Irish County

Antrim Armagh Carlow Cavan
Clare Cork Derry (Londonderry) Donegal
Down Dublin Fermanagh Galway
Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Laois
Leitrim Limerick Longford Louth
Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly
Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Tyrone
Waterford Westmeath Wexford Wicklow

Major Sources of Irish Ancestry

Church Records Land Records Directories
Registry of Deeds Wills Emigration Records
Newspapers

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