Family Tree Home (Summary)
O'Keeffe male lineage in my
Trivia & Links
Ancient O'Keeffe male lineage
from 200AD to1700AD
Exerpt from the Book of Munster
O'Keefe Lineage (by Cronnelly)
Detail of the O'Keeffe Coat
Origins of the O'Keeffe Clan
Ancient origins of the Irish
Famous O'Keeffe 's
O'Keeffe History (booklet)
Coats of Arms in my family
There are a number of O'Keeffe families (including my own) from the area in
and around Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary,
Ireland and these families are still residing in the area and have also
spread out around the world.
While I intend to place more information on the web later, I will begin here
with a summary and you can move to the next page
and to the coats of arms later.
The O'Keeffe clan or sept is originally from an
area around Glanworth and Glenville (Gleann an Phreachain) near Fermoy, County Cork.
The Anglo-Normans displaced them and most of the sept
was driven westwards where they settled in North Cork near the Kerry border
between Ballydesmond and Millstreet
in an area still known as
"Pobal O'Keeffe", (Pobal
= People and is pronounced 'pubble').
Some of the sept remained in the area close to
their original territory, and it may be from these that the O'Keeffes of South Tipperary
are derived. I have received information on a Concubhar
O'Keeffe, born about 1660 in Glenville, who died before 1707 in Carrick-on-Suir ; I had hoped to find some link from my known
ancestors (back to 1802) to this man from Glenville 100 years earlier, but am
not confident that I will since none of the names in my family corresond to the ancient names of the Glenville O'Keeffes: Eoghan, Concubhar,
Art, Lughaidh, Caomh,
Domhnall, Aodh. It is possible that one of the other O'Keeffe families in Carrick are
descended from Concubhar. It is likely that our own branch of the
family descends from farmers outside Carrick (and possibly further afield
such as the area around the village of Golden near Cashel)
and is not connected to the Glenville ruling line.
What I have found out from the Heritage Centre in Carrick, is that there was only one Keefe family living in Carrick during the 1799 census
- Cornelius & Mary Keefe with children Mary, John, Patrick, Ann,
Catherine & Ellen, (Cornelius & Concubhar,
of course, are similar names).
Cornelius is registered as a Cooper & Baker.
I have information from the arrival of the Celts and of the leader Oillil Olum of the Eoghanacht from whom many of the clans of Munster are
descended, notably the McCarthy's, the O'Keeffe's, the O'Callaghan's and the
McAuliffe's. This information is contained in the Book
of Munster, written by Father Eugene O'Keeffe around 1703 ; the book
gives the lineage from Oilill Olum
to the O'Keeffe's in the 17th century. It is difficult to read and I have summarised the O'Keeffe lineage in graphical
form on this family tree web site.
My direct family information starts from 1802 with the birth of John O'Keeffe
(not sure where) who was later a publican at Lough St. in Carrick-on-Suir.
His descendants are now in Australia (since 1862), in the U.S.A. (since
1895), and widely distributed throughout Ireland.
Arms in my family..............