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O'Keeffe male lineage in my
Trivia & Links
Ancient O'Keeffe male lineage
from 200AD to1700AD
Exerpt from the Book of
O'Keefe Lineage (by
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
The O'Keeffe's of Carrick-on-Suir,
County Tipperary, Ireland, are currently residing all over the world.
While I intend to place a lot 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 Phréacháin) 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'Keeffe's of South Tipperary are derived. I
have recently received information on a Concubhar O'Keeffe, born about 1660
in Genville, who died before 1707 in Carrick-on-Suir ; I am hoping to find
some link from my known ancestors (back to 1815) to this man from Glenville
an 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'Keeffe's:
Eoghan, Concubhar, Art, Lughaidh, Caomh, Domhnall, Aodh ; I will probably end
up admitting that we are from the peasant farmer side of the family and not
conected to the Glenville ruling line.
What I have found out recently, 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
I think I will find that my family were farmers outside Carrick and not
related to this family. 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 1815 with the birth of John O'Keeffe
His descendants are now in Australia (since 1862), in the U.S.A. (since
1895), and widely distributed throughout Ireland but mostly in Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel (South Tipperary), in Tralee( County Kerry),
in North Kildare, in Galway and in Dublin.
of Arms in my family..............