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This Irish surname is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "MacCana", a patronymic of the personal byname "Cana", from "cano", wolf cub. Traditionally, Irish family names are taken from the heads of tribes, revered elders, or some illustrious warrior, and are usually prefixed by "Mac", son of, or "O", denoting "grandson, male descendant of. The territory of this great sept lay on the southern shores of Lough Neagh, and the MacCanas were lords of Clanbrassil, a district in County Armagh originally occupied by the O'Garveys. Several members of the sept are described in the "Annals of the Four Masters"; the last to be mentioned in the Annals was killed in 1260...

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Hi My grandfather Peter Macken was born in Killavalla in Mayo he was the third oldest and had to look after his siblings Two of the oldest went to USA The rest moved to uk Burnley and found work and had families My dad Peter was the youngest of four boys 16yrs between him and his eldest brother Eldest John 1931 followed by Thomas in 1932 the eighth years later Michael 1939 then my dad in 1947 They have all gone now miss them was close My father bought a property not far from where his father was from in tourmakeady which we still have If any of you wish to contact just message


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