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MCELHINNEY Family History

This interesting surname is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "MacGiolla Chainnigh". The Gaelic prefix "mac" means "son of", plus "giolla", devotee of, and the saint's name "Canice". St. Canice, who came from Dromachose in County Derry, was a pupil of St. Finnian at Clonard. He founded a monastery at Aghabre in Ossory circa 577, and also had a foundation in County Kilkenny. He died in Ossory circa 600. The Mac Giolla Chainnigh sept, i.e. "sons of the followers of St. Canice" were of the Cenel Eoghain group, a collective clan name for tribes descended from Eoghan, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, the 5th Century High King of Ireland, who were chiefly located in Counties Derry, Tyrone and Donegal.

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Hi there i have a good story for use it's about St canice who was born in the North West of Ireland and when all the way down to loais outside kilkenny to build his church, but he had his followers who followed him down to help build his church ? and I'm sure they never ever ever came back to the North West of Ireland ever ever again so I would like to do a DNA test to reunite all those lost lost relatives once again and make history to after 1.400 years ago, can you please send on to those who would be interested in this heaven story, my father and his father and father came from around that area where St canice who was born, from around greteet

John Earl McElhenny II

My ggg grandfather, John McElhenny/McIlhenny/etc. came to the United States (Pennsylvania) in the 1840s with his brother, George. They were in Minersville, Ashland, Centralia, etc. I don't know anything about their parents or family in Ireland, but George did end up rooming with some Buchanans, Cheatleys, and others from the Letterkenny area, so their families may have known each other. I'd love to find out more and share the info I have. Be interesting to share/compare DNA to see if there's a connection.

Anne O’Kane

My great, great grandfather, John McIlhenny, came from the townland of Cluntygeeragh, Parish of Dungiven, County Derry, Ireland. In the 1831 census there were 4 McElhinney, households living in this townland - John, Patrick, Thomas and Richard. I would be interested, if it were at all possible, to find out about these families. Thank you.

Philip Mc Elhinney

I don't know, but the church ? there might help? I hear of my gg grandparents came from a round Dungiven, but i don't really know, could be interesting if there where, there is still a few Mc Elhinney still living around those areas, yours Philip James

Margaret cowie

Hi trying to find my great grandfather Patrick macelhinney from Donegal maybe doogray


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