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  • Reply to: its good to talk   1 day 20 hours ago

    The Cineál Eoghain Council and Ancient Clan O'Neill are hosting the great fire festival of Beltane at Tulach Óg fort Cookstown Co Tyrone, billed as the great gathering of the youth. Attending will be the famous Fire Poise dancers and drummers, Cookstown folk club,Stewartstown drama, The Tyrone Pike men, schools from all over Tyrone. Free entry please join us.

    Click on Link below for details  


  • Reply to: its good to talk   4 days 9 hours ago

    The Ancient Clan O'Neill trip to Rome hits the Headlines click on link below 

    The Pope and the Ancient Clan O'Neill

  • Reply to: History   6 days 19 hours ago

    So who was Henry Avery?

    Henry O’Neill (d. 1392), Irish chief, called by Irish writers Enrí Aimhreidh or the Contentious, was son of Niall Mór O'Neill, chief of the Cinel Eoghain, son of Aedh Reamhar or the Fat, also chief, who died in 1364, and was descended from Brian O'Neill, who was slain at the battle of Down in 1260, and was twelfth in descent from Muircheartach (d. 943) , son of Niall (870?-919) These points of descent explain several references to him in poetry. Some verses by Brian Ruadh Mac Conmidhe in the poem 'Temair gach baile i mbi ri' ('Any demesne whatever in which there is a king may justly be held to be Tara'), addressed to Henry O'Neill (d. 1489), great-nephew of Enrí Aimhreidh, suggest that the Irish Enrí is not Henricus, but “énri”, sole king. Enrí Aimhreidh is the earliest O'Neill of the name. The 'Annals of Loch Cé' state that he was called the Contentious by antiphrasis because he was so peace-loving. His descendants were among the most turbulent of the Ulstermen. He lived at Ardsratha, now called Ardstraw, Co. Tyrone, not far from Strabane, where a gateway, flanked by towers and other fragments of his castle, is still to be seen, at the foot of Slieve Truim, a mountain often marked on maps as Bessy Bell. He Never became chief of Cinel Eoghain, as he died in 1392, before his elder brother, Niall Og. Enrí married his cousin Aiffric, daughter of Aedh O'Neill. She died in 1389, having borne him six sons: Domhnall, Brian, Niall, Ruaidhri, Sean, and Enrí. The six sons, their followers, and descendants formed a sept known as Clann Enrí, and afterwards as Sliocht Enrí Aimhreidh, most of whose lands at the plantation of Ulster became the property of the Earl of Abercorn. 
    Harry Avery's Castle is situated half a mile south-west of Newtownstewart, in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is a rare example of a stone castle built by a Gaelic Irish chief, although its origins and history are uncertain. It is associated with Henry Aimhréidh O'Neill (died 1392), anglicised as Harry Avery, and is certainly named after him. It is in the townland of Upper or New Deer Park, in the Derry and Strabane District Council area, at grid referenceH3915 8527. The remains of the castle are a State Care Monument under the guardianship of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. The ruins of the castle stand on a low hill, the top of which has been artificially steepened to form a mound. This mound was ringed by a curtain wall, most of which does not survive.
    The standing part of the castle comprises a two-storey rectangular construction fronted by massive D-shaped twin towers. Although having the appearance of a gatehouse, this structure was in fact a simple tower house with the D-towers added to the front. The tower comprised a vaulted basement entered from a large door between the D-towers. Above this was a hall on the first floor level, which was accessed from the courtyard. The southerly D-tower contained a spiral stair linking the two storeys, and both D-towers contained small rooms at first floor, with single windows in their round walls. Traces of a mural stair lead up from the first floor, and there is a latrine chute leading up, suggesting at least a parapet at the second floor. Examination of the structure suggests that it was built in a single phase, rather than being a modification of an older gatehouse. 
    The design of the castle has been compared to that of Elagh Castle, Inishowen, which also appears to have been a native-built castle featuring D-towers. The inspiration is thought have come from Norman castles such as Carrickfergus Castle and Castle Roche, both of which have true gatehouses flanked by D-towers. The overall design of Harry Avery's Castle is also similar to other Gaelic fortresses such as Seafin, County Down, which were later enclosed by a curtain wall with a tower house.
    The Annals of the Four Masters record the death of Harry Avery, "Enrí Aimhreidh mac Neill Móir Uí Néill", on the feast day of St Brendan, 1392, and praise his justice, nobility, and hospitality.However, there appears to be no historical record of this site, suggesting it was a location of limited importance.

  • Reply to: Books on the O'Neills   1 week 6 days ago

    It is with great pleasure that we announce that Professor Father Mícheál MacCraith, O.F.M., Guardian of Saint Isidore’s College in Rome has accepted the post of Honorary President of the Ancient Clan O’Neill. His acceptance is entirely appropriate since Father MacCraith was Professor of Modern Irish at the National University of Ireland, Galway, for many years where his research interests included the Renaissance in Ireland, Counter-Reformation Literature, Irish Courtly Love Literature, James Macpherson and Ossianism, Contemporary Irish Poetry and prose. At Saint Isidore’s he continues his research and he is the embodiment of the linkage between Ireland, the Franciscans and Rome which has existed throughout the centuries. He has a vast knowledge of how Hugh O’Neill, the O’Donnells and subsequent Gaelic emigrants lived in Rome and throughout Europe and his research has uncovered a previously unknown portrait of Hugh O’Neill in a painting in the Vatican City. We could have no more fitting President and we look forward to working with him to guide our efforts into the future.
    Pictured below Dan Ó Néill welcoming Míchéal on board, and 2nd, Chair of Cineál Eoghain council Martin Mellon presenting Míchéal with the new Cineál Eoghain crest and thanking him for all he had done for our group while in Rome.

  • Reply to: Books on the O'Neills   2 weeks 5 days ago

    Cineal Eoghain service to remember our exiled chieftains in Rome

    On Friday April 7 in a poignant and dignified ceremony in the church of San Pietro di Montorio in Rome the representatives of the Cineal Eoghain and the Ancient Clan O’Neill paid their respects to the Gaelic princes of the O’Neill’s and O’Donnell’s who are buried there following the so-called Flight of the Earls in 1607.
    After a previous tour during the in week the group decided that it would simply not be right to leave without properly paying their respects and the short service was facilitated by and led by Professor Father Michael MacCraith O.F.M.
    It began with a reading on the Macabees by Einna Harrison-Mellon. They were group who rose up against the attempt by the Greeks to wipe out their religion and culture, a direct parallel often quoted by Gaelic chiefs to motivate their men on the eve of battle.
    The next reading by Father MacCraith restored the balance by referring to peace and unity. Martin Mellon read the prayers of the Faithful which remembered the chieftains in exile far from home, whose children died before them and who would have wanted to have been allowed to go back to Ireland with just 100 men to die on the battlefield rather than languish in relative peace and comfort in 
    Rome. The prayers also gave hope for lasting peace in Ireland and a coming together in mutual understanding of both traditions in the North.
    The O’Neill sisters sang Ave Maria and Hail Glorious Saint Patrick while Dan O’Neill and Ronnie Carson knelt and laid flowers on the graves on the floor of San Pietro.
    The Council of the Cineal Eoghain wish to thank the church authorities for allowing the service to take place and to Father MacCraith for arranging and conducting it.


  • Reply to: History   3 weeks 4 days ago

    Fantastic read Ulster history click on link below

    Ulster history timeline 

  • Reply to: History   4 weeks 21 hours ago

    Martin Ireland

    Yesterday at 10:47am

    The Cineal Eoghain and the united clans of the North under Brian O’Neill suffer a major defeat at Druim Dearg 1260

    The Battle of Druim Dearg, also known as the Battle of Down, took place on or about 14 May 1260 near Downpatrick, Ireland. A Gaelic alliance led by Brian Ua Néill (High King of Ireland) and Aedh Ua Conchobhair were defeated by the Normans.
    The forces of Brian Ua Néill had been raiding Norman-held territory in Ulster after 1257 in an attempt to assert their independence and form a coalition of the Irish against the Normans. Ua Néill allied with Aedh mac Fedhlimidh Ua Conchobhair of Connacht and together with their men went into battle against the Normans. According to the Annals of Innisfallen, the Normans had gathered an army of mostly Irish Gaelic mercenaries to fight against the coalition, and the Normans themselves played only a small role in the fighting. Many of the Irish clans in Leinster, Ulster, Munster, Meath and Breifne, which were under Norman rule at the time, provided the Normans with the bulk of their fighting forces, serving as mercenaries and retained bands. Thus, most of the battles between the Normans and Irish at this time would have seemed more like battles between the Irish themselves. Brian Ua Néill was defeated and killed together with a number of Uí Catháin chiefs. 
    The Annals of Innisfallen state:
    Brian Ó Néill, king of Cenél Eógain, to whom the Gaedil gave hostages, and who paid-neither tax nor tribute to the king of England, was slain by the Gaedil (Irish) themselves and by some of the foreigners (Anglo-Normans) {at Dún dá Lethglas-Downpatrick}.
    The Annals of Ulster state:
    The battle of Druim-derg was fought (in a place which is called Dromma-derg) at Dun-da-leathglas by Brian Ua Neill and Aedh, son of Feidhlimidh Ua Conchobair (O’Connor), against the Foreigners of the North of Ireland, wherein were killed many of the nobles of the Gaidhil, namely, Brian Ua Neill and Domnall Ua Cairre (Carey) and Diarmait Mag Lachlainn (McLoughlin) and Maghnus Ua Cathain (O’Kane) and Cian Ua Inneirghi (Henry) and Donnsleibhe Mag Cana (McCann) and Concobur O'Duibhdirma (McDermot) and Aedh, his son, and Amlaim Ua Gairmleaghaidh (Gormley) and Cu-Uladh Ua hAnluain (O’Hanlon). But one notable thing happened: fifteen men of the nobles of Clann-Cathain (O’Kanes) were killed on that spot. There were killed of the Connachtmen there: Gilla-Crist, son of Conchobar, son of Cormac Ua Mailruanaigh (Rooney) and king of Magh Luirg and Cathal, son of Tighernan Ua Conchobair and Maelruanaidh, son of Donnchadh Ua Mailruanaigh and Cathal, son of Donnchadh, son of Muircertach and Aedh, son of Muircertach the Fair and Tadhg, son of Cathal, son of Brian Ua Mailruanaigh and Diarmait, son of Tadhg, son of Muiredhach, son of Tomaltach Ua Mailruanaigh and Conchobur Mac Gille-Arraigh (McAlary) and Tadhg, son of Cian Ua Gadhra (O’Gara) and Gilla-Beraigh Ua Cuinn (Quinn) and many other persons.

  • Reply to: facebook link   1 month 1 day ago

    It was an absolute pleasure for the Ancient Clan O'Neill to host James F. McKay lll, National President of the U.S Hibernians, we took him on a tour of Tulach Óg the crowning place of the O'Neill chiefs and sat him on the stone. The Ancient Clan O'Neill are building strong bonds with our Americans cousins, and hope to join them in the States next years   

  • Reply to: facebook link   1 month 1 week ago

    It was a great honor for the Ancient Clan O'Neill to lead the St Patrick's day parade in Rasharkin Co Antrim, we would like to thank all our members who took part and the Ulster AOH.


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