Attached are a few references which, in my opinion, are relevant to our discussion on the “early origins of the O’Nolans of Connaught”.
In essence, the attached references suggest that O’Nolans (O hUllachains) from counties Offaly or Limerick followed the Anglo-Normans into Connaught beginning in the early 1200s:
- as part of Irish forces allied with the O’Briens of Thomond/Clare (who had intermarried with the de Burghs) when O’Flaherty’s castle was taken over in 1228 by Richard de Burgh, Earl of Ulster
- as tenants to Anglo-Norman lords granted lands in Connaught by the de Burghs, starting in 1238, after their victory in 1237
- as tradesmen/craftspeople supplying services to the Anglo-Normans of Connaught (e.g. carpenters, metalworkers, etc.).
This is a first post in a series of Posts solliciting feedback/comments
on how to best interpret the information contained in available sources:
- 1200s – Early O’Nolans of Galway
(p. 8-9 of March 2010 Nolan Clan Newsletter)
- 1200s – Irish Settlement in Connaught (journal article)
- 1228-1316 de Burghs take over Connaught.