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Origin of the O'Neill Clan Name
The history of the O’Neill family can be traced back to the 5th century and from here until 1608, with the death of Red Hugh O’Neill, this dominant family were rulers of all Ireland, kings of Ulster, earls and princes of Tyrone, statesmen and soldiers. They are therefore one of the oldest families in Europe with an unbroken descent in the male line of the Tyrone branch.
There are also O’Neills of the Fews in Antirm, O’Neills of Thomond in Clare and Limerick, in the barony of Bunratty, as well as in Waterford and Cavan. Nihills and Creaghs are also descended from these O’Neills, who can also be traced to Co. Carlow, Tipperary and Waterford.
Typically of a clan of the O'Neills, their crest bears the Red Hand of Ulster, two red lions and the Salmon of Knowledge. Above the three stars or mullets imply divine quality or third son. This crest is also born by the Donnellys but does not have the 3 stars or mullets.
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