Early recorded Flannerys in Ireland (8th - 18th Centuries)

9th Century


  • Flannabhra, abbot of the monastery at Moville

    Moville is located a few miles north of Strangford Lough in the north of County Down. The monastery was founded by Saint Finnian in 540. The Annals of the Four Masters record that Flannabhra was abbot around the early part of the ninth century and died in 823. He was probably not an ancestor.

  • Flannabhra, chief of Gabhra

    Gabhra was a territory located in west County Limerick. The Annals of the Four Masters record that Flannabhra was chief of this territory from 859 to 876. He fell in battle near Clonmel in 876, being defeated by the Deisi of Waterford. The Annals of the Four Masters also record the use of patronymic surnames in Gabhra in 802, thus it is quite possible that this individual was the eponymous ancestor of the Munster sept of Flannabhra.