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