|I spent six months researching and
publishing my book on the Finnerty name and its variants: Fenaghty, Finaghty, Fenoughty
The three major Finnerty clans
discussed continue to live in Ireland to this day: one clan in Counties Mayo, Sligo,
Northeast Galway, and Roscommon; another clan primarily in Southeast Galway; and the third
clan in County Kerry.
The book is about 450 pages, letter size on faux
parchment with some Celtic borders. The cover is simulated antique leather [dark green]
with gold foil lettering including the coat of arms for the west and central Finnertys,
and some other septs of the Siol Murray.
The book also includes extensive genealogies for
O'Connor, Canavan, Flanagan, Gerraghty, Donnellan, Mulrennan, and Kelly of Connacht, the
northern O'Neils and O'Harts; and some information on the ancient name Finnerty in all
Genealogies are from Adam to at least 800 AD, and in some
cases to the 1600s. Genealogies include numerous Kings and Princes of Ireland and
Connacht. The book is a limited edition [100 copies], and is primarily extracts from
antiquarian books relating to the Finnertys and their co-relatives. There is a table of
contents, but the book is unpaginated and does not have an index.
I dedicated the book to my children, grandchildren, and
those of all the Finnertys in the hope that this book will help them to discover their
past, and inspire them to build on it: for the benefit of themselves, and for the benefit
of society as a whole.
Richard M. Finnerty. (February 2001)