Meaning of the Farrell coat of Arms:
The Coat of Arms Black greyhound crest is often used in Irish folklore and particularly in Gaelic poetry and mythology as an epithet to describe a valiant warrior. The crown denotes the golden crown of a duke (as in the Lords of Annaly-The Farrells) The gold colour denotes generosity and elevation of mind while the Golden lion rearing signifies bravery and nobility. The Green field of the shield signifies hope, love and joy.
Farrell Clan Motto: Motto: Prodesse Non Nocere – To do good, not to do evil
Clan Kilt Colour: Vermilion Red
Variations of the Name:
Some of the many variations of the name Farrell include O’Farrell, Ferrall, Feral, Farrill, and Ferrell.
History of the Farrells:
History relates that the ancestors of the Celts originated in Scythia by the Black Sea, reached Spain around 500 B.C, and launched their Milesian invasion of Ireland some 200 years later. This invasion was led by the sons of King Milesius who had died in Spain. The names of these men were Nermon, Nerber, Ir and Ich and it is to one of those sons ‘Ir’ that the the Farrells can trace their lineage through their ancestor Conmhac.
The O’Fearghails were one of the four chief clans of the Conmhaicne, the race of Conmhac , son of legendary Fergus MacRoigh and Queen Maedhbh (Maeve). Fearghal, King of Conmhaicne, fought alongside Brian Boru at the Battle of Clontarf and there lost his life in battle. His decendants thereafter took the surname of Uí Fhearghail -descendants of Fearghal. The name Fearghal means ‘Man of Valour’. The Uí Fhearghail went on to become Princes of the territory of Anghaile (Annaly), a kingdom which included all of County Longford as well as parts of Westmeath and Leitrim. Their chief seat of power was ‘Longphort Ui’ Fhearghail – ‘O’Farrell’s Fortress’, the present-day Longford town. Other sites in County Longford associated with the clan are Moatfarrell (Móta Uí Fhearghail), in the east of Longford (Annaly) between the present day towns of Ballinalee and Edgeworthstown, and Mornine Castle close to Moydow.
The clan’s control of Annaly was disrupted by the English invasions of the 12th and 13th centuries, but by the 15th century, the clan had reasserted control over the territory. They had divided into two family subgroups, Uí Fhearghail Bán (White O’Farrell) and Uí Fhearghail Buí (Yellow O’Farrell), controlling the north and south of Annaly respectively. They then lost most of their lands during the colonial confiscations of James I in the early 17th century and many of the clan members became tenants of the new English and Scottish landlords in what at that stage had become County Longford.
The Farrells have been associated with the midland region of Longford for more than 1,000 years only loosing control of the area just over 300 years ago. At that stage leading military members were forced to take flight and joined the armies of France and Spain. The majority remained settled in County Longford and the surrounding counties of Roscommon and Westmeath. Others moved to the cities in search of a livelihood with Dublin being the most popular destination. Farrell families are presently very plentiful in the county, but the vast majority live elsewhere mostly in Dublin and abroad.
Internationally most people with Farrell origins live in the UK (England, Scotland and Wales), USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. There are also Farrell clan members in South Africa, Zimbabwe, France, Germany, Spain and Belgium.
The Farrell Clan in Longford:
In 1992 The Farrell Clan in Longford established a small voluntary committee which hoped to generate an interest in and support for research into Farrell history. The Farrell Clan is part of a national movement entitled “Clans of Ireland. The committee brings together Farrell families from around the county and the world dedicated to the research and promotion of the Farrell Clan history. To date the clan have produced three booklets together with twelve Newsletters. Copies of these can be bought in the Tourism Office or directly from the Farrell Clan secretary. An international week-long Clan Rally is held somewhere in the world every year, with one taking place in Co. Longford every three or four years.
The Clan Rallies have an enormous appeal to those with Farrell ancestry around the world and are essentially family heritage entertainment with specific appeal to the individual family. They incorporate all of the elements of family heritage including – genealogy, family history, Irish culture, pageantry and heraldry, related archaeological sites and family monuments, family and Irish heritage education, interaction with local communities, related organisations and support groups. These rallies or gatherings of the Farrell Clan have received outstanding responses from worldwide Farrell families wishing to make connections with their Irish ancestry. The Longford clan has been incredibly successful in promoting membership of the Farrell Clan and there are now several hundred registered members worldwide, leading to increased contact and connections between Farrells around the globe.
If you have Farrell ancestry, have not yet claimed your roots and are considering joining the Clan then please make contact via the website http://www.farrellclanireland.com/
Alternatively you can contact:
Mr John Farrell – Chairperson of Longford Farrell Clan Committee –
00353 (0)86 0758771, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Nuala O’kane – Farrell Clan Secretary
71 College Park, Longford Town, Co Longford, Ireland.
00353 (0)43 3345805 – 00353 (0)85 7672632
Further information to assist you in your research can be found on the ‘Explore Longford’ App available for download for both Apple iOS and Android Devices:
Android Store: http://bit.ly/1gMKZYY Apple Store: http://bit.ly/1n104Kk