MacCarthy [family name]


Listing of the MacCarthy name in Dictionary of National Biography [ODNB]
  • Charles McCarthy [Sir] (1770-1824), governor of Sierra Leone.
  • Cormac Laidhir MacCarthy Oge (d.1536), lord of Muskerry.
  • Denis Florence MacCarthy (1817-1882), the poet [see q.v.].
  • Donough MacCarthy [or MacCarty] (1668-1734), fourth Earl of Clancarty [q.v.].
  • John George MacCarthy (1829-1892), Mallow MP and land commissioner.
  • Justin MacCarthy (d.1694), tit. Viscount Mountcashel.
  • Nicholas Tuite MacCarthy, or Abbé Levignac (1769-1833), eloquent jesuit preacher.
  • Robert MacCarthy (d.1769), Viscount Muskerry and titular Earl of Clancarty.
  • Florence MacCarthy Reagh (1562-1640), fought for English in Desmond War, wrote treatise on ancient Ireland while held in in Tower of London, published 1858.

Note also the McCarthy Mór, whom John Mitchel calls Aodh (Owen) Roe O’Neill’s ‘slippery lieutenant in Munster’ and an ‘able but treacherous chief’, and whose 500-page biography as Life and Letters of Florence McCarthy Mor he recommends as a source for a new life of Hugh O’Neill.

Kilcoe Castle: The actor Jeremy Irons bought Kilcoe Castle, Co. Cork, site of the last stand of the McCarthy clan against the English in 1603.

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