Fir Scéinne – Tuath Dearmadta na hÉireann / Men of Scéinne – A Forgotten Tribe of Ireland
Length: approximately 2200 words per language, 4400 words in total, on 11 pages
The English translation of this dual language article begins like this:
Not long ago, a woman asked mé about her early Irish ancestors. Her surname is ‘Hession’ (i.e., Ó hOisín) from Co. Galway.
In books of genealogy
It was difficult for me to find anything about her early ancestors in the usual sources. Finally, I found a summary of the genealogy of her extended family in Leabhar Mór Mhic Fhirbhisigh Leacain written between 1397 and 1418 by Giolla Íosa Mór Mac Fir Bhisigh with help from Ádhamh Ó Cuirnín and Murchadh Riabhach Ó Cuindlis, and almost the same summary in Leabhar na nGenealach written in 1650 by Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh. I was able to report to her that “Mic Oisín” is the ‘clan-name’ of her family and that they descend from the Fir Scéinne, a branch of the Fir Bolg. Here is the summary of the Fir Scéinne in Leabhar Mór Mhic Fhirbhisigh Leacain (ca. 1400):
Of the Men of Sceinne here i.e. Mag Riabaich their leader & Ó Gormgaili & Ó Caemocan & Ó Muirrthaili & Ó Fichthillich & Ó Muroici & (Ó) hUicing & Mac Mailin & Mac Oisin & Ó Lonan & Ó Corra & Mc. (Mic) Danair & Mc. (Mic) Mairtin & Ó Dondgaili & Ó Crechnua & Ó Drucan & Ó Dudacan & Ó Beandan & Ó Bethnachan & Mac Domnaill & Mac Landacan & Mc. (Mic) Gilli Maine & Ó Timanaich & Ó Birn & Ó Mail Phail & Ó Loacan & Ó Duibabrad & Ó Dobran & Mc. (Mic) Coind & Mc. (Mic) Gilli Glacaich & Mag Scalbuidi with their relations.
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