A Letter from Ireland:

The Irish Surname McInerney


MacInerney comes from the Irish Mac an Airchinnigh. This translates as “son of the erenagh”. They were one of the main septs of Thomond and today it is mainly found in the County Clare where it is very numerous.

The title “erenagh” meant the head of a monastic establishment – but one that had become secularised over time for the benefit of a local ruling Gaelic family. They remained in possession of lands as tenants of the local bishop – and were responsible for tithes, rents and the gathering of fees related to local relics. They were often counted as clergymen and spoke latin – but they were always married.

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Remember – at Your Irish Heritage we consider an “Irish Surname” to be one that belongs in your family. It may belong to an ancestor who lived in Ireland at one stage. We consider old Gaelic, Viking, Norman and planter names to be all Irish – if they fit this criteria.