Clan Callaghan….The O Callaghan Family of County Cork…Book Reissued

Clan Callaghan…..The O Callaghan Family of County Cork

Maureen Phibbs from Co. Wicklow (formerly Maureen Hickey of Cullen) is Editor of the renowned “Irish Roots” Magazine and has recently been in touch with us in regard to an important Book which has just been reissued.  Maureen writes:

“The author is Joseph F. O Callaghan, (the “O” is without the apostrophe throughout the book)  now aged about 93 and living in the US. He is professor Emeritus of Medieval History, Fordham University. He first published the book in 2004 after spending many years researching the history of the O Callaghans. The revised and updated edition is now just published. It traces the fate of the O Callaghans from the tenth to the twentieth century including the O Callaghans along the Blackwater valley from Mallow to Clonmeen against the background of local and national history. It has copious notes, 16 genealogical tables of family trees and the bibliography is an excellent research tool for anybody studying local or national history.

His father, William, was born at Dromcummer.

We are featuring the book in the next issue of “Irish Roots” which has just gone to print.  We are publishing which is really the 10th article in the Clan Callaghan book.

Cost of Book in case anyone is interested.
Revised edition 2020. 302 pages. (A4 size) €34 or or from other fine booksellers.”


Back in time with Maureen and Julie

The editor of ‘Irish Roots’ magazine is Maureen Phibbs. The name, says Maureen, is supposed to be from England but the family has been here in Lacken near Blessington for at least two centuries. During that time, they have farmed the same hilly holding in the same townland where she now lives and works in a tidy bungalow next door to the original farmhouse.
She took the slightly unusual surname on marriage to Pat Phibbs, as she was brought up a Hickey from near Millstreet in Cork.

She reckons that the interest in genealogy which she pursues through the magazine reflects her growing up in Munster.
‘The old people spoke for hours at the fireside,’ she muses, recalling the days when she sat and listened to her elders. ‘They knew who everyone was connected to.’ There, in brief, is the essence of the hobby which she now pursues as a business – it is all about connections… Read the full interview on the Bray People