THE GLYNN FAMILY

The Glynn/Glenn/McGlynn family originating in Culkeen, Co. Roscommon 1825 - 2017

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County Roscommon: Area: 984 sq. miles. Population:51,881. Capital: Roscommon.
Origin of name
: Derived from the Irish "ros" meaning a wooded hill and "Coman" the name of the county's famous saint and first bishop.
Roscommon is bounded by the River Shannon to the East and the Suck to the West. Rathcroghan, in the centre of the county was home to the kings of Connacht and later became home to the high kings of Ireland.
The O'Conors and the McDermotts were among the leading clans of Ireland and Rory O'Conor was the last High King. Nearly all of the county's lands were confiscated during the various English plantations.

Kiltullagh: The name is derived from the Irish "cill", meaning church and "tulach", meaning a small hill. This part of Roscommon has been inhabited for at least 4,000 years. Stone age, iron age and bronze age settlers all lived here in prehistoric times. There are many Raths, Dolmens and Megalithic tombs in the area. In the year 440 A.D. St. Patrick journeyed into Connaught bringing Christianity to the pagan Irish. At that time, the local chieftain was Enda (Eanna), a brother of Niall of the Nine Hostages. Enda was converted by  St. Patrick and as a gift, he gave a piece of land on a nearby hill on which Patrick founded a church. Loman was the first priest  of Cill Tulach which went on to become an important Patrician settlement in later years. The church and the area survived the invasion of the Normans in the 13th century but in 1650 Cromwell's invasion, led by General Coote, led to the destruction of the church and all its records. The church at Granlahan, built in1441 by the Irish chieftains, the O'Flynns, survived and became the centre of the parish for a time.The parish of Kiltullagh embraces three churches at Cloonfad, Granlahan and Ballinlough. It is one of two parishes of County Roscommon attached to the Diocese of Tuam. When diocesanboundaries were drawn up in 1200 A.D., Tourloughna, the local chieftain insisted on this inclusion.

  Cloonfad: The name is derived from the Irish "cluain, a field and "fada", meaning long
  Culkeen: The name is thought to mean mossy wood or  retreat
 

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