Updated February 1, 2016
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cNerneys and McInerneys started in Ireland and are now scattered all over the world. Read about the Wikipedia history and origin by prominent scholar and DNA participant Luke McInerney. Luke recently published his latest work which is important for genealogists and scholars alike, Clerical and Learned Lineages of Medieval County Clare: A Survey of the Fifteenth-century Papal Registers. It includes lineages of some families, including McInerney. It is exciting that new McNerney and McInerney information is forthcoming with this project.
escendants of Patrick McInerney and Katherine Langan, of Glin, County Limerick, Ireland, split up in the 1860s, some emigrating to The States and others staying in Glin or leaving many years later. Evidence points to the probability that Katherine Langan was sister of Tom Langan, famous Irish rebel known as Captain Steel of the 1798 uprising against England. He was arrested convicted by the English, and sentenced to "transportation" which meant he was sent to Botany Bay, Australia. McInerneys of County Clare came to County Limerick in the late 1700s. Legend has it that they won the prize of five pounds and a bottle of brandy in a swimming contest across the Shannon River, sponsored by the Knight of Glin. They have since been called the "Brandys". Sources: Sean Wallance and Patrick McInerney
ipperary McInerneys left for Australia in 1857, but some stayed in Ireland.
The entire family of Thomas McIerney, born cir 1801, Glin, County Limerick, Ireland, and Mary Enright, came to the States in the mid 1860s. The children settled as follows: Mary in Geneva, New York; Patrick in Zanesville, Ohio; Timothy and Michael in Kansas City, Missouri; Bridget and John in Seattle, Washington; Margaret in Pittsburg, Kansas; Thomas in Horton, Kansas. Many of the McInerneys stayed behind in Ireland or left many years later. The stories are told in this work which has been distributed to following repositories: Special Collections, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Public Library; New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts; Family History LDS Library, Salt Lake City, Utah; National Genealogical Society Library, Arlington, Virginia; Library of Congress and Daughters of the American Revolution Library, both in Washington, DC; Mid-Continent Library, Independence, Missouri; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka; New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in New York, New York; Seattle Genealogical Society, Washington; Zanesville, Ohio, Historic Society.