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O'Hanlons in Ancient Irish Texts

Writing was first brought to Ireland by the same people who brought Christianity to the island: St. Patrick and friends in the fifth century A.D. So it is no surprise that the most ancient of Irish texts are over a thousand years old.

The O'Hanlons are cited throughout Ireland's ancient texts under the clann's ancient name of Ua'h-Anluain. The name means descendants of Anluain. Anluain was the head of one of the septs of Ui'Niallan, the descendants of King Niall of the Nine Hostages. He was probably born around the end of the seventh century. The history of Clann Ua'h-Anluain appears on a separate page.

Note: the very earliest references to Anluain are simply to a man by that name - not necessarily the progenitor of Clann Ua'h-Anluain. The oldest quotation which certainly refers to the clann dates from the year 983 and describes the murder of Flaithbheartach Ua hAnluain, lord of Ui-Niallain.

Below are all the references I have found to Ua'h-Anluain/O'Hanlon in the ancient texts. Some references have also been included for Ua'h-Ainlighe (O'Hanly) although this is an entirely different clann originally from Roscommon.


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Reference Sites : Ancient Irish Texts Online

Sources are cited with every quotation; each quotation is also followed by a link to the relevant source page. Source references consist of letters referring to the book name, with numbers for the year and chapter number.

For example, U1243.4
refers to The Annals of Ulster, year 1243, chapter 4.

All of the quotations below come from one of the following reference sites:

University College Cork (UCC) has excellent web versions of:
University of Birmingham has a splendid online version of:

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Chronology: O'Hanlons in Ancient Irish Texts



O'Hanlon boar facing right Ninth Century Texts O'Hanlon boar facing left



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O'Hanlon boar facing right Tenth Century Texts O'Hanlon boar facing left



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O'Hanlon boar facing right Eleventh Century Texts O'Hanlon boar facing left



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O'Hanlon boar facing right Twelfth Century Texts O'Hanlon boar facing left



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O'Hanlon boar facing right Thirteenth Century Texts O'Hanlon boar facing left


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O'Hanlon boar facing right Fourteenth Century Texts O'Hanlon boar facing left


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O'Hanlon boar facing right Sixteenth Century Texts O'Hanlon boar facing left



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