Quirke, ó Cuirc A Gaelic surname meaning descendant of Corc, meaning ‘heart’, though it may have mean ‘red, crimson’. Corc mac Luighdech was the legendary founder of the kingdom of Cashel and ancestor of many kings of Munster. A sept who were anciently chiefs of Muscraighe Breogain also called Muscraighe Cuirc, in the present Barony of Clanwilliam, in Tipperary. Also see Kirk. In 1890 the surname was principally found in Tipperary and Kerry, and the estimated number of bearers was 1,790.
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