We are a living network of members of the Clan McGrath, in gaelic
Clann Mhic Craith. Membership of the Clan is a right of birth
(ancestry), adoption or marriage. The name McGrath is derived from Mac
Craith, recorded in the ancient Annals of Ireland, a name bestowed upon the descendants of Ahearne, brother of
Brian Boru, Ard Ri (High King) of Ireland.
The name has been anglicised
into various forms including McGrath, Magrath, MacRea, Magraw McCreagh etc. All
those with a variation of our name are welcome to this site and as
members of our Clan.
In Ulster, during the 15th and 16th centuries, our
name was commonly spelt as McGragh or Magrath, however most members of our Clan now
use the most common anglicised form of Mac Craith as McGrath. meaning Son of (Divine) Grace.
The Clan McGrath Origins
origins of the Clan McGrath are among the tribe Dal gCais or
dalcassians who occupied the territory of Thomond with its heartland in
Co. Clare. The McGraths are descended from the line of Cennetig mac Lorcain, Father
of Ireland's greatest High King Brian Boru (Imperator Scotorum - Emperor of the Irish). Tradition holds that the McGrath Clan are
descended from Brian's brother Ahearne (in Latin Archiarus).
The Clan McGrath in the 21st Century
By the mid 17th century the Gaelic nobility were largely dispossessed,
the Clan McGrath, although managing to negotiate through much of this turbulent time relatively unscathed eventually feel prey to the political and cultural changes now overtaking the old Gaelic order. The Clan McGrath largely lost their
lands in Donegal, Fermanagh and Tyrone,
Clare, Tipperary and Waterford. Many sought refuge in mainland Europe where they
entered the service of European armies and royal houses.
Today, there are many thousands of families who carry the name McGrath or variations of it with pride and who through their ancestry are members of the Clan McGrath. There are also many who do not carry the surname but who are descended through a female. Whoever you are, wherever you are, you are welcome.
The Clan McGrath organise Clan gatherings and produce our newsletter THE TERMONER to keep our members informed of news and subjects of interest. We also operate an active Facebook page, you can find the link on our home page. The Clan McGrath and Cumman Chlann Mhic Craith / the Clan McGrath Society is also a registered Clan with Clans of Ireland (Finte na hÉireann). Clans of Ireland authenticates and registers Irish Clans and historical families, promote their interests and provides authentic and scholarly information related to them.