Lenehan, Leneghan, Lenihan, Lanahan, Linehan.

The Arms of Lenehan of Limerick

The Arms of Lenehan of Roscommon

Lenehan is one of several anglicized forms of two Gaelic Irish surnames, Ó Leannacháin and Ó Luingeachán, the former of Roscommon and the latter an area on the Limerick and Tipperary border.
Ó Leannacháin of Roscommon appears in early records, the most notable of whom was Maelciaran O'Lenechan of Tuamna, in Boyle barony, a priest very highly praised in the "Annals of Loch Ce" and by the Four Masters for his numerous good qualities. He died in 1249. Also found in Sligo as Lenaghan, in modern times they are represented by the political dynasty of Lenihan of South Roscommon whose members have followed careers in elected public office for several generations.
The Ó Luingeachán sept of Limerick and Tipperary is nowadays the more numerous. Variously anglicized as Lenehan, Lanahan, Linehan and so forth (sometimes with a misplaced “mac” prefix), this family descends from a younger son of the House of MacEniry (Lords of Connello) of Cappagh. They were originally chiefs of a district forming the present barony of Upper Third, in County Waterford, where, on the left bank of the river Suir, and where the river receives the waters of the Clodagh, they had a strong castle. They were dispossessed by the Purcells and the De Grandisons, who expelled them from their patrimonial inheritance. Afterwards they possessed Crota Cliach and Hy-Coonagh, a territory partly in the barony of Owney and Arra, in Tipperary, and partly in the barony of Coonagh, co. Limerick.

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