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The Farrell Clan

The O’Farrells – Uí Fhearghail

The Farrells are a proud and stalwart clan of valiant warriors and adventurous wanderers, whose branches reach to the four corners of the earth, and whose lineage links back, through time and history, to the green and lustrous land of our beloved Emerald Island of Ireland.


Castlerea Castle. Photo Credit:John Riddle - Discovering Longford

Clan History

The name Uí Fhearghail, translates as ‘Followers of Fearghal’ and the name Fearghal is assumed to derive from the Gaelic word ‘fear’ which translates as Man, and ‘ghal’ which translates as Valour, so we arrive at ‘Man of Valour’ or a similar version ‘Valiant Warrior’.

History tells us that Fearghal, King of Conmacne, was indeed a valiant warrior, slain at the famous battle of Clontarf in 1014.He was one of only a few Irish Chieftains who fought alongside Brian Boru against the Vikings and one of only three from the lands now known as Leinster who did so, the other two being the O’Nolans and the O’Moores.

While it can be argued that there is only fragmentary evidence to prove the fact, it is accepted by The Farrell Clan that the territory then known as Teathbha, (anglicised as Teffia) was given to the followers of Fearghal by Brian Boru as reward for their loyalty and bravery in battle. 

They renamed it Anghaile or Annaly, after their ancestor Anghal, great grandfather of Fearghal, who had also given his name to the greater family group the Muintear Anghaile, of which the Uí Fhearghail were the dominant members.

Clan Coat of Arms


The Farrell Coat of Arms and Crest is distinguished by a Golden Lion rampant, which signifies Bravery, Nobility, Glory, Strength and Courage on a green field, which signifies Hope, Joy and Love.

The golden colour denotes generosity and elevation of mind.

The crest is a ducal coronet with an unleashed hound – ‘Cú reubha’ which translates to ‘I Have Broken My Hold’.

In Irish folklore, Gaelic poetry, and mythology the hound is often used as an epithet to describe a valiant warrior.

A famous example of such a warrior in Irish Mythology is the Hound of Cullen – more famously known as ‘Cú Chulainn‘, who legend tells us fell victim to the powerful ‘Queen Medbh’ – Ancestral Queen of The Farrell Clan.

Farrell Clan Longford

The Longford based clan have a dedicated core committee comprised of Farrell family members, relatives, and friends.

They meet regularly throughout the year to discuss how best to promote Farrell Clan activities, celebrate important dates for Clan members, organise mini gatherings, dinners, and daytrips, but also just to catch up on local news, events, and projects of interest to the clan.

The most important event and project for clan members both in Longford and around the world, is the Farrell Clan Rally. Held every four years here in Longford, the rally is a five-day gathering of Farrell’s from every corner of the globe, who come together in celebration of their shared ancestral roots. Our next rally is due to take place 18th – 22nd July 2022.


If you have stories, images, or memorabilia from any of the Longford Clan Gatherings, or indeed any of your visits to Longford, the clan would be delighted to add them to their dedicated archive on the website.

You can send them to Clan PRO & Development Officer Anna at

Clans Connections

The Farrell Clan is a long standing, registered member of the Clans of Ireland, via which they connect, communicate, and celebrate with other family clans from around the Island of Ireland.

They manage a dedicated Facebook Group, Instagram and social media accounts, and an online ‘Collection of Stories’ blog, all of which they are happy to have clan members contribute to.

The Farrell’s are a curious and creative people, known for their courage, sense of adventure, enterprising natures, and their love of a good story so they are interested in harvesting the stories of their global clan members.

They would be delighted to have you share your Farrell family history, something about the place where you live or grew up, or anything you think may be of interest or relevance to the International Farrell story.

Clan Ambassador Program

One of the new ideas for the strengthening of ties with Farrell Diaspora is the Ambassador Program. The goal of the program is to strengthen clan connections around the world, co-ordinate activities, and develop a clan without barriers, borders, or boundaries, a clan connected by history, heritage, and haematic.

If you would like to act as an ambassador for your country, please connect with the clan by joining the Facebook group.

Clan Newsletter

The clan newsletter, created especially for clan members, is issued quarterly. Packed full of information on all-things Farrell and Longford related. It will bring you up to date details on Longford based events, clan gatherings, tourism related news and activities for Longford and Irelands Hidden Heartlands, as well as stories from our Farrell Clan around the world.

If you would like to connect with the Farrell Clan in  Longford you can join our dedicated Facebook Group and/or email PRO & Development Officer Anna at



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This project was assisted by Longford Local Community Development Committee, Longford Community Resources Clg. and Longford County Council through the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014-2020 which is part-financed by the EU, "The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas" and the Department of Rural & Community Development.       The European Commission.

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