Greetins Collette. Bellanaleck is about 3 miles from Derryleague. Both are
along the southern shore of Upper Lough Erne on the Enniskillen Belturbet
(Co Cavan) road I think Mackin post office is closed and possibly
Derryleague is now served by Bellanaleck PO?
I do not know if the Derryleague families were related Generally people of
the same name living close together would be related.
One of these families Andy (Andrew) McConnell was married to Mary Ellen
Murphy whose mother was Ketty (Catherine) Leonard a first cousin of my
grandfather. (We might be related!) Mary Ellen had a brother Terence, her
grandfather was Terence (Leonard) as was her great-grandfather!
There are 100s of McConnells in Northern Ireland including Fermanagh. The
Derryleague McConnells are Catholic but many McConnells in NI are
In addition to the Derryleague McConnells there is a long established
Bellanaleck McConnell family, talented people Sean is a well known
journalist and Cahal (Sp?) a note flute player, one of the best traditional
musicians in Ireland.
An interesting point. Locally we called them 'me CO nell' (emphasis on the
CO) There are 2 McConnell septs in Ireland (from McLysaght) one Mac
Dhomhnaill (sometimes Mac Conail) with possible Scottish connections and the
other O'Conaill a Kerry sept. My wife, an Irish speaker, tells me that Mac
Conail is pronounced 'me CO nell' However this is of no help genealogically!
Happy Easter Philip E L
--- Original Message -----
From: "Colette Picozzi" <cpicozzi(a)blueyonder.co.uk>
Sent: Saturday, March 30, 2002 4:27 PM
Subject: [FER-GOLD] lookup McConnell
Thanks for your prompt reply. From relatives , I had been told that the
McConnell's were from Bellenaleck and prior to that Scotland. As I am
Scottish, you can imagine that this information intrigued me and I would
love to know when they arrived in Ireland and from which part of Scotland
they hailed. On the Fermanagh Gold site I found a Terence, Hugh and Mary
McConel on the graveyard inscriptions for Kinawley(1840).They were from
Derryleague and as I believe this lies near Bellenaleck and also Terence is
a family name, I wondered if they could be part of the same family. Were
the 3 families you knew all related and is McConnell a common name in
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