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In Ireland, the name Gleason is found throughout the province of Munster and is derived from the original surname Glaisine, pronounced "GLOSS-inn-eh."
The Fragmentary Annals of Ireland, written by monks in the early half of the 11th century, records the tribal king's death in 906 AD - the height of the Viking period.
"AD 906 The death of Glaisine son of Uisne, King of Ui Meic-Caille."

Original Irish source (3rd line from top)


English translation
(last line at bottom)
Also celebrated by the 15th century bard O'Heerin, Glaisine is described as "a chief of "Ui Meic-Caille" who co-ruled the barony of Imokilly, which today is located on the eastern seacoast of County Cork near the seaside resort town of Youghal (pronounced "Yall.")

"A valiant clan, warlike in pursuit,
Ruled Imokilly of the hospitable banquets
two tribes possessed the smooth plains
O'Bregan and the fair O'Glasin."

Original Irish source: The Topographical Poems of John O'Dubhagain and Giolla na naomh O'Huidhrin (O'Heerin) by John More O'Dugan.
English source (4th paragraph): Foras Feasa ar eirinn by Seathrun Ceitinn a.k.a. "The History of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating."


Glas is a nickname found with a variety of meanings, including green, grey, or pale.
O'Bregan comes from "Breoghan," considered the root of the common surname Brown.




Click on the map above to link to Ireland's History in Maps found at www.rootsweb.com




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"MacSweyne Dines as the Bard Recites" - John Derricke, 1581... a glimpse.


The Meeting of the Earl of Gloucester and Art MacMurrough, 1399


16th century dress (left) and 9th century dress (right)


The Gleason Coat of Arms features sable (black) on bend argent (silver) and three mullets (five-pointed stars) gules (red.)

The Gleason motto, "Vincit Amor Patriae", means
"Love of Country Conquers."

Ballyglasheen Castle is located at latitude 52.378532, longitude -7.59181


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