There is a legend, which I am not to this day sure is true about 3 brothers named Breheny who lived in County Sligo and were quite prosperous.
The story goes that when Lord Cromwell invaded and was blundering Ireland, the three Breheny brothers lead forces to fight against Cromwell and lost the battle. In Cromwell’s quest ” to hell or to Connaught”, he individually then banished the three Breheny brothers in 1652, to 3 different counties of Connaught.
- Thomas Breheny to Galway
- John Breheny to Mayo
- Charles Breheny to Sligo in the north-west.
The province of Connaught (Connacht) lies in the West of Ireland with its coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. The counties of Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Galway and Roscommon are within its boundary.
Connaught is the least inhabited province in Ireland with a population of just over 400,000. Historically, Connaught has retained its rich Gaelic heritage and today still has communities where the Irish language is spoken. These regions are collectively called the Gaeltacht. The remote Aran Islands off the mainland of County Galway are part of the Gaeltacht.
Note 1 : Oliver Cromwell was an English military and political leader and later Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. Born April 25, 1599 UK and Died September 3, 1658 UK.
Note 2: John.M.Breheny. Churchill. Australia – (03) 5122 1757 (is the Great, great grandson of John, immigrated from Tynagh, Galway 1854 to Aussie)
Note 3 : Paul Judge is the decendent of Thomas Breheny. Paul has completed family tree research on Charles Breheny.