Fogarty Family History
Cead mile fealte - A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

General Fogarty Info


Fogarty Motto: "Fleadh agus Failte" meaning "Banquet (or Party) and Welcome"

Arms: "Azure two lions rampant combatant supporting a garb all or, in dexter base a crescent argent in sinister base a harp of the second stringed of the third".

Ancient Spellings: O'Fhogartaigh, O'Fogartaigh, O'Fogartach, O'Fogartagh, O'Fogarty, O'Fogerty.

The Irish surname Fogarty is an anglicised form of the Irish Gaelic O'Fogartha. The prefix 'O' signifies "descendant or son of", and 'fogartha' is claimed to have been derived from the Gaelic word for "exiled or outlawed", we have learned that this is not the true translation. It is strange that the Fogartys would have an Irish name indicating that they were outlaws, as they are referred to in the Annals of Ulster of 1072, as the "Kings of Ely" (before the Anglo-Irish Invasion). We have also heard 'Fogharthacht' to be translated more correctly as "noisy".

The Fogartys gave their name to the Barony of Eliogarty, in Co. Tipperary, via the English phonetic spelling of "Eile ui Fhogartaigh", and the chief of the sept lived here in Eliogarty Castle. This barony lies between the Slieveardagh Mountains to the South-East, the Slieve Bloom Mountains to the North, and the Silvermine and Slieve Felim Mountains to the West.

In modern times, the clan name is rarely found in English with an "O" prefix. One branch of the family was known as Mag Fhogartaigh, and derived from this comes Gogarty.

Although Fogarty is still a fairly prominent name in Co. Tipperary, the ancient Clan castle, as well as the newer Castle Fogarty, are no longer in their hands.

Notable bearers of the Clan name include Malachy O'Fogarty, who was born in Castle Fogarty. He was alive around the beginning of the 17th century, and had a career at the University of Paris. Archbishop Michael Fogarty (1858-1955), was the Bishop of Killaloe for 51 years from 1904. Born in Jilcoleman, he was a fearless champion of the Irish cause during the War of Independence and spoke out against the outrages of the "Black & Tans" (British Forces).

Modern day famous Fogartys include:

Britain's Carl Fogarty
, former World Superbike Champion Racer and Team Owner

American John Fogerty
, singer & songwriter, of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame.

Other musicians with the Fogarty name include the Irish singer/song writer, Philip Fogarty
. In the US there is country singer, Maura Fogarty. In Australia there is singer/songwriter, Paul Fogarty.

There is also American model, Katie Fogarty.

As for companies - in the UK there is a well known manufacturer of bedding called Fogarty
. In the US there is the Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards, Woodside, California, USA, named after its owner, inventor & cardiovascular surgeon, Thomas Fogarty.

Schools with a Fogarty connection include: the Patrick Fogarty Secondary School, Orillia, Ontario, Canada, named after Father Patrick Fogarty and the Fogarty Memorial School in Gloucester, Rhode Island, USA.

Places named after Fogartys include Fogarty's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada; Fogarty Creek State Park, Oregon, USA; the Fogarty Gap, which is along the route of the old gold convoys from the Bendigo Mine to Melbourne, in Australia, and Fogarty Hill on the island of Montserrat in the West Indies.

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