The Brennan Clan has now reached all parts of the globe and yet our origins remain firmly within the lands of Ireland as the Brennan name has a rich and varied history which extends to all corners of the island:
The sept of the Brennan Clan known as MacBranain held seats of power in Co. Mayo and the name is still found there today. Located in the western province of Connaught, Mayo is a scenic region with both dramatic mountains and rugged coastlines which are punctuated with fine, unspoilt sandy beaches.
Just north of Mayo lies Co. Sligo another part of Ireland which is synonymous with the MacBranains. This is another county of great beauty with a list of secluded beaches in places such as Mullaghmore and Easkey while the spectacular countryside which so inspired the poet W.B. Yeats is dominated by the sweeping slopes of Benbulben (pictured).
The MacBranains are also associated with Co. Roscommon, again located in the province of Connaught and known for its charming lakeside scenery in places such as Lough Key Forest Park (pictured). The Brennan name is still in existence in the Roscommon region showing how the origins of the name are still strong in this proud Brennan homeland.
The other major sept of the Brennan name is of course the O’Braonain and this sept were less concentrated in one particular province of Ireland. Kilkenny in Leinster is a well known homeland of the Brennan name and the name is still very prominent in the region – the are itself is famous for its rolling countryside and welcoming people.
The lakeland county of Westmeath, also in Leinster is renowned for its connections to the O’Braonain sept and this inland region is peppered with stunning lakeside scenery (pictured) and charming towns and villages such as a Glasson, Mullingar, Athlone and Kilbeggan.
To the west and Co. Galway can also be regarded as a homeland of the O’Braonain’s and the Brennan name is still pretty prominent in this part of the country. From Connemara’s rugged landscape of mountains and lakes to the wild beauty of the Aran Islands, Galway is a stunning location with strong Brennan heritage.
The southern county of Kerry (known as the Kingdom) is known as a homeland of the Brennans with the name still widely in existence. Sweeping mountain ranges and picturesque peninsulas with spectacular costal scenery make the region one of the most visited in Ireland along with charming towns such as Killarney, Dingle, Tralee and Kenmare.