Several factors have combined to spur me on to making the announcement at this time.As you will see, I am making the announcement as successor to a chiefship dormant for 362 years as a direct descendant ofprior chiefs, not as an elected head of a clan Society - though a number of years ago I did establish "The OCathain Society" which has mainly served thus far to distribute family information and history amongmy immediate relatives.I hope to expand this role as time allows, while welcoming other OCATHAIN groups active in furthering knowledge of Irish history, genealogy and other mutualinterests.
All comments or suggestions, as usual, are welcome.
As for the DNA Project, I am working on isolating early locations of several branches of O'KANEs, McCAINs, etc. in Ulster.There may be some interesting developments, including the somewhat expected possibility of separate origin for at least one group
More later, and remember to check the webpage from time to time.
Regards and Best Wishes for 2005.
Leonard M. Keane< Jr. (The O'Cahan) ------------------------------------------------------------
The eponymous ancestor of the O'Cahan Clan of Ulster was Cathain, who lived in the 9th Century, a descendant of Fergal mac Mael Duin, King of Tara (d. 772 A.D.), ancestor of the O'Neill Royal dynasty.The O'Cahan line branched off through Fergal's son, Conchobar, and is the senior cadet branch of the O'Neills.
Known as "The Warrior Clan of Ulster",the O'Cahan family were under-kings (ur-righ) of the O'Neill dynasty and bore the titles "King of Limavaday, Kianaght, andFir-na-Creabh" (the latter now the Barony of Coleraine). They also were the hereditary inaugurators ofthe O'Neill Kings. In Ulster the name is now usually found as Kane or O'Kane in Co. Derry, while in north Antrim the form McCain is often found. Basic Chiefly Arms: "Gules three salmon naiant in pale argent." Motto: "Felis Demulcta Mitis" ("A Stroked Cat is Gentle").
The present Chief of the Name, Arms and Clan, by connected male-line decent and Brehon Law,through the chiefly branch settled in Co. Clare in the early 16th Century, is Lt. Col. Leonard M. Keane, Jr. (USAR - Ret.).He established The OCathain Society in 1982 and may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.