Brophy

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Brophy is a surname of Irish origin, derived from the Irish "Ó Bróithe" septs that were located mostly around Ballybrophy, Laois, and in counties Carlow and Kilkenny.

The Annals of Ulster recorded the death of Connor O'Brophy (Conchobar Ua Broighthe), King of Ceann Chaille, in 1165.[1]

Giolla na Naomh Ó hUidhrín mentions the O'Brophys as residing in Magh Sedna (the Plain of Sedna) in the barony of Galmoy, Kilkenny in his 14th century work, Tuilleadh feasa ar Éirinn óigh. According to Ó hUidhrín, the progenitor of the Brophys is Sedna, the great-grandson of the semi-legendary pre-Christian founder of the Kingdom of Ossory, Óengus Osrithe.[2]

Ui Broithe was first anglicized as O'Broghie in the Patent Rolls of James I in 1567 and 1571. Their territory comprised the level portion of the barony of Galmoy, in the county of Kilkenny. They were driven from the plain of Magh Sedna into Upper Ossory, after the Norman invasion of Ireland, and their chief settled at Ballybrophy, near Borris-in-Ossory, in Queen's County (now County Laois) .[3]

Train Depot in Ballybrophy, Ireland

Notable individuals with the surname Brophy include:

The chapel at Brophy


Brophy College Preparatory is a Jesuit high school located in Phoenix, Arizona. Its chapel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

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  1. ^ Carriagan, William (1905). The history and antiquities of the diocese of Ossory, Volume 1. Dublin: Sealy, Bryers & Walker. p. 12. 
  2. ^ Carriagan, William (1905). The history and antiquities of the diocese of Ossory, Volume 1. Dublin: Sealy, Bryers & Walker. p. 12. 
  3. ^ O'Donovan, John (1862). The topographical poems of John O'Dubhagain and Giolla na naomh O'Huidhrin. Dublin: Alexander Thomas. p. 97.