Mac Conmara (anglicised as MacNamara or McNamara) is an Irish surname of a family of County Clare in Ireland. The MacNamara family were a Dál gCais sept and after the O'Briens one of the most powerful families in the Kingdom of Thomond as Lords of Clancullen (a title later divided into East and West families). They are related to the O'Gradys, also descended from the Uí Caisin line of the Dál gCais.
The name means "Hounds of the Sea". They were an influential clan in Thomond, building numerous castles across the region indicating their power and influence, such as Knappogue Castle. Many MacNamaras migrated to Scotland, this caused the name to be changed to McNamara.
Sioda Cam MacConmara rebuilt the great Quin Abbey where many members of this great clan were subsequently laid to rest.
Sean Buidhe Mac Conmara, more commonly known as John "Fireball" MacNamara, is remembered because of his daring exploits and his flair for the dramatic which has since featured in verse and in story. Much of what we know of his life and deeds is questionable and it is difficult to separate fact from fiction.
- McNamara Coat of Arms at araltas.com
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