Cormac na Haoine MacCarthy Reagh

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Carbery in Tudor times

Cormac na Haoine (Irish: Cormac na Haoine Mac Carthaigh Riabhach) (1490–1567) was the 10th Prince of Carbery from 1531–1567.[1] He belonged to the MacCarthy Reagh dynasty.[2]

He was the eldest son of Donal MacCarthy Reagh, 9th Prince of Carbery (r. 1505–1531) by his second wife Lady Eleanor, daughter of Gerald FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare.


Of other exploits little is now known, but Cormac na Haoine did command the forces of his father in the celebrated victory at Mourne Abbey, also known as the Battle of Cluhar and Moor, in 1521, against the Earl of Desmond, James FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Desmond, who was wasting much of Munster. The Earl of Desmond was slain in the battle. Cormac was under the command of his distant kinsman and future father-in-law Cormac Laidir Oge MacCarthy, Lord of Muskerry.[3]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Cormac na Haoine married Julia, daughter of Cormac Laidir Oge MacCarthy, Lord of Muskerry, and they had issue:

  1. Donal of the Pipes, 13th Prince of Carbery
  2. Catherine, married John Butler of Kilcash, father of Walter Butler, 11th Earl of Ormond
  3. Honoria, married her distant cousin Owen MacDonogh MacCarthy, Prince of Duhallow
  4. Ellinor, married her cousin Dermod MacCarthy of Enniskean
  5. Ellen, married 1) Sir James FitzGerald, Lord of Decies, 2) James FitzRichard de Barry, Lord Ibane and 4th Viscount Buttevant, ancestor of the Earls of Barrymore. Ellen is stated to have been illegitimate in the sources,[4] and so her mother may have been different from Julia.



  1. ^ Famille MacCarthy Reagh
  2. ^ Irish Pedigrees: MacCarthy Reagh, Prince of Carbery #120
  3. ^ MacCarthy, Lords of Muskerry #120
  4. ^ Barry, E., Barrymore: Records of the Barrys of County Cork. Cork: Guy and Co. Ltd. 1902. (Reprinted from the Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society)
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Donal MacCarthy Reagh
Prince of Carbery
Succeeded by
Donogh MacCarthy Reagh