This site is about the origins and story of the Darcy family of Ireland.
Historians and genealogists are quick to point out that despite years of emigration, war, famine and oppression most Irish surnames can be found more or less where their clan ancestors lived. For example we hear of a certain names being popular in Tyrone or Sligo.
There are three surnames of Darcy in Ireland. Each unrelated to each other. One family bearing the name d’Arcy arrived in Ireland in the early 14th century from England and settled in the south east of the country. The other, the O Dorchaidhe, a clan that lived in county Mayo and eventually entered the town of Galway in 1595. Their name was translated by the English into O Dorsey and then Darcy.
The third of which this web site is dedicated to was a clan known as Mac Dorchaidhe or Mac Dhorchaidhe that lived in south Leitrim. Their name being translated as Macgourtey, Mac Darcy and eventually Darcy. A line of the name Macgourtey and Darcy and similar spellings through out the 1800 and 1900s can be traced through into north Leitrim and Cavan, into Fermanagh and into Tyrone as far north as Drumquinn and even Ballyshannon in Donegal.
Anyone with the surname of Darcy or MacGourtey who lives or who’s ancestors lived in the areas of Leitrim, Longford, Cavan, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Donegal belong to this clan. This web site tells the origins and history of this clan.
It is a story beginning in mythical times going back before the time of Christ. A story that would establish the ancestors of the Darcys and MacGourteys as a major political and military force in Ireland as early as the year 200 A.D.
The crest of the Mac Dorchaidhe of Cinel Luachain like the coats of arms of all Irish clans is based on the European system of heraldry. A system introduced to Ireland by the Normans during the Middle Ages.
Oddly like all Irish coats of arms the shape of the crest is that of a European shield as opposed to the round and oblong shields used by the Irish.
The Mac Dorchaidhe adopted the crest of the d’ Arcy family when their name was translated as Darcy.
The crest shows white flowers and crosses on a blue background.
The blue is a colour of royalty while the white stands for purity and honesty. The crosses are a symbol of religious devotion.
The meaning of the flowers are uncertain.
The motto “Amhain Dia, Amhain Ri” means “One God, One King” in English.