A coming together of two ancient lines of Clan O’Byrne of Leinster, O’Byrne of Downes (Crioch Brannach) and O’Byrne of Ranelagh to build a strong future for Clan O’Byrne in Ireland and throughout the world.
Since 2011 two of the senior houses of the ancient Clan O’Byrne of Leinster have been working together to promote the rich and often contraversial history of the Byrne name and to reestablish connections to some of the most important events in our family history.
In July 2013 the efforts of Derek Byrne, representing O’Byrne of Downes and Lt. Col. Charles Artaud Byrne, representing O’Byrne of Ranelagh reached their pinacle when an event was staged to commemorate the capture and execution of Feagh Mac Hugh O’Byrne at Ballinacor in Rathdrum, County Wicklow, ancestoral home of the O’Byrnes of Ranelagh.
The event, which was a resounding success, was an official part of the Gathering 2013 and was attended by Lt. Col. Charles Artaud Byrne, his son Myles and other members of their family.
For the first time in over five hundred years the two seperate lines of Clan O’Byrne of Leinster were allied in celebration of their name. The O’Byrne of Crioch Brannach and The O’Byrne of Ranelagh lines came together at Ballinacor to begin a new and exciting future for Clan O’Byrne of Leinster.
Initially registered with Clans of Ireland in May 2011, this membership was revoked in July 2012 by the board. Despite this, Finte O’Broin, as we are now officially known, has grown in number and stature and continues to raise vital funds for charities such as MS Ireland and promotes research into the history of the O’Byrne name.
There is currently another organisation registered as “Clann O’Byrne of Leinster” with Clans of Ireland. Finte O’Broin does not support this organisation nor does it recognise the status of “Chief” or “Chief Emeritus” as claimed by this organisation.