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Donovan, O’Donovan clan

The Uí Fidgenti, Uí Fidgeinti, Uí Fidgente, Uí Fidghente, Uí Fidgeinte or without the í as Ui Fidgenti were an early kingdom of northern Munster, situated mostly in modern County Limerick, but extending into County Clare and County Tipperary, and possibly even County Kerry and County Cork, at maximum extents, and this varied over time. The Gaelic  = descendents of, or of the tribe of.   The tribe in this case being Fidgenti, or any of its spelling variations.  The Donovans or O’Donovans came from the Bruree region of County Limerick where in early christian times this was the territory of Uí Fidgente.  These were divided into two branches, viz. Uí Chairpri in the East and Uí Chonaill Gabhra to the West.  This may nowadays be written without the í as Ui Chairpri or maybe as Ui Chairpre.  As a result of ongoing feuds they were driven from there by the O’Briens about 1178.  The O’Donovans eventually settled in West Cork in the Glandore – Rosscarbery region and soon the Uí Chairpri name was given to the large region today known as Carbery.

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