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De Canton, De Cauntoun - a Cambro-Norman name Gaelicised to De Canntún, Conndún and Condún, adopted by a Norman-Welsh family, probably from Canton in Glamorgan, Wales. The Gaelic forms were later anglicised to Condon.

The Condons settled in the counties of Cork, Limerick and Waterford. The Barony of Condons and Clangibbon in north-east Cork bears their name, the family castle of Cloghleagh being in that area. They developed as a Gaelicised sept, but like many other great Norman families, were proud to be different from their native neighbours. This is reflected in the habit of these families to use non-gaelic first names right up to almost modern times. Thus David Condon described homself in 1605 as 'chief of his sept'.

Their problems in later times were compounded by their adherence to the Jacobites; and they suffered in attainders and confiscations accordingly.

In Petty's 1659 Census of Ireland, we find Condon listed as a Principal Irish Name in:

Co Cork: Barrymore Barony with 13 families; the returns for Condon and Clangibbon are missing.

In Co Limerick, Connolough Barony we find Condon (x9). In Co Waterford, Barony of Cosmore and Cosbride there are Condon(x6).

In Co Tipperary (south), Barony of Iffay and Offay there are Condon (x12).

By the time of the mid 19th century Griffith's 'Primary Valuation', Condon households are mostly found in: Cork (221) Limerick (153) Tipperary (145) and Waterford (99).

In the Registrar General's Report on Births in 1890, most Condons were registered in counties Cork, Tipperary and Kerry.

Two famous Condons:
David Condon (another David, see above) accomplished Gaelic poet, temp James II
Edward O' Meagher Condon (1835-1915) was a Fenian; involved in the Manchester Raid in 1867 and condemned to death; this was commuted because of his American citizenship.

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A Mary Murray married a Simon Condon and and are found in the Ballyskibble/Ring area of Cork in late 1890's. Marriage date not known but first child Patrick born 1899. Other children - William, Mary and Michael Condon. We believe Michael came to U.S. mid 1920's and never married. Mystery surrounds another family containing a Mary Murray who they believe married Simon Condon. Need to find a marriage record, church or civil, naming Mary's parents. Any help? She was baptised at Ballymacoda, parents James Murray and Ellen Shanahan. Thank you. Ruth Murray Lambert

John Whaley

Having been a lifelong devotee of the late *Eddie Condon and his music I have trying to get some information on where his family came from in Ireland and when they left for America -- if someone could help me with this I would be most grateful -- thanking you John Whaley

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