A sub-branch of the Tyrone O’Neill clan came to Creggan Parish in the middle of the 15th century. Aodh O’Neill is considered the founder …
and first leader of this clan in the Fews area. Within a century they were separate from the Tyrone line.
Due to his co-operation with the English in the suppression of his kinsmen, Turlough MacHenry O’Neill, great, great grandson of Aodh was knighted by James I (about the time that the third Bagenal, Arthur was receiving from the same monarch a charter for Newry and the holdings of his father and grandfather). Turlough MacHenry was granted ownership of 9000 acres in the Fews. He built an elaborate residence, a castle on the rocks overlooking
In the 1641 rising his son, Sir Henry remained loyal to the Crown. Still, his sons and brothers played a prominent part, resulting in the destruction of the castle and the confiscation of the land. Sir Henry was banished to
Almost a century after his Dungannon counterparts, Henry also left
Many more O’Neills were to follow suit to
Daniel O’Neill of Hilltown,