Gearoid O'Brien, a native of Athlone, is a retired librarian and the author of more than a dozen books on local history and biography. He has also an award-winning poet and, in the 1970s, ran a small publishing concern called 'Kincora Poetry'. He has had an interest in genealogical research for over 40 years.
The Hanly clan originated in Co Roscommon, in the heart of Ireland and spread, initially, throughout Ireland. The River Shannon was used as an artery of communication to reach Limerick and Cork. This, first published history of the clan traces the story, from entries in the ancient annals to the present day. There are also helpful details on how to trace your Hanly ancestors.