John Hanly, who wrote the preface to the book, is a native of County Roscommon. He is a retired forester and the founder of Dundrum Woodcrafts in County Tipperary. He was one of the prime movers in the revival of the Hanly Clan in 1989 and, was instrumental in organising several successful Clan rallies. He is the Honorary Secretary of The Hanly Clan.
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.