Maher, and its principal variant Meagher, are the anglicised versions of the Irish O Meachair, from meachar, meaning 'hospitable'. The surname originated in Ikerrin near the modern town of Roscrea in north Tipperary, where the family retained their traditional lands right up to the modern period. The name remains very strongly linked to the traditional homeland, with the bulk of present-day Mahers living or originating in Co Tipperary. Thomas Francis Meagher (1823-1867) was one of the founders of the revolutionary 'Young Ireland' movement. Transported to Australia. he managed to escape to the U.S. where he became Brigadier-General of the Irish Brigade of the Union Army during the Civil War, and was later Governor of Montana.

 

 

 

 


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