My Finucane family supposedly came from an area called Ardmore in the townland of Carhoonakineely (not to be confused with the nearby townlands of Carhoona and Carhoonakilla) near Tarbert, Co. Kerry, although the family may have originated in Co. Clare (see below). According to 'The Hudsons of County Kerry and their Descendants', completed in 1960 by William (Bill) Hudson, a descendant of my great-great-great-grandmother Margaret Finucane, our Finucane family is descended from a John Finucane (possibly John above) who, sometime in the 19th century, divided his large farm in Ardmore between two sons (no names are given). One of these sons was the grandfather of Pat Finucane of Faranawanna who helped Bill with his Finucane research in the late 1950s. Pat told Bill that Margaret (Bill's great-grandmother) was a sister of the two sons who got the land in Ardmore. However, there is no documented evidence to support this.
In 'The Hudsons of County Kerry' mentioned above we also told that it is possible Margaret was a daughter of (another?) John Finucane (who would have lived in Ardmore around the same time as the John Finucane who divided his farm between his two sons) whose only known children were John and possibly Frank. Given the Ardmore connection, they may be the same family as the Finucanes described above. However, John, son of John and possible brother of Frank, emigrated to the United States whereas John, son of John who divided the farm, remained in Ireland. Any information you might have on any of the above Finucane families would be very much appreciated. If you can help, please email Helen@HelensFamilyTrees.com. Thank you.
Moving away from Carhoonakineely, I feel it is also a possibility that my Finucane family may have come from Bunagara, Listowel, Co. Kerry as my great-great-great-grandmother Margaret Finucane (possible daughter of John? above) lived there with her husband, Richard Hudson, for a short time after their marriage. There were several Finucane families living in Bunagara at the time and Margaret may have come from one of these families.
Edward MacLysaght's 'The Surnames of Ireland' us that Finucane is "a Co. Clare name" although the surname is numerous in counties Limerick and Kerry as well. An Irish form is Mac Fionnmhacáin meaning "fair son". It is thought that the Finucanes came to Ireland from Normandy with Strongbow in 1170 to aid Dermot, King of Leinster.