Frank Corcoran

irish composer


Aha, “an ancient stone with the Ogham inscription Corcrain !!! FOG” – a basis for a new tone row perhaps? In Danish aa = ‘oh’ sound, so maybe: Your Corcrain row followed by three unpitched beats, followed by F-A-A-G? My gift to you, happy Christmas.

More and more Corcorans , a slew, swarm, shoal, school, team, band, swoon,

According to archelogical records an ancient stone with the Ogham inscription Corcrain !!! FOG was present on White island in 1879 but has since disappeared by 1949. Ogham script dates from pre christian Ireland. This may suggest that the Corcorans, were active in this area from the 4th – 6th Century. The O’Corcorans sank into obscurity at the period of the Anglo-Norman Invasion, and several branches of the sept removed into the counties of Cork, Kilkenny, and Waterford. In Kilkenny they obtained a settlement from the FitzWalters (or Butlers), who were in possession of their ancient patrimony. And a senior branch of these settlers was represented by the late Most Rev. Michael Corcoran, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, in the commencement of the 19th century; and by the Corcorans of Enniscorthy, in co. Wexford.
The Co. Cork branch of the family settled in Carbery, and are now (1887) represented by Jeremiah (Dan) O’Corcoran, of Bengowe, Parish of Murragh, who has a son, the Rev. Daniel O’Corcoran, a Catholic clergyman in the city of Cork
The first mention found to date of the Corcoran family in Irish historical records is reference to the O’Corcrain Sept, a division of the Clan, living in county Fermanagh near the shores of Lough Erne. In 1014-1022 AD, Mael Sechnaill II reigned as High-King of Ireland after Brian Boruma’s death. For twenty years after the death in 1022 of Mael Secnaill II, many claimants sought the throne and during this period the Chief Government of Ireland was vested in the persons of two men: Cuán O Lóchán, the King’s chief poet, and Corcran of Lismore, an Erenagh. Corcran the Cleric was Abbot of Inis Cealtra. It is recorded that Chief Corcran was killed in battle in 1090 in County Fermanagh. His son, Felimidh, who married Maeve O’Brien daughter of the King of Thomond in 1130, succeeded him. In the Annals of the Four Masters, there is mention of thirty Chiefs of the Corcoran family from 1250 to 1480. In 1140, Maelinmum O’Corcrain was Bishop of Armagh and in 1373, John O’Corcrain was Bishop of Clogher. Three of the learned and respected Erenachs, lay ecclesiastics, of County Fermanagh are recorded as Daire O’Corcrain, Padraig O’Corcrain and Conn O’Corcrain.
The O’Corcrain territory was invaded by the Normans in 1170 AD. It was not until 1590 that the Normans gained control over Fermanagh.
The ruins of a castle, once occupied by the Corcorans, are located west of Lough Erne near Crom Castle, family seat of the Earl of Erne. The Corcoran castle was erected in 1611 AD and destroyed in 1764 AD.
During the Plantations of Ulster in 1610 A. D. and the invasion of Ireland by Cromwell in 1649 AD, the Corcorans were finally scattered. Many settled on lands in Counties Mayo and Sligo and throughout the Counties of the South, principally Offaly, Tipperary and Galway where the MacCorcorans had settled previously.
By (1847-1864), according to Griffiths Valuation, there were 1336 Corcoran households in Ireland with Cork (179), Mayo (128), Kilkenny (128), Tipperary (124), Offaly (102), Roscommon (82), Laois (79) and Galway (60).
By 1911, accourng to the Irish Census, there were 4736 individuals with the Corcoran surname in Ireland, with Cork (736), Mayo (602), Dublin (547), Offaly (343), Loais (343), Tipperary (318), Roscommon (290), Galway (279), Kerry (248) and Kilkenny (231).
It is recorded that the Sept of MacCorcrain, son of Corcran, was prominent in Counties Offaly and Tipperary until the end of the 16th century when this branch of the family was scattered and settled in Counties throughout the South and West of Ireland. The topographical poem written by O Heerin in 1470 and commented by John O’Donoven in 1862 places the Corcorans in the territory of Ely O Carroll in Offaly and Tipperary in proximity to Kilenaule in the Plains of Birr.
The head of this family of Corcorans was Chief of Clann Ruainne in Ely O’Carroll country. It is of interest to note that the shield of the Family Coat of Arms of the Corcorans is described in heraldic language as: “On a silver shield (argent) is a sword between two lions rampant”, that of the O’Carrolls of Ely as: “Sable two lions rampant combatant or armed and langued gules supporting a sword point upwards proper pommel and hilt of the first”, and that of the O’Meaghar family of O’Carrolls of Ely as: “Azure two lions rampant combatant or supporting a sword argent”. The shields of the family Coats of Arms of Corcoran, O’Carroll and O’Meaghar are of such similarity as to indicate a single clan since all clansmen would readily recognize the shields.
The Corcorans were famous in Irish history as ecclesiastics, writers, chroniclers, bards and warriors and this historic fame is recorded in the motto on the Family Coat of Arms, “In Fide et in Bello Fortis” (Strong in Faith and in War). The Crest is a sea bird in flight. It is to be noted that the Corcoran territory was around Lough Erne and the noun Erne is defined in English as “Sea Eagle”. Brian O Corcrain, Vicar of Cleenish and Bard to the Maguires wrote the Celtic Arthurian Romance, Eachtra Mhacaoimh-an-Iolair “The Story of the Eagle Boy”.

Ann Corcoran (born 1951), Australian politician
Brian Corcoran (born 1973), former Irish sportsman
Captain Corcoran, character from Gilbert & Sullivan’s (1878) English opera, “H.M.S. Pinafore”
Danny Corcoran (1916 – 1938), Newfoundland Ranger (Game Warden)
James Desmond “Des” Corcoran (1929–2004), Australian politician
Farrel Corcoran, author and academic
Fred Corcoran, (1905 – 1977), World Golf Hall of Famer
Frank Corcoran (born 1944), Irish composer
Jim Corcoran (born 1949), Canadian musician
John Corcoran (logician) American philosopher and logician, University of Buffalo (SUNY)
Kevin Corcoran (born 1949), American director, producer and former child actor
Lawrence J. Corcoran (1859 – 1891), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
Michael Corcoran (1827 – 1863), American general and close confidant of Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War
Thomas E. Corcoran (1838 – 1904), United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the Medal of Honor
Thomas Gardiner Corcoran, a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s brain trust
Timothy Hugh Corcoran (born 1978), American baseball player
Tommy Corcoran (1869 – 1960), American baseball player
William Corcoran Eustis (1862 – 1921), wealthy inhabitant of Washington, D.C. and grandson of William Wilson Corcoran.Notable for being the chairman of the inauguration committee for the first inauguration of Woodrow Wilson in 1913.
William Wilson Corcoran (1798–1888), American banker, philanthropist and art collector
Paul Corcoran – famous printer of Corcoran t-shirts
Etaoin Corcoran – famous Corcoran and lover of Corcoran t-shirts

Corcoran may also refer to:

Corcoran, California, United States
Corcoran, Minnesota, United States
Corcoran, Minneapolis, Minnesota, a neighborhood in Minneapolis, United States
Corcoran Woods, 210 acres (0.85 km2) donated by Edward S. Corcoran to the State of Maryland, United States


The Corcoran College of Art and Design, art school located in Washington, DC, United States
Corcoran Departments of History and Philosophy, University of Virginia, United States
Corcoran Hall, The George Washington University, historic site in Washington, DC, United States
The Corcoran Memorial Lectures, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Corcoran High School, Syracuse, NY, United States


The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, United States
Fort Corcoran in northern Virginia, American Civil War structure
California State Prison, Corcoran, located in California, United States
Corcoran Memorial Prize, award for outstanding work by graduate students in statistics at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom

See also

Cochrane, some people who were originally surnamed Ó Corcráin today bear the surname Cochrane.


^ “Corcoran Name Meaning and History”. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
^ “Corkery Name Meaning and History”. Retrieved 27 May 2009.
^ Grenham, John: “Clans and Families of Ireland: The Heritage and Heraldry of Irish Clans and Families”, Gill & Macmillan Ltd
^ Neafsey, Edward (2002). The Surnames of Ireland: Origins and Numbers of Selected Irish Surnames. Irish Root Cafe. p. 36. ISBN 0-94013-497-7.

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