Irish Ancestry Database

Connacht is one of the four traditional Irish provinces, located in the west of Ireland. Many current and former major leaguers trace their Irish roots back to Connacht, including Hall of Famers George BrettKing Kelly, Gil Hodges, and Jim Palmer!

All-Stars with Connacht roots include Sean Casey, Joe Mauer, and Roger Clemens!

Our researchers have identified many current and former players, coaches, umpires, journalists, and executives with roots in Connacht, including:

  • Jeff Bagwell (Galway)
  • Hughie Jennings (Mayo)
  • Joe McEwing (Sligo)
  • Rob Manfred (Leitrim)
  • Joe Mauer (Mayo)
  • Peter O’Malley (Mayo)

About Connacht

Connacht consists of five counties:


Much of Connacht’s west coast is ruggedly inhospitable and not conducive for agriculture. It contains the main mountainous areas in Connacht, including the Twelve Bens, Maumturks, Mweelrea, Croagh Patrick, Nephin Beg, Ox Mountains, and Dartry Mountains.

Killary Harbour, one of Ireland’s fjords, is located at the foot of Mweelrea. Connemara National Park is in County Galway. The Aran Islands, featuring prehistoric forts such as Dún Aonghasa, have been a regular tourist destination since the 19th century.

Inland areas such as east Galway, Roscommon and Sligo have enjoyed greater historical population density due to better agricultural land and infrastructure.

Rivers and lakes include the River Moy, River Corrib, the Shannon, Lough Mask, Lough Melvin, Lough Allen and Lough Gill.

The largest urban area in Connacht is Galway. Other large towns in Connacht are Sligo, Castlebar, and Ballina.

Source: Wikipedia