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   The name Coffey derives from the Irish name O Cobhthaigh. The Irish word "cobhthach" means victorious. There were three main septs (families) with this name; one from Corca Laoidhe (West Cork), one from Uí Maine (Galway/ South Roscommon), and one from Westmeath, a family of bards. I am a descendant of the Coffeys from West Cork, specifically Bandon.

   The Coffeys were farmers and master shoemakers from Desert, near Ballineen west of Bandon. They moved into Bandon in the late 1800s.

   Here is the Coffey genealogy, from James Coffey and Lucy Regan, probably born around 1840.

Coffey family genealogy

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