Gerry Mulvenna, April 2020Hi – welcome to Teach Mheana (or “House of Meana”), as I’ve called my website. In December 2008, I embarked on a blog-style makeover for the website, to present the different threads of my life in a more coherent manner.

Teach Mheana – what’s all that about?

My surname is Mulvenna, which in the original Irish is Ó Maoil Mheana, meaning descended from a devotee of the (river) Main. Given that many river names in Ireland are synonymous with local goddesses, such as Sinann (the Shannon) and Boann (the Boyne), I’m speculating that Meana may have been the goddess of the river Main (flowing near Randalstown in Co. Antrim).

Pure speculation it’s true, but I think Teach Mheana or House of Meana makes a nicer name for this virtual place than Gerry Mulvenna’s website.

7 thoughts on “Welcome”

  1. Just messing about & stumbled on your site. Always interested in finding out more about the family name/tree.
    I live in a small village called Ballygally, 5 miles north of Larne, Co Antrim. Where are you?

    Johnny Mulvenna

  2. Hi Johnny, Stumbled across your comment through Google. My name is Alan Turner, son of Doreen Mulvenna. I stayed in my grandmothers “Coastguard Cottage” at the age of 6 for 6 months in Ballygally. This was 40 years ago. I would like to trace some of my ancestry in Ireland. Are we related ?? Alan Turner

  3. I am a Mulvany on my mothers side of the family. I’m trying to locate the River Main and stumbled on your site. Can you tell me exactly where it is?
    I’ve searched google map of Ireland, but can’t find it. help, please, My many thanks

  4. Hello
    Don’t know why the name of this river is written ‘Main’ . I think it should be written ‘MAINE’, or is this a mistake? Thank you.

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