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The History of the Forrestal Family

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The History of the Forrestal or Forstall Family begins in 1172 with Geoffrey Forstall, knight and governor of Waterford, for Richard de Clare the 2nd Earl of Pembroke and husband of Princess Aoife MacMurrough of Leinster. This Geoffrey Forstall was granted lands in the barony of Ida, County Kilkenny, by King Henry II for his stout defense of Reginalds tower against the Déisi of Waterford. His progeny inherited his lands and intermarried with the Irish nobility. The Lords and Chieftains of the Forrestal or Forstall family held castles for centuries at Kilfera, Carrickcloney, Annaghs, Ballycallan, Gurteens, Mullenahone, Carrickcloney, and Forrestalstown. The aim of this website is to preserve the history that exists of this family and their descendants.