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O'Molloy Clan Gathering

Firceall, Offaly

25th August to 27th August 2017

The Global Gathering of the O'Molloy Clan will be held on August 25th, 26th and 27th in Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Friday, August 25

Early evening meeting at the Molloy Esker Hill Golf Club for food and drink and to meet old and new O'Molloy Clan members. Presentations will be made on the history of the Molloys in Offaly and DNA genealogy.

Saturday, August 26th

Saturday morning a tour bus will take us to the new Tullamore Dew distillery (Micheal Molloy was the founder of a distillery that would eventually become Tullamore Dew). We will then visit Clonmacnoise, have lunch, and depending on time availability visit the historical O'Molloy sites of Durrow and Rahan.

Saturday night will consist of dinner and entertainment at the infamous Charlville Castle. Charleville Castle is a Gothic-style castle bordering the town of Tullamore, near the River Clodiagh. It is considered one of the finest castles of its type in all of Ireland.

Sunday, August 27

Options include visting a "mass rock" and playing golf at Esker Hills Golf Club.

Advance registration is encouraged for the Friday historical lectures, Saturday's bus tour, dinner and entertainment. Please email info@omolloy.com if you have questions or would like to reserve a ticket for any or all of the activties. Seating is limited. Details on the the cost of the various actities will be forthcoming.

Welcome to O'Molloy

O'Molloy from the ancient Irish territory of Firceall

The O’Molloy clan ruled Firceall (also known as O'Molloy Country) in County Offaly, in the centre of Ireland, from the 5th to the 17th centuries.

Firceall itself is comprised of the ancient baronies of Ballycowan, Ballyboy and Eglish, and extends from Durrow north of Tullamore to Eglish on the edge of Birr in an area which is some 25 miles in length by 5 miles in width.

The O’Molloys are said to be descended from the famous King "Niall of the Nine Hostages" High King of Ireland in the fifth century. Following the battle of Druim Deirg in the year 515, the descendants of Niall established control over extensive lands including Firceall, which stretched from north of Tullamore as far south as the edge of Birr.

Ownership of these lands remained with the O’Molloy’s until the first half of the seventeenth century, when the area was subjected to the plantations of James I and Cromwell.

Firceall means ‘Men of the Churches’, due to the great number of ancient churches in the area such as Durrow, Drumcullen, Killyon, Kilcormac, Lynally and Rathline. Firceall was comprised of the baronies of Eglish, Ballyboy and Ballycowan.

Surrounded by strong warlike septs such as the O’Carroll’s of Ely, the MacCoughlan’s of Delvin Eathra and the O’Connor’s of Offaly, the O’Molloy territory was the scene of regular conflict over the centuries with neighbour and Crown forces alike.

The ruins of a number of important castles are found here, such as Broughal, Eglish, Ballindown, Dowras, Le Porte near Whigsborough, Kiltubrid, Rathmackilduffe (Rath), Ballyboy, Derrydolny, Rathline, Rathrobin, Garbally, Cully, Killooly and Pallas.

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