2017 O'Molloy Gathering
The Global Gathering of the O'Molloy Clan was held on August 25th, 26th and 27th in Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. The schedule was as follows:
Friday, August 25
Meet & Greet - Esker Hills Golf Club - 7.30pm
Registration of old and new O'Molloy Clan members
Presentations on the history of the Molloys in Offaly and DNA genealogy.
Our special guest speaker will be noted DNA Genealogist Dr. Maurice Gleeson, a popular researcher and lecturer on using both traditonal and genetic genealogy in researching family histories. Dr. Gleeson was recognized with the Irish Genealogist of the Year Award in 2016. Dr. Gleeson is also a co-administrator on the Family Tree DNA Molloy Project.
Refreshments & Music
Tea, coffees and finger food
Saturday, August 26th
O'Molloy Day Tour - 9am-5pm
Assemble at the Tullamore Court Hotel - 9am sharp
Durrow High Cross & Monastic 9.15 - 10.15
Tullamore DEW Visitors Centre - Whiskey Tour & Tasting - Bury Quay - 10.30 - 11.30
Tullamore DEW Distillery, Clonminch -11.30 - 1.50pm
(Michael Molloy was the founder of a distillery that would eventually become Tullamore DEW).
Lunch at Dan & Molly's - Traditional Irish Pub, Ballyboy - 2.10pm
Visit Ballyboy Church & Graveyard - 3pm
Depart for Rathlihen, Mollacrew & Lynally Churches - 3.20pm
Arrive back in Tullamore 5.15pm
Chieftain's Banquet - Charleville Castle - 7.30 - 2am
Tullamore DEW Drinks reception on arrival
Special guest singer International Offaly baritone, John Molloy
Election of O'Molloy Chieftain
Followed by live music and entertainment.
Sunday, August 27
Tour of Clonmacnoise - Depart Tullamore Court Hotel - This trip is tentative and is subject to interest level and transportation availability.
Other options include visiting a "mass rock" and playing golf at Esker Hills Golf Club.
Advance booking is necessary for all events (Friday historical lectures, Saturday's bus tour, dinner and entertainment).
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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.