O'Molloys From All Over Globe Descend On Offaly For Rally

O'Molloys From All Over Globe Descend On Offaly For Rally
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Tullamore Tribune

MOLLOYS from across the globe descended on Tullamore last weekend for the fourth annual O'Molloy Clan Rally.People from as far afield as Hawaii and Hong Kong teamed up with Molloys from nearer home for the rally, the highlight of which was the banquet in Charleville Castle on Saturday night, attended by over 150 people

The Molloys ancestry is based in this ancient district of Firceall, stretching from Durrow to Eglish.

To the tones of renowned baritone John Molloy Molloys toasted the banquet occasion with world famous whiskey, Tullamore Dew founded by Michael Molloy in 1829.

Over the weekend all the Molloy sites were visited. including Durrow High Cross and the restored church at Durrow which was not open to the public during the last rally in 2011.


The worldwide O'Molloy Clan Rally & Reunion will be held August 15 - 17, 2014 in Tullamore, County Offaly. The programme will be as follows:

Friday August 15

7.30pm - Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre

Registration, historical lectures and tour of the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre. The Heritage Center Restaurant is open all day if visitors arrive early in Tullamore.

Historian Caimin O'Brien will present 'Walking With Dinosaurs - A Journey Into The Medieval World of the O'Molloys'.The presentation will be accompanied by a slideshow which will take people back into the medieval world of the O'Molloys and the region they ruled over then, known as O'Molloy's Country.

The talk will look at the landscape of O'Molloy's Country and offer an insight into the social and political lives of the O'Molloys and how they ruled over their country and how they lost their lands and their country during the turbulent times of the 17th century.

Membership of O'Molloy Association €10 plus Historic lecture €5.

Saturday, August 16

9.30am from Tullamore Court Hotel

Bus tour of Firceal, taking in Durrow High Cross and other Molloy historical sites followed by dinner and entertainment at Charleville Castle. Including light lunch €20.

8.00pm - Dinner & Medieval Evening at Charleville Castle. Featuring renowned Baritone John Molloy. Ticket only event. Tickets €25

Sunday, August 17

Options include Firceal mass rock visit or golf at Esker Hills Golf Club, owned by Molloys.

Options for accomodations include the following:

Tullamore Court Hotel 00353 579346666 - see website
Bridge House Hotel 00353 5793 25600 - see website
Beechlawn Farmhouse Accomodation 00353 579353099 is owned by Mary Molloy Smyth and she offers a home away from home stay at reduced rate to Molloys.

Advance registration is encouraged for the Friday historical lectures and Saturday's bus tour.

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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