Worldwide Molloy Clan Gathering to be held August 15 - 17, 2014 in Tullamore, County Offaly
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 - Registration, historical lectures and visit to Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre (The origins of Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey can be traced back to 1829 when the Tullamore Distillery was founded in Tullamore by famed distiller, Michael Molloy).
Membership of O'Molloy Association €10 plus Historic lecture €5
Saturday, August 16 - Bus tour of Firceal, taking in Durrow High Cross and other Molloy historical sites followed by dinner and entertainment at Charleville Castle.
Tour of Firceall region including light lunch €20
Evening entertainment at Charleville Castle €25
Sunday, August 17 - Options include Firceal mass rock visit or golf at Esker Hills Golf Club, owned by Molloys. Check out their website.
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.
If you haven’t been to Ireland yet, we hope this is the time you finally make the leap. It is an incredible experience to return to the land of your ancestry. Ancient sites that span the millennia are found throughout the country. Ireland has activities to offer people of all ages and interests.
So come to Ireland! The good memories and new friendships you make will last a lifetime.
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.