Worldwide O'Molloy Gatherings
O'Molloy Clan Gatherings attracts visitors from near and far
O'Molloy Clan Rally's are held every three years in Tullamore, County Offaly Ireland. The O'Molloy clan ruled a large portion of County Offaly called Firceall 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 five miles in width.
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 Rathlihen.
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 with ties to the O'Molloy clan are found in Firceall, such as Broughal, Eglish, Ballindown, Dowras, Le Porte near Whigsborough, Kiltubrid, Rathmackilduffe (Rath), Ballyboy, Derrydolny, Rathline, Rathrobin, Garbally, Cully, Killooly and Pallas