Females Discovered!

This year commemorates the centenary of the beginning of equal voting rights for female citizens.

Recent OLochlainn research has discovered various females who were OLochlainn by birth, or married into the Clan during medieval times.

Female first names now extant were popular during earlier centuries. Saibh (Sive) or Sabby OLochlainn lived c 1450 and married an OBrien from Coad, Kilnaboy, county Clare. Saibh had a family of four sons.

A century later, Finola a daughter of Owney OLochlainn who was then chief of his sept residing at Gragans castle, until 1590. A grandson of Owney (1590), also Owney, lived till 1617 at nearby Mucinish castle on the north Clare coast, having married Finola OBrien c 1580. Finola is known due to the Gaelic lament for husband, Owney (+1617), while also representing a female view on historical events during the first two decades of the 17th century. Finola is recorded as having reached 58 years during a legal Chancery session, which took place probably in Dublin, during January 1615.
A poem connected to Finola is recorded in a text, entitled An Duanaire* (1600-1900) / Poems of the Dispossessed; OTuama / Kinsella (1981).

Another Saibh/Sive appears in the 1600’s and she was recorded by Gaelic poet, Lochlainn Oge ODalaigh in bardic verse during his composition c 1642.
The same ODalaigh poet complimented Una who married Owney Oge OLochlainn (1593-1655) who fathered three sons; Torlogh, Donogh and Lochlainn.

Torlogh later married Honora OBrien of Newtown, while his son, Donogh (+1714), married Jane Nugent (+1712); both residing at Ballyalban, Rathborney, north Clare. Donogh’s son, Torlogh/Terence married a Mary Sarsfield and both were living c 1760.

*Duanaire refers to a Gaelic family poem-book, The Book of OLochlainn (1727) held at the RIA, Dublin is a good example

Acknowledgements:
Rosemary Gilligan, Seattle, USA
Michael OLoghlen, Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia
Andrew MacCurtin, The Book of OLochlainn (1727); RIA, Dublin
The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing; Vol. (4), CUP (2002)

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About edwardologhlen

Provide periodic newsletters for the international Clan, Muintir Uí Lochlainn and have a particular interest in ensuring our various members have an opportunity to record their emigration-stories, through the printed word.
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3 Responses to Females Discovered!

  1. jajol says:

    Hi Edward While at Franz Joseph glazier (at Franz Joseph New Zealand) I stayed near a hotel that had the (old version) O’Loughlin coat of arms and story about a (Mrs) O’Loughlin. Apparently her husband was a ‘shit’. She killed him and went to jail. The public got behind her and she was released due to public sympathy. This started the women’s suffragette movement in NZ and she is attributed as starting the women’s right to vote in New Zealand. Unfortunately we have moved house since I saw the item. If I can find a photo etc I shall send it to you. Its not a proud way to promote the O’Loughlins, but at least some good came out of his despicable behaviour. Kindest regards to you Edward.

    J. Adrian O’Loughlin Mob: 0418433485

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  2. ADRIAN – Thank you for following through on recent blog – Females Discovered, with your note showing how the women’s struggle for their rights in New Zealand, gathered momentum.
    We have had little OL contact from New Zealand, and your note has opened a pathway to that country – Many Thanks for your interest – edward

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  3. ADRIAN – Thank you for following through on recent blog – Females Discovered, with your note showing how the women’s struggle for their rights in New Zealand, gathered momentum.
    We have had little OL contact from New Zealand, and your note has opened a pathway to that country – Many Thanks for your interest – edward

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