Author Archives: BrendO

About BrendO

Musician in Canberra Australia

A snippet from the Great Ólochlainn Clan Gathering of 1995

To wet your whistles for the 2020 reunion in August, here is a nice tale from Peter O’Loghlin in Brisbane, Australia. From all corners of the globe they gathered: ÓLochlainns, O’Loughlans, O’Loghlens, O’Lachlans, Loughlans, Lachlans and more. Some of those … Continue reading

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Fever Pitch, by Ben Bares

 … Before we had a chance to truly take in our surroundings the game was under way, and what a quick paced game it is – speed, skill, and agility at its finest.  Unlike most sports that have a start … Continue reading

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Irish Harps, old & new

Happy 2020 to all readers. We start the year with a classic story about quintessentially Irish music making. Text by Edward OLoghlen. The Irish harp has been inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The designation recognises the … Continue reading

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Donal’s Book: ‘Egerton 88’

Here’s a nice story from Richard Davern about the ancient manuscript illustrated here, referred to in the British Library as ‘Egerton 88’. In November 2019 Richard wrote:   “… I remember feeling sadness that such a treasure was firstly fragmented, … Continue reading

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Reunion August 2020: the Plan

Muintir Uí Lochlainn, August 2020 Here is the latest and greatest from Edward. (This post will remain at the top of the blog scroll.) Thursday evening, 20th 18.00pm – RECEPTION; Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis Friday afternoon, 21st 14.15pm – 16.15pm: … Continue reading

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Skirting around the Burren

To whet your appetite for the 2020 reunion, read this fine article from Paul Loughnane in the UK: Philippa and I decided to celebrate ten years of cycling adventures by travelling this time from the northern tip of Ireland, Malin … Continue reading

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Ennistymon or Ennistimon?

Ennistymon or Ennistimon, Lahinch or Lehinch, ‘are  ye right there Michael?’ A recent report with this catchy title by Patrick Comerford, historian, theologian, educator, writer and priest in Ireland, will be of interest to Clan members who have been fortunate enough … Continue reading

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Can you help, please?

Michael O’Loghlen in Australia and Rosemary Gilligan (USA) write: If you have reliable information about any of the clan O’Loghlen (however spelt) before the year 1800, we’d like to hear from you. We’re currently in the final stages of compiling a lengthy paper, … Continue reading

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Tracing your DNA?

Have you been enticed into the fascinating world of tracing your DNA, wondering about the origin of your distant forebears, hoping to discover distant relatives? One of our North American editors, Jane, raised the issue in a recent post. Comments … Continue reading

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From Choctaws to the world

While there may be no direct link to our Clan, some clan members may have benefited from an unusual act of kindness during the 19th century. A donation from the Choctaw Nation of Native Americans to alleviate the hardship of … Continue reading

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