Connecticut Family:

Our Christmas image provides a window towards the extended family of Joan and Jim OLoughlin who reside at Manchester, Connecticut, USA.

Both Joan and Jim’s ancestors hail from the Atlantic seaboard.
Joan’s people are connected with the island of Inishbofin, off the Galway coast, while Jim’s ancestor departed the townland of Gragans, close to Corkscrew hill for Connecticut c 1880.

Joan and Jim OLoughlin have attended a number of Clan reunions since 1995. They have also visited County Clare many times since 1990; as they became aware of both their Clare and Irish heritage, through a chance meeting with a Cork city lecturer who advised Jim of both his Burren and Clare ancestry.

Jim presented his unique family story to the those assembled at Ballyvaughan during the Clan reunion of September 2005.

Brendan in Canberra wishes each Clan member a happy and productive 2019, while thanking those who contributed to our website through 2018.

Joan and Jim OLoughlin, Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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Images Tell Stories

The Clan notes for this month link us to the Centenary Commemoration of Mary Anne OBrien OLoghlen (+ 1918 – see post for January 2018). The sports-image below was taken at the Blue Meadow sports field, Kilfenora, North Clare c 1925.

This photograph contains two sets of three brothers, one set displays the Quinn surname; while the other set of three brothers were each grandsons of Mary Anne OBrien OLoghlen (+ 1918). The young teenager holding the football at the front was Mary Anne’s great grand child, Eamonn (+1945).

North Clare team, at Blue Meadow, Kilfenora

Ballyvaughan team 1925:

This team includes players who donned the county Clare football jersey during 1917, as well as playing for their club team, Ballyvaughan. A feature of this team was the dedicated loyalty which they evoked. Whenever this team was due to participate, their most loyal followers made ready, walking many miles through Clare highways and bye-ways to provide their support.

There was one particular supporter whose story continues to resonate within club annals and anecdotes. Although we do not know the name of that loyal follower, we know she was born in a North Clare workhouse during the final decades of the 1800’s. Whenever she entered the Blue Meadow sportsfield, outside the village of Kilfenora she was greeted with the refrain: ‘Up Ballyvaughan, with the holes in her stockings!

Arthur Irwin, La Rochelle, New York, USA (Image)
Rosemary Sassoon – ‘Keeping Chronicles’:

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The Gate at 90!

The Gate Theatre, Dublin (1928)

Gearoid OLochlainn (1884-1970)The Gate was founded nine decades ago in the autumn of 1928. Gearóid ÓLochlainn, an accomplished playwright was a co-founder of this theatre, together with Hilton Edwards, Mícheál Mac Liammóir and Máire Ní Oisín.

One of the Gate’s first productions was Heinrik Ibsen’s – Peer Gynt. Gearóid ÓLochlainn performed three different roles during the sequence of Peer Gynt.

The Abbey and The Gate:

A single comment on the two best known Dublin theatres. The more famous of the two – The Abbey theatre, founded by W B Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904 was viewed as presenting Ireland to the outside world, while The Gate was seen as presenting Ireland to the Irish themselves.

One of the many distinctive episodes associated with The Gate theatre developed, when a young Orson Welles became part of The Gate acting group for a short period, following his travels through the west of Ireland on a donkey and cart, in search of a more authentic pattern for his future life. The Gate group later travelled as far as Cairo, to present one of their productions to an assembled Egyptian audience. Thomas Pakenham (Lord Longford) became an important supporter of The Gate, when financial assistance was a necessary requirement, ‘to keep the show on the road’.

Note from 1938:

Ten years on from 1928, The Commission of Inquiry into Banking, Currency and Credit, 1938 was published by P J OLoghlen (Peadar/Peter), with further contributions by Bulmer Hobson and Berthon Waters. Copies of the Commission report are available through the National Library, Dublin

John Daly, Irish Independent, Dublin

John Bowman, RTE, Donnybrook, Dublin

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‘Big John’ – Wisconsin


John O’Laughlin was born in 1856 in the Village of St. Peter, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, USA

John’s parents, Andrew O’Laughlin and Ellen O’Gorman, departed County Clare in 1846 and settled in St. Peter near Andrew’s four brothers in 1850. The family remained in Wisconsin until 1866, after which they moved to a farm near Evanston, Illinois.

Andrew was one of nine sons to Bridget Talty and Michael O’Loghlin, Glandine, Kilfarboy, West Clare, and the first son to leave Ireland in 1846. A number of their other sons would later immigrate to Wisconsin from 1846 to 1851. The journeys of three of these sons were recorded on the Clare Library website, to coincide with the Milwaukee Clan reunion of August 2014. Complete transcriptions of the travel journals of these brothers are held at the Wisconsin State Historical Society.

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Clare Genealogy: Emigration Records – Donated …

Donogh, Terence and Bryan Fergus O’Loghlin left Cullaun, in Rathborney Parish for Limerick, early in September 1849.They were sons of Michael O’Loghlin and Bridget Talty who also had a farm at Glendine South, Kilfarboy Parish where Griffith’s Valuation shows Laurence O’Loghlin as the owner. Three other sons of Bridget and Michael – Andrew, Peter and Charles – also emigrated to the USA.

Waukesha Lime & Stone Company, Wisconsin


After moving to Chicago in 1880 John married Mary Casey, and he went to work for a number of stone businesses. As the city grew, John earned a living through street and sewer construction, being the only one to whom a license was issued to blast rock in the streets of Chicago. By 1887 he owned his first company, the Artesian Stone & Lime Works, which he sold in 1894.

After spending some time abroad, John moved back to Chicago and eventually bought land north of the city in Racine County, Wisconsin. This land would be one of three quarries that would become Waukesha Lime & Stone Company.


Known locally as ‘Big John’ to many of the people he employed at Waukesha Lime & Stone, John remained president of the company until his death in 1913. The company was then entrusted to his son, John Joseph (1884-1925), who had joined him in the business during 1905. The company would remain in the O’Laughlin family until 1949.


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USA to the Burren!

A Warm Hello to Clan OLochlainn Members:

Rita is a US member of the ODaveron clan who has been immersed in both Davern and Burren research for  a number of decades, which has included many trips to her ancestral Burren landscape.

This article below, besides noting the close, medieval educational links with Clan OLochlainn, also evokes a term from those distant times when kinship was a pivotal feature for the functioning and well-being of clan affairs. We are delighted that Rita has connected with us, and she has helped to rekindle that sense of kinship and friendship.

— Edward

The O’Davoren clan members have been inspired by your progress in reuniting the OLochlainn clan group, across time and continents. You seem to have had a great deal of fun with your research and resulting connections. We ODaverons hope to follow suit, and are working on the DNA end of the research as well as our family trees.

We expect them to lead us back to shared ancestors, including those from the O’Davoren Law School which was located at Caher Mac Nachteen on the Burren during medieval times. The annual Burren Law School, held each year at the Burren College of Art (Newtown castle), commemorates this medieval ODaveron Law School.


Cathail Tigh Bhreac, image: Rita Davern. Recently excavated site, just north of Caher Mac Nachteen stone fort. It is believed to be the actual site of the medieval O’Davoren Law School. There are recessed areas in the walls, where the archeologists believe scrolls were kept.

The ODaverons had a gathering in 2015 at Caherconnell Stone Fort, Burren, County Clare, and another gathering was held last May in Ballyvaughan, County Clare to witness a preview of a documentary film about this Burren clan.

For more information, see

We thank you for your dedication and commitment to the preservation of Egerton 88 (ODaveron Legal Manuscript), as well as ongoing work towards digitizing that document, mainly located at the British Library, London.

What a generous and important contribution to Gaelic Legal history!

Best Wishes,
Rita Davern

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

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Hurling and Camogie

Many Irish, both at home and abroad, view Ireland in July as a place of festivals and homecomings, be it Galway city horse-racing at Ballybritt, or climbing the ‘reek’ (mountain) at Croagh Patrick, County Mayo on the final Sunday in July.
Others enjoy the ancient, Gaelic game of hurling, as the business-end of the hurling season begins in July and is completed during August or early September.

On Saturday and Sunday last, while many pilgrims were engaging with the demands of scaling Croagh Patrick, two epic hurling encounters were enthralling their supporters at Croke Park, the Dublin based sports-stadium.

Limerick faced Cork, with Limerick moving onwards to the All Ireland final on Sunday 19th August. Clare and Galway have to meet for a second time on Sunday 5th August, at Thurles stadium, to decide who will meet Limerick for the 2018 hurling final championship.

While Croke Park, Dublin is the primary Irish sports stadium, Semple Stadium / Thurles is the spiritual-home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) since it was founded at Thurles by Burren native Michael Cusack, as well as seven others who attended that unique meeting in Hayes’s hotel on 1st November 1884. The founding of the GAA was part of an Irish cultural-revival from the 1880’s onwards which also inspired the forming of the new Irish State in 1922/23.

Image: Edward OLoghlen

The illustration at left shows Michael Cusack at Cusack Park, Ennis with hurley and ball (sliothar) at his feet. This limestone sculpture was hewn by Michael McTigue of Kilnamona, whose mother was a member of the OLochlainn clan.

Sports Members and All Ireland Champions:
Many Clan members have represented both club and county through the decades including:
Michael OLoghlin, Limerick Commercials (1887); Micho OLoghlen, County Clare (1917); Colm OLoghlen, County Clare (1968); Ann Marie Hynes/OLoghlen, County Clare (1974); Catherine OLoughlin/Burke, County Clare (1995); Gerard OLoughlin, County Clare (1995).

The equivalent to hurling, played by females is known as camogie. Anne Marie and Catherine in the list above were both members of successful All Ireland winning County Clare camogie teams.

Scotland enjoys a similar game to hurling known as Shinty. Throughout recent decades Ireland and Scotland have met for hurling and Shinty games.

*Additional Note: for those interested in the history of hurling, GAA/RTE have combined to produce a three part TV documentary entitled; The Game, which is being screened at present during August Monday nights, through the RTE One tv channel. This documentary provides insight from some sixty interviews from both former players and team managers. Unique, early video-clips add significantly to the quality of this combined production.



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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 to travel around the west of Ireland.

Here is a short extract:

Ennistymon, a market town built on the borders of the Burren and on the banks of the River Cullenagh or River Inagh, combines scenic, natural beauty with old world charm and many traditional pubs.

The narrow street near the bridge over the Cullenagh River is the oldest part of the town. Behind the Main Street and a little below the seven-arch bridge, built in 1790, the river with its small rapids rushes over an extensive ridge of rocks, creating a beautiful cascade.

The official name of Ennistymon is Ennistimon, although the spelling Ennistymon is used most widely, and historically it was spelled Inishdymon.

The name is derived from Inis Díomáin, generally translated as ‘Diamain’s River Meadow’ or ‘Díomán’s Island.’ Some argue, however, that the name is derived from Inis Tí Méan, meaning the ‘island of the middle house’ or ‘river meadow of the middle house.’

The oldest part of town is the narrow street near the bridge. Ennistymon grew from just three cabins in 1775 to 120 houses in 1810. The Falls Hotel, formerly Ennistymon House, is a Georgian house built ca 1760 on the site of an earlier castle…

To read more of Patrick Comerford’s observations during travels in and around Clare, including fine photographs of significant sites, go to his 23 July 18 blog post here>>.

With thanks to Edward and Patrick.

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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, trying to identify all the O’Loghlens (however spelt) of County Clare between the years 983 AD and 1799.

For example, if you have a will that predates about 1820, we’d be very interested. So far, the earliest will we have goes back to 1777. We’re interested not only in wills, of course, but in any O’L document before about 1820.

Please contact us using the form below. We’d be happy to talk matters ancient O’L.

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Old Ground Celebrations

Nancy and Michael OLoughlin of Rushaun, Kilnamona, County Clare recently celebrated fifty years of marriage with their family and friends at Kilnamona parish church and afterwards at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, County Clare.

Two of their grandchildren, Ciara OLoughlin with guitar and Kate Kelly with concertina, added their musical gifts to the celebrations at Kilnamona church.

Nancy’s connections to her own Kerins family at Ardrahan, County Galway ensured many hurling anecdotes/events were in plentiful supply on the 23rd June 2018. Michael represented his club Inagh/Kilnamona on the hurling field, in particular when his team won the County Clare hurling championship of 1965.

That tradition was continued when their daughter, Catherine represented county Clare camogie (hurling) teams during the early years of this millennium. Catherine was chosen on the Irish All Star camogie team for 2005.


Geraldine Kelly (OLoughlin)
Kate Kelly (OLoughlin)
Ciara OLoughlin

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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

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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