Clan Outline


A grey day at Corcomroe Abbey, Co Clare (Pic: Ábhristín Ó Cadhlaigh)

A grey day at Corcomroe Abbey, Co Clare (Pic: Ábhristín Ó Cadhlaigh)

During the first millennium, we were known as the Corcamruad tribe which included both OConnors and ÓLochlainns.

About 1000 CE two tribal members, Conor and Lochlainn divided the tribal territory of North Clare into two territorial units. West Corcomroe became the territory of the OConnors, while East Corcomroe (Burren) was designated ÓLochlainn territory.  ÓLochlainn ancestors originate within County Clare, while the OConnor surname is linked to a least ten different territories within the island of Ireland.

Like most aspects of the broad river of human affairs, an impression of the Clan Ó Lochlainn cannot be captured in just a few words. Read the history outline in the following pages (more>).

Mists shroud the Cliffs of Moher (Pic: Sean Haughton)

Mists shroud the Cliffs of Moher (Pic: Sean Haughton)

An excellent compendium of history, profiles, boats, songs and other contributions from around the world was issued by Muintir Uí Lochlainn to celebrate the Third International Reunion 2010.  Download from Dropbox here>


The lands in which we dwell are important in matters of the history and the heart. The western regions of Ireland occupied by Clan forebears are notable for rolling hills, clear streams, wild outcrops and impressive coasts bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Ancient archeological remnants abound.

A particular and characteristic area of rugged land within County Clare is described in a later page, The Burren. Other elements of the physical environment are also mentioned in the Names and Places page>.

Linking Black Head and Inisheer (Pic: Liam Hanniffy)

Linking Black Head and Inisheer (Pic: Liam Hanniffy). Click to enlarge


County Clare contains a wild and beautiful stretch of Irish coastline and hinterland south of Galway Bay. Its coasts and few inlets are washed by the Atlantic Ocean, which has provided both livelihoods and transportation for many clan members over the centuries. Edward points out regarding the photo at right:

A beautiful image which combines the sedge landscape of the Aran Islands with the Cliffs of Moher in the far distance, and a shimmering Galway Bay providing the linkage


Brother M F Ó Conchúir, Liscannor, County Clare (1928-1998)

The cliffs of Moher (also pictured on the Home page) are widely recognised as an iconic coastal cliff view.

Boats take centre-stage in many of our tales, and have been a theme in stories, poems and songs over the years. These include local escapades as well as epic journeys during emigration to other lands.

One such was a poem written in Gaelic during 17th century by Clan poet Mac Cruitín (Curtin; see illustration at left and click to enlarge).

It was translated into English by Brother M. F. Ó Conchúir (OConnor) in 1995. The musical setting by John O’Loughlin can be seen on the Song and dance page>

New Cultures

Years of migration have afforded Clan branches new opportunities and lives in far-flung countries of the world. They have developed their own stories under the influence, sometimes challenging, of the cultural landscapes in their new homelands, to flower and grow as citizens and families of many countries.

Coffee mug and Clan design by Elizabeth Bares, USA. Image Jane O'Loughlin

Coffee mug and Clan design by Elizabeth Bares, USA. Image Jane O’Loughlin

The creativity continues. For a 2014 reunion in Milwaukee, for example, an old design was re-imagined and realised in an every-day household article.

This coffee mug sports a beautifully drawn intricate design incorporating the anchor, associated with Clan iconography, and traditional weaving designs as seen on ancient documents, jewellery and carvings.

This fine piece of work was submitted by Jane O’Loughlin in the USA, one year after that 2014 gathering, as a wonderful reminder of an excellent occasion.

We all want one!

Clan Genealogy – Genealogical Office, Dublin (1977)
Acknowledgements: Stan OLoughlin and Catherine Henningsen, Adelaide, South Australia

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