From Irish Names and Surnames 1923
Ó MAOLCHALLANN—I—O Mulchallan, O Maghallon, O Mohallan, Mulhallen, Mulhollan, Mulholn, Mulholland, Maholland, Holland, &c; 'descendant of Maolchallann' (chief of the kalends); the name of three distinct families in Ireland: (1) of a branch of the Ui Fidhgheinte, who were chiefs of Caonraidhe, now the barony of Kenry, in the north of Co. Limerick; (2) of a Meath family who were chiefs of Dealbhna beg, now the barony of Demifore; and (3) of an ecclesiastical family in Ulster who from at least the beginning of the 12th down to the end of the 18th century were keepers of the Bell of St. Patrick, known as the Bell of the Testament, though it would appear from the Irish annals that the family of O'Meallain was at one time associated with them in the guardianship. This is apparently the only family of the name now extant. They were seated in the barony of Loghinsholin, in the present county of Derry. A branch of the family seems to have settled early in Co. Antrim. The name is common in Ulster, but is sometimes confused with Ó Maolcholuim, which see.
Alphabetical Index to Irish Surnames
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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