From Irish Names and Surnames 1923
Ó MAOLCHAOINE—I—O Mulqueeny, O Mulkeiny, Mulqueeny, Mulqueen; 'descendant of Maolchaoine' (servant of St. Caoine). This has been for centuries an alias for Ó Maolchaoin in the spoken language of Thomond. Thus, among the besiegers of Ballyally castle in 1641 was O'Mulqueen of Ballymulqueeny. It would appear from the Annals of the Four Masters, A.D. 1096, that Ó Maolchaoin is the original and correct form of the name. Compare with Mac Giollachaoin and Mac Giollachaoine.
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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