Mulcahy (No.1) family genealogy

Arms: See those of "Moore" (No. 1.) family.

JOHN, a younger brother of Roger Caoch who is No. 114 on the "Moore" (No. 1) pedigree, was the ancestor of Mulcahy, or (as it has also been anglicised and frequently spelled) Mulchay.[1]

114. John O'Moore: son of Connall. By some this John was surnamed Maollocha ("loch," gen. "locha:" Irish, a lake, the sea; Lat. "lac-us;" Wels. "lhych"), meaning "The Hardy Champion," and a quo O'Maollocha: and by others he was surnamed Maolcatha ("cath;" gen. "catha:" Irish, battle; Lat. "caterva;" Wels. "kad;" Heb. "chath," terror; Chald. "cath," a batallion), meaning "The Champion of the Battle," and a quo O'Maolcatha.

115. Cathal: his son.

116. Connall: his son.

117. Roger: his son.

118. Thomas, of Whitechurch, county Waterford: his son; living in 1657; had a brother the Rev. Nicholas Mulcahy.[2]

119. John, of Whitechurch: his son.

120. Thomas, of Whitechurch: his son.

121. John, of Ballymakee; his son.

122. Edmund Man: his son; who in 1780 married Barbara, daughter of Southwell Moore, of Ashgrove, and of his wife Elizabeth Fitzgerald, daughter of the Knight of Glyn. This Edmund had two brothers—1. John, [3] 2. Thomas.

123. Edmund Moore Mulcahy, of Ballymakee, a J.P. for the counties of Waterford and Tipperary: his son; married Mary Cecilia Russell. This Edmund had two brothers and one sister: the brothers were—1. John Moore Mulcahy, J.P., who married Maria Bradshaw; 2. Southwell Moore Mulcahy, who married Barbara Moore; and the sister's name was Elizabeth, who married Edmund Power, J.P., Clashman.

The issue of this Edmund M. Mulcahy are, as follows:

124. Major Edmund Moore Mulcahy, J.P. for Waterford and Tipperary (married to Susan Purcell O'Gorman); Lieut.-Colonel John Russell Moore Mulcahy (married to Frances Mary Dwyre), and Cecilia Moore Mulcahy: all living in 1878.


[1] Mulchay: From a similarity in the pronunciation of the names, some were of opinion that Maolcaich, who is mentioned in the Stowe Missal, might have been the ancestor of this family. The original MS. of that Missal was written in an ancient Lombardic character which may well be deemed older than the sixth century. (The Missal is supposed to be that of St. Ruadhan, the founder of the Monastery of Lorha, in North Tipperary, who died A.D. 584.) The learned Dr. O'Connor says that portions of the MS. are written in a second and much later hand; and, at page 71, at the end of the Canon of the Mass, the name of the second scribe is given; "Maolcaich scripsit." The Rev. Dr. Todd says that the latter writing, by Maolcaich, must be referred to the eighth century; which furnishes a strong additional evidence of the high antiquity of the original.—See the "Ecclesiastical Record," for September, 1870.

[2] Rev. Nicholas Mulcahy: This clergyman was parish priest of Ardfinnan in the co. Tipperary, at the time of the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland; and, during the siege of Clonmel, was seized upon by a reconnoitering party of Cromwell's cavalry. Of him, Bishop Moran (in his Historical Sketch of the Persecutions suffered by the Catholics of Ireland under the Rule of Cromwell and the Puritans. Dublin: James Duffy, 1862), says: "Immediately on his arrest, he was bound in Irons, conducted to the camp of the besiegers and offered his pardon, should he only consent to use his influence with the inhabitants of Clonmel, and induce them to deliver up the town. These terms he rejected with scorn. He was consequently led out in sight of the besieged walls, and there beheaded whilst he knelt in prayer for his faithful people and asked forgiveness for his enemies."

[3] John: This John lived at Ballymakee, co. Waterford, and married Miss Quin, Loloher Castle; no issue. His brother Thomas lived at Glasha, and married Miss Roberts: their issue were three sons—1. Frank, 2. William, 3. John; and one daughter, Anne—all deceased, and now (1878) represented by John Roberts Mulcahy, J.P. for the county Tipperary.