The Mulvihill Family

Mulvihill family crest

(Crest No. 38. Plate 20.)

THE Mulvihill, Mulvey, or Mulvaney family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Eogan, ancestor of the Northern Hy Nials and son of Nial of the Nine Hostages, King of Ireland, A. D. 379. The ancient name was Maolvihil and signifies “The Acolyte.” It is taken from Maoilmhichil, Chief of Corcaseashuail, in the County of Roscommon. The possessions of the clan were located in the present Counties of Mayo and Tipperary. The Mulvihills were of the race of Corc, King of Munster, and were Chiefs of Muscry Trehirne, in the County of Cork.