rom the 17th century onward various records can be found relating to the MacAuliffes. On this page I have assembled some that relate more to individuals rather than to the collective history of the clan, which by this time had largely ceased to exist as a functional unit. The records are nevertheless of interest in a study of the clan.
MacAuliffe the Prophet
Well-known to the Irish-speaking people of Munster, and especially of Duhallow, were the words of MacAuliffe the Prophet. His prophecies were in the form of poetry and so were easily remembered by the people. It is said that they were not his own compositions but a collection of the sayings of the saints and wise men of the past. Typical of his work was the following;
"Each succeeding race shall become more prone to falsehood,
And each succeeding year shall become more wet and stormy;
Old shall not be loved, and young women will lack modesty;
The English tongue will be used by every race, and a chariot
under each foot."
It seems clear that MacAuliffe the Prophet was a chieftain, as indicated by this line from the introduction to a series of his prophesies;
"Hear MacAuliffe of Ealla
Mysteries will the chieftain tell ye."
D.H. Allen suggests that it is most likely that the prophet was Malachy Oge, who was imprisoned in 1602, for in one of the MacAuliffe pedigrees Malachy Oge is called 'the prophet'. He probably wrote his prohesies during the time he was imprisoned. Another example of his prophetic writings is the following:-
Sin a haon, Loch Lein gan daingean ar bith;
An tarna haon, gan treine in Gearaltachaibh;
An triu haon, gan geille in Duthealla dom shliucht;
An ceathru haon, beidh Eireag Sacsanachaibh.
The first point, Loch Leane without a defensive fort;
The second point, no great warrior among the Fitzgeralds;
The third point, my own clan without authority in Duhallow;
The fourth point, Ireland will be in the hands of the English.
There is a fair degree of accuracy in those 'prophesies' but in reality they are no more than astute predictions of the likely outcome of events that were already unfolding. Nowadays we call people able to make such predictions 'political commentators'.
About the year 1720, Henry MacAuliffe was born near Kildorrery, in County Cork. A shoemaker by trade, he earned a name for his poetry which was very popular with the people of the area. Amongst his better-known works was one called "The Death Lament of Hugh Massey", a biting satire on the murder of Hugh Massey of Aherlow, who was a notorious oppressor of the poor. A Fair Day at Ballyhooly was the setting for another of his works called "The Races at Ballyhooly." Through his poetry, Henry MacAuliffe did much to keep up the spirits of the people.
Records show that in 1766 Father Denis MacAuliffe ministered to the people of Churchtown parish. Said to be a friar, he was not registered according to the English-imposed law, so he was risking severe penalties by carrying out his work.
On St. Patrick's Day 1771, Thomas MacAuliffe 'renounced popery.' Despite persecution, and despite promises of riches and improved social position, this seems to be the only recorded instance in Munster of a MacAuliffe turning his back on the Catholic Church. It is not clear, however, if it was a genuine renunciation, for it is known that some Irish families sidestepped English laws limiting the landholding of the Catholic Irish by having one of their members 'convert' to Protestantism in order to hold the land for the rest.
Execution at Innoshannon
On the 10th of July 1797 Private Dominick Giligan, Rosecommon militia, and Corporal Drumgold, Westmeath militia, and Corporal McAuliffe, and William Larracy (both of the Second Fencible Dragoons) were tried by court-martial at Bandon "for beginning, exciting, causing, or joining in a mutiny or sedition in the corps to which they belong, by having taken unlawful, munitions, or seditious oaths, or being instrumental in their being taken; as also for being present at a mutiny or sedition, or intended mutiny or sedition, and not using their utmost endeavours to suppress the same; or coming to the knowledge of a mutiny, or intended mutiny, and not, without delay, giving information thereof to their commanding officer."
Another soldier, John Daly, gave evidence that Gilligan was the agent of the United Irishmen at the camp at Mammoor. Patrick Dangan, of the Galway Light Infantry, gave evidence that the accused men had tried to recruit him into a plot to kill the officers and to seize the cannon and the camp, which they would endeavour to hold until French troops landed. The accused men were found guilty and executed by firing squad. Doubts were cast about the reliability of the witnesses, especially since they had been handsomely rewarded for their evidence. For more see History of Bandon
Teacher at Templeglantine
Templeglantine is a small rural parish in west Limerick almost midway between the towns of Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale. It straddles the N21 which is the main road from Limerick to Killarney. The local national school was built in 1843 and is still in use today. Its beautiful stonework is much admired. The first school master was a John McAuliffe and he and his family resided in the living quarters of the school. His son Michael became famous as a judge in India and as a historian of the Sikh religion.
McAuliffes and the Kelly Gang
A family of McAuliffe was known as sympathisers of Ned Kelly, the legendary Australian bushranger who was hanged for multiple murders in 1880. It is likely that three McAuliffe brothers were were actively involved as part of the Kelly Gang. They were in the final shootout as two had been arrested earlier in the siege. It is also possible that the McAuliffes supplied the moulds for the metal armour that Ned Kelly used in the siege.
The McAuliffes had an in-law relationship to Ned Kelly' sister, Grace. A young McAuliffe woman (name not recorded) was known to have supported Ned Kelly during his trial and had also visited him in prison. More information here
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There are competing claims for the very first St. Patrick's Day parade. While it is agreed that it was in the US, one story has it that it happened in Boston in 1737, the other that it was in New York in 1762.
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Some of the information on this page is derived from
D.H Allen 'The McAuliffes of Clanawley'1991.
MacAuliffe Historic Records
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