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Since 1991 a clan gathering, or rally, has been held in Newmarket, County Cork, every four years. The most recent was held in July 2008. The rally is an opportunity for McAuliffes and McAuliffe descendants from around the world to gather and make contact with others of the clan.

Although for convenience we use the most common anglicised spelling of the name, McAuliffe, the Rally is open to all however your name may be spelt (known variations are McAuliff, McOlliff, MacAuliffe, McOlive, McAuliffe, Mac-Auliffe, McCauliffe, McAlliffe, MacAmhlaoibh). Although we may now spell our name differently, we are united by our common ancestry and the one Gaelic name -Mac Amhlaoibh. The Rally is also an opportunity for McAuliffes to visit the place their ancestors came from, since the town of Newmarket stands in what was once Clanawley, the ancient McAuliffe clan lands.

The McAuliffes are somewhat unusual amongst the Irish clans in having a regular rally without having a formally-organised clan. For the organising of the rallies we are indebted to a small group of dedicated people working from Newmarket who put in a tremendous amount of work organising what has now become a very big event every four years. The Rally Committee has been so successful in what it does and so active in promoting it that some people have had the impression that the McAuliffes have a fully organised clan structure. That a small volunteer group has achieved such success is a credit to them.

It has been customary at past rallies to elect a Chieftain until the next Rally. At the 2008 rally no election was held and the previous person in the role, John Paul McAuliffe of Australia, was asked by the Rally Committee to continue for a further term. There was some obvioius confusion amongst those attending the Rally about the role of the chieftain. It is a nominal position related to the rally and should not be confused with the position of a clan chieftain in the same way that other clans have chieftains. There is currently no organisation representative of McAuliffes with the power to elect or appoint a Clan Chieftain.

A question has been raised about whether the McAuliffes want more than a just a periodic rally. A relatively small number of McAuliffes are able to travel to Ireland to attend the events there. For those who are not able to attend the Rally there is nothing else. A good many of the Irish clans now have well-organised clan structures that are geared to providing a variety of services to clan members, such as regular newsletters, help with genealogy enquiries, interpretation of historic sites, etc. The Rally Committee is not able to take on any of these tasks as it has one purpose only - organising the four-yearly Rally. At the 2008 Rally it was decided that a steering committee be set up to look at options for the future of the clan and that will undoubtedly include a look at the pros and cons of setting up a formal clan structure, what services the clan could provide and how that might be done. More information about the steering committee will be posted on this site later.

Please direct any correspondence about the rally to the McAuliffe Rally Committee through Frances, the Project Manager. Information, suggestions or enquiries about the website or matters pertaining to it can be sent to The MacAuliffe Site webmaster.
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Watch a video of the 2008 Rally parade.
Video provided by Mark McAuliffe of Australia.

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