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|O'Loughlin, O'Loghlen, O'Loughlen, Loghlen|
A most extensive pedigree of the O'Loghlens, prepared by Duald MacFirbis, is still extant and preserved among his genealogical manuscripts. Also surviving is a poem in praise of their prowess composed by Gilla na Neev O'Heerin during the early part of the 15th century.
"O'Loughlen, a hero commanding battalions
Teallach Corc mentioned here in the poem was the tribe name of the family while the "wealthy port" appears to have been the old harbour on the Finnavarra peninsula which flourished for a long time but was replaced in 1828 by the fishing board and appropriately named New Quay.
The MacFirbis manuscripts also contain a number of interesting entries such as Conghalach O'Loughlen who is named as Bishop of Kilfenora (which included the Baronies of East and West Corcomroe) from 1281 to 1300; Richard O'Loughlen who ruled the Diocese from 1316 to 1359; while Bernard O'Loughlen is noted as having been elected Prior in 1576 of the Dominican monastery at Lorrha in Co. Tipperary. The most representative member of the family in later times was Sir Michael O'Loghlen (1789-1842), the first Catholic to be raised to the high office of Master of the Rolls. An impressive memorial sculptured by Joseph R. Kirk, R.H.A. is on display in the foyer of the Courthouse in Ennis and is an indication of the esteem in which he was held. He was succeeded by his son, Sir Colman O'Loghlen, M.P. (1819-1877) who championed the Nationalist cause and an active member of the committee entrusted to the task of raising a fitting monument to Daniel O'Connell in Ennis.
Sir Bryan O'Loughlen, M.P. (1828-1905), his brother, was also called to the Bar and spent five years on the Munster Circuit, while devoting some time as well at improving the family estate at Drumconora outside Ennis. He later emigrated to Australia and was admitted to the Bar at Melbourne. It was politics, however, which became his main occupation. He stood for Parliament and was duly elected and served in several junior positions while in both government and opposition. Later he was appointed Attorney General and finally in 1881 elected Prime Minister of the State of Victoria.