The O'Malley Clan Association
The O'Malley Clan Association was formed in Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland, in 1953 with the aim of fostering links and connections between people of O'Malley heritage worldwide and promoting awareness of the rich history of this Gaelic Clan.
Over the years, many O'Malleys have made contacts and built friendships through the O'Malley Clan Association. The O'Malley Clan have been involved in reaching out to our Diaspora for almost 70 years. We plan to continue this work for many years to come!
The highlight event, for the Clan, is the Annual O'Malley Clan Gathering. This is held each summer in one of the O'Malley strongholds in Ireland, usually in the hometown of the Chieftain, and is always a fun-filled weekend for all who attend. The Gathering is organised by The Chieftain and a voluntary committee.
Each year the Clan appoints, by election, a new Chieftain, and Táiniste. The Chieftain is elevated to this position during a ceremony at the Annual Gathering, surrounded by The Guardian Chieftain, Past Chieftains, and members of the Clan. In June 2022 Martin O'Malley of Maryland, USA was appointed Chieftain following on from Tom O'Malley of Mayo. Chieftains have hailed from Mayo, Galway, Limerick, Dublin, UK, and USA. Nano McMahon of Limerick in Ireland, is the current Tánaiste.
A Guardian Chieftain is appointed, from among the Past Chieftains, to serve a three year term, to provide continuity of traditions. The current Guardian Chieftain is Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop of Dublin and Clare Island.