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Origin of the MacGillycuddy Clan Name
The MacGillycuddy clan were a sept of the O'Sullivans. The O'Sullivans were originally based in Tipperary but with the arrival of the Normans they were forced west to counties Cork and Kerry, where the name is common to this day. They were of the Eóganachta of Cashel, descended from Fingin Mac Aedh Duibh, king there from 601 to 618.
The Gaelic origin is Mac Giolla Mochuda, which means son of the follower of Mochuda. O'Sullivan Mór sent his son to be educated by Saint Mochuda at Lismore. In Co. Kerry, the McGillycuddy Reeks still bear their name. They held a seat there in ancient times.
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