© Donal G. Burke 2013
The O Mullerys appear as a minor landholding family in the late medieval and early modern period, based about the townland of Mackney on what would later be the western outskirts of the town of Ballinasloe in East Galway.
About 1618 John O Mulry and Any (Áine or Anne) Ny Mulry of Meakny were jointly confirmed in possession of one sixth of the half cartron of Graganboynin, which formed part of the quarter of Meakny in the half barony of Clonmacnowen.[i] (This ‘Graganboynin’ is also given at that same time as ‘Graygenvonin’ and is the modern townland of Graigueawoneen in the parish of Clontuskert, adjacent to the townlands of Kellysgrove and Mackney.)[ii]
There was no one of the name O Mullery given as a landed proprietor about Mackney in the late 1630s and in the alterations in land ownership following the Cromwelliam period in the mid to late seventeenth century the lands of that townland were confirmed in the ownership of others.[iii]