The Irish surname COUGHLAN is an anglicized form of the Gaelic names; O’COCHLAIN of the County of Cork, and MacCOCHLAIN of the County of Offaly.
Since our Patrick COUGHLAN has stated that he was born near BALLINASLOE in the County of GALWAY, I have nominated that we are descendants of the MacCOCHLAINS, who were the local ruling family until the 17th century and their overlords were the O’Melaghlins. Their territory was in the BANAGHER-CLONMACNOIS area of County OFFALY, and was formerly known as DELVIN-MacCOUGHLAN, where they had many strong castles of which no less than ten of these were mentioned in the 16th century by the FOUR MASTERS. A Sir John MacCOUGHLAN, with the title of Chief of Delvin-MacCoughlan, died in 1590.
A MacCoughlan represented Banagher in the Irish Parliament of 1689 and another held the same seat in 1790.
The most significant attraction in this area is the medieval Monastery known as CLONMACNOISE, which was founded by St CIARAN in AD 545-548. It is in a remote spot by the Shannon River and was the crossroads of the medieval routes, linking all parts of Ireland. Known for its scholarship and piety, it thrived from the 7th to the 12th century. Many KINGS of TARA and of CONNAUGHT were buried here. Records reveal that the Monastery had about thirty subsequent plunderings and burnings up to the middle of the 12th century, when the arrival of Cromwell and his armies, overran the entire country and Clonmacnoise again fell into ruin.
Today the ruins are a Historical Site, and when you visit the ‘Cathedral’, you will notice a number of ‘COUGHLAN’ headstones laid in the floor. Also in the district is CLOGHAN CASTLE in Banagher, a ‘Bed & Breakfast’ establishment, which was at one time a COUGHLAN CASTLE.
COAT of ARMS
“RED; EMBLAZONED WITH A SILVER PALE ON
WHICH THREE RED LIONS ARE CHARGED, IN VERTICAL COLUMN.”
Translation : Heraldic colour argent (Silver) denotes Peace & Sincerity.
The Lion is the symbol of Strength, Courage and Majesty.
Gules (Red) signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Motto: “FORTIS IN ARDUIS”
Translation: “Brave under difficulties’