THE ANCIENT IRISH CLAN SYSTEM
In September of 2008 following submission of both historic and genetic (DNA) documentation to the board of the Clans of Ireland, Clan Mac Maoláin Leinster was resurrected as an authorized Irish Clan. An association was formed, and Clan Council nominated. In the spring of 2010, the council elected Chieftain Laighin Dathi Mac Maoláin (Lyn David McMullen) was inaugurated in a ceremony conducted in the Keim gravesite of Carnaross (Parish of Castlekeiran-Loughan) containing the Stone of Lugh (illustrated at the beginning of this page), recovered in this gravesite in 2006 and the termon crosses of St, Ciaran. This locale was chosen to represent our cultural connection to the tribes of Gaileanga and Luighne in both Cavan and Meath, and link to Maoláin Lord of all Gaileanga and Luighne 1018 AD plus Mac Mic Maoláin. Lord of the Gaileanga Breagh slain 1144 AD.
Derbfine Kin Group:
The basic social unit (family) in early Irish was the called the fine (kin group). This "fine" futher defined for nomination as Chieftain, the “derbfine” group, made up of all those males who had a agnatic grandfather four generations back in contrast to a possible wider kin group.
From this select group (the kindred) came the nomination for Chieftain. Successions generally passed to brothers or sons, with fewer historical examples of succession by grandsons or nephews.
In the McMullen of Leinster Association, this "derbfine" line will be followed from Arthur W. McMullen born 1839 in Callan Co. Kilkenny. All male sons descending from Arthur (including 2nd cousins) are eligible for nomination as Clan Taoiseach (Chieftain).
Left side: Chieftain Lyn David McMullen and Tanaiste Michael James McMullen with the stone of Lugh.
Right side: Clan council Cathoirleach Maureen McMullen with Lyn and the Termon Cross of Ciaran