In original Gaelic forms that include Ó Maoláin, bearers of the Mullan name and its numerous variants have been present in Ireland from the very earliest times.
Tracing a descent from the mysterious tribe known as the Tuatha De Danann, their pedigree is infused with myth and legend, while many have achieved high honours and distinction through a number of pursuits and endeavours.
In sport, and described as a legend in the world of horse racing following his death aged 91 in 2010, Paddy Mullins was the Irish trainer who, in a career that lasted more than 50 years, enjoyed a number of notable successes that included four Irish national winners and six Cheltenham Festival wins.
On the screen, Peter Mullan is the award-winning Scottish actor, screenwriter and filmmaker whose many acting credits include Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and Braveheart.
The thrilling tale of the Mullans of both yesteryear and today is recounted here.