O’Mulligan of Bally Mulligan

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Baheth

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The neighbourhood is one in which the O’Mulligan of Bally Mulligan (Mr. Thackeray’s acquaintance) might hope to find lodgings suitable to his means, if not to his taste;


I have read this in Andrew Forrester's 'The Private Detective'.

Would you please tell to what does this refer?
 
  • Chez

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    We can't tell without rather more context.

    O'Mulligan is an Irish surname
    Bally Mulligan is likely to be a (possibly imaginary) Irish town.

    So is Mr Thackeray's acquaintance an Irishman? It could be simply literal (he is a man called O'Mulligan from a place called Bally Mulligan), or there could be some kind of joke here.
     

    Baheth

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    Arabic
    So is Mr Thackeray's acquaintance an Irishman?
    There is not any mentioning of Mr Thackeray's acquaintance till now, except in this quote. So, I cannot tell yet.
    Could the quote be referring to Thackeray the novelist?
     

    Chez

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    English English
    After a quick search I see that there is an O'Mulligan mentioned alongside Thackeray the author (in what seems to be a humorous context), but I have no idea what the reference means here (it should take a lot more research to find out who/what the O'Mulligan represented with regard to Thackeray).
     

    Szkot

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    UK English
    The Mulligan (without O') of Ballymulligan features in one of Thackeray's stories. The use of 'The' implies he is some sort of Irish clan chief.
     
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