At Christmas time 1351 William Bui O’Ceallaig - Chief of Ui Maine, issued an invitation to the poets, writers and artists of Ireland to a great feast at Knockcroghery, Co Roscommon. The gathering was known for William Bui’s hospitality and generosity. This was William’s poem of welcome to his guests.
The Ó Ceallaigh Welcome (Failte Ui Ceallaigh)
“A blessed, long living, great, courteous welcome,
An affectionate, charitable, just, proper, true hearted welcome,
A welcome and twenty, and I add hundreds to them,
Like the surge of the stream is my welcome to you”.
A "Failte ui Ceallaigh" welcome is extended to all who wish to learn more about the Kelly surname. So if you are an O' Kelly, Kelly, Kelley, Ó Ceallaigh, or Madden, no matter how it's spelt. If you are from the traditional locations of the Old Clans i.e. Tyrone, Wicklow, Wexford, Queens Co and Kilkenny, Meath or Ui Maine, and if you wish to learn about Kelly history, well you are in the right place. And remember Blarney is where Kelly's chat.
In our Spring 2015 update we have :
New Section: Interesting Kelly's introduces The Rt. Hon. Thomas Kelly
General Interest: Added Freemen information for Dublin and Cork
Battle of Clontarf: Added new section to Mac Liags account
Aughrim Military History Summer School Brochure was Designed & Produced by Author Damien Goodfellow