- Hits: 169
The Kelly's were seated in the territory called Clanbrassel Mac Coolethan. These Kellys were described in an old manuscript as living "in a very fast country of wood and bog". "These Kellies are a very savage and barbarous people and given all together to spoils and robberies". The writer of this manuscript obviously was no friend of the Kellys. The Kellys have continued to live in Co. Antrim since then, though due to the same ravages as occurred in Co. Derry, they suffered severely.From this stock arose people like Sir Basil Kelly, retired Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, and Ossin Kelly, the great Irish Sculptor.
- Hits: 342
The Kellys of Derry were Lords of Cineal Eachdhaca an Chodaigh. This family was descended from Eochaidh son of Eoghan son of Niall of the nine hostages. Their territory was situated in southeast Co. Derry in the barony of Loughinsholin in east Co. Derry near the present town of Clady. This group of Kellys suffered great losses in the many wars in Ulster in the middle ages and later in the Plantation of Ulster. Despite this, the family has survived in fairly large numbers around Draperstown. From this root arose people like Seamus O'Ceallaigh, the great Irish Scholar, and Sir Gerard Kelly, British Ambassador to Moscow, and Peter Paul Kelly, the great genre poet of the early part of this century.
- Hits: 168
Laois: (Queens Co)
There are three distinct areas in the present Co. Laois, which gave rise to separate
1. Leghe or Leigh (now Lea). This area corresponds with the present barony of Offaly in Co. Offaly and portion of the barony of Portnahinch in Co. Laois. In this area lay the castle of Lea on the south bank of the River Barrow and it was believed to be the principal residence of O'Kelly Chief of this area.
2. Magh Druchtain was a second territory of the O'Kellys (of separate origin) and was called Feranokelle (meaning the land, or more precisely the men of O'Kelly) now corresponding to the barony of Stradbally.
3. The third group of O'Kellys in this County resided in a territory of Gailine (now Gallen) in the barony of Cullenagh. It extended from Abeyleix to the boundary of Slievemarigue and is marked Gallen in the old map of Leix and Ophaly held in
Trinity College Dublin.
- Hits: 182
There were two groups of O'Kelly's in Co Kilkenny :
1. The O'Kelly's of Magh Mail occupied an area west of the Barrow. This area is now known as the barony of Gowran.
2. The O'Kelly's of Ui Bearrchon occupied an area in south east of the present County west of the River Barrow, now in the northern portion of the barony of Ida. Rev. Malachy Kelly, the great scholar and translator of Lynch's "Cambrensis Eversis", was of Kilkenny stock.
- Hits: 176
According to MacFirbis, Main Mal, a younger brother of Cathal Mor Monarch of Ireland in the second century, was ancestor of O'Ceallaigh of Cualan. These Kellys were also referred to as Chiefs of Hy Maile. Their territory was believed to occupy north west Wicklow lying south of Tallagh along the northern slopes of the hills and stretching across the northern slopes of Glenasmole. It included Killininny, Ballycullen and Kilmacheth. They were neighbours of the O'Byrnes and the O'Tooles. This territory was wrenched from their control early in the AngloNorman invasion. The Kellys were then tenants of the new owners. From this stock, who later emigrated to Wexford, arose John Kelly, the Boy from Killane and Archbishop Michael Kelly of Sydney, Australia.