From Irish Names and Surnames 1923
Ó CADHLA—I—O Keyle, O Kealy, O Quealy, Kiely, Keily, Kealy, Keely, Keeley, (Kelly), Quealy, &c.; 'descendant of Cadhla' (beautiful, comely, graceful); the name (1) of a Connacht family who were formerly chiefs of Connemara; and (2) of a Thomond family who were chiefs of Tuath Luimnigh in the neighbourhood of the city of Limerick. Both families are still numerously represented in Connacht and Munster. To be distinguished from Ó Caollaidhe, which see.
Alphabetical Index to Irish Surnames
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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