From Irish Names and Surnames 1923
Ó CIARDHA—I—O Kirry, O Kerry, Keery, Keary, Karey, Carey, &c.; 'descendant of Ciardha' (derivative of ciar, black); the name of a family of the southern Ui Neill who were lords of Cairbre, the present barony of Carbury in the north-west of Co. Kildare, until the period of the Anglo-Norman invasion, when they disappear from history. The name is, however, still common in Kildare, Meath, Westmeath, and many parts of the south of Ireland, but generally anglicised Carey, which makes it difficult to distinguish it from the many other names similarly anglicised.
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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