The Foley Family

Foley family crest

(Crest No. 233. Plate 35.)

THE Foley family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Brian, son of Eocha Moy Veagon, King of Ireland, A. D. 350. The ancient name was Foladh, signifying “Powerful.” The possessions of the family were located in the present County of Kerry.

The name of Foley was prominent, especially among the clergy, and in modern days it has also been honorably represented. Daniel Foley, a Protestant clergyman, who died in 1874, was one of the best of modern Irish scholars, and is the author of a valuable English-Irish dictionary.

The most distinguished of this name in our time was John Henry Foley, R. A., the sculptor. His statues of Hampden and Selden in the British House of Parliament and his statue of Lord Hardinge in Calcutta are among the finest of modern works of art. In Ireland he is best represented by his statues of Goldsmith, Burke, and Grattan in Dublin and that of Father Mathew in Cork. His grand design for the monument to O’Connell was practically complete at the time of his death, and is no less a monument to the author than to the subject of it. He was also a poet and musician of mark. The name is represented in the hierarchy of the United States by the late Bishop Foley of Chicago, Ill., and the Right Rev. Dr. Foley, present Bishop of Detroit, Mich.