Ó Fithcheallaigh

Rev Patrick Woulfe

Ó FITHCHEALLAIGH—IO Fihillie, O Fihily, O Fielly, Fihelly, Fihily, Fehily, Fehely, Feehely, Feehily, Feely, (Field, Fielding), &c.; 'descendant of Fithcheallach' (chess-player); the name of a family of Corca Laoighdhe, in South-west Cork, where they were chiefs of Tuath O Fithcheallaigh, an extensive district in the neighbourhood of Baltimore. To this family belonged the celebrated Maurice de Portu, Archbishop of Tuam from 1506 to 1513, who on account of his great learning and other accomplishments was called 'Flos Mundi.' Field as an anglicised form of this surname dates back to the middle of the 16th century; Fielding is a modern development.

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