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Ó Dálaigh- anglicised Daly, Dawley, Daley, the root has been given as Dálach, 'frequenter of assemblies', 'fond of meetings' &c. which sounds rather cumbersome in English for a given name, as this would have been.

'Literary', 'poetic' 'bardic' are epithets that may well be applied to this extraordinary family. They are unrivalled as the literary family of Ireland, par excellence. A sept of the Southern Uí Néill, chiefs of tribal grouping Corca Adain, whose original territory was in the barony of Magheradernon in modern Co Westmeath, they spread out from their homeland to set up schools and bardic centres in several parts of Ireland. One individual, Cuchonnacht na scoile, which means Cochonnacht of the school, is said to be the progenitor of all the bardic families. He died at Clonard in Co Meath in 1139. From Clare to Cavan to Co Cork their poets earned for them an illustrious name. Here is a brief resumé:

1) Donnchadh Mór Ó Dálaigh (Donogh More O Daly) was the first of a line of poets inhabiting Finavara in the Burren of Co Clare. About Donough More, the 'Annals of the Four Masters' has under the date 1244: 'Donogh More O Daly, a poet who never was, and never will be, surpassed, died and was interred in the Abbey of Boyle'.
2.) Raghnall Ó Dálaigh, who flourished in the 12th century, was chief ollamh (master) of poetry to the MacCarthys of Desmond (now part of Cos Cork and Kerry), and founded the families of that region.
3) The Co Cavan O Dalys became bards to the O Reillys.
4) The O Dalys were hereditary poets to the O Neills of Ulster.
5) O Dalys were also bards to the O Connors of Connacht.

Moving on to the Cromwellian survey conducted by Sir William Petty in 1659, known as the 'Census', though it is far from complete, we may look for (O) Daly as a 'Principal Irish Name' in that document in:

Co Westmeath
Corkerie (names for baronies), Dalie, 8 (families not individuals, for all figures); Magheredernon, Daly, 25; Moycashel, Daly, 26; Farbill, Daly, 12; Clonlonan, Daly, 10 and Dully, 5; Kilkenny (barony not county!) Daly, 8. From this we can see there were substantial numbers of Dalys in their original territory in the mid 17th century.

Co Meath
Scrine, Daly, 5; Ratouth, Daly, 6.

Co Offaly
Kilcourcey, Daley 11.

Co Clare
Bunratty, Dally/O Dally, 8; Tulla, Dally, 9; Island, O Dally, 14; Burren, Dally/O Dally, 10.

Co Cork
Cork City & Liberties, O Daly/O Dayly, 7; Kinalea, O Daly, 11; Kilbrittain (cantred) Daly/O Daly 12; Carbery East, Daly & O Dally, 16; Carbery West, O Dally, 44; Kilmore & Orrery, O Daly, 26.

Co Kerry
Trughanac, O Daly, 21; Maquinihy, O Daly & Dally, 10.

Co Cavan is missing . Co Tyrone is missing.

Co Armagh
Ardmagh, Dally, 4.

Co Monaghan
O Dally, 8.

Co Roscommon
Barony of same name, Daly, 6.

Griffith's 'Primary Valuation' of Irish households in the 1850s shows the top counties for Daly as Cork 860 + city 81, Westmeath 232, Kerry 227, Offaly 190, Tyrone 187 and Meath 178. Total figure was 3861 Daly, and nearest variant Dawley with only 102 entries.

R.E. Matheson's 'Special Report...on Surnames in Ireland' (1894, 1909) based on the births distribution figures for 1890, shows most frequency for Daly in counties Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Galway and Offaly. The total number of births was 360. Daly occupied 24th place in most common names in Ireland in 1890.

Two famous bearers:

Edward Daly (1891-1916) born in Limerick, was one of the officers of the Irish Volunteers in the 1916 Easter Rising. He was also a member of the I.R.B. (the secret Irish Republican Brotherhood). He commanded the 1st Battalion in Easter week, and was based at the Four Courts, and to the north and west of the centre of Dublin. He was the youngest to hold the rank of Commandant, He was shot by a British firing squad on 4th May 1916.

Richard Joseph Daley (1902-1976) the inspirational Democrat Mayor of Chicago for 21 years. As a leading Irish-American, his backing of JF Kennedy in 1960 was crucial. He was linked very much with the Kennedys. He came from the tough South Side of Chicago, and remained true to his ethnic and class roots. Suspicions of 'corruption' were unlikely to phase this wielder of power in a world of politics where Irish Catholics had to fight their way up.

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    Rachel Logsdon

    I am researching my grandfather's family history and hoping someone can help. What I have found out so far is that my Grandfather's grandfather was born in Kilsacron around 1859. His name is Jerimiah (Jerry) Daly. His wife was Margaret O'Connor in Kerry around 1850. I have Jerimiah's parents as Daniel Daly and Honora Prendiville. Margaret's parents as Hugh O'Connor and Mary O'Connor. I've been doing this research for a few months and keep hitting a wall to go back any further. My mother believed her father's ancestors were German, so I am excited to show her what I have so far. Really hoping someone out there has more information. Would love to have it! Thanks so much!
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    Patrick Daly Born approximately 1857 - 1859 in Oola, County Limerick. Trying to find where and when he died. Possibly went to America.
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    Colleen A Daley

    Hello I am looking for a Honorah Daly. Mother of Lawrence Daly came to America 1860. No father was listed for Lawrence Daly.
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    Shirl O'Connor

    Hello, My name is Shirl O'Connor. My Mothers was Kathleen Kelly, Her mother was Margaret Daly her Father was Michael Kelly. Margaret's Father was Daniel Daly and her Mother was Catherine Conlon. By my Grandmothers birth Certificate she was born in Clare Kings. I know she moved to Dublin, I also believe she died in Dublin in 1938. Regards
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    Hi Dalys Im looking for any information on family hailing from mainly North Wall area of Dublin inc Denmark Place, Coles Lane, St Brigits Gardens. My grandfather John Joseph? Daly b. 1892 d.1963 married (25th Feb 1926) Margaret Darcy b.1902 d.1970? They had children - Peter, Mary, Christine (Chrissy), Evelyn, Patricia (Patsy) and my father George Joseph (Joe) I know family still live in the area so any info most appreciated thank you.
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    Allen / Daly

    i am looking for Ellen Daly who married James Allen in Feb 1835 in Balyna Kildare and then moved to Birmingham England
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    I am looking for the Daly family who moved from West Limerick to Ballytigue Bruree Limerick in the Early 1800s fathers name Daniel sons name Charles Dennis Daly
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    Kate Woodward

    I descend from Joseph Daly, son of Patrick and Mary Daly (her maiden name was also Daly). Joseph and his brother James came to the Queensland gold fields in the late 1870's. As there is a double Daly connection I would love to find out more. Both Joseph and James were born in Tyrrellspass Westmeath.
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    My ancestors are from county Rosscommon and my grandfather lived in the town of Knockcrogery. His mothers maiden name was English and he was one of then brothers and sisters.
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    Hi im jacqueline daly from limerick ireland,just joined this today,and will wait to see how it goes,,so hello to all my fellow irishmen amd women out there around the world,my name daly comes from the 4th century,and is also wher the name dail Eireenn,which is our parliament,translated it means meeting place,hence where our goverment meets!! also they say without a doubt related to the Daley mayors from Chicago,,its truly avery old name,so hope maybe to meet some more family out there!! so for now slan leat,, cheers jacqueline daly,,,,,
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    Hello! Great Grand Father left Ireland and arrived New Zealand in later 1800s. I was wondering if he had siblings and what happened to them. His name was Bartley and came from Galway, the Burren.
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