"Much confusion is
inevitable in regard to the names, Kealy, Keeley, Kiely, Keily and Queally.
The birth registrations in 1890 for these names combined amounted to 110, Keily
and Kiely accounting for 46 (chiefly in counties Waterford, Limerick and Cork),
Keeley for 36 (chiefly counties Galway and Wicklow), and Kealy for 18 in Co.
Kilkenny, the form Queally is used in Co. Waterford. In 1659, Quelly and
O'Quelly were enumerated as principal names in Co. Clare - the celebrated Dr. Malachi
O'Queally, Archbishop- of Tuam, was of that sept. The various
forms beginning with K were them numerous in counties Limerick and Tipperary and
in the midland counties of Leinster. The Keeleys of Co. Galway are
probably of the sept O'Caella in Irish, but possibly O'Cadhla, O'Cadhia called
O'Kealy by Hardiman in his notes to O'Flaherty's book. Iar-Connaught was
chief of Connemara up to the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion of Connacht.
Dr. Lynchin his Cambrensis Eversius gives O'Cadhla sive Quaelly. Hardiman
says that the Co. Waterford name Kylety, Kiely today, is of another race and
sept, O Caella in Irish, but that notable worker in the Gaelic revival, Patrick
O'Kiely from Ring (d. 1948), always wrote his name O'Cadhla. In the Ormond
Deeds, in which these manes appear frequently in different spellings,
O'Kyally occurs in Co. Tipperary while members of the Kilkenny sept are called
Kaaly, O'Kaylly, O'Kealy, O'Kaille, etc., which are presumably O Cxaollaidhe in
modern Irish. As already mentioned in Irish Families, Kealyh in counties
Kilkenny and Leix has tended to become absorbed in the ubiquitous Kelly (O'Kelly
was in fact one of the Seven Septs of Leix). Examples of this will be
found in Vol. IV of Carrigan's History of the Diocese of Ossory."
Aimee Magner, daughter of James Magner and Margaret Fruin Magner, married William Kiely in Ireland. One of her sons was Father Joseph Magner Kiely who was the pastor at St. Attracta in Cicero, Illinois. Father Kiely participated in several Magner and Henneberry marriages and funerals. St. Attracta was closed in the late 1980s. Click here for a possible photo of Father Kiely.
Other children: Maurice Keily, baptized on March 7, 1864 and Ellen Keily, baptized on October 28, 1865. Both baptized in Bansha Parish, County Tipperary.
Joseph Magner Kiely was born August 14, 1870 in the Glen of Aherlow, Ireland and died on St. Patrick's Day 1956 in Chicago. Father Kiley is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, 3620 Tilden Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203. He was educated in St. Patrick college in Thurles, County Tipperary and later attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, (NOTE: this could be the college where his cousin, Brother Robert Jerome Magner was the president), the St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland and St. Bonaventure Seminary in Allegany, New York. He was ordained on june 4, 1898 in Buffalo, New York by Rev. James Edward Quigley. His assignments were: St. Gabriel from Sept 1898 to Feb 1902. St. Mary in Highland Park, Feb 1902 to Aug 1902. St. Rose, St. Mary in Joliet to July 14, 1905; St. Brendan, St. Mary in Reddick from 1913 to 1920 and was pastor at St. Attracta from Jan 16, 1920 to his death on March 17, 1956. St. Francis College: http://www.stfranciscollege.edu/histmiss.html
Obituary from the Archdiocese of Chicago in
St. Timothy Catholic Church at 6330 N. Washtenaw Ave in Chicago was founded in 1925 to serve the predominantly Irish families who had settled in the area around Devon Ave., west of Western Ave. On April 5, 1925, George Cardinal Mundelein appointed Rev. James Patrick Kiely, a former assistant at St. Sebastian Church, to organize St. Timothy parish. At the time Father Kiely started his pastorate, there were still truck farms in the area, but they were giving way to subdivisions of brick apartments and single-family houses.
On January 24, 1936, Father Kiely celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination. In 1957, Father Kiely was named a Domestic Prelate with the title Right Reverend Monsignor. He celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination on November 23, 1960. After serving the people of St. Timothy parish for 41 years, Msgr. Kiely was named pastor emeritus on March 4, 1966. He died March 4, 1970 at the age of 84.
History of the Parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago, p. 946-947.
Archives Microfilm Publications
237 Roll # 73
of Vessel: Ship Argyle, Port of Embarkation: Cork
of Arrival: June 17, 1848, Number of Passengers: 578
Master: T. Brockbauty (sp)
Kiely family arrived with Henebry, Ryan and other families from the Glen of Aherlow.
to Griffith's Valuation of Ireland, 1848-1864
County : Limerick Parish : Rathkeale Location : Blossomhill
County : Limerick Parish : Monasteranenagh Location : Kilcurly
County : Limerick Parish : Kilflyn Location : Coolfree
County : Limerick Parish : Monasteranenagh Location : Cahirduff
County : Limerick Parish : Rathkeale Location : Englishtenements
County : Limerick Parish : Clonagh Location : Ballyegnybeg
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