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This name, with variant spellings Feely, Feal(e)y, O' Fihily, O' Fihillie, O' Fielly, Fihelly, Fe(e)hely, Feehily and Field, is an anglicized form of the Gaelic O' Fithcheallaigh. The Gaelic prefix "O" incicates "male descendant of", plus the personal byname "Fithcheallach", meaning "Chess-player". Chess was a game much in vogue in ancient Ireland. This clan originally belonged to Corca Laoidh (South-west Cork) and held territory in Ardfield and Clonakilty. The most notable member of the sept was Maurice O' Fihily (deceased 1516), Archbishop of of Tuam and editor of the works of John Scotus. Another, Maurice O' Fihelly (deceased 1559) was Bishop of Ross...

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Bridget ( Brigida) Feeley Born1860s Emigrated 1880s Married Michael Ryan 1890s in U.S. Settled in Providence R.I. Area

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My Great Grandfather, John Feeley born in Ireland in 1826-1829 and emigrated to the USA prior to 1856. I have a marriage certificate from Salisbury, Massachusetts from 1856 so I know he was here by that here. He then lived in Amesbury, Massachusetts and had 4 sons with his wife Mary Fitzgerald. I am trying to trace where he was born in Ireland and if he had any siblings. I have heard the family was from the Cork area.

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