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Malachy Queally, who was among the most distinguished of the Archbishops of Tuam , was born in the diocese of Killaloe which includes a great part of Tipperary. O'Keily of Ui Maine was, and is, outstanding among all these. There is an authentic pedigree of their chiefs from the earliest times until the present day, and O'Keily of Gallagh is one of the few whose claim to the designation Chief of the Name is officially recognised: in popular parlance he is The O'Keily.
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The Four Masters and the other Annals are full of their exploits and obituaries. Four of them have been Bishops of Clonfert, which is the diocese comprising much of the O'Keily country.
In the next century the O'Kellys of Co. Galway were very prominent, as indeed were those of the Pale, too, for no less than ten of the name in Counties Dublin, Kildare and Meath were attainted in The most famous was Col. Charles O'Keily , he first appears in the war, who was as a commander under Sarsfield in , and represented Co.
It is of interest to note that the estate of this leading Catholic family was secured to them under the Treaty of Limerick. Twenty-five O'Keily proprietors, nearly all of them of the Hy Many sept, were attainted in In modern times they have been less prominent. Dennis O'Keily had a remarkable career: emigrating from Ireland he started as a billiard-marker in London, was part owner of the famous Derby winner "Eclipse," and became a colonel.