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H E A L Y
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"Saepiens Dominabitur Astris"
HEALATHAIGH - O' HELUIGHTHE - O' HEALAITHE
"The wise man will be governed by the heavens."
HEALY - HEALEY - HELY - HALY
O'HEALY - O'HEALEY -
Healy - Haley - Hely
Early Irish genealogists trace the origin of the Healys to Cormac Cas, son of Olliol Ollum a Munster King A.D.177.
The meaning of the Gaelic surname is "ingenious".
There are two distinct branches of the family:
The Connacht Healys and the Munster Healys.
The Connacht sept had its lands on the Shores of Lough Arrow on the borders of Counties Sligo and Roscommon. Their name is perpetuated in the modern Ballyhely, the seat of the Healy chieftains. Patrick O'Healy, Bishop of Mayo, who was tortured and hanged by the Reforming English invaders in 1578 A.D. was a member of this family. Most Reverend John Healy (1841-1918) noted Archbishop of Tuam, also belonged to this clan.
The Munster Healys had their lands in the barony of Muskerry, County Cork, from whence members of the family spread throughout southern Ireland. Among the better known Healys of their day were Father James Healy (1824-1894) famed wit and humorist, and "Tim" Healy, for forty years a "stormy petrel" of Irish politics, who later became Governor General of the newly-organized Irish Free State, now the Republic of Ireland.
Posting by: EEHealy February 22, 2002
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