Hi All, Just if you are interested here is a good piece from Clare Library on some of the history of the Kiely clans. I live in Killaloe and work in Shannon so the article is interesting to me. Actually I read somewhere but cant remember where, that Kiely/O'Cadhla can be traced back as far as the 4th/5th century - to a split in the Kelly clan who were near the Clare/Galway Border.
Summary O’Cadhla Sept of "Patricks-well" Limerick & O’Caollaidhe of "Bunratty/Shannon Clare" was the same family. They may have not derived from the Thormond (Dal gCais – O’Brien) sept but more likely from the Ui Cadhla of Conmaicne-mara (Conamara Galway). But O’Cadhla sept and Dal gCais had strong alliances and intermarried. An O’Cadhla from Conamara was a Chieftain of Conamarra men fighting under the command of Brian Boru’s son (Murragh MacBrian) at the battle of Clontarf 1014. Another family of Cadhla (Quealys) were to be found in Killaloe(Clare/Tipperary Border). Kellys of Clonderalw (Bunratty) found in the 1659 census were probably members of the ancient Muintir Caollaidhe, the coarb family of the Diocese of Killaloe who survived the Cromwellian purge.