Select Daly Miscellany


Here are some Daly stories
accounts over the years:


The O’Dalaigh Bardic Sept


Members of the O’Dalaigh clan founded bardic
schools throughout Ireland. This diaspora seems to have begun in the
century. The noble bards of Ireland were accorded great prestige and
counted as filid or “men of
skill.”  In social rank they were
placed below kings, but above all others.
The O’Dálaighs were the foremost practitioners of the exacting
difficult poetry form known as Dan
throughout the late medieval period.
In addition to their poetry the
senior members of the Ó Dálaigh sept were also chieftains and
landowners.  In theory the lands of Irish
poets were held
sacrosanct and could not be despoiled during warfare or raiding.  Other members of the
family were
ecclesiastics, monks, abbots and bishops, often combining their church
with the production of religious poetry.

Dermot O’Daly of Galway

Dermot O’Daly’s ancestry is
James Noel Dillion
thought of him as follows:

“He was a chancer,
a man whose rapid advancement was due to the success of the Presidency
Connacht and his ability to turn his opportunity there to advantage.  He was an ardent Crown supporter and the
supposed stability that accrued as a repercussion of adopting English
and laws.”

For services to the English Government, Elizabeth I granted
in 1578 “the entire manor or lordship of Lerra with all the towns and
castles thereto belonging.”O Daly maintained his own militia there,
perhaps provided livery for the President of Connacht.   However,
his lands were devastated by the
O’Connells in 1597. Hundreds of his
cattle were stolen and his tenants and neighbors were killed or
afterwards they
died of starvation.

But the tide turned and O’Daly fought on the winning English
side at the Battle of Kinsale in 1601.
O’Daly returned to his estates in Galway where he died in 1614


Daniel O’Daly

Daniel O’Daly was descended from the Kerry branch of the
O’Dalaigh bardic family which served the-Fitzgeralds.
escape religious persecution at home he went to Europe
the 1620’s
study for the priesthood.
He founded a Dominican college in Louvain, and, in Lisbon, a college
and a
convent for Irish religious exiles.  His considerable diplomatic

soon recognized by diver
monarchs, from
Philip IV of Spain to Charles I of England. 
he was prominent in
the revolution
freed it from Spain.
  He died
at Lisbon in 1662, leaving many ecclesiastical writings.


Dalys, Daleys, and
Daileys in America

arriving in America were invariably recorded as
Daly or Daley.  Those remain the main
spellings in New York and Massachusetts, the two main points of arrival
in the
19th century.  Daly is more numerous in
Pennsylvania and Illinois, despite the famous Daley clan in Chicago


Daly Daley Dailey
On arrival    53%    38%     6%
In 1920    43%    31%    26%
In 2010    37%    27%    36%

is mainly an American construct.   It
was found in New York and Pennsylvania
(one early arrival in the 1760’s from Ireland was Ebenezer Dailey whose
descendants settled in upstate New York), although not in Massachusetts.  Dailey spread into the Midwest and is now the
preferred spelling in southern states such as Alabama and Georgia.  Daileys outnumber Daleys today and have
caught up with the Dalys.

John Daly and Daly City

father Michael had died in Boston when he was a young boy.
In 1853 at the age of 13, he departed Boston
with his widowed mother by ship for California.
His mother died on the Panama crossing. When
he arrived in California, the youngster
found work on a dairy farm in what became San Mateo county.

learned the dairy business well and
married the boss’s daughter.  By 1868 he had gained enough
knowledge and
money to purchase some 250 acres at the “top-of-the-hill.”  The
enterprise was known as the San Mateo Dairy and was soon supplying milk
and its
products from the dairy’s own cows and from a consortium of other
Daly became a prominent businessman and a leader among the burgeoning
population of the area.

the early
1860’s a railroad ran south to San Jose, passing around the westerly
edge of
Daly’s ranch. Stores, hotels, butcher
shops, and other businesses blossomed at the bottom of the hill.  By the early 1890’s streetcars were running
from San Francisco to communities as far south as San Mateo, coming
right over
Daly’s Hill as a stop was appropriately named.  Daly himself moved
San Francisco in 1885, seeking better schooling for his children, but
maintained his business at the “top-of-the-hill.”  He helped
establish a bank in the community, donated funds for the first library,
and was
a political leader if not a resident.

wasn’t until the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco that the
surged around the “top-of-the-hill.”  Daly opened his farmlands
for emergency use by the scores of refugees who fled the
Supplying temporary shelter, milk, butter, eggs, and kindness, Daly
began to
realize that his lands were far more useful for living on than grazing

subdivided his property in 1907 and
streets were quickly laid out.  In 1911 this new town became Daly
City in
honor of John Daly


The Daly
House in Brandon, Manitoba

The Daly house, located on 18th Street in Brandon,
Manitoba, was built in 1882 for Thomas Mayne Daly, the first mayor of
Brandon.  He lived there with his family
until 1896.

The two storey house is now
a museum, opened in 1978, and recreates the look a typical upper-class
home of
that time (although it did lack running water).  Much of the original
architecture is intact, including hardwood floors, brick fireplace and
an oak
staircase.  It is one of the few
surviving structures from the city of Brandon’s formative years


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