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TRIBES OF IRELAND:
BY AENGHUS O’DALY;
WITH POETICAL TRANSLATION BY THE LATE
JAMES CLARENCE MANGAN;
AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE FAMILY OF O’DALY; AND
JOHN O'DONOVAN, LL.D.,M.R.I.A.
JOHN O'DALY, 9, ANGLESEA-STREET.
THERE is certainly no family to which the bardic literature of Ireland is more deeply indebted than that of O’Daly. According to O'Flaherty (Ogygia, part III., c. 85,) they are of the race of Maine, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, and are of the same stock as the Foxes, the Magawleys, the O‘Breens and O’Quins of Teathbha or Teffia in Westmeath. In O’Dugan's Topographical Poem the OʻDalys are also set down as of Teffia in Westmeath and chiefs of Corca-Adam in that territory. Duald Mac Firbis and Peregrine O'Clery have given the descent of the O’Daly's from Fearghal (son of Maelduin of the race of Eoghan, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages), who was lord of Cinel-Eoghain in 718; but Mac Firbis observes, that he does not believe that O'Daly is of this descent, though he transcribes the Genealogy as he found it in a modern compilation; and he refers to the family elsewhere as of the race of Maine, son of Niall, and as of Corca-Adam in Teffia ; and this is undoubtedly the true descent. Duald Mac Firbis who seems to have compared various MSS. containing O'Daly's pedigree, gives the line (p. 132.) from Dalach, son of Fachtna, son of Corc, son of Adan or Adhamh, a quo Corca-Adain, or Corca-Adhaimh, as follows :1. Adan or Adhamh, a quo Corca Adain, or Corca-Adhaimh.