Last name: Kelleher

Recorded as O' Kelleher, more usually Kelleher and sometimes Kellegher and Keller, and originating from the pre 10th century O' Ceileachair, this is an ancient Irish surname. The first Ceileachair was the nephew of the famous Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland, and the founder of the Clan O'Brien. He died in battle it is said, in the 10th century. The O' Kellehers were in former times inhabitants of County Clare, but in the 14th century either voluntarily or under threat from other sources, they migrated mainly to County Cork, although with a branch in the adjoining County Kerry. Surprisingly given that the clan has one of the most ancient and honourable antecedents in Irish history, its numbers have certainly since the Middle Ages, remained quite small, estimated at about five thousand, and its prominence largely confined to County Cork where it is understood to have provided at least one Lord Mayor of the city, and a number of church men. A number of members of the clan did emigrate during the period of the infamous Potato Famine of 1846 - 1848. These included Julia Keller, aged thirty, and recorded as a labourer, with her two infant children Mary-Ann and John, who left for New York on the ship "Kalmazoo of Liverpool" on March 24th 1846, and Daniel Kelleher, aged twenty four, who left Queenstown, County Cork, on the ship "John-Ravenel", also bound for New York, on April 20th 1847.

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jim my mother is margret kelleher her father is denis kelleher whos brother ius your father peter and my great grand father cornelius and his wife peggy(margret gould) all from co cork.

Looking for relatives of Andrew Kelleher (abt 1830) and Bridget McGoohan (abt 1835) (also daughter and my great grandmother Nora 1866) born in Bredagh, Carrigallen, County Leitrim...Bridget and Nora immigrated to US in 1885 and ended their journey in Dixon, Illinois. Post Comment and will answer

Marie Devlin

I am looking for Mr james Kelleher known as jimmy, myself and your sister Betty have been trying to find you for many years, We have asked IRISH COMMUNITY CARE TO HELP, please if you can contact them on 0161 256 2717 James work for Cheadle Hospital many years ago and lived in house at the hospital.

Richard Florczak III
Hi the only family member who has Kelleher in her name is my 3rd great grandmother, Julie Kelleher. She was born in 1833 in Millstreet, Cork, Ireland. She married John Murphy in there anyone this sounds familiar or might be related to?? My email is if you want to contact me

drew kelleher
I found my grandpas grate uncle Daniel Kelleher, aged twenty four I also found he was 24 and 1/2

Frank kelleher
Born in cork , moved to London married , had my dad Terence , does any body no of any relatives in cork ,frank was born in 1900

Margaret Kelleher
Going to be travelling to Ireland in May 2017. Interested in trying to find any family information or connections. Great-grandparents were Cornelius (born 1840) and Mary (Murphy, born 1844) Kelleher. As far as I know, they both were from County Cork and both immigrated to the US before 1870. Anything would be of interest to me. Thank you.

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