The Irish surname Dailey, also found in Scotland, is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Dálaigh meaning “descendant of Dálach,” a personal name based on dál (modern dáil) meaning "meeting, or assembly."The chief Daly sept belonged to County Westmeath. Several members of the clan distinguished themselves in the field of literature. From County Westmeath, and the bordering parts of County Meath, the Dalys spread to County Clare. Donagh Mor O'Daly (died 1244), who was born at Finvarra, in this county, was called "the Irish Ovid". Diarmuid Og O'Daly was made official poet of the MacCarthys of West Cork. Here he acquired family lands. In the 18th and 19th Centuries, a Daly family became Barons of Dunsande and Clan Conal in County Galway, and gave six mayors to the city of Galway. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Curonnacht O'Dalaigh, which was dated 12th Century, he flourished in the 12th Century, and presided over a bardic school in County Meath.
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