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Welcome to www.oreillyreillyclan.com, the official website of the O'Reilly/Reilly clan. This website will be the central hub for O'Reilly/Reilly clan business such as the upcoming clan 'gathering' for The Gathering 2013. Please browse the website and get involved by commenting on articles and the upcoming O’Reilly/Reilly Clan Convention, sharing them on your social network and sending to friends and family, submitting a family tree or photo, joining in one of the discussions in our forum and registering to be part of the global clan database.
The Ancestry of the O'Reilly /Reilly clan and of others are recorded as deriving from Conn of the Hundred Battles (Conn Ced Chathach KI 123-157 AD), an early High King of Ireland, whose ancestors were High Kings of Ireland and from whom is sprung the Race of Conn that included most of the ancient families in the northern half of Ireland.
Many Irish Royal Families who ruled Kingdoms or Territories in Ireland during the Pre-Christian period were Chiefs or Lords of their Peoples in their Territory. One such cited Royal Family was that of Raghallach, the forebearer of the O'Reilly Clan that occupied the ancient Kingdom of Breiffne along with their blood cousins, the O’Rourkes (decendants of Ruarc). Aed Finn mac Fergna d.611 who was the fifth in descent from Dui Galach KC (King of Connaught) d.463 who was converted by St. Patrick was a common ancestor of the O’Reillys/Reillys, the O’Rourkes, the McGoverns/McGaurans, McKiernans and MacBradys.
The O'Reilly/Reilly clan were Celtic in origin and shared a common culture -in language, religion and art with many other european races.
Today, the term Celtic is generally used to describe the languages and respective cultures of the Six Celtic Nations:
· Ireland in which Irish Gaelic is spoken,
· Scotland in which Scottish Gaelic is spoken,
· Wales in which Welsh is spoken,
· Cornwall in which Cornish (one of the Brythonic languages) is in revival,
· the Isle of Man in which Manx (one of the Goidelic languages) is in revival and
· Brittany in which Breton is spoken.
The O'Reilly/Reilly ancestors had a strong oral tradition and historical events were recorded in rhyming verses. The oldest recorded rhyming poetry in the world is of Irish origin and was a transcription of a much older epic poem, leading some scholars to claim that the Irish invented rhyme.