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Mac Sharry, O’ Foley, Ó Foghladha


The name Foley comes from the Gaelic “foghlaidh” which means ‘pirate’ or ‘marauder’. The name’s original stronghold was Co. Waterford in the south, and it has since spread to the nearby counties of Cork and Kerry. In parts of Ulster the name Mac Searraigh has sometimes been incorrectly translated as Foley. The name is ranked among the top sixty most popular in the country, with the majority of Foleys being concentrated in the province of Munster.