Monday 23 April 2018

O'Kelly clan remember forefathers at reunion

The O'Kelly clan held a family gathering in Baltinglass to commemorate the centenary of the death of E P (Edward Peter) O'Kelly, who passed away in July of 1914.

Seventy-five people attended the special function, including visitors from Australia, the UK, Brussels, London and various parts of Ireland.

EP O'Kelly was the Member of Parliament for west Wicklow having been elected at the 1910 by-election. He was also the first Chairman of Wicklow County Council. He was an avid 'Redmondite' and held his seat in the House of Parliament until he died in 1914.

The O'Kelly gathering began with a service in St. Joseph's Church, Baltinglass. During his lifetime, EP donated two windows to the church.

The celebrations then continued back at Germaine's, which also has close ties to the O'Kelly clan. At one stage, the bar was actually owned by O'Kelly's before it was sold on to the Germaine's. EP's mother was also from the Germaine family.

Wicklow People