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[aw-fuh-lee, of-uh-]
  1. a county in Leinster, in the central Republic of Ireland. 760 sq. mi. (1970 sq. km). County seat: Tullamore.
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Historical Examples

  • The action of the Offaly corps of Volunteers, for instance, was typical.

    John Redmond's Last Years

    Stephen Gwynn

  • Leix and Offaly must be pacified by a general pardon, followed by gentle dealings, or else the people must be extirpated.

  • Sheriffs were to be regularly appointed for Leix, Offaly, and for what is now the county of Wicklow.

  • Offaly turned away contemptuously, and, speaking in Irish, ordered his men to ‘take away the churl.’

  • Assuming that they were at his mercy, Offaly offered the citizens their lives if they would let him enter to besiege the castle.

British Dictionary definitions for offaly


  1. an inland county of E central Republic of Ireland, in Leinster province: formerly an ancient kingdom, which also included parts of Tipperary, Leix, and Kildare. County town: Tullamore. Pop: 63 663 (2002). Area: 2000 sq km (770 sq miles)
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