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The O'Donoghue Society

For all those interested in history and genealogy and whose names are derived from the Gaelic

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Localising a name in Ireland
For localising a name in Ireland the best sources are still Sir Richard Griffiths' Primary Valuation of Tenements (1848-64), now widely available on CD-ROM, and the BMD indexes from 1864. A full extract of Irish birth certificates 1864-74 is on the Mormon Vital Records Listing, which is available on the society web site under Shared Resources, and likewise available in most local studies libraries and for sale

Welcome to The O'Donoghue Society


The society welcomes everyone of the name, however spelt, from all over the world who are interested in the history and genealogy of our families. The surname has changed in many ways from the Gaelic Irish Ó Donnchadha or Ó Donnchú, and there are a number of different ancestral lineages who have assumed the name Ó Donnchadha in one of its forms. We aim to enhance our knowledge of the name and help people make connections, both by locating relatives and discovering more about their historical origins. 

The name today is spelt in many different ways from O'Donoghue to O'Donoughue, from Donahue to Donohoe, from Dunnahoo to Donohew, from Dunphy to Dunfey, from Donowho to Donoyou.  There are over 500 different variants recognised across the world historically and today.

There are two types of researcher for whom this site is designed. As a subscribing member you will have access to all the resources of the society and to every feature of this site. Our objective is to help you progress your family history research. You will also learn a great deal about the background to and history of our name.

As a guest researcher, for whom there is no subscription, you are able to navigate the entry pages of the main features of the site. You can only gain access, however, to limited detail. You are able to view and use the Forums and the Blog.  

TO JOIN THE SOCIETY YOU NEED TO REGISTER (see top right); this ensures that you are on the researcher database, and provides password protection. It allows you to choose whether to take member or guest status.  Both members and guests should input their details via the Profile, User's functions and research information links in the Guests and Members areas (top right corner of Home page).  It is in these areas via the Membership link that guests can pay for membership (£18 p.a) and members renew.

To return to the Home page from anywhere in the site please click on the society logo in top left corner.

The pictures on the slideshow are

  1. General Irish landscape
  2. The Lakes of Killarney looking to MacGillicuddy's Reeks
  3. The Middle Lake, Killarney
  4. Dingle, Co. Kerry