The O'Donoghue Society

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


The blogs are for reporting or discussing something or some subject.

As distinguished from our forums which are for family history enquiries and responses as now, where people are looking for someone or something and the journal which is for longer well researched articles usually, but not exclusively, of a historical or genealogical nature.

This page lists all blogs in date order. The links to the left allow you to see the blogs categorised by subject matter.  To add Comments click on the Category and then on the title to the blog you wish to contribute to.

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I emailed everyone on 5 April

"I was driving back from a game of golf this morning and was listening to a radio programme on the Spanish flu epidemic in 1917.  I had a thought! 
When I ask for journal articles they may seem like a lot of work to some, but if I just threw out a limited subject like the Spanish flu and suggested that folk just send me a small bite on how it affected their family, perhaps that may seem more doable.   no need to conjure up beautiful prose.
So once a month I will email a subject and ask for Snippets about it.  If you want to send me subject ideas that would be great.  Everything will be published in the blog on the web site.
A member has just sent me one of those messages that people put in the newspapers in the second half of the 19th century to try to trace missing relatives.  So this might be the sort of subject that I have in mind The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, NSW. Saturday 1st September 1906. Page 7.
DONOGHUE, Patrick, Left Manningham, England for New South Wales & was last heard from when going 250 miles from Sydney to work at railway construction. Sister Ann Donoghue, 55 Beamsley St, Manningham, Yorkshire seeks you.
I will try and add something to each Snippet if I have the knowledge.  For instance I could add some of the messages posted in the Boston Pilot from 1832 to 1920 to this one.
If you think this is a rubbish idea, I have no problem with you telling me."

The responses confirm that it is A Good Idea so I will do it!

Timothy Donohue emailed me with

The site is filled with the old missing relative adds and although it has never served me I know from talking to people they have found it a good resource. Apparently this was an easy way for 18th century newspapers to get revenue from new immigrants with the hope of finding a loved one.

Maggie O'Donoghue Cloonan Named Grand Marshal of the 2018 Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Maggie was born in Tannavalla, Listowel, Kerry.

Sent to me by Jim Horgan

Kim Cannon emailed me with
"I was trawling through some online newspapers today to hopefully find some missing clues to illuminate the disappearance of some particular elusive relatives who have so far escaped every past line of enquiry - when I saw the following MISSING advertisement for a Donoghue. Perhaps it is just the clue to someone’s immigrant ancestor that they have been looking for. Because the ad gives the person’s address it can easily be followed up. The National Library’s online website (TROVE) is a wonderful resource to find ancestors in early Australian newspapers & can often save one the cost of a certificate in identifying births, deaths and marriages. I recently found a marriage & birth in Papua New Guinea which I doubt whether I would have ever discovered otherwise.


Information from TROVE - so the original can easily be read online.

The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, NSW. Saturday 1st September 1906. Page 7.

DONOGHUE, Patrick, Left Manningham, England for New South Wales & was last heard from when going 250 miles from Sydney to work at railway construction. Sister Ann Donoghue, 55 Beamsley St, Manningham, Yorkshire seeks you."

People became completely lost to their families and were desperate to find out what had happened to them.

From Ancestry

For nearly a century, the Boston Pilot served as a beacon for Irish immigrants seeking information on loved ones they had lost contact with. Between 1831 and 1920, more than 45,000 advertisements were placed in the newspaper by recent immigrants looking for family who had come over earlier, by relatives back in Ireland, or by families seeking information on people who had moved elsewhere in the U.S. looking for employment.

Helen Frazier has sent this set of messages from the Boston Pilot of 6 July 1872
Her ancestors came from the Aran Isles off the coast of Galway and her gggrandfather was seaching for his two brothers.  She adds that many people from Galway came to Portland, Maine.

Zachary Donohue, a Madison native, and his ice dancing partner Madison Hubbell finished just off the podium Tuesday at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

The pair came in fourth place with a score of 187.69, behind another American pair — siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani — who took the bronze with a score of 192.59.


John Grenham's work is terrific  He has just launched maps showing RC baptisms for every parish where our name is involved.  Go to and then click on the new tab on lefthand side under Maps

A father and son, Robert and Barney Swan, were treking to the South Pole using entirely renewable energy resources.  Sadly father, Robert, had to return to base camp, but Barney is plugging on and with him is Kyle O'Donoghue, cameraman and adventurer.
The Times 26 December 2017

Kyle O’Donoghue, team cameraman, has plied his trade as a freelance cameraman and director. His adventures have taken him down the last unpaddled tributary of the Amazon, in search of a lost underwater city in Zanzibar and deep into the rain forests of Madagascar to film the elusive Aye Aye. Over the last 6 years he has also joined Polar Explorer, Robert Swan, in the Antarctic, to document climate change on the Antarctic Peninsula filming in one of the harshest environments on earth. Kyle is an avid rock climber with lots of climbing experience in South Africa, Mt Whitney USA, trekking in Cordillera Blanca, Peru, Yosemite, and Joshua Tree. Kyle’s extensive filming in harsh conditions and mountain experience makes him the ideal cameraman to take along.

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Contibuted by Michael O'Donohue

Digitalized records are a key part of the genealogists resources. However, records do not become digitalized by themselves. To this end, the Dublin City University has launched a project to digitalize the National Folklore Collection. The idea is to achieve this using a public participation approach, which means that they need you. The outcome will be an archive that will be available to the public and a data management system that will archive future material. If your are interested, you can find details and participate here:

Regarding the O'Donoghue link, there are lots of things to find in the School's Collection. As an example, I have just digitalized this story, written by a child in the 1930s:

How Donoghue Cruig got the name

A great battle was fought at Carrgaveena long ago. The women and the children fled from the glen to the elevated ground of Artigallivan for safety. One mother finding herself unable to carry her baby boy and father hid him among the rushes growing in the marsh at Rusheenbeg. He was afterwards called Cruig and from him the O'Donoghue Cruigs were descended."

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has admitted that the "success" of the Government will be determined by its ability to tackle the housing crisis next year.

In an article in the Sunday Independent today, Mr Donohoe said that "serious inroads" would be made in the area of housing in 2018.

Describing the housing issue as the "most pressing problem of a generation", Mr Donohoe said the Government "must and will build more homes, tackle housing waiting lists and reduce homelessness" next year.

He also said the Government "will do all it can" to avoid the economy overheating next year, and anticipated that more people can expect a pay rise and tax cuts in the years ahead.

However, in the article, he effectively staked the Government's reputation on resolving the housing issue.

His comments followed an impassioned debate in the Dail last week in which Fianna Fail said the next election would be about housing and not the economy or Brexit, on which there was "almost universal acceptance of and approval for the policy thrust and direction".

It would be about tackling homelessness; those on housing waiting lists; those paying crippling rents; those unable to afford a home; those facing repossession or eviction; and children who are "having their childhood stolen".

In that debate, Fianna Fail's housing spokesman, Barry Cowen, also went so far as to say his party "will not be seen as part of the establishment''.

He added: "The Irish people must regain a bit of trust in the political and democratic system and see that we are not all the same. We can do things differently."

Today, Mr Donohoe writes: "I believe we cannot live up to the expectations of a modern democracy if we do not do all we can to ensure that everyone has shelter and a roof over their heads." He added: "Our success in this area will be a mark of our success as a caring, compassionate country."

In his article, Mr Donohoe also addressed positive developments related to the rapidly growing economy, which last quarter recorded a growth rate of 10.5pc year on year.

He writes: "More people found work and left the dole queues. Emigrants returned home and new people came to live here. And while there is still much to do, we improved, and invested more in, public services and our country's infrastructure."

He believed it was possible next year to achieve full employment, and that the State's books would be "broadly" balanced, meaning a reduced cost in servicing debt, leaving more money for public services.

He also predicted tax cuts and pay increases in the "years to come" as well as further capital expenditure and public service investment "to help our society heal" such as increased spending on transport, health and education.

In the debate on family and child homelessness, which was attended by just 19 TDs, Mr Cowen said it was "time for an extraordinary solution to an extraordinary crisis" and he said that his party would bring forward a significant new proposal to tackle the housing crisis early next year.

He said: "It is now time for me and others like me to say that there is a different direction in which we can go in order to help ameliorate the current situation."

This related to a need for the Housing Authority to "take control" of the issue, to be given terms of reference and a funding mechanism to "ensure the job can be done properly". The authority, he said, could go "off-balance sheet" with 51pc investment from private sector elements, such as credit unions, pension funds and Irish private equity funds that wish to invest in capital projects.

This could be complemented with government-backed funds in which citizens could invest. "The 49pc from the State could include the acres of land not being used."

Mr Cowen acknowledged the "economy is improving", that the deficit will be a thing of the past, which would allow the Government to promote growth in industry and innovation, leading to an increase in revenues, which could be reinvested in areas that have been subject to under-investment in recent years.

However, he said the Government's success, "when it is ultimately adjudicated upon" would not necessarily be on the economy or on Brexit: "It will be adjudicated on how it has performed and met the challenge in respect of those who are less-well-off, the poor, the disadvantaged and those who have been left behind through no fault of their own."

The Dail debate heard that there will be 1,463 families and 3,194 children in emergency accommodation on Christmas Eve. It was also stated that, since 2011, when Fine Gael took office, the number of children in emergency accommodation has increased by more than 300pc.

Since 2016, when the current Government took office, the rate has increased by more than 20pc.

Since Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy was appointed, the number of children in emergency accommodation on a given night has risen by 299. The length of time children are spending in emergency accommodation has increased, from six months in 2014 to two years on average now.

While there was some praise for measures which the current administration has put it place, there was also a view that government housing policies were not working.

There was also criticism of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's recent statements that the level of homelessness in Ireland was, relatively, better than internationally; and also his view that while a citizen had a right to a home, he did not believe that everybody should be housed for free.