The O'Donoghue Society

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


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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.

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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.

Sat, Nov 18, 2017, 03:45 Updated: Sat, Nov 18, 2017, 10:27
Simon Coveney has finally ended his search for a second special adviser.

Eyebrows will be raised in the political and media bubble around Kildare Street with the news that the Minister for Foreign Affairs will appoint journalist Chris Donoghue to the role. The Newstalk stalwart, who was with the radio station for 14 years, formally handed in his notice this week and is expected to join Coveney’s team in Iveagh House next month.

As word of another high-profile exit from Newstalk began surfacing in media circles in the last few days, there was much speculation that the broadcaster might be moving to the Taoiseach’s office. The 33-year-old Dubliner and Leo Varadkar are long-time friends.

Given that Varadkar and Coveney were rivals for the Fine Gael leadership, confirmation that Donoghue is jumping ship to Foreign Affairs is sure to surprise the Leinster House chatterati. He will join Simon’s right-hand woman and special adviser, Caitríona Fitzpatrick.

In marked contrast to the way Theresa May’s dysfunctional Brexit cabinet seems intent upon tearing itself apart since last year’s chaotic leadership contest, Coveney and Varadkar have put forward a strong and united front as the Government presses the State’s Brexit case in Europe and Westminster.

Donoghue had been presenting Newstalk’s drivetime programme with Sarah McInerney but the show was axed to make way for former Fine Gael minister turned celebrity broadcaster Ivan Yates. Donoghue was then appointed political editor for Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp Group, which includes Newstalk, and given a two-hour show on Sunday morning.


From John Pozega

17 O'Donoghue descendants from the USA went to Ireland  9 September  to 19 September 2017.   We started in Dublin on the 9th.  The picture below was taken on the 11th when we visited O'Donoghue and O'Sullivan cousins also in the photo at their home in Adrigole, County Cork.  Not far from Healy Pass.

John's selfie at Kilmore Castle

More can be seen on


My periodic update, in shorthand, on our progress

Highlights since July

- October journal published.  Some really good articles
  • O’Donoghues in Onondaga: Fighting in the Courthouse
  • Third Battle of Ypres centenary: Remembering the O’Donoghue Ilford brothers killed at Passchendaele
  • Another O’Donoghue in Annascaul
  • “There’s Magic in Ireland” By Margaret C. Donahue (1953)
- Family history research service: Three cases progressed.
- Meet an O’Donoghue: We now have 19 participants: 9 in USA; 3 in Ireland; 2 in each of France and UK; 1 in each of Spain, Turkey and New Zealand.  Have any folk made contact?
- News is being uploaded regularly: 20 items since July.
- The Y-DNA project now has 273 participants.  Next report in January.

Lots of people have made connections through the society but I rarely hear about them.  Please spare a minute and tell me your story.  It would also be really good if you would spread the word via your own social media.
Are there any media savvy O'Donoghues, perhaps studying web marketing, who might enjoy looking into the markers of success for a site such as ours and suggesting how to increase traffic.  Perhaps a project for a young student.  They could search for comparator sites and analyse the different approaches.

Books for Christmas….why not add ‘O’Donoghue People and Places’ and ‘Heroic Landscapes: Irish Myth & Legend’ to your Christmas list.  Get orders in early to ensure postal delivery in time.
I know time is at a premium, but all involvement will add to our community, so please find some way to contribute if you can.
Blog: So far I am the only person to have published anything!
Forums (under Connections & community): Postings have dried up – what are we doing wrong!  We have a real history of making connections, so get your enquiry submitted.
News: Please send me the details whenever you see references to folk of our name in the media.
Events: Anyone holding a gathering, reunion or meeting next year? Please let me know and I will post it.
Journal: If you have a story or project we would love to hear about it.
We plan a survey shortly to see what you think of our efforts.
Rod O'Donoghue
Author of 'Heroic Landscapes: Irish Myth and Legend'  and 'O'Donoghue People and Places'
Founder of The O'Donoghue Society and The Irish Folklore Centre
Family history:
O'Donoghue made his debut for Munster on 19 September 2014, coming on as a replacement against Zebre in the Guinness Pro 12. He signed a three-year contract with Munster in January 2015.

He then made his first start for Munster against Cardiff Blues on 14 February 2015, also scoring his first try for Munster in the 33-16 win.

He won the 2015 John McCarthy Award for Academy Player of the Year Award in April of that year.

O'Donoghue came off the bench during the 2015 Pro12 Grand Final on 30 May 2015 and started at Openside Flanker for Munster against Treviso on 5 September 2015.

He made his European Rugby Champions Cup debut on 14 November 2015, starting the opening 2015–16 pool game against Treviso.

Formerly of Waterpark RFC and now with UL Bohemians, O' Donoghue earned his first international call up in the 2016 6 Nations after being brought into the the side by Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

O' Donoghue made his international debut for Ireland against Munster in the November International against Canada in the Aviva Stadium.

Munster confirmed that O' Donoghue has signed a two-year contract extension with the province in March 2017. In just his second season with the senior squad, O’Donoghue has already won over 50 caps for his native province, reaching the half century milestone in January’s win over Connacht at the Sportsground.

In May 2017, Jack was included in Joe Schmidt's squad for the summer tour to USA & Japan. The Munster back-rower was looking to add to his solitary cap in the green shirt.

He started in the first test against Japan on 17 June 2017, helping Ireland to a 50–22 win.