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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Dr. William Donohue is the president of and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. The publisher of the Catholic League journal, Catalyst, Bill is a former Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation and served for two decades on the board of directors of the National Association of Scholars.

The author of six books, two on the ACLU, and the winner of several teaching awards and many awards from the Catholic community, Donohue has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows speaking on civil liberties and social issues.

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Shane Patrick O'Donoghue submitted

"I recall my Irish family forebears saying how the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1917 had affected the venues of Sunday Mass attendances in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
In line with Government decree in this country at that time, gatherings of 20 or more people within a building were prohibited because of the fear of contracting the lethal flu that would often follow.
Therefore, whether in rain, hail or sunshine, despite the encumbrance, all Masses were still well attended, (especially by the large Irish population) in the Bendigo area, but were held outside, often beside the Churches.
The priest would have the altar arranged often on the steps of the entry to a Church and the large gatherings of worshipers would balloon out over the Church grounds.
I have seen a photo of such in years gone by, but can not locate same presently."
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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