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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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In England & Wales, Catholic or maybe not
Irish migrants to Britain were often young and single and lots of them weren't as Catholic as all that. In many places there were no Catholic services within walking distance. Many people who settled locall y with an English partner ceased to be Catholic in practice. Priests preached against mixed marriages but were also aware that you gained families as well as losing them. Irish Catholics were doubly a minority and minority numbers are always crumbling as individuals integrate with the majority. Many people who were probably Catholic had Anglican marriages and burials and (to a lesser extent) baptisms.

Success Stories


The response from all the Donohue's who have contacted me after the FTDNA results have all been spectacularly friendly. Thank you so much for all the work that has gone into the O'Donoghue Society of which I am the lucky recipient.

DNA Project

I have enjoyed several gratifying experiences as Society coordinator for Kerry and group administrator of its yDNA project. I will select two of them for discussion here. The first is an example of what can be accomplished when a member of the Society whose roots are in Kerry approaches Rod for help, and Rod hands the case off to me. Then, using the internet site of the Church of Latter Day Saints, records published in my 16 volumes compiled by A.E. Casey, M.D., entitled “O Kief, Coshe Mang, Slieve Lougher and Upper Blackwater in Ireland,” and the special fund of knowledge owned by local experts on the ground in Kerry , I can sometimes discover the ancestors and living relatives of those members, where they lived and where they are buried. The best example was the successful search for the family of John Michael O Donoghue of Sydney, Australia and Father Robert Hayes of Cupertino, California, recounted in a pair of articles published in the Journal, one in April, the other in December, 2001. John and Bob are both great-grand children of Daniel Donoghue and Mary Carey who, in the mid 1800s, lived in Coomacullen Townland, where, coincidentally, they were neighbors of my great grandparents’ family. Before 2001 when John and Bob approached Rod, they were utterly unaware of the other’s existence. In this case Bob got in touch with Rod after John and I had begun to reconstruct the birth- places and dates of his grand father, his siblings and a family of cousins who also emigrated to Australia. Bob’s information bolstered and augmented the case John and I were building. I turned to Glenflesk expert, Brother Domhnal (The Gates) O Donoghue, to supply the names of some living relatives and to pinpoint the location of the farm where the family of Daniel and Mary lived in Coomacullen. Another local expert, Jimmy Gleeson, eventually removed some lingering genealogical ambiguities. Consequently, when John and Bob joined me and other O Donoghues in Glenflesk in April, 2002, they were able to meet with a host of their local relatives and, with their help, to visit the farms in the townlands of Coomacullen and Gortdromakerrie where their great grandparents lived and to visit the graves where they are interred at Muckross Friary. Best of all was to discover a new set of O Donoghue friends, even though, as it turned out, we were not all closely related. The successes of our yDNA project are recounted elsewhere on this site and in the Journal.

Society co-ordinator roles

The society helps by being in place and providing a dimension of ourheritage. It has great promise to demonstrate the family links. It will have increasing advantage for the children who follow.

Journal and Diary

So far, while I still haven't found my ancestor who 'crossed the pond', the society has helped me tremendously in understanding where my paternal ancestors came from and why they may have come to America.

Rod O'Donoghue's book

I really want to thank Rod and The O'Donoghue Society for their help in finding my grandparents' grave in Rathmore; it was the highlight of the trip for me.

Contacting Rod

The society helped me find direct descendants of Steve Donoghue. Steve was a famous jockey and a family celebrity. He was my grandad's cousin and greatly revered in family mythology. My nephew Steve was named for him!

Contacting Rod, Researcher Names listings and the Message Forum

I just thought I would let you know that I found my dad through your site. We hadn't seen each other in 25 years. Now I have a half brother and a million aunts etc. Just thought you would like to know your site is bringing people together.

Message forum

The society has enabled me to get in touch with others of my surname who may or may not be related

Researcher Names listings

It has given me a better background of my ancestors. I enjoy reading the journals. I run my own businesses and don't have as much time as I would like to spend on the family tree. I want to support your efforts so that I have a source to go to and to learn about the family. I hope you can keep up the good work.I think you are doing a good job on the web site and you have always answered my comments well and promptly.


I have gained a greater insight and understanding of the wider O'Donoghue experience. Also, I have been able to join the O'D DNA project, which hopefully, will enable the 'clan' to discover its links and origins.