Formed in March 2014, the Council manages the development and operation of the society. Each member has a specific role but contributes to the whole.
Tighe is the artist O Donoghue/Ross, descended from the outlaw rapparee family known as the O’Donoghues of Ross. He returned to Ireland with his wife Elizabeth and family over a quarter century ago. In that time they have created several landmark features in Kerry, including Capall Mór, the Great Horse of Killarney, the bronze monument to St. Brendan at Fenit, the memorial windows to his ancestors in St. Mary’s Cathedral and the array of carved standing stones called ‘The Sculpture Road to Killarney’. Tighe has an MFA from City University New York, graduated magna cum laude. He contributes to The O’Donoghue Society Journal and the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Magazine and Journal.
Sarah Smith is a founder, shareholder and Managing Director of Walkgrove Ltd, a twenty-year old, award-winning training consultancy specialising in the design and delivery of bespoke learning solutions and related consultancy. Recently she has become a trustee of the E-learning Industry Charity, Learn Appeal. She has a keen interest in history and literature and, as a trained copyeditor, enjoys helping out with additional research and editing of contributions from O’Donoghue Society members concerning their ancestors’ lives and times. Other interests include football – particularly West Ham – and pubs.
Laura is the granddaughter of Lemuel Larkin Donoho. Lemuel was a WWII veteran that was photographed at the Elbe River on April 25, 1945 and appeared in NewsWeek magazine on that date. Laura lives in San Jose, California (USA). She’s married to Ronald (39 years), has three daughter’s, and three grandchildren. Laura has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix. She loves researching family genealogy, and attends RootsTech yearly. Laura is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) where she’s held positions as Regent, Recording, Corresponding Secretary, and Membership Chair. Laura is a board member of Santa Maria Urban Ministry where her participation helps provide food, clothing, free tax services, and education to underserved clients in the local community. She retired from Ernst & Young as a Project Manager after 33 years of service.
Davina Gilmore-Stewart (UK): Projects
Brendan O’Donoghue (Ireland): Family history research
Brendan has worked for over 15 years researching his own family tree and helping others research theirs.
He has completed an intensive genealogy course at Newpark College, Dublin under the well-known genealogist and author Bob Burke, he has studied genealogy at University College, Dublin. In his professional life, Brendan carries out all forms of custom research in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. He currently works as a research expert at JustAnswer.com. Over 80% of his projects have been carried out in the United States, he specialises in Irish-American research.
Mark O’Donoghue (UK): Moral support
Mark O’Donoghue is the son of ‘The Rod’, Rod O’Donoghue. He is mentally scarred by many years visiting Cork and Kerry with his father, fruitlessly scanning parish registers, Griffiths valuations and Tithe Applotments. The seemingly vain hope of finding the link back to our Irish emigrant ancestors was countered by the opportunity to play golf, drink Guinness and talk nonsense with his father and a variety of wonderful people we met along the way, some of whom are on this Council. In a parallel life, he is Chief Executive Officer of Inspired Education’s Online Schools business, a father of two and lives in West London.
Richard O’Donoghue (UK): More moral support
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