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This name is one of the most important and numerous of Irish surname. It derives form the Gaelic compound "Donn" meaning brown plus "cath" meaning battle and was applied to a "descendant of Downcha", Downcha being a personal name. The surname O Donnchadha is found under the variant Anglicised forms of O' Donoghue, O' Donohue, Donohue, Donaghy and Donahue. The O' Donoghues constituted an important sept in Kerry and associated parts of Cork in the ancient area known as Desmond. They had been driven into Kerry by the McCarthys where their chief territory was known as Onaght O' Donoghue. Other O' Donoghue septs existed in mid Galway and in County Cavan...

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Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Donohue name has a long history in Ireland and now DNA suggests its origins are from the north-western area of the Emerald Island. The Donohue story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] can trace their beginnings to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Donohue surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald, O’Donoghue and Hughs in Ireland.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Donohue name has a long history in Ireland and now DNA and some recorded history to the north-western area of the Emerald Island. The Donohue story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Donohue surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald, O’Donoghue and Hughs in Ireland.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscriptions as Dumnovellaunos in Brittany meaning “Deep Valour” equivalent to Irish Domhnaill. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Donohue story begins in pre-history Ireland but relatives will then move to Wales where the family can be traced back to their Welsh tribe Cydifor Fawr. A descendant and many of his kin will then move to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207

editor101

O Donnchadha is a great Irish name. The sept relevant for Tangara would be that of Cinel Laoghaire, whose original patrimony lay in West Cork. However, a great part of them were driven from there by the McCarthys and O Mahonys into Kerry, where they divided into two famous branches 1 the O Donohues of Loch Lein O Donohue More and those of Glenflesk O Donohue of the Glen. Together they ruled the lands about Killarney, known as Eoghanacht Ui Donnchadha. I would hazard a guess that would be a good starting point, as the bride was an O Callaghan O Ceallachain, a Cork and Kerry name.

Tangara

My grandfather, Patrick J. Donohue was born in 1856 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His parents were Dennis Donohue born 1826 in Ireland and Honora Anne Callaghan born 1831 in Ireland. I have not been able to find any information on where they are from in Ireland, why they left Ireland, or when they came to Canada. Any help would be appreciated. Tangara

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