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Posted August 17, 2012 9:58 am

cristin ni muirgheasa

looking for descendants of laurence ryan vora shanacloone 1800to 1860 . crs.

Posted August 14, 2012 5:23 am

Patrick Bunton

Could anyone give me any information on a place in the parish of Doon county of Limerick called Foileclera. It is written in an old book of my Great grandfather\'s that he was born there in 1835. Does it still exist?

Posted July 22, 2012 11:49 pm


Congratulations on a great site. I\'m searching for information on the Gavin family. In particular,my granfather, William or Bill Gavin who moved to Doon from Oola in the 1920\'s. If I\'m correct, there is a Cummins connection also. I would love to reach somebody who could give me some details as this part of the family tree has stalled. Thanks, Vinny

Posted May 5, 2012 3:21 pm

james Pickham

Hi again,I need some information,is tomaline townsland in co limerick or tipperary,thanks

Posted May 5, 2012 8:48 am

Brian Kennedy

Hello to all of the Kennedys and their relatives. I am planning to launch my two new books about the Kennedys at Rody Kennedy\'s Anglesea Lounge at Rearcross starting at 8 pm on Sunday May 13th.
\"The Mountainy Kennedys - Tipperary Stayputs\" tells the story of the Kennedys who went into the mountains rather than to transplant to Connaght after being dispossessed by Cromwell. Details of many Kennedy families and their relatives are included. 80 townlands in the mountains are covered in the book and many local people have contributed information to it.
The other book being launched is \"John F Kennedy\'s Irish O\'Kennedy Ancestors\" which provides a plausible explanation of JFK\'s North Tipperary ancestry. Michael Ryan (Kitt) of Mienvee will open the proceedings. All are welcome. I hope to see you there.
Brian Kennedy.

Posted April 23, 2012 9:12 pm

Sheila Carroll

Thank you for creating a great site--- so much information in one place. I am working on a family tree and have hit a wall. I am certain the grave marker below is family just not sure how we are related. The right side of the marker is My Grandmother & Grandfather (Cornelius Hayes Dromkeen died 5 May 1954 m Christina Hayes died 16 March 1944).

Doon seems to have many Hayes and need to confirm i am on the right Path.

Is the John Hayes on the front of the stone my Great Great Grandfather ? Is his son John feb/11/23 the father of my grandfather Cornelius on the side of the stone. I have pulled the census & the names & ages match. If anyone has knowledge of Hayes of Doon please contact me.


Large Celtic style cross
Sacred to the memory of John Hayes, Lisowen Doon died August 20th1906 and his wife Mary died Sept 19th 1908 aged respectively 80 years, also their sons Cornelius died May 26th 1981, aged 22 years, William died Sept 21 1883 aged 20 years, Michael died March 7th 1926 aged 63 years, John died Feb 11th 1923 aged 69 years, Jerry died Feb 15th 1929 aged 60 years


Erected by his family


Rev. John Hayes
Son of Thomas & Margaret (Doherty) Hayes, Lisowen ordained June 10 1934 in Thurles Cathedral died while pastor of St Anselm’s ChurchCalifornia, U.S.A. on June 7 1974 aged 64 yrs

Side of cross right facing front inscription
Bryan Hayes died 6th Nov 1942 aged 76, his wife Sarah Hayes died 5thOct 1939 aged 73, Thomas Hayes Doon died 4th March 1953 aged 65, his wife Louisa died 25th May 1969 aged 82 yrs, John P. Hayes died 30 Jan 1994 aged 70


Cornelius Hayes Dromkeen died 5 May 1954m Christina Hayes died 16 March 1944

Left side of stone facing shop

Thomas Hayes Lisowen died 27 .12.1951 aged 88 years, his wife Margaret died 6.12.1960 aged 87 years, Mary Hayes Tubber died 17 March 1930, Cornelius Hayes Dromsally, Cappamore died 22 Jan 1972, Michael Hayes Lisowen died 21 March 1986 aged 71 years, Con Hayes July 1911-Oct 1994

Posted March 27, 2012 9:06 pm

Deborah Ryan Cook

My great grandfather was born in Doon in the mid 1800\'s. Can anyone tell me if there are 2 Doon\'s? One in Limerick and one in Tipperary? I was always under the impression Phillip Ryan was from Doon, Tipperary, but I\'m not so sure.

Posted February 28, 2012 8:26 am

Phyllis and Len PEARSON

Awesome site, Ithas kept me busy looking at all the amazing information you have. My husband\'s family were the Pearson\'s of Cooga House, Doon. It was interesting to read what the word Cooga meant!

We were there in your beautiful town in 2000, we met a man called Michael \'the chinaman\' O\'Connor, what a lovely couple he and his wife and very hospitable people too.

We also have a link with Pallaskenry, Rathkeale etc through the Heavenor family, former Palatines.
Perhaps if anyone connected to either the Heavenors or Pearsons could contact us that would be awesome.

Ireland you are a beautiful country and hopefully we will come back to see more of you soon.

Posted January 22, 2012 1:26 am

Peter O\'Neill

Graduated from the CBS in 1960.....great pictures of Doon.

Posted October 30, 2011 9:39 am

james Pickham

sorry forget to mention my greatgrandad name its Patrick Pickham also he was a blacksmith.

Posted October 30, 2011 9:22 am

james Pickham

My name is James Pickham. Here is a brief history of my family. My greatgrandfather originated in Doon. In 1861 he married Mary Morrisey. According to my family, his Dad was declared bankrupt and lost his land. The family then moved to Tipperary town. I\'m hoping someone in Doon may have some information as to the name of his Mother and Father.I\'ve searched the parish records of Doon and Cappamore but to ne avail. Thanking you James Pickham

Posted September 18, 2011 10:10 pm


Great to find this wonderful website. I believe that my great grandmother was Grace Ryan Rody from Doon who married Thomas O\'Brien and went to live in Kilmurry, Limerick. Thomas died in 1909 and is buried in Mount St Lawrence cemetery Limerick. It would be great to discover living cousins in Doon and find out where Grace is buried? I live in England and recently discovered this information while visiting O\'Brien relatives in Limerick but they were unable to provide info on Grace Ryan Rody and her family! Hope someone in Doon can help.

Posted August 17, 2011 3:16 am

Dave OConnell

I am looking for a B & B near Doon where i will spend some time from 9/21 to 9/29. Any help here?
Dave OConnell

Posted August 13, 2011 4:55 am

Dave OConnell

In the mid & late 1800\'s OConnells leased/bought land behind the C of I Church, which is now a restaurant. The land contains the ringfort and was originally called \"Bottle Hill\". \"Bottle Hill\" now is known as being about 300 yards away on Denis Kennedy\'s land. I met Denis a few years ago. I plane to spend more time at Moore\'s Pub with \"Louise\". There is a family across from that church/restaurant who is related to OConnells who still own land abutting the land behind the church/restaurant. I will be there in September to talk with them. Can anyone get this info to them and have them contact me? nelle809@aol.com Dave OConnell

Posted July 23, 2011 9:28 pm

Mary Lilleskov

I will be in Doon, Sept of 2011. Just recently learned that my GGfather was from Doon. He was John Dwyer, born in 1843 to Thomas and Ellen/Helen Butler. Was told he was orphaned at an early age and raised by his maternal uncle, Bishop Butler of Limerick. (Of course I don\'t know if all that is true or not.) I hope to find out.
Thanks for your great website.

Posted June 24, 2011 12:25 am


I am a decendent of William Lonergan and Hannah Collins from Kilmoylan Upper. Siblings Sarah, Patrick and George all alive in 1901 and the next generation took over in 1911. His daughter Alice is my ancestor and she left for Australia arriving 1891. Would love to connect with any decendents.

Posted June 24, 2011 12:16 am


Fabulous resource. I hope one day to visit.
I recently became aware that I decendent from Ryan Mahony\'s in Doon. Thomas died about 1885, worked at the Convent for many years. The widow Mary and children came to Australia arriving 1891. Would love to make contact with other decendents?
Also anyone who knows the origin of the Mahony Ryan name please contact.

Posted March 25, 2011 5:20 pm

Jennifer Schomp

What a wonderful resource! So glad to be able to connect with resources, pictures and people in the village again.

Posted March 25, 2011 4:43 pm

Jan Schomp

Oh so many years ago I lived outside the wonderful village of Doon. I met such great and special people there. I got the pre-school going in the community center. The mothers were awesome women, and it was a blessing and a joy to know them,and their darling children. I hope the memory of my family and myself will always reside in the hills of Doon, as it resides in my heart.

Posted March 25, 2011 4:13 pm

L Schomp

Spent 7 years of my childhood in Foilacleara, Loved every minute of it, Will always remain very special place, THanks for this site

Posted February 5, 2011 12:56 am


Thank you for this site. My g g grandparents were married in St Patrick\'s in Doon Patrick Kearney and Sarah Carty. They had to leave Ireland with their two young children in 1847. My daughter and I came to Doon to visit the parish. We were deeply moved. Thank you again.

Posted December 2, 2010 4:12 am

paul cullagh

looking to locate Rose Carr.Her father was a guard in Doon in the 1950s-60s.She used to come on holidays to her relations in Holycross the Blakes.She went to England around 1960-1961.

Posted May 27, 2010 1:20 am

joy burns

My Mother was Mary Bridget Benton.
Born Kilcommon Thurles 1908.Her Parents were Martin Benton and Kathleen Barry of Kilcommon

Posted February 26, 2010 11:06 pm

Ann Lamb

BENTONS of Doon:

Another interesting puzzle (besides how George and Michael Rowles were related) is that three of the five children of George and Sarah Rowles married people named Benton.

1) John married Eliza Benton who was also from Doon and emigrated with her widowed Betty (Bourke) Benton (w/o Thomas) and sisters Mary (m Geo Franklin), Margaret and Honora (who is mentioned in the O\'Reilly Family History on this site).

2) Mary Rowles married Thomas Carey who died and in Wisconsin she married John Benton.

3) Margaret Rowles married a DIFFERENT John Benton in New York before moving to Wisconsin.

Both Benton families lived in the same town in 1870 (Census)

There was a John Benten in Doon in 1912 when John\'s dtr Srah and her husband Philip Ryan visited family there.

If you have any Bentons in you tree, please let me know.

Posted February 26, 2010 10:43 pm

Ann Lamb

ROWLES family of Cloonteen tld of Doon: George Rowles and Michael Rowles both appear in the Tithe Applotments of 1828,and the Griffiths Valuation of 1851.

George Rowles, his wife Sarah Griffin, and sons Luke (wife Mgt O\'Brien), George (wife Anna Maher), John and dts Mary (Carey) and Margaret emigrated to New York 1849-51 and moved on to Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Meanwhile Michael Rowles (Michael and Alice Bowla) married Bridget Ryan (William & Mary Tierney, and emigrated to Australia in 1864 with 7 children.

ROWLES is a rare name in Ireland. There were none left in 1901, but two families of that namelived in one townland. There must be a connection.

Can you help? Is there any clue in your genealogy files? I\'d appreciate any help.

Posted January 24, 2010 10:25 pm

Ann Lamb

Comment on Leona\'s post: I made that list years ago so I have collected a lot more since then. It is mainly Doon/Cappamore people who are related to emigrants to Goodhue Co. Minnesota. Ask if you are looking for soemone and I will check the database. The work to link all the families goes on.

My Doon families are Rowles, Maher, O\'Brien, Benton, O\'Reilly, Franklin, many who are from Cloonteen.

Posted January 3, 2010 7:04 pm

Leona MacDonald

This should be of interest to you it contains a lot of your Ryans, O\'Reillys and others from Doon. Johanna Ryan and Michael O\'Reilly are on the page. http://files.usgwarchives.org/mn/goodhue/cemeteries/ann02.txt

Posted November 21, 2009 4:23 pm

Dave OConnell

1911 census shows OConnells living in \"House #67\" in Doon, which is the sequential # given by the census taker. How can I determine where the location of that \"House #67\" is today in Doon?

Posted November 3, 2009 1:30 am


Descended from Patrick Treacy & Honora Harding of Limerick. Patrick, poss from Doon, was a farmer. Any one out there who can help with family info? Thanks.

Posted October 27, 2009 5:01 pm

Jack Casey

I am trying to find any information about my grandfather John Joseph (Jack) Walsh, born in Limerick (Doon) in 1886 or 1890 (still trying to verify). His father was Tom Walsh and his mother was Catherine Connors. He left Doon in May of 1910 sailing from Queensland to New York. His first wife was Mary Murray, born in Troy New York. When she passed away in 1919 he remarried a Margaret (Peg) Ryan who I believe was also from Doon. His sister was a Mrs. John Ryan of Kilkee.
Any information or direction would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Jack Casey

Posted October 18, 2009 9:52 pm


Just posting a link to the online archive census of all Ireland from 1911 for anyone who has not seen it yet.

Census 1911

Posted September 4, 2009 4:54 pm

k f ryan

Would like to find any
Ryans or Crowes in the

area of Carrigbeg/Carrigmore,

who can help with family tree.
kelly ryan


Posted August 28, 2009 4:37 am

margaret nowlan

Hi my ancestor was transported from Doone to Australia John Nowlan in 1830 & they lived & farmed on upper & lower toomaline

Posted August 11, 2009 8:27 pm

Stan Challis

I am trying to find information on Canon John White Bell who was Protestant Minister at Doon from c1893 and his daughter Mary (Mollie) who married a Capt W Randall Parr who served with the Chinese Customs. My interest arises because I have a postcard (posted at Limerick in December 1902) addressed to Mrs Parr at Yatung Tibet where Capt Parr was serving. There were only a handful of Europeans in Tibet at the time and I am writing an article for Irish Philately, the journal of the Irish Philatelic Circle. Some knowledge of where Canon White Bell originated and what happened to Mollie Parr would be appreciated. It seems that Capt Parr inherited the Glebe House at Doon, let it the Munster and Leinster Bank, but it was burnt down in the Troubles. I\'ve got most of this information from an article I\'ve located on the net entitled \'Big Houses around Cappamore\' and would love to have some more detail if anyone can provide it - many thanks. Stan Challis, Guernsey CI.

Posted August 10, 2009 2:33 pm

Seamus (Jim) Ryan

Hi There

I am trying to find any infomation on my fathers family.
My was James (Bog) Ryan
Born in Doon in 1936.
We buried him in july 2006
I am hoping that there are some family in Doon.
Kind regards

Posted July 22, 2009 10:22 pm

Con Dee

Seeking information on a Maurice Dee (Possibly O\' Dea)1950\'s native of Doon.

Posted June 20, 2009 4:38 pm

Searching for Denis Ryan

My g-g-grandfather was Thomas Ryan born on Dec. 21, 1868 in Doon to Denis & Margaret Ryan. Siblings Denis, Martin, Roger, and Nora. Thomas came to NY in 1892 and married Elizabeth Pidgeon in Manhattan in 1899. I\'m trying to find any relatives, and also having difficulty sifting through Ryans in Limerick.
I\'m trying to narrow down the search in Civil Registration, would Doon Village, Doon N. and Doon S. be in the Tipperary Registration district? Martin & Denis Ryan came to NY, Roger went to California, and I know Nora was a nun and I believe stayed in Doon.

Posted May 27, 2009 4:18 pm

Martin Fitzgerald

Just view the main page alot of interesting facts, was looking for more information on the Fitzgeralds of Liscaugh Doon, uncle Dan Fitzgerald & Aunt Joan Fitzgerald currently residing there.
Originally posted this, but have changed e-mail address; I would appreciate any correspondence in the past to be re-directed

Posted April 25, 2009 5:47 pm

Roisin Carr

Hello, I have found references to my great grandfather on this site. His name was Senan McMahon and was principal of Commonaline National School for some 30 years. I am looking for more information regarding him and his family.

Posted March 26, 2009 3:22 pm

Jerry Ryan

am trying to contact relations that may still be in the Doon area. (I did once meet a cousin Tim Ryan who was the chemist in Doon about 20 yrs or more ago, and I have met Leahys from Emly in Tipperary, descended from Mary Ryan, my Great Aunt)

My grandfather was Thomas Ryan (dob 1872) from Gortavalla/Castlegarde, son of Michael Ryan (schoolmaster) and Margaret Crowe (daughter of Timothy Crowe and Killie Walsh)

He had 11 brothers and sisters:
Mary (who married Mulcahy)

Thomas Ryan migrated to the States about 1894, and many of his brothers joined him there. Unfortunately, we have lost all records of cousins in America and Ireland, and are looking to connect with them both in USA and Ireland.

I am also looking to see if Thomas\'s wife, Mary Kehoe (keogh?) was from Doon as well or did he meet her in New York, where he settled. Thomas had 4 living children: Henry, James, Marguerite and my father Jeremiah (dob 1907)

Posted March 5, 2009 11:29 pm

Paul Ryan

I have an old photo of my grandfather with Relatives at Ri Na Vanna I was hoping to email it to see if anyone can be recognized. I believe it was taken in the 60\'s

Posted November 27, 2008 9:16 am

Colette Cummins

woooo...... go onnnn doon boi....st.joseph`s some school....woooooooooo.....

Posted September 1, 2008 5:38 am

Steve Franklin

Help needed! I have been corresponding regularly with a George Franklin who was living in Lisowen, near Doon. Recently I have been unable to contact him, although my emails to him are not bouncing. I would appreciate it if someone in the area of Lisowen could check to see if he still lives there, or any other information which might indicate why suddenly no contact. Thanx in advance.

Posted August 13, 2008 8:09 pm


Great website - lots of fascinating info. We are looking for Dundon\'s and O\'Connells.
Bridget O\'Conell, born 26 February 1854. She was the daughter of David O\'Connell and Margaret Dundon - one or both of whom were from Doon. Bridget and/or her parents emigrated to the US sometime before 1873. Thanks!

Posted July 29, 2008 1:28 pm

Ruth Warner

A very interesting site.
Thank you,
Ruth Warner
New Zealand

Posted July 29, 2008 12:40 pm

Ruth Warner

I arrive in Dublin September 3rd. I have 13 days but still not sure which day I will be in Doon. My family are HOURIGAN and HAYES. If there are any descendants of Thomas HOURIGAN and Margaret HAYES still living in the area I would love to make contact with you. If interested please leave a contact number with Fr. T RYAN as I have made arrangements with him to visit the church and view some of the records.
Hoping to find some relatives still in DOON . I am the GGGGranddaughter of Thomas and Margaret HOURIGANS nee HAYES from their son Daniel, b: 08 April 1835.
Thank you,
Ruth Warner
New Zealand but actually from Perth Western Australia where Daniel died in 1919.

Posted June 24, 2008 11:42 pm

Jennifer Leahy

How is Alan O\'Brien doing these days...havent heard from him in a while. I used listen to him on Galtee Radio. give him my regards

Posted April 13, 2008 2:30 pm

Shane Ware

I recently found out I had ancestors from Doon, Limerick - Michael & Catherine Behan. They had a duaghter Mary who was married to Michael Mulcahy c.1833 & had various children at Kilcommon, Tipperary, before immigrating to Australia in 1853. Any info on Behan or Mulcahys, would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

Posted March 27, 2008 4:07 pm

Martin Robinson

I am trying to contact anyone who knows anything about John and Johanna(nee Curtain) Robinson and their family who lived in Doon from about 1840 to 1860.
One of their sons, George,came to England. One,John emigrated to Pittsburgh and after their father\'s death the other five and their mother went to New Zealand.
May I also congratulate you on the fascinating site about Doon

Posted March 18, 2008 3:54 pm
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There is still a limited number of 2007\'s Doon Parish Journal available. The cost is €10. I can send an email with the address to request copies.

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