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Posted May 11, 2013 3:36 am

Dianne Holmes nee Dwyer

Great site! Looking for Dwyer\'s still in Losset/Knockanavar area. Left the area in 1840s and ended up in Canada. Any help is much appreciated.

Posted April 28, 2013 12:27 pm
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Paula Reid

Researching Carey/Carew family of Curraghakimikeen (Croughmakeen), Doon.

Posted April 9, 2013 1:23 am

Sean Sullivan

I am trying to locate where in Ireland my great grand parents Patrick Sullivan and Ellen Barry came from in Ireland. They had a daughter Bridget Sullivan that was born in Ireland 1861- 1863. I have searched different database and I have found one Bridget Sullivan with Patrick S and Ellen B as parents in Cappamore, Limerick. We do not have any anecdotal evidence to verify. I am looking for someone who can help me. Ideally the person would be someone with local knowledge of Limerick. I would like them to review my research and work with me in what things to try next.

Posted March 7, 2013 7:18 am

Diane Anderson

I am trying to trace details of my GGGrandfather Edward Wild I know he lived in Doon Ballycoshown he was born in 1814 he married Mary Ryan they had 3 children only one daughter survived Mary died. He then married Mary Fitzgerald in 1855 and they sailed to Australia on the \"John & Lucy\" arriving Geelong Victoria Australia in 1856. If anyone could help me with any details of Mary Ryan or the Wild/Fitzgerald families I would much appreciate it.

Posted February 22, 2013 11:50 am

Sheila Carroll

I have been researching the Hayes Family of Doon for my family tree---if you have any information please contact me at Carroll_group.com . I will also be happy to share my notes with you.

Posted January 5, 2013 7:56 pm


Hi, I am trying to research the background of my great grandfather, his name was Edward Quigley and we believe he came from Doon, at some point possibly during the civil war he settled in Valentia Island Co Kerry. Any information would be appreciated.


Posted September 21, 2012 1:02 pm

Angie Agius

Hi I am researching my family tree and would appreciate any additional information to the listing on Parish Priests. Canon Thomas O\'Donnell was my GGGrandfathers brother (Michael O\'Donnell of Ballingarry, sth Tipperary) & Rev Patrick O\'Donnell a cousin of my GGrandfather William. Is there any information regarding the sister of Rev Patrick, Johanna listed on the 1901 Census?

Posted September 19, 2012 2:21 pm

cristin ni muirgheasea

If Sheila Carroll would like to email me I have material on the Haye,s Doon. As one of them married a Morrissey relative

Posted September 14, 2012 2:03 pm

Vinny Stokes

To Grainne Gavin. RE:Bill Gavin. Bill was also my Grandad and if you would like to know more and maybe share info on the family you can contact me on vinnystokes09@gmail.com

Posted August 22, 2012 10:48 pm

grainne gavin

hi all i am trying to find info on my family tree more so my grandfather william or bill gavin he came from tippeary doon/oola but i cannot find anything on hes parents who died very young therefore he had to rare hes siblings kitty micheal peggy and \"sonny\".. my grandfather then went to marry mary breen who then had kids john micheal mary phyliss carmel clair and teresa gavin after this we do not know anymore if any1 could help be very grateful..

Posted August 18, 2012 8:01 pm

Celeste Bunton Sheridan

I am looking for information on Foileclera or Foilycleara Parish in Doon, County Limerick. My great-great grandfather John Buckley Ryan was born there on April 23, 1835. I will be in Ireland this October (2012) and would love to find this area and/or records.

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.

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