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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.

Posted March 2, 2008 8:18 pm

Steve Franklin

I would dearly love to get a copy of a Doon yearbook, similar to the ones produced by the Cappamore Historical Society. Any help appreciated.

Posted January 2, 2008 10:49 pm

Dave OConnell

Cappamore Hist. Soc told me of your site. It\'s great. 11 OConnells are coming to Doon in July \'08 looking for the homested of Patrick Connell in the city, circa 1845-1880. Is there a professional genealogist in Doon to find it? He\'s in GV

Posted December 17, 2007 11:46 pm
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Pat Connors

Wow, I just found this site and when I get the time, I will read all the articles on it. Nice information and pictures.

Posted November 23, 2007 1:49 pm


I am looking for information on any Harneys living in Doon around 1900 - 1920. My gmother was anastasia Harney who I believe was a housekeeper (priests). We are not sure if she was an orphan..

Posted November 5, 2007 4:12 am

Ruth Warner

I am hoping to visit DOON in Sept. 2008. My ROOTS are ther with the HOURIGAN/HOURAGAN and HAYES families. Do any of the above descendants still live there?
New Zealand

Posted October 22, 2007 12:52 pm


This is the link to Brian Kennedy\'s article.


Thanks Brian.

Posted October 6, 2007 5:54 pm
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Brian Kennedy

Padraic, thanks for putting up the link to \"The Irish Kennedys\" relating to my Foilaclera origins. Relatives in Doon these days would be descendants of Jack Ryan Potter whose mother Bridget was born at Foilaclera on 2nd June, 1867.
All the best.
Brian Kennedy

Posted September 21, 2007 9:28 am

Michael Miles

Does anyone know if there are any Cronin\'s or Maher\'s still living in the Doon area? Many thanks

Posted August 19, 2007 8:14 pm

Paul Ryan

I\'m told by my elders that my paternal lineage is from Doon, and I\'m coming around the first week of September. The last contact my family had with my Irish relatives was in the 1960\'s and I don\'t have much information. Does anyone know of a David and Mary Ryan who were about in their forties in 1945 I guess they had a farm and are my great Grand Father, Thomas Gough Ryans,cousins. Anyway I\'m coming in a couple of weeks and hope for a good time.

Paul Ryan

Posted August 19, 2007 4:51 am

Franklyn Brazil

Greetings from Queensland, Australia. My ancestors came from around Doon (Birchgrove) in 1874. I have traced several family members at Glengar, Lackagh and Doon North. Would love to hear any relevant information

Posted August 15, 2007 8:30 am

John Ryan

I believe that there is a publication called \'Bleisce\' which is available in the Doon area. Can anybody advise me how I can obtain copies?

Posted August 2, 2007 3:18 pm

John Ryan

John Ryan here.I have new cooper sk100 hurling helmets for sale.Choose from yellow red green blue and black.They are E110 each and include a killkenny facegaurd and a uniqe carrier bag.Call 0876290923

Posted April 23, 2007 8:58 am
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Tom Condon

Hi all from Bonnie Doon Victoria Australia.So the Irish want to play cricket too....

Posted April 18, 2007 12:35 am

Kathleen Anlage

Thanks for putting up the site.. I stumbled across it after seeing an article on www.foxnews.com about the the parish name. on a side note, can you e-mail me off post regarding Kathleen Horrigan?

Posted April 16, 2007 8:42 pm


Good luck and much support for the name change petition, Dun Bleisce. Be proud of your roots.

Posted April 15, 2007 1:58 pm

Maureen Ahern Davis

Aherns from Doon.


look for Ellen mother of triplets

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