Author Archives: Frank O'Donovan

Daly surname

The surname Daly is among the most widely found in Ireland.  It is an anglicised form of the old gaelic name “Ó’Dálaigh” derived from Dálach meaning ‘one who is present at assemblies‘ or more commonly called Councillor or Assembly person nowadays.  The root word is Dáil, which is the official title of the Irish Parliament, called “Dáil Eireann”.

Donovan, O’Donovan clan

The Uí Fidgenti, Uí Fidgeinti, Uí Fidgente, Uí Fidghente, Uí Fidgeinte or without the í as Ui Fidgenti were an early kingdom of northern Munster, situated mostly in modern County Limerick, but extending into County Clare and County Tipperary, and possibly even County Kerry and County Cork, at maximum extents, and this varied over time. The Gaelic  = descendents of, or of the tribe of.   The tribe in this case being Fidgenti, or any of its spelling variations.  The Donovans or O’Donovans came from the Bruree region of County Limerick where in early christian times this was the territory of Uí Fidgente.  These were divided into two branches, viz. Uí Chairpri in the East and Uí Chonaill Gabhra to the West.  This may nowadays be written without the í as Ui Chairpri or maybe as Ui Chairpre.  As a result of ongoing feuds they were driven from there by the O’Briens about 1178.  The O’Donovans eventually settled in West Cork in the Glandore – Rosscarbery region and soon the Uí Chairpri name was given to the large region today known as Carbery.

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Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday (also called as Pancake Tuesday) is a Tuesday often in February or maybe  March, depending on the date of Easter Sunday.  Easter Sunday is calculated as the first Sunday after the first full moon after 21 March.  Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians.  For Roman Catholics it is the day before a period of penance and fasting so consequently Shrove Tuesday was traditionally a day to use up food and pancake making was popular.  “Mardi Gras” is French for “Fat Tuesday“, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.  Lent meant abstaining from eggs and all dairy products, so all of these had to be used up before Ash Wednesday and hence pancakes were made on Shrove Tuesday.

Shrove as it is often called was a very common day for people to get married and a browse at Catholic Marriage Registers will show this.  We can see examples of over 20 marriages taking place in any one Parish on that day.  Also a browse through our Remembrance Garden on will show that many of the marriage dates for Ireland are on Shrove Tuesday or perhaps the previous day.

Bantry Town Council abolished

On the stroke of midnight on 31 May 2014 Bantry Town Council, like so many others, was abolished.  From its beginning in the town in August 1896 the elected Body in Bantry was known as Bantry Town Commissioners.  In January 2002 the name changed to Bantry Town Council.  This was because nationally former Town Commissioners and Urban District Councils were to be called Town Councils.  So the elected Body in Bantry was called Bantry Town Council – but today it is gone !! – just like its neighbours Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Bandon, Passage West , etc

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa family & genealogy

Jeremiah was a son of Denis Donovan and Ellen Driscoll whose ancestors include Teige Mac Teige, Dermot Mac Teige MacEneslis ( – 1688), Donal O’Donovan Rossa (Teige) who married Joanna Reagh, and Joseph O’Donovan Rossa.

Jeremiah was born in Rosscarbery, Co. Cork on 4th September 1831 and baptised, Jerh, in that Parish on that day with Sponsors Jer Shanahan and Margt Driscol. To view family and genealogy then Click Here

Bantry Town Commissioners / Bantry Town Council 1896 – 2014

Below is the Introduction taken from the 60 page Summary of the Minutes of Bantry Town Commissioners / Bantry Town Council over its 118 year lifespan. To read the full summary of the Minutes then please CLICK HERE.


I was Town Engineer in Bantry from March 1987 to May 2009. When I realised that the Town Council would cease to exist after 31 May 2014 I volunteered to do a quick summary of the Minutes of the Town Commissioners / Town Council over the 118 year lifespan. My compilation is a brief summary, from the Minutes, of the work of the public representatives.
I have endeavoured, as much as possible, to use text from the Minutes and avoid colouring any part of my summary with my own impressions.        Continue reading

Forde, Ford, Galway

Spelling of names in Ireland in the 1800′s was unreliable and variations are often found and we have examples of Ford, Foard and Forde being used. Similarly we find Donlon, Donellan, Donnellan, etc. It seemed to depend on the person recording a birth or marriage. Many of the people in that era were not literate. Hence name and address spellings were often very varied.

It is thought the first Ford in the Ballynacurragh area was John Ford who came from Raheen, just West of Athenry, Co. Galway. He married A. Donnellan. They had 17 children and the eldest and youngest were Priests in Co. Galway.

Donovans in Reavouler, Drinagh in Griffith’s Valuation

These are the Donovan people listed in the townland of Reavouler, Drinagh, Co. Cork in Griffith’s Valuation. Their respective Plot References are shown in brackets and the first names are shown on the extract of the map herewith taken from Griffith’s Valuation.

  • Denis Donovan (4a)
  • Denis Donovan (4b)
  • Denis Donovan (5)
  • Timothy Donovan (6 a, b, c)
  • Timothy Donovan (8)
  • James Donovan (9)
  • James Donovan (15)
  • John Donovan (16 a, b)
  • Bartholomew Donovan (16b)
  • John Donovan (17a)
  • James Donovan (17a)
  • James Donovan (17b)
  • Michael Donovan (18)

Reavouler Donovan in Griffiths