Volume 7, Issue 4   October 2004
Editor:  Regina Donovan (ewhistle@donovansweb.com)

P.O. Box 3174

Pearland, Texas 77588-3174

2005 Steering Committee Members

Andrea Donovan          adono22721@aol.com 
John Emmett Donovan     donovanje@frontiernet.net

Jim Donovan             dono3@wccs.net

Shauna Donovan          donovanshauna@hotmail.com
Pat Reardon             par500@aol.com

     Each of them is open to ideas, suggestions etc. Please do not hesitate to contact them directly.


Upcoming events

November 2nd – 12thTake a survey to help plan a better Gathering. Even if you are not planning on attending – your input is important and appreciated. Gathering Survey

November 27th – 10a.m. – 1 p.m. Massachusetts Group meeting in Boston. Location –Irish Cultural Centre. Light lunch will be served. Please let me know if you will be attending so we get enough food and enough handouts.

July 5th – 9th 2005 – 2nd Worldwide O’Donovan Clan Gathering.

            Want to arrange for a local meeting in your area. Just let me know and I will include the info in the next issue or notify everyone in your area if it happens between issues. I do have some event space currently unused at the Hotel. If you are interested in organizing an event (for example, all New Zealanders meet for 2 hours or all those having trouble doing research in South America) let me know and we will see if something can be worked out. We might as well make the best use of the space we have.

            Any group that wants to organize/host an event inside the hotel should contact Regina for space availability. There are some rooms at some times that are not yet being utilized. Want to get all the people from Canada or Australia or California together? Want to talk about research techniques? Just let me know what you have in mind and I will check for available space.

            Fundraising/Donations – I have had many requests for the t-shirts from the first Gathering as well as the booklets.  In order to kick off the fundraising efforts for 2005 I have had a few more shirts done up and gotten some of the booklets as well. Please contact me for availability and pricing. As for donations, securing a central location for 2005 will require more cash than we had over from last time. Anyone able to help even a little will be gratefully acknowledged in the upcoming issues. All mail can be addressed to the P.O. Box listed above.

Regina Donovan           eweditor@houston.rr.com

Events for 2005

We had more ideas than people to assign them to so below you will find all the ideas. Those that have someone working on them have the contact name listed as well. If you are interested in helping with that event, please contact the person listed. If you can help with any non-assigned ideas, please contact the editor for current available information. If you can help or have ideas for any of the events already assigned, please contact the person listed.

1.                  Opening Ceremonies at Castle Island – Carol Donovan donocj@aol.com

2.                  Lectures - John Emmett Donovan donovanje@frontiernet.net Plan for some Ancient history that specifically includes our clan, some history or our contributions to our Faith and to our countries.  We certainly are going to present the best speakers we can find to guide us to the best sources for our own genealogies, on all continents. There will be at least one day, two three-hour sessions, at the hotel.  Some groups may be small, some as large as 300.

3.                  Jeanie Johnston - Andrea Donovan boston2005@aol.com

4.                  Kennedy Library Tour/Event - Andrea Donovan boston2005@aol.com

5.                  O'Donovan Rossa Presentation – this exhibit will be at the Boston College Library – suggestions etc. - Martha Alhquist mahlqui@harthosp.org

6.                  Registration - Regina Donovan   eweditor@houston.rr.com I will need help with handing out ticket/info packets at registration/selling t-shirts etc./manning check in tables at the larger events etc. I plan to keep each volunteer only a few hours so it will not interfere with too many other activities

7.                  Booklet - Advertising/Gathering Program/Directory of Worldwide Donovan’s etc. - Pat Reardon par500@aol.com

8.                Reserve space at the Esplanade for July 4th for those who come to town early   Pat Reardon par500@aol.com

9.                  Morning walk/run Running/Walking Groups will meet every morning in the Cambridge Marriott hotel lobby.   A Donovan familiar with the downtown Boston area will provide copies of local exercise routes that range from 1 mile to 6 miles. People can join one of several groups depending on the distance and pace they want to go that day. Information will also be provided about other exercise options for other times/days (e.g., walking tours, renting bicycles, renting roller blades, etc.). Even if you prefer to exercise on your own feel free to stop down to pick up an information flyer and meet some other fitness oriented Donovan's!  Colleen Donovan   irish_ski_nut@yahoo.com

10.            Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston - you set the pace, get on and off as you please with an all day pass. Trolley will pick up right outside the hotel. Regina Donovan   eweditor@houston.rr.com

11.              Great Blue Hill Hike on the outskirts of Boston!  Get a view of the city skyline and get some cardio exercise.  We'll hike a portion of the skyline trail to the top of Buck Hill.  Three-hour hike will be from 9am till noon. You must be in good shape to join us, as there are some strenuous portions of the hike. Joe & Beth Donovan donovanjoebeth@comcast.net

12.              Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise - you and 499 other Clan Members tour the city from the water as the sun sets. Kathleen Lyons klyons@fastnetmedia.com

13.              Closing CeremoniesMichael O’Donovan modonovan@stkinternational.com

14.              Seated dinner at the Hotel Kathleen Lyons klyons@fastnetmedia.com

15.              Lexington/Concord/Whale Watching TourTerrance Donovan  twdonovan@yahoo.com

16.              Boston Area Merchants Sponsorships/Donations.

17.              Day tour to visit Famine Memorial in New York City & Ellis Island (see web site in related links)

18.              Day event touring the Lowell area -

19.              Day trip to Hyannis to view the Kennedy Compound.

20.              Fund Raising

21.              Day Tour of Boston via the "Duck Boat/Bus".

22.              Bike tour of the Boston Area.

23.              Afternoon sail on the Charles River

24.              Tour of MIT's Aeronautical School

25.              Day bus trip to Yankee Candle Factory

26.              Day trip to Foxwoods Casino

27.              Boston Red Sox - assuming there is a home game during the Gathering.

28.              We will need live music for one or more of these events - any ideas?

29.              George's Island - Boston Harbor, which is the site of a still extant Civil War fort with a very interesting history.

30.              Deer Island - at the end of the Winthrop peninsula, has a burial ground for many Irish who died of typhus and other diseases upon their arrival in Boston.  Look into getting a historian who could take people on a tour of the site.

31.              Souvenirs - for example - fold up lawn chairs, T-shirts, bags, golf shirts etc.

32.              What is your idea?


Central Location for 2005

            I have arranged for a group rate for those attending the Gathering at the Boston Marriott Cambridge. The discounted rate is $99 per night plus tax. The rate is good from 7/3/05 – 7/9/05 so feel free to show up early or stay late.  There are a limited number of rooms blocked out at this rate so make your reservation as early as you can. As of 10-7-04 15% of the available rooms had been booked so I encourage you to make your reservations as quickly as possible. The events that I already know will either take place at or leave from the hotel include – Running/Walking Groups, Registration, Old Town Trolley, Opening Ceremonies, Lectures, Lexington/Concord Tour, Seated Dinner, and the Duck Tours. It is obviously the place to be if you are coming from out of town.

There are a few suites available in the hotel for $450 per night (regularly $600/night). They have two different types, hospitality and executive. The hospitality suites have a boardroom table and a sitting area with a Murphy bed (in the wall).  The executive suites have a sitting area and dry bar with French doors into the sleeping room with bathroom attached. In order to book these you will need to call the hotel and speak to a person.

I will be keeping a list of those who cannot get into the hotel for the discounted rate. If this is the case, please let me know what nights and I will e-mail you if space becomes available. I may be able to get the hotel to give us more rooms at the discounted rate, or someone else may change/cancel their reservation.


If you want to call the hotel:


877-901-2080 and ask for the Clan O’Donovan block. They are there 24 hours a day so no worry about the time difference.


If you want to book online follow these simple steps:


Ä     Go to http://www.marriott.com/

Ä     Select Boston/MA

Ä     Select Boston Cambridge Center Marriott, click on Make Reservations

Ä     Choose Dates for your check-in and check-out

Ä     Scroll Down and enter the 7-letter code under “Group Code


Ä     Click on “Check Rates & Availability

Ä     Click on “Reserve It” to make your reservation

Ä     Complete the requires fields in the online reservation form

***Please note that a credit card number is required in all bookings

If you attempt to book a reservation that begins prior to the start of the group (7/3/05), you will receive a message “INVALID ARRIVAL DATE FOR GROUP.” If you attempt to make a reservation staying beyond the dates of the room block (7/9/05), you will receive a message, “INPUT END DATE PAST MINI END DATE.”  You will need to call the hotel direct to check on rates and availability for dates before and/or after the conference.  Since room blocks tend to sell out, I strongly recommend you make your reservation for the dates of the conference and then call the hotel to add extra days.


Reservations for 2005 Events

            I am planning on beginning to take reservations for individual events January 3rd of 2005. This is far enough out that we will be able to meet our commitments to bus companies, caterers etc. but not so far out that the average attendee will be unsure about attending. Individual event costs will be published in the January 2nd issue of the newsletter to help facilitate your choosing which events to attend.


2005 T-shirts/souvenirs

            A great idea for Holiday gifts. I will take and send pre-orders until May 1st of 2005 and after that, you can purchase them during the event itself. Below is what will be on the golf shirts and can be ordered on either a Red or a Kelly green shirt (please specify). The T-shirts are all red will say “DONOVAN/CLAN REUNION/BOSTON, MA 2005” in white lettering. The T-shirts are the same brand as last time (Hanes Beefy-T’s).


            Okay, the shirts –

1.       All proceeds go to help pay the costs of the 2005 Gathering. This will help us to keep the cost of tickets to individual events down.

2.       T-shirts – available in red with white lettering “Donovan/Clan Reunion/Boston, MA 2005”. The shirts are the same Hanes Beefy-T’s 100% cotton that we used last time. Children’s S, M, L; Adults S, M, L, XL are $15 each with S&H in the US $3 for first shirt and additional $2 for each after that.  Adults XXL are $18 (same shipping) and XXXL are $19 (same shipping). Anyone ordering more than three shirts (including the golf shirts) at the same time for delivery to the same address contact me for discounted S&H costs. Please be sure to include shipping address.

3.       Golf Shirts - available in either Emerald Green or Bright Red (please be sure to specify) with the logo below on the left chest. Men’s Cotton Pique 6.5 oz 100% cotton. Taped welt collar and welt cuffs. Two button with pearlized buttons. Double-needle stitched hemmed bottom. Sizes – S, M, L, & XL are $35 each. 2X, 3X & 4X please contact me for prices. Women’s Cotton Pique 6.5 oz 100% cotton. Taped welt collar and welt cuffs. Four button with pearlized buttons. Double-needle stitched hemmed bottom. Sizes – S, M, L, & XL are $35 each. 2X, 3X please contact me for prices. S&H is $3.50 for first shirt and additional $2.25 for each after that. Anyone ordering more than three shirts (including t-shirts) at the same time for delivery to the same address contact me for discounted S& H costs. Please be sure to include shipping address.

4.       I do still have some of the 2000 t-shirts and a couple of the golf shirts still available along with the booklet that was done for the 2000 Gathering. Please contact if interested for availability and pricing.

5.     You can e-mail your order and pay via paypal (paypal.com credit cards not accepted) to eweditor@houston.rr.com or Mail order along with check or money order in US dollars to Regina Donovan; P.O. Box 3174; Pearland, TX  77588-3174




?, Donovan

My husband recently learned that he is a Donovan (was adopted at birth). We are trying to locate a female Donovan who was born in Massachusetts in 1950 or 1951, and may have attended college in California during 1969. Any help would be appreciated.

Lorna Maxwell  themaxwellclan@earthlink.net


William & Mary Donovan


I am wondering if my husband’s family is in relation to yours. There is a William and Mary Donovan that came from County Cork, Ireland in 1847 and moved to Arthur, Canada.  Their son, John Donovan, born in Country Cork, Ireland moved to Arthur also.  His son, David Donovan born in Arthur (4/25/1872) moved in 1885 from Guelph Canada to the Dakota Territory and clamed land in Brown Country near the city Hecla South Dakota. This is the farthest back info. I have. I am having trouble finding more.

April Nix dingoberrydoodle@msn.com


Boston Area Pictures

            I would like to help people begin to become familiar with the Boston area, the sites and attractions that are there to visit. If you have any digital pictures of places and events that you would like to share, please e-mail them to me and I will endeavor to put them on the website to help the visiting segment of the Clan that will be there in July. Thanks so much for your help.

Regina Donovan eweditor@houston.rr.com


Research Aids



I have published a number of books over the last ten years and some of them would be of interest to anyone studying O’Donovan History. We are offering three books together at a specially reduced rate. The Castles and Fortified Houses of West Cork   With an extensive historical introduction and details of the history and remains of the monuments March Into Oblivion  The story of the tragic events following the Battle of Kinsale in 1602. The Castles of The Kingdom Of Kerry  Companion volume to the West Cork, book published in July 2004. These three books for a total of € 30.00 (Euro) plus carriage. For US delivery this works out at $ 48.50 total.

            The books are listed along with my other titles and some antiquarian volumes on my pages at http://www.abebooks.com/

Michael J Carroll


Lost Friends

I have been at this for more than six years now and have heard from hundreds of families. The following is a list of "Lost Friends". Perhaps they changed their addresses or I just did not copy them well. In any event, if you are one of the listed or know of any of them please let me know how to reach them. If you send me updated information, please include the old e-mail address so I update the correct person.

1.    ?, Cindy                            cindy5712@cs.com

2.    Barnet, Murray                      bambam@pac.com.au

3.    Barsanti, Gregory & Janice R.       vtcpa555@aol.com

4.    Butler, Kimberly                    butler@pagosa.net

5.    Campbell, Mary                      marymtc@attibi.com

6.    Ciriello, Marie                     mc2@quixnet.net

7.    Donovan, Brian                      briand@picknowl.com.au

8.    Donovan, Chris                      chriz@shagfest.co.uk

9.    Donovan, Daniel                     ruthdadbis@ns.ca

10.Donovan, David                      beermk2@aol.com

11.Donovan, Deirdre                    deirdreshannon00@aol.com

12.Donovan, Eddie                      eddie@eddiedonovan.com

13.Donovan, Eileen                     edonovan2@hotmail.com

14.Donovan, Elaine                     elaine.donovan@ac.com

15.Donovan, Ellen M.                   ballett67@aol.com

16.Donovan, H.                         donovansystems@home.com

17.Donovan, James Patrick              mrpat_55@yahoo.com

18.Donovan, Janelle                    janelledon@aol.com

19.Donovan, Jennifer                   jdonovan@horngroup.com

20.Donovan, Jerome E.                  jeromedono@irishabroad.com

21.Donovan, Jim & Mary W.              donovanresources@earthlink.net

22.Donovan, Joe                        jdonovan@mediaone.net

23.Donovan, John Daniel                theworldofjd@aol.com

24.Donovan, John J.                    donmjd@aol.com

25.Donovan, Joseph D.                  cocoasdad@aol.com

26.Donovan, Katie Elizabet             katiedkatied@hotmail.com

27.Donovan, Kevin                      KEVIN_DONOVAN@SUTH.COM

28.Donovan, Kevin T.                   kdonovah2000@yahoo.com

29.Donovan, Lawrence L.                llink212@aol.com

30.Donovan, Lucas                      ldonovan@pecom.com.ar

31.Donovan, Mark                       riverview@thezone.net

32.Donovan, Matthew                    donovan@pe.net

33.Donovan, Michael                    sdonovan@lineone.net

34.Donovan, Michael                    michael.donovan@lycos.com

35.Donovan, Michael                    bic@netconnect.com.au

36.Donovan, Michael E.                 sbdmed@prodigy.net

37.Donovan, Mike & Sue                 miked@orcon.net.nz

38.Donovan, Norman Jeremiah Joseph     norm@cell2000.net

39.Donovan, Patricia                   pat@penny3.fsnet.co.uk

40.Donovan, Peggy                      celticheart1@msn.com

41.Donovan, Peter                      peter.bancom@cwcom.net

42.Donovan, Richard                    rldonovan@erg-va.com

43.Donovan, Ryan                       metallphys@aol.com

44.Donovan, Shannon                    shannon.donovan@multex.com

45.Donovan, Shaun                      phantasm25@erols.com

46.Donovan, Steve                      steve@donovan.screaming.net

47.Donovan, Tom                        tdonovan@advertools.net

48.Donovan-Calhoun, Jennifer           jennifercalhoun@msn.com

49.Donovan-Eadie, Jacqueline           geadie7420@earthlink.net

50.Donovan-Punohu, Anne Marie          le'at@yahoo.com

51.Donovan Jr., Bernard T.             donovan@home.com

52.Donovan Jr., Francis V.             fvdonovan@home.com

53.Donovan Jr., James Patrick          schmroc@aol.com

54.Dugan, Joy                          makohoh1@aol.com

55.Garrett, Nicola                     nicola.garrett@westminister.com

56.Girouard, Bob & Irene               idgbob@email.msn.com

57.Gonzales, Marcella                  endeavor34@aol.com

58.Hoskinson, George Donovan           george.hoskinson@bigfoot.com

59.Keeney, Kevin                       kevin@mailcity.com

60.Lewellyn, George & Lorraine         glewelyn@leblink.com

61.Moreth, Jerry & Judy Donovan        jmandco2@aol.com

62.Morrison, Sue Strout                gypsy_donovan@hotmail.com

63.Myrick-Barnett, Belinda             bandb4951@aol.com

64.O’Brien, Doris Donovan              deeob@worldpath.net

65.O’Donovan, Bill & Mary              liamo@telus.net

66.O’Donovan, Mick                     mick3195@aol.com

67.O’Donovan, Tammy                    tammyod@pc2000.co.zw

68.O’Hara, Catherine                   reoh@mediaone.net

69.Osborne, David                      dmakado@aol.com

70.Peltosalo, Edward Boxstrom          finnmaclugh@aol.com

71.Ryan, Tara                          tara_ryan@hmco.com

72.Schadler, Lori                      geroinya.fair@rcn.com

73.Schlosser, Charlotte                charlotteswebfl@webtv.net

74.Squires, Jeanette                   jeanetesquires@eastlink.ca

75.Tanner, Geoff                       tannergeoff@hotmail.com

76.Taylor, Susan                       texascowgirlx1@aol.com

77.Tramba, Dana Dee Donovan            dandyt123@aol.com

78.Watson, Lea Donovan                 avcc@edelphia.net

79.Westley, Monica Shiel               sawston@aol.com

80.Wethewax, Carolyn                   wether@eznet.net

81.Wilson, Jeffrey Lee                 jlbwilson@dls.net

82.  Wooten, Kathy                       rayzor46@msn.com


O’Donovan/Donovan Sites

These sites are run by Donovan’s and for Donovan’s


Donovan Web Site   Donovan Website – photos from 1st Gathering, Chat Rooms etc.


J. Randy Dunavan         Family Tree info for Randy Dunavan


Janelle Donovan -     Singer/Songwriter. Includes her biography, song clips and her upcoming schedule.

Michael O'Donovan  General history of the Clan as well as a personal tree of the web master

O'Donovan's Hotel    Site of one of the functions during the 1st Clan Gathering

The O'Donovan         Brief history of the current Chief

Regina Donovan       Family Tree info for Regina Donovan

Austin O'Donovan     Author of two books about Limerick City


Boston Sites

Irish Cultural Centre  WGBH Celtic Sojourn Brian O'Donovan    Boston Irish Online    Boston Irish Reporter

Boston Visitors Bureau        Mass. Visitors           Aerial Map - Boston     Metro Dist. Comm. Boston

Boston     South Boston     JFK Library     Boston Irish Heritage Trail   Walking Tours  Old North Church

Irish Famine Memorial  Cheers/Bull & Finch Pub     Harbor Cruises     City Pass     Bay State Cruise Co.

Duck Tours     Dining Cruises     Harpoon Brewery     Samuel Adams Brewery     Faneuil Hall Market     Concord Museum

Children's Museum     Discovery Museum     New England Aquarium     Old Sturbridge Village     Freedom Trail

Gardner Museum     Tall Ships     MA Travel & Tourism     Port Authority     MA Turnpike     MBTA "T"     Amtrak




Irish Department of Public Affairs          Virtual Tour Ireland      Irish Abroad     Browse Ireland


Irish Tourist Board        Ireland Information       Jeanie Johnston Search Ireland              Learn Irish


Dublin Ohio Irish Festival         


Donal O'Shaughnessy features a database of Irish songs at http://www.irishsongs.com/archive.asp The database can be
browsed by clicking on a letter link, your can see the entire database by selecting all. If you'd rather search there's a simple keyword search.

Each title links to its lyrics, and the ones with the sound icons are downloadable as Real audio files. (Sometimes not
the whole song; "All For Me Grog" was a sixteen-second snippet.)


Notes From the Editor


            Now is the time to begin thinking about what you can do to help make the 2005 Gathering even better. Do you know local merchants in the area that might be willing to donate money/facility for an event or in return for advertising? Do you know a singer/band that might donate their time? Have a fundraising idea? Have your own idea for an event?  Do you know someone who does silk screening of T-shirts, makes buttons or makes something else we might use as souvenirs? We might as well give the money to a Clan Member. Want to help the Gathering be the best it can be? Volunteer a few hours to an event that interests you. Contact the listed part directly or contact me and I can put you together with who needs help. Interested in picking a time and a place for Clan Members in your area to get together? Let me (or one of the Steering Committee Members) know.
    The next issue will be up January 2nd and will be the last one prior to the Gathering that will include anything other than information directly related to the Gathering. I will be happy to hold onto requests for help and other articles for publication in the August issue. Beginning in February, the newsletter will be dedicated to the Gathering itself – how many tickets for events are still available, Q & A and suggestions about Boston and the Gathering etc. Deadline for article submission is December 13th.