Irish Cousins

Irish Cousins

The Ulster plantation of Ireland, initiated in 1609 by James I to strengthen English rule and reinforce the Protestant Reformation may have led to the concentration of Dowies' in Northern Ireland. Scottish settlers were particularly numerous in north Down and south Antrim and were encouraged to grow flax.

For those that feel their heritage lies south of the border “Dowie” is also accepted as a sept of the Irish Clann .

Clann O'Dunadhaigh

O'Dunadhaigh (Downey)

Variations of the Name:
O'Downey, Downie, Dowie, Dowling, Mcildowney, O'Downie, O'Dowie, O'Dowling

The name O'Downey comes from two parts of Ireland 'Hy Many' in North Galway (11th Century AD) and the other 'Corco Laigde' from North Cork (9th Century AD). O'Downey of 'Hy-Many' traces its race back to Anmchadh, son of Fiachra in the 5th centry, a sept of the race of fiachra, one of the sons of Eocaidh Muigmenan of the Erimon Ui King Milesius. Their territory was called Tir Amagaidh, or Tirawley. They held titles to The kind of Ui. Mailne, Chiefs of Sil Anmchada and Chiefs of Hy Many. Laegaire, a royal heir to the throne of Sil Anmchadha took the name Dunadhaigh(Hy-Many) and its from him, most of the O'Downey of north Connaught descend from. He was related to Tadhg who was King of Ui Maine in 1014and died at the famous battle of Clontarf fighting with Brian Boru who also died in battle.



MODERN COUNTY: Roscommon MEANING: `descendant of Dubhthach'. (The name derived from dubh `black'.) There were septs in Co. Donegal and Co. Monaghan, but in the 14th century the most important was in Roscommon.

Muiredagh and Cele O' Dubhthaigh were both Archbishops of Tuam during the 12th century.

The above Dowie - Dowey connection came to light in 2006 when I contacted Jan Dowie of  "Meet the Family" Family Ancestry Researchers who can confirm that her own Aryshire family had originally come from Ireland and used to spell their name Dowey.


 (O) Duffy, Duhig, Dowey From

The name Duffy or O'Duffy is widespread in Ireland: it is among the fifty commonest surnames; standing first in the list for Co. Monaghan, it is also very numerous in north connacht. It is found in Munster to some extent but there is often takes the form Duhig, while in parts of Donegal it has become Doohey and Dowey. These variants arose from local pronunciations of the Irish O Dubhthaigh, a surname in which the root word is dubh (black). There were several distinct septs of O'Duffy. One belongs to the parish of Lower Templecrone in the diocese of Raphoe, Co. Donegal, the patron saint of which is the seventh century Dubhthach, or Duffy. His kinsmen the O'Duffys were erenaghs and coarbs there for eight hundred years. The Connacht sept, the centre of whose territory was Lissonuffy or Lissyduffy near Stokestown, named after them, was remarkable for the number of distinguished ecclesiastics it produced, particularly in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Among the many abbots and bishops whose names are recorded int he Annals and in the Rental of Cong Abbey, compiled by Tadhg O'Duffy in 1501, the most noteworthy were Cele (also called Cadhla and Catholicus) O'Duffy, Archbishop of Tuam, who was King Roderick O'Connor's ambassador to Henry II in 1175, and Muiredagh O'Duffy (1075-1150), also Archbishop of Tuam. this family was much occupied with ecclesiastical art and was responsible for making the famous Cross of Cong. They are traditionally believed to have originally been located in east Leinster, of the same stock as the O'Byrnes and O'Tooles. The same origin is claimed for the O'Duffys of Monaghan. There, too, they were remarkable for their contribution to the Church; but in this case not for mediaeval dignitaries, but for the extraordinary number of parish clergy of the name: for example, in the lists of priests and sureties compiled for Co. Monaghan in accordance with the Penal Laws in the eighteenth century Duffy is by far the most numerous name. One other priest must be mentioned, though he has no apparent connexion with these, since he was vicar of Tubrid in the diocese of Waterford, viz. Father Eugene (or Owen) O'Duffy (c. 1527-1615), a famous preacher who always used the Irish language in his sermons: he was the author of the well-known satire on the apostate bishop Miler Magrath. In other spheres O'Duffys have distinguished themselves in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Among these we may mention Edward Duffy (1840-1868), the leading Fenian in Connacht, who died in an English prison; Monaghan born James Duffy (1809-1871), the founder of the well-known Dublin publishing firm; and three members of the Gavan Duffy family (which, by the way, is not a hyphenated name) - Sir Charles Gavan Duffy 91816-1903), also of a Co. Monaghan family, founder of the Young Ireland party and The Nation newspaper, subsequently Prime Minister of Victoria, Australia; his son John Gavan Duffy (1844-1917), also a member of the Victoria government, though born in Dublin; and on the third generation a very prominent figure in modern Irish politics, George Gavan Duffy (1882-1951), one of the signatories of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1922 and later President of the High Court of Justice of Ireland. The variant Duhig occurs in Munster. sir James Duhig, the late Archbishop of Brisbane, was born at Limerick in 1871. He held that position for 46 years. His predecessor, the first Archbishop, Robert Dunne (1830-1917), a native of Ardfinnan, Co. Tipperary, held it for 30 years. The first bishop was James Quinn, appointed in 1859. He was so successful in promoting Irish emigration to Australia that his critics sarcastically suggested changing the name of Queensland to Quinnsland. The Mayo surname O Doither, formerly anglicized O'Diff, presents an example of the absorption of uncommon names by common ones: the O'Diffs have now become generally Duffys and so are hardly distinguishable from the O'Duffys or the adjoining county of Roscommon.

Perhaps - the Irish O' Dubhthaigh and Scots  Macgilladubh  are more closely related than I previously thought. Indeed perhaps the Catholic Dowey's and Protestant Dowie's are indeed ancestral cousins.

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