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Recorded as O'Dooley, Dooley and Dooly, this is a famous Irish surname. It originates from the 12th century Gaelic O' Dubhlaoich meaning 'The male descendant of the Dark Hero' and as such a reference to the first chief of the clan. He may have been Celtic or Breton, as the early history of the clan may suggest that they were 'comer ins'. Nevertheless the clan chiefs were also known as the Lords of Fertullagh in County Westmeath, in medieval times. Arguments over land tenure with the O'Melaghins and the Tyrrells, lead to a migation to the lower slopes of the Slieve Mountains, where some nameholders remain today...

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Margaret Pierson

I am the granddaughter of Richard Hubert Dooley of Mt. Nebo, W.Va. USA. Birthdate was July 30 1903(?) He and my grandmother, Rhoda Thomas Dooley had 11 children-Eldon, Arley, Edna Dooley Moore(my mother) David, Harold, Gerald, Velda, Darla, Ruth, Retha, and Louise. He had a brother, Emmet Dooley, sister Myrtle Chipps, sister Mae who died at the age of 18 from a nose bleed. I know our family came from Ireland but have no idea what area or what year. My great grandfathers' name was John Wesley Dooley.

Jean Elizabeth Mills

My grandfather was Simon Dooley from County Clare, Ireland. They had 8 children. He was killed in a car accident o\n April 13, 1924, in Chciago.


Simon Dooey came to the USA on the Oceanic in 1902 with his cousin Michael Russell and settled in Chicago, IL.

Chrystal Fraser

Sorry that is "Virginia"!

Chrystal Fraser

My maiden name was Dooley, my mom is a Dooley, and my grandfather was a Dooley. His name was Olly Dooley. He was from Mississippi and his dad was from Verging.


My great grandfather was named Jeremiah Dooley. He supposedly was from around Rome, New York ( Oneida County ) and born around 1841. However, someone thinks he could have actually been born in Ireland. He likely fought in the Civil War. Cannot find out names of his parents, where in Ireland they were from or names of any brothers or sisters. would like help.

Virginia Dickenson

My mother just passed away. Her maiden name was Bettie Dooley. My grandfather was Reginald Dooley. They were from West Virginia.


My great grandfather.micheal father Michael Dooley and me Margaret Dooley Vines


I am the great granddaughter of James Patrick Dooley of Rathgibbon, Co Offaly one of 8 children. His parents were Kieran Dooley b1830-d1883 and Mary Tooher b1840-d1915. My Grandfather James left Rathgibbon approximately 1903 ending in Yonkers New York where he married Josephine Murray also of Dowras Co Offaly the daughter of John Murray and Martha Kilkeary. They had 3 children Kieran. James Brendan. and My father Gerald Patrick. My Father Gerald Patrick married Anne Emily Brannigan they had 8 children.

Susan Dooley

I’m the granddaughter of George “Freddy” Dooley of Liverpool. He emigrated to New York City in the 1920s. I was able to trace Freddy’s line back several generations in the Liverpool area, to Joseph Dooley in 1820, but haven’t yet found the Irish connection, though I’m sure there is one. I’m visiting Limerick today!

Carole jones

Carole Jones (Nee-Dooley) I am the granddaughter of Charles Dooley. I don't know which part of Ireland his family originated from but they lived in the Wrexam area of North Wales in a village called Gwersyllt and when my grandfather married they moved to a village called Bradley, also in the Wrexam area. They had 6 children, one of whom was my mother, Maureen Dooley. I know that my grandfather's mother was named Jayne. I wish I knew more as I am so interested to know my family history. Hello to all you Dooley families.

Mike Stanley

I am the grandson of Robert Lynville Dooley. His grandfather came through Ellis Island in the late 1800s. My wife and I will be in Ireland this June. We would love to meet with some of the relatives.

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