Television host and entertainer Phil Donahue (second from left) was awarded with the Irish American Writers and Artists’ annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award in a dinner gala ceremony at New York City’s Manhattan Club in October. Pictured with Donahue above are IAW&A director Maria Deasy, Rosie O’Donnell, and IAW&A presenter Mark Butler. Donahue isRead more..
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They came from Donegal. Legend says they are descended from the 5th-century Ulsterman Niall of the Nine Hostages, whose son Conall was baptized by St. Patrick. It is from Domhnaill (d.901), a descendant of that mythic Conall, that the family name, which has since been anglicized as O’Donnell, emerged. St. Patrick gave the O’Donnells theirRead more..
These three names and others of a similar sound such as Donnellan and Donlon are sometimes confused, as spelling variations have occurred among emigrant families. They are, however, totally distinct, and indeed both the McDonnells and O’Donnells are made up of several distinct septs. The main branch of the O’Donnells, based in Donegal, is theRead more..