A GENEALOGICAL MEMOIR OF THE O’DONOVANS FORMERLY KINGS OF UI-FIDUGEINTE COUNTY OF LIMERICK

by One of ‘em

This is an unusual document written in 1901 that claims to trace the Donovan Family through the royal lines of  the KINGS OF UI-FIDUGEINTE, and then takes it back all the way to ADAM.

I heard of it through the Eagle's Whistle ( A Donovan family web site and Newsletter) where Kathleen O'Donovan Brooks offered to send a copy to anyone who wanted it. I had asked her if she knew where it had come from and if their was any copyright on it.  She says of its origin:

"I came by the book by way of my father from my grandfather. [He said that] Grandfather was over in Ireland in the early 1960's and went to the National Archives in Dublin where he found the book.  He photocopied the book page by page.  He gave me a photocopy of this.  The book was published in 1901 by "The Ennis Publishing Co." who I believe may have gone out of  business since I can not find them listed now.  The only author of the book that I know of is listed as "One of Them".  ... I called my uncle who was with my grandfather on that trip.  I thought I better verify some of this stuff that my father had told me.  My uncle says ... that it wasn't from the National Archives but he believes it might have been from the college at Thurles since on the top of the original photocopy it has handwritten "Please return to Rev. Fr ( maybe Frances- it is hard to read) Ryan, St. Patrick's College at Thurles.  I am going to write to the college at Thurles to see if I can find out any more.

When I made the offer to people it certainly wasn't with the intention of publishing this in that only if it would help people with research and not to be sold in any way.  I am not sure of what the copywrite laws would be since I can't find any mention of the Publishing co. now".

I checked general copyright law and found out (at  a government copyright site) that copyrights for "works originally created and published or registered before January 1, 1978 endured for a first term of 28 years" ... and "a renewal term of 67 years and a total term of protection of 95 years."  In short all possible copyrights would have expired in 1996.  Ireland and the U.S. uphold mutual copyright laws, so it is the same in both countries.  So the document is now Public Domain.

I said it is unusual because sometimes it is hard to follow and is often a rant against some other work about the O'Donovan lineage.  The unknown author, lets call him/her "Blank O'Donovan",  brings up and argues against a bunch of issues which, 100 years later, only Blank seems to be familiar with.  In any case it's an interesting read.
 

A GENEALOGICAL MEMOIR OF THE O’DONOVANS FORMERLY KINGS OF UI-FIDUGEINTE COUNTY OF LIMERICK
by One of ‘em