Virtual Gathering Submissions

Welcome to the O’Donovan Virtual Gathering!

O’Donovans worldwide are participating in a Virtual Clan Gathering from 6-12 June, 2021. If you’re a member of the O’Donovan/Donovan extended family, we encourage you to submit a story, photo essay, short video or memoir that can be shared with all.

Read more about the Virtual Gathering concept and how to participate!



Peter Spencer - Queensland, AUS

” I am an O’Donovan via my mother known by the alias of Mary Margaret Maynard, whose father was Thomas Donovan of Clonakilty. Tom was a cousin of Michael Collins, and apparently a key pre-IRA member. He came to Australia in the early 1900s under the alias of Maynard – an identity pinched from a retired Artillery Gunner on the isle of Wight. Mum always insisted the I was an O’Donovan (pronounced with the “DUNAVIN”) through her father and that our family was very ancient. DNA testing has actually shown this to be true – I tested positive to the Ui Fidgente, and also to the Galicians who assimilated with the O’Connells in 200BC.

Lastly our ‘Given Name’ of Spencer (as he dispensed with some French) was bestowed to our John O’Connell of Kilkenny, a warlord and his men privately hired by Henry V as his personal protection force at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. John was an O’Connell – as am I. Finally we live in Karana Downs (google Maps it!) at the western edge of Brisbane Queensland surrounded by the Brisbane River and the D’Aguilar Range to the north. I have also included some sites of particular significance to us as you will see, Enjoy the Gathering! I look forward to everyone’s posts as we all join together as a single Family. Thank you.

Click here to view some snapshots of our Celtic/O’Donovan life in Australia.


Kathleen Lyons - Cork, Ireland & Cape Cod, MA USA

“My O’Donovan roots spring from my maternal grandmother, Mary Magdalene O’Donovan, an intrepid and determined lady, who emigrated from Goleen, West Cork, to New England in 1906. As a young woman, she lived and worked in Norwich, Connecticut, near family who had made the move before her. Nana’s sister Kate O’Donovan also came to America around the same time, eventually joining the Congregation of St. Joseph of Boston, serving as a Sister for over 60 years. We’ve always kept in touch with our Irish relations, and all through childhood I dreamed seeing them one day. I first traveled to Ireland as a student in 1971, for a summer job at the Shannon Airport hotel, traveling the length and breadth of the country and, yes, finally meeting my Irish family. I’m now bi-coastal: winter resident of the USA, summer citizen of Cork.

Here’s a brief glimpse of my Bi-Coastal life, (YouTube) and some beloved O’Donovan faces – Perhaps we’re related!