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Encyclopedia > Denis O'Conor Don

Denis O Conor Donn (1912-July 10, 2000) was an Irish genealogist. 1912 was a leap year starting on Monday. ... July 10 is the 191st day (192nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 174 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Genealogy is the study and tracing of family pedigrees. ...


Taken from Irish Roots, Issue No 35. 2000 Third Quarter Number 3, page 4:


"Death of O'Conor Don"


Denis O'Conor Don, President of the Genealogical Society of Ireland, who died on 10 July aged 88 years, belonged to one of the oldest families in Europe. The O'Conors descend from the kings of Connacht and high kings of Ireland. For that reason, the had of the family is regarded as the senior hereditary chieftain of Ireland and has been styled the 'O'Conor don' since the fourteenth century. According to the obituary published in the Irish Times on Saturday 22 July 'it is generally acknowledged that the holder of the title would be the foremost claimant to the Irish throne, if one were porposed. over the last few hundred years, members of the O'Conor family have continued to contribute to the social, political, cultural and religious life of Ireland. The fact that they remained staunchly Catholic during the dark days of the Penal Laws in the eighteenth century , is a source of great pride.'"


"Born in London in 1912, the son of Chalres William O'Conor and Evelyn Lowry-Cowrry, Denis inherited his title in 1981 from his cousin Fr. Charles O'Conor, a Jesuit priest. Since inherititng the O'Conor Don title, Denis used his position to promote an interest in our national heritage from genealogy, local history to archaeology. He became President of the Dun Laoghaire Genealogical Society in 1991 and President of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in 1999. Members remember with sincere fondness the tales of his long and distinguished carrer and life, with which he regaled us over a pint or two following the Society's open meetings which he loved so much."


"He is survived by his wife Rosemay (nee O'Connell Hewett) and three sons. Desmond, Kieran and Rory. A young daughter, Gail, died at the age of thirteen years. Desmond, Denis's eldest son by his first wife Elizabeth Marris, inherits the ancient Irish Gaelic title of O Conchubhair Donn"


 
 

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