Michael Donovan
Death Date : 13 Jan 1870
Mary Lynch
Death Date : Not Available

Co. Cork

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Michael Donovan
Mary Lynch


The Uí Fidgenti, Uí Fidgeinti, Uí Fidgente, Uí Fidghente, Uí Fidgeinte or without the í as Ui Fidgenti were an early kingdom of northern Munster, situated mostly in modern County Limerick, but extending into County Clare and County Tipperary, and possibly even County Kerry and County Cork, at maximum extents, and this varied over time. The Gaelic  = descendents of, or of the tribe of.   The tribe in this case being Fidgenti, or any of its spelling variations.  The Donovans or O'Donovans came from the Bruree region of County Limerick where in early christian times this was the territory of Uí Fidgente.  These were divided into two branches, viz. Uí Chairpri in the East and Uí Chonaill Gabhra to the West.  This may nowadays be written without the í as Ui Chairpri or maybe as Ui Chairpre.  As a result of ongoing feuds they were driven from there by the O'Briens about 1178.  The O'Donovans eventually settled in West Cork in the Glandore - Rosscarbery region and soon the Uí Chairpri name was given to the large region today known as Carbery.


There were two main branches of the O'Donovans, these were Clan Cathail and Clan Lochlainn.  However, the use of various nicknames used after Donovan was adopted to distinguish different families in an area with similar surnames.  These nicknames are called 'agnomens'.  Agnomen names used by Donovan clans include Scartagh, Reagh, Baid, Island, Donn, Dhiel, Bawn, Rossa, Blackstaff and Mountain. Some of these were also used by other families.  Variations in the spelling of the surname varied through the centuries to include Donovan, Donnovane, O'Donovane, Mc Donovane and in Irish (Gaelic), Ó Donnabháin.



Michael Donovan was one of the names listed on the Donovan page here and he was a brother of Jeremiah Donovan

They were Donovan Scartagh (Skorta). - meaning courageous !
Michael Donovan and Mary Lynch married.
Mary Lynch was a daughter of Timothy (Timy) Lynch


We don't have any information on the birth of Michael or Mary of course because records are scarce, if they exist at all, for that time and indeed records do not exist for that era because the Parish records for Kilmacabea are only available from June 1832 onwards.  However from Michael's Death Certificate we see he was aged 67 on his death in 1870.
We do note that in the Tithe Applotment Books for Reavouler (dated 1829) the Donovan name does not appear there as a landowner.  This shows the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland.  We do see Timy Lynch listed who was the father of Mary Lynch.
In the Griffith's Valuation in the early 1850's there are a number of Donovans listed in Reavouler including Michael who was a joint tenant with Daniel Lynch (brother of Mary). 


Michael married Mary Lynch but the marriage date is unknown.
The first record of a child being baptised is Jan 1835 but of course there may have been a child or children born earlier.

Children were baptised in Leap (Parish of Kilmacabea) on dates shown:


Margaret baptised on 14th Jan 1835 (sponsors: John Donovan & Bridget Donovan)

Michael baptised on 15th Dec 1838 (sponsors: Daniel Lynch & Julia Lynch)

John baptised on 26th July 1840 (sponsors: John Donovan & Julia Healy)

Patrick baptised on 21st March 1843 (sponsors: Jerry Lynch & Ellen Maguire)

Michael baptised on 19th Aug 1845 (sponsors: John Maguire & Mary Mahony)
(2 named Michael - indicates the first died young )

Ellen baptised on 13th April 1848 (sponsors: Denis Donovan,   -   )


Michael Donovan, married, aged 67 years, farmer, died in Reavouler on 13 January 1870.

Rest in Peace


St. Mary's RC Church, Leap, Co. Cork


Griffith's Valuation map

(See details below)

Details from Griffith's Valuation register

Plot 18

Joint Tenants:  Daniel Lynch & Michael Donovan

Description of tenements: House, Offices & Land

Total Area: 74 acs  0 rds  16 pchs

Net Annual Value of                      Land                           House

Daniel Lynch                                 £10 0s 0d                     £1 0s 0d

Michael Donovan                          £ 5 0s 0d                      £0 5s 0d

Let us look at popular First Names used by the 8,822 Donovans in Ireland in 1911:


Surname : Donovan Year: 1911
Total Donovan surname 8,822  
First Name Occurrences % of total
Mary 1,054 11.9%
John 754 8.5%
Patrick 517 5.9%
Michael 420 4.8%
Ellen 411 4.7%
James 334 3.8%
Margaret 308 3.5%
Daniel 301 3.4%
Jeremiah 266 3.0%
Timothy 264 3.0%
Denis 252 2.9%
Bridget 246 2.8%
Kate 238 2.7%
Julia 199 2.3%
Hannah 197 2.2%
Catherine 188 2.1%
William 179 2.0%
Thomas 165 1.9%
Annie 119 1.3%
Anne 102 1.2%
Joseph 67 0.8%
Johanna 62 0.7%
  Total 75.3%


So the above list represents 75.3% of ALL first names used by Donovan

Interesting too is that 77.0% of the Donovan surname were in County Cork

Let us look at popular First Names used by the 17,598 Lynchs in Ireland in 1911:


Surname : Lynch Year: 1911
Total Lynch surname 17,598  
First Name Occurrences % of total
Mary 2,013 11.4%
John 1,508 8.6%
Patrick 1,190 6.8%
James 836 4.8%
Michael 821 4.7%
Bridget 783 4.4%
Thomas 650 3.7%
Margaret 573 3.3%
Ellen 555 3.2%
Anne 432 2.4%
Catherine 368 2.1%
Kate 365 2.1%
William 347 2.0%
Joseph 321 1.8%
Annie 307 1.7%
Daniel 268 1.5%
Julia 211 1.2%
Jeremiah 152 0.9%
Denis 151 0.9%
Hannah 144 0.8%
Timothy 130 0.7%
Johanna 81 0.5%
  Total 69.3%


So the above list represents 69.3% of ALL first names used by Lynch

We found too that 17.6% of the Lynch surname were in County Cork




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Hi there, i have a great great grandfather who married Margaret Donovan from Cork in the early-mid 1840's. His name was Patrick Sullivan . They had 5 or 6 children in LondonUK  in the mid to late 1840's and then my great grandfather Thomas Sullivan moved with Mother Margret Donovan Sullivan and wife Margaret( Lyons)  to Chicago poss in the 1870's. 

Did your Donovan's move to London-Middlesex in the 1840's?
Patty Sullivan

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