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From: "Genealogical Society of Ireland" <>
Subject: New Publication
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2003 13:59:08 -0000

A Chairde,

This is the latest publication from the Genealogical Society of Ireland in
its Irish Genealogical Sources series.

Irish Genealogical Sources no. 30 "John O'Donovan (1806-1861) Origin and
Meanings of Irish Family Names including a description of the families of
the Maguires and O'Reillys" Extracted from 'The Irish Penny Journal' 1841 &
'Duffy's Hibernian Magazine' 1861. ISBN: 1 898471 17 7 Edited by G. H.
O'Reilly, MA MGSI, FRSAI. (108 pages)

John O'Donovan is probably best remembered by genealogists and family
historians for his Ordnance Survey letters arising from his many years spent
traversing Ireland for the Ordnance Survey of Ireland and for his
translation of the Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland or what is usually
referred to as the "Annals of the Four Masters".

But O'Donovan left many more and varied works - translations of old Gaelic
documents, a Grammar of the Irish Language, accounts of the various tribes
in Ireland, the Annals of Dublin and so on.

In his lifetime he was elected to the Royal Irish Academy and an honorary
Doctor of Laws was conferred on him by Trinity College in Dublin. His work
was particularly recognised by his election to membership of the Royal
Academy of Sciences in Berlin, Germany - the first Irishman to be so

In this book are reprinted the articles that O'Donovan wrote for the Irish
Penny Journal in 1841 and for Duffy's Hibernian Magazine in 1861. These
cover the origins of Irish family names and also the histories of two
families - the Maguires and the O'Reillys.

The book also contains a short biography of O'Donovan written in 1862
(within a month of his death) that traces his own origins and mentions many
of the other works of scholarship that he undertook during his very active

Price EUR7.00 (p+p IRL & UK EUR1.50 / Others surface EUR4.00 & airmail

Copies will soon be available via the Society's Website or by mail from the address below.

Kindest regards

Michael Merrigan
Hon. Secretary, GSI

Genealogical Society of Ireland
11, Desmond Avenue
Dn Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

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