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Doran Family History
This interesting surname, with variant spellings Dorran, Dorrian and O'D(e)oran, is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "O'Deoradhain" (modern Irish "O'Deorain"). The name is derived from the Gaelic prefix "O", indicating "grandson" or "male descendant of", and the personal byname "Deorain", from "deoradh", an exile, wanderer or stranger. The Dorans were one of the seven septs of Leix (O' Devoy, O' Dowling, McEvoy, O' Kelly, O' Lalor and O' Moore being the other six), and they were known as "the great Brehan family of Leinster". The word "brehan" refers to the Gaelic legal system in force before the Norman Invasion on which the family was expert.
Doran Family from Wexford
FOR centuries the O'Dorans were the hereditary brehons or lawyers to the MacMurrough ruling family of the ancient kingdom of Ui
Ceinnsealaigh, which included the whole of Co. Wexford with adjacent parts of south Wicklow and south Carlow. In his Irish Families. MacLysaght states that the O'Dorans have been justly described as "the great brehon family of Leinster'.
So influential were they that their advice was even sought by an English Lord Deputy on a question of Government administration in the sixteenth century. The O'Doran who was chief brehon of Art MacMurrough Kavanagh, King of Leinster, was poisoned with him at a banquet in New Ross in 1418.
When Cahir MacInnycross, the last Kavanagh King of Leinster, made a treaty with the Crown in 1543, John O'Doran was appointed, with others, to limit and assign the lands belonging to the King's castles and manors. In 1572, when the barony of Idrone in Carlow, then vested in the Crown, was ordered by royal commission to be meared or measured, Donagh O'Doran of Rathaskand, was amongst the Irish gentlemen of the barony who were chosen for that purpose.
Now chiefly found in Co. Wexford, the O'Dorans were originally one of the Seven Septs of Leix, whose leading members were transplanted to Kerry. In 1540 they were seated at Chapel (Bantry). At that time the English authorities accused them of 'soccouring rebellious plunderers in their judicial capacity.'
William Doran owned lands at Chapel until he was dispossessed in the Cromwellian confiscations, and his properties granted to John Deacon. In 1603 they are listed as among the principal gentlemen of Co. Wexford, and have two townlands named after them-Doransland.
Colm Doran, of the Augustinian monastery in Ferns, who died in 1408, wrote the Annals of Ireland, largely copied by Ware. At the time of the Plantation of North Wexford in the early 1600s, Patrick Doran of Oulart made a long petition in which he protested at injustices being perpetrated on the native Irish.Cahir O'Doran was one of several who had agreed to surrender their lands, and receive them back by letters patent in 1570.4
Before the Cromwellian confiscations Dorans were substantial landowners in the Oulart area. Lands were forfeited by John Doran. Raheenduff: Brian Doran, Ballymurray and Edmond Doran. Garrintrolan. In the Book of Survey and Distribution relating to that period, Andrew Doran, Tomnaboley,
Tomnaboley, and Breen O'Doran, Garrybritt, are designated as Protestants, and as such were allowed to retain their lands
The widespread distribution of the name in the county is shown in Griffith's Valuation of 1853 and the earlier Tithe Books. It occurs 88 times in Shelburne, 26 in Scarawalsh, 23 in Bantry, 21 in Ballaghkeen o in Gorey, 16 in Shelmalier and 10 in Forth.
The name has been prominent amongst the clergy of the Dioce Ferns. Canon Myles Doran was parish priest of Rathnure from 1853 1878 and of Castlebridge until his death in 1890. Rev. William Doran native of Knocktartan, Ballymitty, was prior of the Augustinians Grantstown in 1915. Canon James Doran, who died parish priest of Ballyoughter in 1951, had been President of St. Peter's College from 1932 to 1940. He was a native of Craanrue, Edermine. Rev. John M. Doran died parish priest of Carnew in 1977.
John Doran, Moneyhore, Enniscorthy (died 1980), was a member of the great Wexford football team that won the All-Ireland championship in 1918. He was elected to Wexford County Council in 1927. Two other Dorans elected to the same body were James, of Moorfields. Rathaspeck, in 1945; and Joseph of Monamolin, in 1974.
The hurling prowess of the Doran brothers of Monamolin in recent years has won fame for this old Wexford name. Tony Doran, who captained the county team that played in the All-Ireland finals of 1976 and 1978, was generally regarded as one of the greatest hurling fullforwards of all time while Colm was rated as one of the country's leading half-backs. Both have been honoured by hurling All-Stars selectors. Their brothers, Bill and Joe, have also hurled with distinction, representing Wexford at various levels. The four of them have backboned the highly successful Buffers Alley G.A.A. club over a long period. Bill is married to Bridie Jacob, an All-Ireland camogie medal winner with Wexford.
Larry Doran of Gorey was a successful cyclist during the 1960s, competing several times in the Ras Tailteann eight-day event.
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