Descendants of Robert O DOGHAIR (to contribute information, please email

First Generation

1. Robert O DOGHAIR was born about 1705 in probably west Co. Limerick.

Robert's descendants settled in Gortnagloss, Templeglantine, Co. Limerick, where members of the family still live. A number of descendants of this Gortnaglass family settled in Newtownsandes (now known as Moyvane) and nearby parishes in north Kerry. The O Doghair surname was eventually anglicised to O'Dower and Dower, with the surname of several of the O'Dower/Dower family members evolving into Dore. The Dower/Dore name is numerous throughout Ireland, especially in Co. Limerick. It is a name derived usually from the Irish "Ó Doghair" from the word "doghra" meaning "sorrow".

Several descendants of Robert's are buried in Monagea Old Churchyard in Monagea, near Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, including Maurice M. Dore of Gortnagross, who died on 21 March 1950, and his wife, Nora, who died on 23 August 1977. I have, however, been unable to establish how exactly Maurice was related to Robert above.     

John O'Connor of Brisbane, Australia, and his wife, Roslyn (née Ryan), have written an in-depth history of their families entitled 'Made in Queensland ...a Product of Ireland, a History of the O'Connor/Dore and Ryan/Challis Families in Queensland' (published in 2010). Included in the book is an account of the Dore/Dower family of Gortnagloss, some of which appears below with the kind permission of the authors. However, much more information on the family is available in Made in Queensland, which at one time could be purchased online, although I have been told recently that it no longer seems to be available.

Kathleen Dore from Canada has kindly provided information on her own Dore family who came from Newtownsandes:

John Patrick Dore was born in either Shanagolden, Co. Limerick or Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry around the 1840s and married Mary O'Connor around the 1860s. They lived in Gortdromasillihy, Newtownsandes and had at least seven children: James (8 October 1875 - 12 May 1965), Mary (1877), Kathleen, John, Patrick (born c. 1883) who married Ellie (surname unknown) and Michael (c. 1886) who married Hannie (surname unknown). James, Mary, Kathleen and John all emigrated to Canada, settling in Montreal. James left Ireland in 1901 and married Margaret Maureen Cronin in Montreal in 1904. Margaret (1882-1972) was a daughter of John Cronin and Margaret Donoghue from Kilcolman, Co. Limerick and emigrated to Canada in 1900. All of Margaret Cronin's siblings emigrated: James, Mary (1874-1956) and Kathleen settled in Montreal, Anna went to Vancouver, and John (Jack) settled in Boston.     

Note from Helen: Although neither my husband nor I are descended from Robert, his great-great-great-granddaughter Brigie Dore married my great-granduncle Richie Cunningham. In the course of my research into the Cunninghams, I have been provided with valuable information on the Dore/Dower family that might be useful to Dore/Dower researchers, hence its inclusion on this website.

He had the following children.

+ 2 M i Robert O'DOWER was born about 1730.
+ 3 M ii Maurice O DOWER died.

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