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The O'Dowda of Castleconor By Gertrude O'Reilly
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A historical-fiction account of the life of David Dubhda (O'Dowda), the King of Ireland. Dubhda means”The Dark One”. It refers to the black hair or dark complexion of the first man to... More > bear the name. The line and the name have remained intact from generation to generation until the sixteenth century when the  gaelic spelling was anglicised to the more familiar O’Dowda. As time passed the name O’Dubhda metamorphosed to become the more familiar O’Dowda. We know a great deal of the O’Dowda family history. They emerged from the mists of antiquity some 1500 years ago and were descended from a people in the west of Ireland known as the Ui Fiachrach.< Less