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Date Posted: Mon, Nov 06 2006, 12:16:33 PST
Author: Clan promotion
Subject: New book on O'Doherty BISHOP-1889-1907


Possible headings:
Derry-born bishop centenary book / Clan backs O’Doherty bishop book

THE CENTENARY of the death of Bishop John Keys O’Doherty falls in 2007 and hopefully will be marked by the publication of a manuscript that took around five years to compile. The O’Doherty Family Research Association, created in 1981, is actively promoting this work within its global networks in a bid ensure its publication by appealing to potential subscribers.

The research by its author, Derry-born Rev. Bernard J. Canning of St. Thomas’s Presbytery, Main Street, Neilston, Glasgow, has been very extensive. Such involved four visits to Rome, and many more to his native city. In Rome he examined the archives of Propaganda and others within the Vatican Library, Irish College, Christian Brothers Generalate, Jesuit and Passionist orders, and those of the Religious Congregation. In Ireland the Derry Diocesan Archives, as well as those at the National Library, and St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth were visited on a regular basis. Local newspapers published during the bishop’s term of office, 1889-1907, where also subjected to minute study.

Fr. Canning states that, “Bishop O’Doherty to date was the first and last native of Derry City to become Bishop of Derry”, adding that such was “because of the great poverty there”.

Fionnbarra O’Dochartaigh, whose historical writings include an illustrated history of the clan: O’Doherty—People and Places [1998], said: “This is a very timely addition to our clan’s records, as well as ecclesiastical, political and social history. We will glean a lot more about John Keys due to Fr. Canning’s years of research. John Keys’ term of office coincided with dramatic developments in Anglo-Irish affairs which stretched from the fall from grace of Charles Stewart Parnell, the Gaelic cultural revival movements, and various upheavals associated with London’s dubious promise to grant Home Rule.

“This author, born in Nelson Street in the Bogside, has produced some 15 titles over many years. These mainly focus on Derry, and include works on the late Bishop Neil Farren, the Long Tower, Rosemount Primary School, the City Cemetery (1853-2003) and his treasured memories of Nelson Street. This latest literary effort is certainly worthy of practical support so that it may see the light of day, as early in 2007 as possible. I am confident many besides the O’Doherty and Keys clans will be keenly motivated towards obtaining his latest work.”

The work is around 380 pages. It will include photographs, several provided by local people. The final touches over the next few weeks will include an extensive index, and a list of those who subscribe to the work. It will be a limited edition of 800 copies. Signed copies will e sent to all donors, and their names will appear in the final pages of the work.

Those seeking further advice are cordially invited to write directly to Fr. Bernard or phone his Glasgow parish office: 0141-881-1478, or fax: 0141-876-1702 The O’Doherty clan which is promoting the work at home and abroad can be contacted via its Detroit office, odochartaigh@comcast.net or locally by phone, 028-71-286359, at weekends.

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