One of the original native Irish clans, the Dunnes can claim proud kinship with one of the island’s legendary High Kings.
Victims of the depredations of both twelfth century invaders and later conquering armies, they nevertheless offered a stalwart resistance in defence of their ancient rights and freedom.
Read here the stirring tale of the Dunnes.
NAME VARIATIONS INCLUDE: Ó Duinn (Gaelic), Donn, Dun, Dunn, O’ Doinn, O’ Dunn, O’ Dunne, O’ Doyne.
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In the literary world Finley Peter Dunne, born in 1867 in Chicago and who died in 1936, was the writer and humourist responsible for the famed Mr Dooley articles that first appeared in a Chicago newspaper and were later syndicated throughout the country.
‘Mr Dooley’ was a fictional Irish-American bartender who would dispense his wit and wisdom to the patrons of his Chicago bar – and among his many fans was no less than President Theodore Roosevelt.
Dunne later moved to New York, where he edited a number of celebrated magazines that included Metropolitan Magazine and Collier’s Weekly.
Famous quotes from Dunne’s witty pen include “Trust everybody, but cut the cards”, “Alcohol is necessary for a man so that now and then he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed by the facts”, and “Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.”
His son was the Hollywood film director, producer and screenwriter Philip Dunne, who was born in New York City in 1908 and who died in 1992 and whose many screen credits include the 1941 How Green Was My Valley, the 1953 The Robe, and the 1965 The Agony and the Ecstasy.