seamus dubhghaill

Promoting Irish Culture and History from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA


profile-10-01-2017As a descendant of Joshua Doyle (b. 1775, Dublin, Ireland), I have a strong interest in Irish culture and history, which is the primary focus of this site. I am a Network Engineer at The Computer Hut, LLC, which is my salaried job. I am a member of the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (2010-Present, President 2011-2017) and a commissioner on the City of Little Rock Arts+Culture Commission (2015-2020, 2021-Present, Chairman 2017-2018). I also served on the Walnut Valley Property Owners Association board (2015-2020, Secretary 2017-2020).

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  1. Hi Jim

    I wanted to talk with you about Christy Ring – could you send me an email I could writ to you at please.
    Thank you.


  2. Good morning, Jim
    My name is Ann Quinlan. I am native Irish from Co Meath (Boyne Valley) I live in Portland, Maine and am founder/owner (c. 1988) of Spiral Journeys, LLC a small land tour company focused exclusively on Ireland. I came across your blog this morning while doing some research on Brehon Law. I use some of this history when I offer my presentations on Hidden Ireland. All of this to say, if you ever wanted to put a group together for a land tour of Ireland I can arrange it for you. I offer a very broad spectrum on my homeland from ancient history, Megalithic to Solar energy. I just do the land portion and my groups are limited to 12 travelers (max 14) We stay in less traditional lodgings or Manor House Hotels…these tend to be off the main roads and offer land walking, bird/wildlife sanctuaries and more.
    Kindest regards.
    Ann V Quinlan

    Spiral Journeys, LLC
    16 Wilson Street
    Portland, Maine 04101


  3. Dear Seamus. I am looking for a hi-res digital image of Sir Henry Lucius O’Brien for reproduction in a book on Henrietta Street, DUblin, Ireland, called The Best Address in Town, by Dr Melanie Hayes. I would be grateful for the source of the image you have. Regards, Charles


    • All of the photos I use are located on the internet, primarily Wikipedia, and are credited whenever possible. To be honest, I am not sure exactly where I found that photo. A Google search returns only one instance of that photo – the one on this site.


  4. Dia do bheatha! I’m also very interested in Irish history. I live in Las Vegas Nevada. I was born in Co. Cork, but have been out of Ireland for most of my life. Keep up the good work! Gene Sullivan


  5. Dear Jim, Can you tell me where you got the date – 23 June 1919 – for Collins becoming President of the IRB? John


  6. He Seamus, my name is Jans Bock-Schroeder. I represent the photographic archive of German Photo Journalist. Peter Bock-Schroeder. My father was in Ireland in 1956 where he took photos. Here is the link to the pictures and the story. Greetings, JBS


  7. I am the author of The Buttevant Blog on Facebook and would like your permission to reproduce the article on Major Geoffrey Lee Compton-Smith on the blog ( fully credited). Regards, Liam Foley


    • Absolutely! I have no copyright on any of this material. In fact, most is just a rehash of Wikipedia posts timed to appear on the anniversary date of the event. I look forward to checking out your blog! Best wishes, Liam, and stay safe!


  8. Hi Jim, love your site and your writings. My ancestors date back to arriving in the 1760s! I can’t help but notice just one article about a woman! Would love to read about the women who’ve also played major roles in making Ireland so great.


  9. Dear Jim, I am doing research for a book on our old family home, Cahermoyle House, Ardagh, County Limerick, where my father grew up. You have an article about Charlotte Grace OBrien, my great great aunt, including an oval portrait photo of her, which I would love to include. Can you please tell me where you found that image.

    Thank you,

    Kind regards,

    Anthony OBrien


    • I had to have found it on the Internet…that’s where I get everything (primarily Wikipedia). Searching images for Charlotte Grace O’Brien, I now only find the instance posted on this site. I always strive to give proper credit if an image is copyrighted so, apparently, this one was in the public domain. I have no ownership of the image so, as far as I am concerned, feel free to use it. Best wishes on the book!


  10. I just wish to inform you that your banner / header image of the charming old town with the stone bridge is most certainly not located in Ireland. The buildings are not in anyway similar to vernacular Irish architecture, and unfortunately, no Irish town is as pristine, protected, or maintained as the one in your image. Irish heritage and vernacular architecture is not protected as well as on the European Continent or Britain, and most towns and villages are seriously degraded spaces with market places taken over by car parks, old bridges widened for traffic, poor design and incongruous unsympathetic modern buildings often replacing demolished older architecture. I wish Irish-America would focus more on promoting a realistic view of Ireland and it’s problems, and also in doing more to promote a more enlightened view towards conservation of our heritage, since much of our most scenic countryside and historic towns and villages are destroyed by developments such as B&Bs, hotels, golf clubs, and other such business trying to capitalize on the Irish-American Tourist market.


    • Thank you for your comment! All I can say is that the image came from a website of Irish desktop wallpapers. Anyway, I try to change out the header image on a fairly regular basis and this one is past due for changing. Perhaps a little project for this weekend! Best wishes!


  11. I am a relative of Seamus O Dubhghaill who was involved in the Easter Week Rising. He was my grandmother’s brother. Her name was Mary Doyle and she married John Doyle. They immigrated to Canada in 1912 we believe. While searching for information on this side of the Doyle family it was interesting to come across someone with almost exactly the same name.


  12. Hello Jim and his followers,

    I am a film historian and I am currently conducting a research project on the silent film director Herbert Brenon.

    The project is in its early stages, with the information gathered so far relating largely to his early life in London before he travelled to the United States. I have also the pleasure of reading the limited work on Brenon that exists out there, including Ian Graham’s book.
    I would be very interested in making a connection with anyone out there who has any interest in or knowledge of this important director from Hollywood’s history. I would love to share any information I have with them in the hope of learning more.

    You can contract me at :


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