Donovan / Hurley: Now pay attention. My father was: Born:17/4/1898 died 26/7/1985 Name:David Donovan (on a 1947 copy of his birth certificate) Mother:Mary (nee Hurley) Father:Joseph Francis Donovan (printer for the Cork Examiner circa 1900 (+/-5) They moved to numerous addresses in Cork including: Old Georges Street, Watercourse Road, & Lower Granmire Road. During his life he seems to have been confused about his name. In the Army he was known as Bartholomew and BDE Donovan, on a driving licence he’s added Errington and in later life as Bryan David Errington (at least he’s consistent with the surname).
His parents (Joseph & Mary) died around 1910 (+/-5). Joseph had a brother David and Mary had a sister, name not known. My father went to Wilton College, County of Cork (boarding school) which changed its name to St Joseph's College so that the cap badge wouldn’t have WC on it!.
When ‘Boy Scouts’ came to Cork he joined ‘The Woodpecker Patrol’ of The Second Cork Troop. On 08/08/1914 he became a Trooper in The North Irish Horse in Derry near the Foyle river, having lied about his age.
Now you’d think that, with all that information, I’d be able to verify his details and find his relatives but I’ve failed miserably. I’d be most grateful for any help you can offer. Bryan Michael Donovan