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Famous Doherty Clan Members

Cahir O'Doherty (Irish: Cathaoir Ó Dochartaigh) (1587–1608) was the last Gaelic Lord of Inishowen in north-west Ireland.

The son of Shane Og O'Doherty, he was 14 when his father died and had to spend the next few years gaining control of his lordship. He was knighted by Lord Mountjoy. Caught up in conspiracies caused by the flight of the Earls and angered by land confiscations for the plantation of Ulster, in 1608 he sacked and burned the historic town of Derry and killed the Governor, George Paulet.[1]

O'Doherty was killed near Kilmacrenan following a skirmish with a counter-attacking force under Sir Richard Wingfield.[2] His decapitated head was apparently displayed in Dublin for some time afterwards. - wikipedia


Ken Doherty (born 17 September 1969) is an Irish professional snooker player. He is the only player ever to have been world amateur (1989) and world professional champion (1997). He was also World Under-21 champion in 1989. - wikipedia


Moya Doherty (born 1957, in Pettigo, County Donegal, Ireland) is a Dublin-raised Irish entrepreneur and the producer and co-founder of Riverdance, the worldwide acclaimed theatrical phenomenon, which premiered in Dublin’s Point Theatre in February 1995. It previously made an appearance during the interval of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin.  – Wikipedia


Kevin Izod O'Doherty (1823-1905), as a young Dublin medical student, actively supported the nationalist movement and was a member of the Young Irelanders. In 1849 he was captured and transported to Tasmania for treason. Pardoned in 1854, he returned to Dublin and qualified as a medical doctor. He emigrated to Australia in 1862 and became a member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly from 1877 to 1885. Returning again to Ireland, he became a member of parliament for County Meath.

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Dohertys were also active in America's fight for freedom and no less than 248 Dohertys (and synonyms) were members of the Revolutionary Army. Among the Doherty officers were Major George Doherty of the Georgia Brigade and Major George Doherty of the 6th Regiment, North Carolina Line; Captain Henry Dougherty of the Pennsylvania Navy; Lieutenant John Dougherty of the Pennsylvania Militia and Lieutenant John Dougherty of Magraw's Pennsylvania Rifle Regiment.

In the U.S., Dohertys of note include Henry Latham Doherty (1870-1939), who was born in Columbus, Ohio and rose from the position of office boy to become one of the major figures in the U.S. gas industry. In the period when the industry was under significant threat from electricity, Doherty realized the need to establish new uses for gas. He formed the Cities Service Company to develop his ideas of large-scale natural gas exploration, drilling and transport. In 1831, his company completed the first long-distance large-diameter gas pipeline, from Amarillo, Texas to Chicago.

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