Intrigued by Brazil footballer’s story
Sir, – An article recently appeared in the Journal and Gazette which we and friends in Brazil have read online.
We are intrigued as it featured Gerry Sweeney who is perhaps related to Tom Donohoe (not Donohue) who first introduced football to Brazil. My contacts in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia would like to know if Gerry is in fact a descendant relative of Thomas Donohoe.
To explain, I am the local historian who researched the Donohoe families in the village of Busby, East Renfrewshire, and linked with the Brazilian researchers to write the whole story of Tom Donohoe’s life.
Together, after three years we finally achieved our objective of interesting the world media and the supporters of Bangu Atletico FC raised funds for the erection of a statue to his memory and achievements.
Tom went to Bangu, Rio de Janeiro, in May 1894 followed by his wife Eliza, their two sons and sister-in-law Mary in August of that year.Only Mary ever returned to the UK.
There were families of Donahue and Donogues in Busby - all unrelated to the Donohoes.
Through the Journal and Gazette would it be possible if you can find out from Gerry Sweeney which of the Donohoe sons or daughters he is descended from?
I have full details of the Donohoe families from County Wicklow dating from 1837 to 1901. Tom was born in 1863.
If Gerry is a descendant of Tom’s family then I will put him in touch with my friends in Brazil as the only descendant they have traced is a great-grand-niece in Brazil.
Your help in this matter will be very much appreciated both here and in Brazil.
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