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  1. Dawn Renee Yzaguirre
    July 14, 2018

    The people of that township are trying to erase it because they know that the Donnelly family were savagely murdered and there’s no justification for such actions.


  2. John
    December 28, 2017

    The Donnelly family were never referred to as ‘The Black Donnellys’. That name was never used until Thomas P. Kelley, a very successful pulp fiction writer wrote his sensationalized account of the Donnelly tragedy in 1954 and titled it ‘The Black Donnellys’. Since Mr. Kelley coined the name in 1954 and because of it’s notoriety the name has been borrowed throughout the years. By the way, that may be a Johannah and James Donnelly in your article, but it’s not the Johannah and James Donnelly from the Donnelly massacre. The first and most famous book about the Donnelly tragedy is ‘The Black Donnellys’ by Thomas P. Kelley. Don’t be fooled by ‘The Black Donnellys’ by Nate Hendley, it offers nothing new and has used fact and fiction from all of the books out there about the Donnelly massacre.


    • Stan Materna
      March 23, 2019

      When I was a young boy in the 1940s My aunt Mary Heenan who grew up near Lucan used to tell me about the ” Black Donnellys” That is just what she called them and it was well before Mr. Kelleys book.


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