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Towey Clan
Clann Tuathaigh

Descendents of our Towey Ancestors and Variations Including Tuohy, Touey, Touy, Towy, Toey, Tooey, Toohey, Touhey, Towhey, Toowey, Twohy, Twohey, Tuffy and Tully

Here is the link to the page

Fáilte go dtí an suíomh Clann Tuathaigh
Welcome to the Towey Clan Website
2012 Towey Gathering at Rochester, MN
2014 Get-Together in Ballaghaderreen

The Towey Gathering was held in Rochester, MN over the weekend of 10, 11, 12 August of 2012.
-- The Minnesota Towey's were proud to host the 2012 Towey         Gathering, the first Clan gathering held outside of Ireland.
-- We welcomed Towey's from all over the United States, Ireland,         United Kingdom, Canada and around the world.
--  Click 2012 Rochester Report Out for the festivities that we held.

The next Towey get-together is targeted for 22, 23, 24 August 2014 in our ancestors homeland at Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.

Clan Objective
Celtic Design The Clan's objective is to preserve and expand knowledge about the heritage of our Irish ancestors with the Towey surname and its Irish variations. Through research and education, we seek to compile a central archive of relevant genealogical and historical information of our heritage and to make it freely available to all enquirers. We also try to provide historical information about Ireland and the events that affected our Irish ancestors.

Where is the “Home Area” of the Toweys?
People bearing the Irish surname of Towey trace their ancestry primarily to four parishes - Kilcolman, Castlemore, Kilbeagh and Kilmovee - in the vicinity of the town of Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. These parishes were part of the pre-Norman territory known as Sliabh Lugha ruled by the O'Gadhra Dynasty in the 12th and 13th centuries. After the Norman invasion in 1170, these parishes became part of the Barony of Costello in the 13th century.
Click 1901 Towey Census Map for townlands where over 70% of Toweys lived at that time.
Also check 1901 Ireland Population which lists the Irish census by County to include where Toweys and name variations lived at that time.

What is the Origin of the Towey Surname?
Irish Times reports that the first Irish surnames began about 916 AD. By the 1200s many families had acquired true surnames as we would know them today. But when did the "Towey" surname originate and how?
At present, any one answer to this question is controversial, so we have learned to live tentatively with three explanations:
(1) Some of us uphold the tradition that we were originally members of an O'Neill sept which was transplanted from Co. Tyrone by Oliver Cromwell in the mid-17th century.
(2) Other Toweys have been told by our elders that we are descendants of members of the Touhy family from Co. Cork who fled the warfare in that area during the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
(3) We also debate whether it is legitimate to consider ourselves part of Ireland's Chlann Tuathaigh.
Other origins have been claimed for (but not “by”) us too, and these are discussed further in the About Us web page.

Do the Towey's Have a Clan Constitution?
The Towey Clan Constitution was developed and approved at the Towey Clan General Meeting held at The Foxhunter, Lucan,  Co. Dublin, Ireland on 14 April 2001. Click here for reading a copy of the Towey Clan Constitution. Our Constitution is scheduled for revision. Any suggestions may be emailed to our Clan Chieftain at,

What are the Clan's Activities?
Periodic Clan gatherings are held at Ballaghaderreen, Ireland as listed in the left navigation menu. Besides discussing family history, we also advise our members who are actively engaged in their own genealogical research. We've also initiated a male yDNA project to help male members confirm their Towey heritage when conventional records do not exist.  We also invite our female members to participate in mtDNA testing to verify where we share a Maternal ancestry line. Checkout our DNA web page for yDNA and mtDNA test information.

Clan Communication Media Our Clan website plus email messages are the primary means for communicating Clan activities to Towey family members around the globe. If further information is desired, send an email to one or more Clan Executive Committee members who are listed at the bottom of every web page.

Next Gathering
We have high hopes that hundreds of the Towey worldwide family and friends will attend the 2014 Towey Gathering during 22, 23, 23 August, 2014 in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, Ireland. Click here (to be constructed) for more information.

Inquiries may be emailed to one or more of these contact points:
Mike Towey, Chieftain (Taoiseach),, Dublin, Ireland
Caroline Hassett Power, Secretary,, Quin, Co. Clare, Ireland
Dick Towey, Assistant Genealogist,, Corvallis, Oregon
Bill Towey, Webmaster, , Stockton, California

DISCLAIMER: Towey Clan believes the information and references herein are
accurate, but users should check with genealogical sources for accuracy.

Toweys often contribute to the betterment of peoples in their locale or, more significantly, to his/her respective country. We earnestly hope to identify their contribution to society.

Contributions are sought for addition herein. Please submit recommendations and legends to the web person listed at bottom of page.

Thomas Towey, Irish Hero of the "Towey Ballad"
Thomas Towey was a tenant farmer in Barnaboy (in Co Mayo at that time), who  used the Irish Plan_of_Campaign against the Dillons in early 1880s for which he was arrested and imprisoned. Click Towey Ballad to download the ballad written about this historical incident.
As well, Anne Deane wrote about Thomas Towey during a period known as the "Land War"and in her book wrote:
"Tom Towey unfurled the Plan of Campaign on the Dillon estate and brought the noble rack-renter to his knees. Now Tom has been thrown on the roadside to perish. Nevertheless he continues his agitation and the arrest of the brave gallant Towey was recorded in a ballad which describes how crowds followed police to their station from where he was escorted to Galway jail."
 A bit of history: Land and property was forcibly taken from Irish Catholic landowners from about 1690s to 1900s and given to absentee English and Scottish Protestant landlords. These landlords generally lived outside Ireland and enjoyed high life in Britain.
These rack-renter landlords charged excessive and unjust rents. Irish crop failure, famine, bankrupsy and mass evictions occurred. 1879 to 1903 was known as the Land Law Period, a time of great agitation, intimidation and refusal to pay exorbitant rents.
 The Dillon family were absentee landlords and rack-renters in Ballaghaderreen area from about 1700 to 1900. They drained the Irish local wealth in rent from Catholic tenants and spent it in their home country.
 The Towey Ballad was written around 1886 about three Land War heroes from Ballaghaderreen, Thomas Towey, Michael Morris Roe and Michael Rogers.
 Rev. James P. Towey, C.S.P.
Father Towey resided at St. Lawrence Parish, Minneapolis, in 1920 and 1921 while with Newman Apostolate, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.  He was later pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, Minneapolis from 1944 to 1947.  Father Towey was born in 1882 in Santa Rosa, CA and was a Paulist priest for 46 years from ordination on 25 May 1907 to death 1 February 1953.  He frequentlyvisited his relatives in Rochester, MN.
Rev. Towey is the son of Peter Towey who were born in Bockagh, Ballaghaderreen in 1837 and Mary Keegan Towey born about 1855 in Milford, MA. Peter Towey and Mary Keegan were married in Sleepy Eye, Brown County, Minnesota on 13 June 1881 and lived in Pleasant Grove, MN for many years before moving to California.

The Rev. James Towey was an associate priest in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and New York City before performing as Chaplain in World War I at St. Nazian, France. Upon separation, he resided at St. Lawrence Parish, Minneapolis before assignments in Berkeley, CA, Los Angeles, again in San Francisco, then Minneapolis, and Los Angeles where he passed away 1 February 1953. His body laid in state at Old St Mary's Catholic Church, San Francisco (where he was pastor 1928 to 1940) and is buried at Holy Cross Mausoleum, south of San Francisco.

 Dr John W. Towey, Powers, Michigan
During the summer of 1931 ten employees of a railroad tie sawmill complained of severe  asthmatic-like symptoms. Almost concurrently thirty-six employees of another sawmill had similar symptoms. John W. Towey, M.D., Director of Pine Crest Sanitorium in Powers, Michigan, discovered the causes and solutions for this new disease, identified as "Towey's Disease."
John Towey, Actor
 John Towey, Rochester, Minnesota, Actor
John Towey is an actor, and now actor and classical pianist, who played in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, ER and several other TV shows. Rochester Magazine, in April 2010, interviewed John Towey which may be read by clicking Rochester Magazine.
 Jim Towey, Former Presidantial Aide
James Towey, Former Presidential Aide
Jim Towey grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1981 from the Florida State University College of Law. Towey represented the late Mother Teresa on legal matters in the United States and Canada from 1985 until her death and often traveled with her. Starting in 1991 he served as Florida's District Director of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. In 1996 he founded Aging with Dignity, a national non-profit organization to help families plan for and care during times of serious illness. From 2002 to May 2006 Jim Towey was appointed by U.S. President George W. Bush as Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He has served as President of Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, since July 1, 2006 and resigned at end of 2009 - 2010 academic year. Jim Towey's accomplishments may be read at
 James F. Towey, Chairman, Olin Corporation
James F Towey, former CEO Olin Corporation
James F. Towey, a native of Wood River, IL, was Chairman of Olin Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut (a Fortune 500 company) from 1972 to 1980. Under his direction, Olin owned over 60 manufacturing plants in 25 states and 11 foreign countries.
James was born on March 1, 1916 to parents James K. Towey and Anna O. Towey. He attended school in Wood River, IL, playing football and basketball. He graduated in 1934 as high school valedictorian, then graduated with honors in 1939 from the University of Illinois, Champaign, having earned business degrees in economics and accounting.

Upon Army discharge in 1946, he was employed by Olin Industries in East Alton, IL as Assistant Controller. From there he rose to corporate positions within Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation in New York City (1955), general manager of Brass Division, East Alton, IL (1964), Chief Financial Officer at Olin Corporation headquarters in Stamford, CT (1970), elected to Board of Directors (1970) and Chief Executive Officer of Olin Corporation from 1972 to his retirement in 1980. Also see
Upon James’ retirement, Olin Corporation contributed $250,000, to launch the James F. Towey Professorship in Strategic Management at the Business School, University of Illinois. He was also presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Morehead State University. After James’ death on March 15, 1999 his family contributed monies to bring the total to $1,250,000 and establish the James F. Towey Chair in Strategic Management at the university.

President Richard M. Nixon appointed James to the United States Assay Commission in 1969.  James was also a board member of Alton Manufacturing Association, Monticello College, and the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce.

Jaie Toohey

The Celts with Gearoid O'Tuathaigh (Tuohy)

Spanish Harlem shake in Sligo by O'Tuohy

Liam Tuohy Movie Reel

Jaie Toohey: Dirt's Not Dead

Ellsworth Toohey Speech (How to Rule Souls) - The Fountainhead (FULL)

BEESWING with Tom Touhy

Tom Touhy getting inspiration...

Gangsters In Granite Chicago Style Vol. XIII - Roger Touhy

Touhy prchavý...No, I have no idea what the hell this is about.

Tooheys Draught (Australian ad) 1980

Tooheys (Australian ad) 1970s

Tooheys New - The Official Currency of the Beer Economy

Tooheys Beer commercial

Off Roading

Max Tuohy promo video

tom tuohy tippin along...I love this

Max Tuohy - Isn't She Lovely

It's a Tuohy-Fest

Larceny Games Author Brian Tuohy with JT the Brick - Sports Gambling & G...

Jeff Tuohy - Bourbon Street

Tuohy members of the Facebook group "Tuohy stuff"

9 countries, 5 continents, 99 cities, 25 states in the US

Miami, Queensland
Vermont South


Villa Alemana

West Darby
Stoke on Trent
Milton Keyes









San Jose
Laguna Woods
Santa Rosa
California City
Los Angeles

Ft. Collins
Colorado Springs



Villa Park

Crown Point

West newton


St. Cloud


Margate City

Pearl River

Olmstead Falls










THE MEMBERS (By first name)

Aeleen Dougnac Tuohy

Aine Lynch

Aisling Sharkey

Alberto Tuohy Peralta

Alisha Tuohy

Alicia Tuohy

Alicia Irribarren Palma

Allan Tuohy

Amanda Louise Tuohy

Amanda Touhy

Amy Craddock

Amy Lavelle

Amy Tuohy

Anthony Toohey

Anthony Twohy

Andrew Tuohy

Angela O'Dell

Ann Tuohy

Ann Tuohy

Ann Marie Tuohy Scott

Annelies Tuohy

Aoife Tuohy Campbell

Aric Twohy

Barbara A Twohy-Kurutz

Becka Welch

Becky Boyle-Twohy

Ben Tuohy

Ben Tuohy

Bernie Dooley

Beth Tuohy

Briege Tuohy Debold

Bruce Tuohy

Bernie Tuohy

Bud Tuohy

Brittany Horn

Brendan Tuohy

Brian Tuohy

Brian Tuohy

Brian Tuohy

Brian Tuohy

Brian Tuohy

Brian Tuohy

Brian Tuohy

Brian Tuohy

Brian Tuohy

Brian Tuohy

Brian Tuohy

Brian Tuohy

Brian Tuohy

Brian Touhey

Catherine Mary Twohy Gonzales

Chris Tuohy

Christian Tuohy

Christine Tuohy

Clare Sharkey

Claire Tuohy

Cheryl Tuohy Tennyson

Christian Tuohy Bizjak

Ciaran Lavelle

Conor King Tuohy

Craig Woolridge

Cw Twohy

Darren Tuohy

Dáire O'Tuathaigh

Dan Welch

Dan Tuohy

Darren Tuohy

Dave Tuohy

Denis Tuohy

Dennis Twohy

Denise Touhy

Dermot Tuohy

Diane Twohy Masson

Don Tuohy

Donna Touhy

Eileen Twohy Wyatt

Elaine Tuohy

Emma Roberts

Emma Tuohy

Ethan Tuohy

Ethan Tuohy

Evan Tuohy

Gary Tuohy

Ger Tuohy

Gerard John Tuohy

Gerard Tuohy

Georgina Tuohy

Gerry Tuohy

Geoff Colledge

Gerard Tuohy

Graham Tuohy

Greg McCurdy

Greg Tuohy

Gregory Tuohy

James Tuohy

Jane Gunnigan

Jane Tuohy

Jason Tuohy

Jen Craddock

Jessica Tuohy

Jim Tuohy

Joan Tuohy

Joanne Miller

Joanne Tuohy

Joe Tuohy

Joe Ward

Joe Tuohy

Joseph Tuohy

Josephine Tuohy

John Tuohy

John Tuohy

Jack Toohey

John Tuohy

John Tuohy

John Tuohy

John Tuohy

Jonny Tuohy

John Tuohy

Sean Tuohy

Sean Twohy

Sean Tuohy

Jolene Freeman

Judy Tuohy-Matkovich

Julia Tuohy

Justin Tuohy

Kara Tuohy

Kara Tuohy

Katrina Tuohy

Kathy Tuohy

Katie Sobecki

Kathleen O Gorman

Kathleen Langridge

Kathy Tuohy

Kevin Tuohy

Kelly Tuohy Mallon

Laura Battigan

Liam Tuohy

Liam Tuohy

William Tuohy

Leslie Wyatt

Linda Tuohy

Lisette Allen Tuohy

Liz Thomas

Luke Tuohy

Mary Tuohy

Mary Tuohy

Mary Tuohy

Mary Tuohy

Mary Tuohy

Mary Tuohy

Mary Tuohy Lynch

Mary Tuohy Price

Mary Jean Smith

Mary Jo Tuohy

Mary Ann Tuohy

Mary Martin

Margaret Twohy Hunter

Maureen Tuohy

Marcus Tuohy

Margaret Tuohy

Mark Emanuel

Mark Dooley

Martin Tuohy

Martin Tuohy

Mason Tuohy

Matt Tuohy

Megan Tuohy

Michael Boughton

Michelle Dougnac Tuohy

Michael Tuohy Irribarren

Michael Tuohy

Michelle Tuohy-Dafoe

Michelle Sawyer

Michelle Graveline-Welch

Michelle Tuohy

Michael Tuohy

Michael Tuohy

Michelle Curtin

Melissa Tuohy

Michael Tuohy

Natasha Tuohy

Niamh Tuohy

Nick Tuohy

Nikita Twohy

Nyson Johnson

Paddy Tuohy

Pamela Tuohy-Novinsky

Patricia Lynch

Patricia Tuohy

Paul Nash

Paul Tuohy

Paul Welch

Patti Steele Hallowes

Patti Sullivan Schmidt

Peppa Tuohy

Pete Tuohy

Pete Tuohy

Peter Tuohy

Peter Tuohy

Pepyta Maria Tuohy Norris

Phil Tuohy Fitzgerald

Ruairi O' Tuathaigh

Rob Tuohy

Robbie Tuohy

Robert Tuohy

Roger Tuohy Bizjak

Ronan Tuohy

Ryan Twohy

Ryan Rhys Tuohy Norris

Stephen Tuohy

Sam Tuohy

Shane Tuohy

Shane Tuohy

Sharon Roth

Shannan Tuohy

Sinead Brock Tuohy

Stephen Tuohy

Sue Tuohy Coe

Stella Tuohy

Steven Twohy

Tess MacLaughlin

Terri Tuohy-Gibb

Tom Tuohy

Tommy Tuohy

Tom Scognamiglio

Trena Tuohy

Triona Tuohy

Tyrone Tuohy

Veronica Collins

Vincent Tuohy