My husband is familiar with an Irish fellow. When discussing the Dooley heritage, this born and bread Irishman suggested that the Dooley family most likely came from the Counties of Galway or Mayo. He came to this conclusion based on the Dooley’s dark features.. In 1588 the Spanish Armada sank off the west coast of Ireland. Shipwreck survivors married into Irish families and produced offspring with dark features.
While there are many theories about the Black Irish, this is one Irish fellow’s opinion. To read more about the Black Irish, you many visit Irish Central at http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/Who-were-the-Black-Irish-92376439.html?page=1
This is an unofficial vote for the Counties of Galway and Mayo!