- NZ informal a Roman Catholic
probably from the Irish surname Doolan
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Examples from the Web for doolan
And now for the doch-aiv-dhurrss—the stirrup-cup, Mrs. Doolan: that's the darlin'.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
"Don't be hard on an old woman, now, sergeant," said Mrs. Doolan.
Driven off by the constable Mrs. Doolan went back to Flanagan's shop.
Mrs. Doolan clung tightly to his arm with both her skinny hands.
Mrs. Doolan loosed her hold on the doctor's arm, but she did not go home.