A Policeman's Lot
The Dwyers of Cappanahanagh

Dublin City Library and Archive

Family History Day
23 March 2013

You can view the presentation, (Powerpoint) or (PDF), by either left clicking the link, or rightclicking and saving the file to your computer.


Máire Kennedy has been kind enough to indulge me giving two talks on my family (mother's side) in the last few years. In the interest of balance I thought it only right to have a go at the father's side of the family and Máire (bless her trust and patience) was willing to give me another go.

So here goes with the Da's side.

The Presentation

This version is in Powerpoint, and this in PDF.

Handout / Script

The short 2 side handout, distributed at the presentation.

The "running order" which is my script for the presentation. It is simply a table listing the slides and the points I want to make while the slide is on the screen.

Relevant Material on my Website

    General index to Family History content of Website

Link to Family History index page on my site.

    The Dwyers of Cappanahanagh

A report on a visit to the old homestead in Cappanahanagh.


I have done a number of cameos. The original idea was to use these to draw disparate information together under a single heading. Some are very out of date at this stage and I will get round to updating them in due course.

The full set are here and I have extracted links to those relevant to this talk below:

Michael Dwyer - My paternal Grandfather
Paddy Dwyer - My Uncle who drowned in Ballinasloe
Jane Dwyer - My Aunt who emigrated to USA
Tom Kelly - My Aunt Nora's husband who worked in the Olympia Theatre
Sir Michael O'Dwyer - Jimmy O'Dwyer's son, recently knighted by the French
Sarah Mortimer - My Mother
Patrick Mortimer - My maternal Grandfather who drowned in the Liffey

    Royal Irish Constabulary

RIC - family members in the RIC

    Where they lived

Photos of where people lived along with some descriptive material.

    Where they were buried

The general page indexing all family graves is here. I have referenced those cemeteries relevant to this talk separately below:

Ballyhaunis, Co.Mayo
Kiltimagh,Co. Mayo
Dean's Grange, Co. Dublin
Glasnevin, Dublin City

    Story in Stone

Kilbarrack Cemetery - Grave of Gordon Brewster

    Death/funeral related material

Death Notice
Obituary and Funeral Attendance

    Office Farewells

The full text of the two verses written for my mother on her leaving the Employment Exchange in Beresford Place in 1942.

Relevant Material in my Blogs

Shoots, leaves and branches
Dublin in the rare oul times
My Tachondria and other trivia
From small acorns
Traitors all
Tadhg a' dá thaobh
Vótáil as Gaeilge
Bishop Clifford's copyright scam

Contributions to Other Publications

My review of Eugene Hynes's book on the Knock apparitions and their background.

My piece on The Dwyers in the Murroe Annual.

My post on Gordon Brewster on National Library of Ireland's blog.

Third Party Articles

Mayo Feis 1903 where John Dwyer won a book prize

Extracts from the Cloonfad Annual of interest to the O'Dwyer, Kelly and Fahey families.

A Tribute to Jimmy O'Dwyer Seamus Sloyan's tribute to Uncle Jimmy in Annagh Magazine, 1992 p 37

Coolnafarna .. 1954 Michael O'Dwyer's tribute to his father Jimmy in Annagh Magazine, 1994 pp 51/2

No title Description of The Master, Jimmy O'Dwyer, in Annagh Magazine, 1996 p71

Photos from the Day

The Talkers

Previous Talks in DCLA

Ballybrack 1500-1900
A short history of Ballybrack/Killiney

The Medlar's Gotcha
The Medlar Family

The Shoemaker's Daughters
The Family of Christopher Burgess

The Corsican Defence
Restoration of Martello Tower No.7 (Dublin South)


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