The first in a series of stories from my family history.

The Story of Maura Power and Lucius Gwynn.

Maura, the daughter of Jennie Wyse Power, President and Chairman ofCumann na mBan, meets and falls in love with Lucius, the son of Stephen Gwynn, author and Nationalist MP.  They are both gifted Celtic scholars. However, they cannot be together and are cruelly separated when Lucius becomes seriously ill in 1912. In 1916 Maura’s home and all her books and clothes are destroyed during the Rising and she becomes a bitter critic of those responsible including her uncle Padraig O Caoimh who was sent to Frongoch. Lucius sails to Sydney in November 1916 from London on an Orient line ship called the SS Omrah, never to return.

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Welcome to my Irish history website, which will be devoted to tales of my family's involvement in the Land League, in 1916, in Sinn Féin, in the Civil War and in the foundation of the state — and that's just for starters. Meet the formidable Jennie Wyse Power, the irrepressible Pádraig Ó Caoimh (pictured right), the tragic Maura Power and the man who coined the phrase "Kiss my royal Irish arse", John Wyse Power. I have been to many archives. I have looked and looked again at family papers and photographs. I have examined the memories of my childhood. I have spoken to relatives. The time has not been wasted. Here are the results of my efforts.

General risk warning: the accuracy of my memory may go down as well as up. My opinions are mine and mine alone.

Patrick O'Byrne
Dublin 2016



This is the first in a series of stories from my family history

The Story of Maura Power and Lucius Gwynn

Maura Wyse Power (Age 5), Jennie Wyse Power (Age 34), Charles Wyse Power (baby), Nancy Wyse Power (Age 3)

This is the second in a series of stories from my family history

Not a Dull Woman: Dr Nancy Wyse Power

Gallery - Family Photos