A note on some prominent characters in the story of Maura and Lucius

The Wyse Power family

Maura, or Máire de Paor, or Power, b. 9.12.1887, d. 19.7.1916.

Nancy Wyse Power, b. 16.11.1889, d. 27.12.1963; her sister.

Jennie (1858-1941), Maura’s mother, president and chairman of Cumann na mBan.

John (1859-1926), Maura’s father, known as Jack; eight siblings.

Charles Stewart (1892-1950), Maura’s brother, known as Charlie.


The Gwynn family

Edward Lucius Gwynn, b. 20.11.1890, d. 7.9.1919; called ‘Lucy’ by Maura.

Stephen (1864-1950), his father; author and politician; grandson of William Smith O’Brien.

Mary Louise (?-1941), his mother, called May, also Stephen’s cousin; received into the Catholic church in 1902, followed by her children.

Rev. Fr Aubrey SJ (1892-1983), his brother.

Denis (1893-1971), his brother; married Alice McEnery, daughter ofHazel, Lady Lavery, in 1963.

Sheila, his sister; married Prof. T.G. Moorhead.

Peggy, his sister; she became a nun.

Edward John, his uncle, Provost of Trinity 1927-37.

Olive (née Ponsonby), Edward ‘s wife; described as “beautiful and vivacious”.

Lucius Henry (1873-1902), his uncle; Irish rugby union player and cricketer (right-handed batsman).


The O’Keeffe family

Pádraig, or Páidín, Ó Caoimh (1881-1973), 1916 rebel and prisoner at Frongoch.

Cáit de Paor (1874-1943), called Kathy, Páidín’s wife; sister of John Wyse Power.

Eithne (1911-2000), his daughter; married John O’Byrne in 1946.

Brighid (1912-2000), his daughter; married Dr Patrick Murphy in 1939.

Caitlín (1914-1998), his daughter; married Prof. Séamus O’Neill in 1939.


The Phelan family

Annie (née de Paor) (?-1954), Cáit’s sister; married Robert Phelan; 10 children.

Kathleen (1890?-1970), Annie’s and Robert’s daughter, called ‘Phelan’ by Maura.


In Dublin

The Irish Farm Produce Company set up by Jennie by 1899 at 21 Henry Street included a restaurant. The Wyse Power family lived above the business. Later two more branches were opened at 21 Lower Camden Street and 97 Upper Leeson Street. Eggs, butter, cream , honeyand confectionery were sold; all Irish produce. The O’Keeffe family lived above the business at Lower Camden Street.

3 Leinster Road, Rathmines, became the O’Keeffe family home in 1927 and was sold by Eithne in 1989.

Redcourt, Seafield Road East, Clontarf, was the family home of Edward and Olive Gwynn in 1912.


In Waterford

Knockhouse was the Wyse Power family home and farm.

Whitfield was the Phelan family home and farm.


In Wexford

Toomcoole was the Ryan family home and farm.


In Sandycove

54 Sandycove Road, 3 Hastings Terrace, was the Cantwell home; Maura died there in July 1916.