Stories

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

The Story of Maura Power and Lucius Gwynn

Left to right: Maura Wyse Power (age 5), Jennie Wyse Power (age 34), Charles Wyse Power (baby), Nancy Wyse Power (age 3). c. 1892

Left to right: Maura Wyse Power (age 5), Jennie Wyse Power (age 34), Charles Wyse Power (baby), Nancy Wyse Power (age 3). c. 1892

A short introduction by Patrick O'Byrne

Maura, the daughter of Jennie Wyse Power, president and chairman of Cumann 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 Pádraig Ó 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.

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


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

Not a Dull Woman: Dr Nancy Wyse Power, 16.11.1889 - 27.12.1963

Back Row: Nancy Wyse Power (2nd from left)

Back Row: Nancy Wyse Power (2nd from left)