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International Clan Rally 2015

Sept 25-27th
Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort

Blessington Lakes

Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Tel: +353 45 867 600

Schedule of Activities

Fri 6pm onwards

Registration and informal social gathering

Sat 9am

Theme 2015: Michael Dwyer – the ‘Wicklow Chief’


Keynote: The life of Michael Dwyer – from Imaal to Sydney – Dr. Ruan O’Donnell, University of Limerick
The Dwyer/O’Dwyer Clan DNA project: an update  Mr Padraig O Duibhir

The family tree of Michael Dwyer – Mr Tom O’Dwyer

Set 12pm


Sat 2pm

Bus tour of local sites related to Michael Dwyer, including:

·         Memorial statue erected in his honour at his birthplace of Camara

·         The cottage at Derrynamuck where he had a hair-raising escape

·         The McAllistair memorial at Baltinglass

·         Dunlavin Green where the massacre occurred in 1798, if time permits

Sat 7pm

Official Clan Dinner , with musical entertainment

Sun morning

Informal family networking

Sun evening

Rally close

We recommend that you stay at the Tulfarris Hotel itself. It is an old manor house in a beautiful lake setting. For more details on the hotel and its facilities, please see .
For further information, and to get the special rate for the rally, please contact Ann-Marie Nolan .

For those on a more modest budget, there are many Bed & Breakfast places in the surrounding counties - Wicklow or Kildare. A search can be made at or at one of the many excellent accommodation search engines on the web or Airbnb ( .

It promises to be a great weekend for young and old, and all those associated with the O’Dwyer name are very welcome to attend. It will be an ideal opportunity to meet new friends, and who knows, maybe find a long-lost cousin or two. The rally is also open to the general public. A modest fee will apply for attending the various events.

We hope to see you there.

More details on the venue can be found at:



Welcome to the Dwyer/O'Dwyer Clan information centre, dedicated to the collection and sharing of information related to this illustrious Celtic family of warriors

Outside of Ireland, the "Dwyer" form of the name, without the "O" prefix, is more widely used, but both share the same clan roots. The dropping of the prefix dates back to the mid-seventeenth century, and was brought about by the policy of the English government to suppress the ancient Irish Celtic culture and clan system.

The original form of the name in the Irish language, and still widely used today, is O'Duibhir (pronounced O Dweer), meaning descendant of Duibhir, an ancestor who, by tradition, lived sometime around the tenth century. The precise meaning of this ancestor's name remains obscure - 'black skirt' has been suggested, but the common modern consensus is 'black and dun-coloured', probably referring to a mixture of hair colouring on the head and face as a personal characteristic.

While the O'Dwyers are strongly associated with south Leinster (the most easterly of Ireland's four provinces), it is beyond doubt that the main territory under their control was an ancient district called Kilnamanagh in County Tipperary, Ireland. The name still survives as a modern civil barony, and extends over perhaps 100 sq. miles in the mountains between Limerick, Tipperary, Cashel and Thurles. The crumbling ruins of nine of the O'Dwyer castles can still be seen on the Kilnamanagh landscape even today.

The territory of Kilnamanagh was lost to the clan in the aftermath of the Cromwellian wars of the mid-seventeenth century, following the ill-fated capture of Cashel, the ancient Celtic seat of the Munster kings, by Philip O'Dwyer, the last clan chief. The clan was scattered - a few were permitted to take up lands west of the River Shannon in County Clare and other places, but the majority were part of the estimated 7,000 Irish who were exiled to mainland Europe with Colonel Edmund O'Dwyer, the leader of the Munster forces who surrendered to the Cromwellian army at Cahir, Co. Tipperary in 1652. Doubtless, many of their descendants are to be found across Europe today, though the surname has probably been modified to suit local pronunciation. For example in France, it appears as 'Haudoire'. It is interesting to note that many O'Dwyers remained or returned to their ancient territory of Kilnamanagh, because, even today, the highest concentration of the surname in the world is still to be found in this corner of Tipperary.

As with most Irish clans, the O'Dwyers have a legendary ancestral line which traces the pedigree of the chiefs from before recorded history (to no less a figure than Adam!) down to the seventeenth century. These genealogies were originally handed down by word of mouth by the Fili, or poet of each clan, and were first published in book form by Geoffrey Keating in the mid-seventeenth century.

For a more comprehensive history, see 'The History of the O'Dwyers' by Sir Michael O'Dwyer (The Celtic Bookshop, 2000, ISBN 0-9534683-2-1) available from The Celtic Bookshop, Rutland St., Limerick, Ireland. ( 



The Spring 2015 Newsletter has now been sent out to all members on the up to date membership list.

If you have not have received your hard copy you can contact Pádraig Ó Duibhir at


"The O'Dwyer Diaspora"
A book featuring experiences and stories of O'Dwyer emigrants


To enrol as a member of the O'Dwyer Clan, Click here to download membership form.


O'Dwyer DNA Project
The O'Dwyer DNA project is now up and running.
Click here for details