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Michael Dwyer – hero of another novel

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Full title: Citizen Dwyer [a novel]

Creator / Author: Sean McCarthy

Item Type / Page count: Book / 353p

When Published: 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: New Island / 2 Brookside, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14.

About: The life of Michael Dwyer written as a novel. It manages to put flesh on the bare bones of history and brings our hero vividly to life. Unusually for a novel each chapter has been given a detailed title.

ID number(s): 9781848401228

Chapters: I: Michael Dwyer speaks out from the darkness, and tells us how he wooed Mary Doyle of Donard — II: Michael celebrates his wedding and recalls the dreadful fight at Dairenamuck — III: The first citizen is christened and Michael takes a drink — IV: Michael is inspired by Robert Emmet. But revolution turns to tragedy on the streets of Dublin — V: 1803/1804 was a harsh winter and Michael relates how he made the best of a bad lot between Beresford and Hume — VI: Here he tells us of the old jail days in Kilmainham – the family all together in one place for the longest time — VII: Sad farewells and a very long journey. Michael tells us of the great sacrifice he is going to make for his family — VIII: Sobering prospects in the colony. A year of clearing and building is achieved, but will it be to no avail? — IX: The four are tried and convicted. In the penal colony Michael gets an opportunity for bitter revenge — X: How they started from the beginning again and Michael is offered a position which may solve their problems or land them in even deeper trouble — XI: The Duke of Wellington brings bad news from Ireland. But God’s anointed also disembarks and the old penal days of Ireland are commemorated in the colony — XII: He is promoted but given an unwanted task that ends in tragedy — XIII: Michael finds himself in a new profession, but all who know him believe that it may indeed be the death of him -– Historical note.

Extra #1: Opening line: “The twelfth day, as always, belonged to the women. The men did their chores….”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.


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