The O'Dwyer Clan
Virtus Sola Nobilitas     [Virtue alone enobles]



O'Dwyer Name

"The History of the O'Dwyers"

O'Dwyer Castles

Clan Territory

O'Dwyer Music

Distribution Map

O'Dwyer DNA

Clan Association

Clan Rally 2000 Report

Links to other Irish clans......

Ryan Clan

Meagher Clan

Kennedy Clan

Murnane Clan

Links to Irish genealogy sites...

County Tipperary Historical Society

Tipperary Heritage Unit

Tipperary Libraries

O'Corrain Heraldry

The O'Dwyer pedigrees of Dr. Geoffrey Keating and John O'Hart

As with all Gaelic clans, the pedigree of the O'Dwyers was an important part of its culture, and was originally passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. The genealogies of the clans were first recorded in manuscript form from perhaps the seventh or eight centuries onwards by Christian monks. They first appeared in published form in Dr. Geoffrey Keating's Foras Feasa ar Eireann, (1640), and John O'Hart's Irish Pedigrees.

Although probably containing substantially accurate information for the later generations, the renowned Celtic scholar Prof. Eoin Mac Neill has successfully argued that the weaving of the various Gaelic families into common strands was, in fact, contrived. (See Eoin MacNeill, Celtic Ireland, Martin Lester, Dublin, 1921, "The Irish synthetic historians", pp. 25-42). In addition, note that while there is moderate agreement between Keating's version and O'Hart's 'Dwyer (No. 2) of Kilnamanagh', there are also substantial differences, with the name Gilla-na-naemh ('servant of the saint') appearing much more frequently in Keating's version. Consequently, these genealogies owe more to myth than historical fact, but nonetheless form an intriguing part of the family folklore.

O Dwyer Clan Homepage

18th - 20th September
Bru Boru

Cashel, Co. Tipperary Ireland

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

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