Virtus Sola Nobilitas / Vitue alone enobles

The O'Dwyers (in Irish O' Duibhir, descendent of Duibhir) were an important sept in County Tipperary, though not comparable in power or extent of territory with the neighbouring great Septs. Their lands were in Kilnamanagh, the mountainous area lying between the town of Thurles and the County of Limerick. The O' Dwyers were always noted for their staunch resistance to English aggression and many are recorded in this connection in medieval and early modern times." Dwyer is the Southern Irish pronunciation of Duibhir. In North Donegal the name Duibhir is extremely common but when translated into English is written with the Donegal Gaelic pronunciation "Diver" like River.


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.

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So how did England and Germany come together...?

No I don't meen the 5-1 thrashing that we gave the Germans in the Munich staduim, all though that is one of those never-to-be-forgotten moments in history ;0)

We met each other in the first semester while studying at University in England. We were good friends for the first few months and just 1 week before Petra had to go back to Germany we somehow got together ! That was back in 1993 and Carl still had another 3 years of Uni in front of him. Every semester holiday Carl would fly over to Petra in Germany and stay and work in Germany for the duration of the break. As soon as he graduated from Uni he packed his bags, said goodbye to all his family and friends and headed into the unknown.

It took a few months to land a job in a graphic design department in medical company. Petra was working within the textile industry researching into fibre mixing. That didn't work out too well because the Baverian people don't like the Swabian accent! so she went back to work for Deutsche Telekom until Lea came on the scene. Carl did some freelancing for around a year and half before moving on to internet multimedia and graphic design.

We married in 1998 and have now 2 lovely kids, Lea Louise and Finnley John.

We have now finished our self building house project and have been living there since May 2004. More details of the project can be seen here .