[Rev.] Philip Dwyer

Life
fl.1878 [Rev. Philip Dwyer, A.B.]; local historian; vicar of Drumcliffe and Canon of Dysert in the dioc. of Killaloe, The Diocese Of Killaloe From The Reformation To The Close Of The Eighteenth Century (1878); and ed The Siege of Lodonderry [after Walker], with Vindication (Stock 1893).

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Works
The Diocese of Killaloe from the Reformation to the Close of the Eighteenth Century (Dublin 1878) [infra]; The Siege of Londonderry in 1689 as Set Forth in the Literary Remains of George Walker [1st edn.] (1893), ill.; A Handbook of Lisdoonvara and its vicinity [1876; rep. edn.] (Ennis: Clasp Press 1998).

Bibliographical details
Rev. Philip Dwyer, A.B., vicar of Drumcliffe and Canon of Dysert in the dioc. of Killaloe, The Diocese of Killaloe from the Reformation to the Close of the Eighteenth Century, with appx.; epigraph, ‘If the Lord himself had not been on our side when men rose up against us’, psalm cxxiv. (Hodges, Foster, and Figgis 1878), 590pp. In the Chp. VI, ‘The Doci. of Killaloe in the Reign of King Charles the First’, heavy use is made of the bound Depositions to document the sufferings of the establishment laiety. On p.265 we hear: ‘But whatever the Kilkenny confederates designed or did, in the name of the King, and really against his cause and best friends, Rinunccini [for Rinuccini] the Nuncio exceeded them. The quarrel between this emissary and the Pope, and these Home-rulers, is very instructive. It demonstrates that such domestic legislators and rulers of Ireland must always expect to be more tools in the hands of some foreign power - a Roman Catholic power - if not indeed Rome itself. It also brings into the clearest light the state and prospects of the Reformed faith in this island during those days.’ The notes to this section also fulminate against Fenians and their weaponry in modern times [578-79], while Bishop Jones’s Remonstrance - ‘a very interesting document’ - is said to relate rather to affairs in the North [in 1641].

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References
Library of Herbert Bell, Belfast, holds The Diocese of Killaloe from the Reformation to the Close of the Eighteenth Century; The Diocese of Killaloe (Dublin 1878); The Siege of Derry 1689 (London 1893).

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