Victor ODonovan Power
?-?1928 [occas. Victor OD. Power]; b. Rosbercon, Co. Kilkenny; his
mother was an ODonovan of W. Cork and a poet; his father Michael
Dwyer [sic] was a well-known nationalist; ed. St Patricks College,
Carlow; contrib. to papers from aetat. 16; prolific contributor of fiction
to Irish Lamp, Irish Emerald, Irish Fireside, Shamrock,
Weekly Freeman, Catholic Times, Donohoes Magazine,
Irelands Own and Our Boys, in both of which his stories
were constantly reprinted; his Kitty the Hare series still
reprinted in the early 1980s; broadly comic and melodramatic plays include
David Mahoney (Abbey 1914); his plays were produced by travelling
companies and, in the 1920s, by his own company; published novels, A
Secret of the Past (1893), and The Footsteps of Fate ;
and a one-act play, Flurry to the Rescue (1918). DIL IF.
Fiction, A Secret of the Past (London: Ward & Downey
1893), and Bonnie Dunraven: A Story of Kilcarrick, 2 vols. (London:
Remington 1881), 589pp.; The Heir of Liscarragh (Leamington: Art
& Book Co. 1892); Tracked (Dublin: Irelands Own Library
1914), paper covers; The Footsteps of Fate (Dublin: Irelands
Flurry to the Rescue (Dublin: Duffy 1918).
Stephen Brown, Ireland in Fiction [Pt. I] (Dublin: Maunsel 1919),
notes that he contrib. to The Lamp, The Irish Emerald, Irish
Fireside, Shamrock, Weekly Freeman, Irelands Own, Catholic
Times, Donohoes Magazine (USA); Cork Examiner,
in some of which which he also wrote fiction serials. IF lists Bonnie
Dunraven, A Story of Kilcarrick, 2 vols. (London: Remington 1881),
589pp.; The Heir of Liscarragh (Leamington: Art & Book Co.
1892) [romantic and tragic story of love and mystery; scenery of W. Cork;
formerly serial in Catholic Times]; Tracked (Dublin: Irelands
Own Library 1914), pb. [wholesome tale of unrequited love and jealousy
set in Donegal]; many successful plays performed by his own company [Brown].
British Library holds When the Cats
away the Mice can play
and Dinny Donoghues Damsel [&c.]
[Two farces.] (Dublin: J. Duffy & Co. [1927.]), 36pp..
There is a glancing reference under in Hickey and Doherty, eds., Dictionary
of Irish History (1979) under Irelands Own.
Benedict Kiely writes, I once
saw a one volume of the plays of Synge that had belonged to Victor ODonovan
Power, the creator of Kitty the Hare. The owen of the boko had scarled
on the margins of the pages quite ferocious comments on what he called
the Stage Irishness of Synge. It all depends, I suppose, on ones
point of view. (dialect and Literature, in A Raid into
Dark Corners and Other Essays, Cork UP 1999, p.239.)