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Citizen Dwyer

Citizen Dwyer
  • Citizen Dwyer by Sean McCarthy


Set in Ireland and New South Wales between 1798 and 1825, Citizen Dwyer describes the life of the ‘Wicklow Chieftain’, Michael Dwyer, a revolutionary idealist, an inspirational guerrilla leader, and a violent alcoholic.

Arrested after the rebellion of 1798, Dwyer and his family spend time in Kilmainham Gaol before he and his wife are deported to a penal colony in Australia. There they endeavour to reconstruct their lives, but Dwyer’s life is ruled and ruined by alcohol.

The story brings to life a pivotal time in Irish history when cruelty was matched by cruelty, an uprising was dependent on French support that never arrived, Robert Emmet was hanged, and a family were brutally separated.

This struggle for survival leads to Dwyer’s increasing violence and alcoholism, eventually leading to his death.

When his children finally arrive in Australia 1825 they can only visit his grave.


Sean McCarthy


C-format, paperback





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Weight .340 g
Dimensions .215 × .135 × .15 mm


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