THE CASTLANE DOWLEY HISTORY
My grand-mother was Kathleen Hickey of 15 Castle Avenue, Clontarf in Dublin. She was born on the 7th of April 1887 as the third child in the family. The fact that we both shared the same birthday, seemed to create a certain bond between us, as well as insuring that my grand-father never forgot my birthday.
Kathleen’s grand-mother was Catherine Marks who married a William Kelly. Her grand-mother’s sister, Margaret Marks, married a Richard Whitty. Their daughter Bridget Whitty married Thomas Cleary of Carrick-on-Suir. This couple were the parents of Richard Cleary of Bridge St. and grand-parents of Helen, Tom, Fr. John, Michael and Gerard Cleary. This means that Kathleen Dowley and Dick Cleary were second cousins. The full relationship between the Castlane Dowleys and the Clearys of Bridge St. is given in the following diagram.
The Hickeys were in the drapery business in Dublin and Kathleen had five brothers and two sisters. All the boys attended Castleknock College, Dublin while the girls attended Mount Anville.
Fr. Tommy Hickey was a Vincentian Priest and spent most of his life as the Burser in Castleknock College. He retired to St. Pauls College in Raheny where he died in 1963. He is buried in the Vincentian graveyard in Castleknock College. Willie Hickey became a doctor and worked mainly in India. He eventually returned to Ireland and spent his last few years in the Spa Hotel in Lucan. The remaining brothers John, James and Matthew, having attended Castleknock, continued in the drapery business in Dublin. The eldest sister, Molly, was married to Ned Kelly and she lived in Fortwilliam Cottage on the Stillorgan Rd. Her youngest sister Ina, by a second marriage, was married to Igor Peterson and they lived in Kings Lyngby outside Copenhagen.
My grand-father, Joseph Ignatius Dowley was born on April 21st 1887 as the 5th child of Edward and Mary Ursula (nee Walsh). His godparents were his uncle Fr. Tom Dowley and Alice Power. Alice was a daughter of Honora Dowley of Ballyknock and a Power of Mount Richard. This confirms some link b