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 Cleary Dowley connection

The Cleary Dowley connection

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.

Kathleen Hickey's Family Tree

Kathleen Hickey’s Family Tree

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

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  1. Tom Burgess


    This is a fascinating tale and one that has given me enormous help. Kathleen Hickey Dowley’s uncle, Thomas Aloysius Hickey, was my great grandfather, and brother of William Hickey of North Earl St., ‘Ardmore’, Blackrock and ‘Lucerne,” Clontarf. TAH emigrated to the USA in 1865 and became the partner of a successful leather business in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, eventually known as Green and Hickey Leather Co.

    I’ve been in Dublin for a week with my wife enjoying meeting Donald Hickey of Blackrock after a lapse between our families for over a century. I am on on the tale end of European trip and today went up to Glasnevin to see William’s grave which was ‘misplaced’ under his name on the Glasnevin register but searchable through Mary Joesph Kelly. I see there that My great-great grandfather, John Hickey and his wife, Mary Delaney, are mentioned as follows:

    In Memory of John Hickey
    who died 19th of April 1894 aged 89 years
    interred in Churchtown, Carrick-on-Suir,
    and his wife, Mary who died
    24th Feb. 1886, aged 73 years,
    parents of William Hickey,
    North Earl St. Dublin

    I wonder if your researches on the Dowleeys and families in your area have yielded any information on them.

    Yours with thanks,

    Thomas Knight {Tom] Burgess
    658 Main st.
    Cotuit, MA 02635

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