TYBROUGHNEY DOWLEY HISTORY
Tybroughney castle is located in south Kilkenny, on the back road, half way between the Three Bridges and the village of Piltown. Situated on the northern bank of the river Suir, it commands a strategic view over a long stretch of the river valley, including parts of counties Kilkenny, Tipperary and Waterford. It is thought that Tybroughney may have been the end of the tidal area of the Suir in earlier days
Tybroughney grew and developed around an early monastic settlement founded by St. Madomnec from Wales in the 6th century with its accompanying industries. It was inhabited by the Vikings during the 10th century and the first fortification was thought to be a wooden structure. The first stone structure was completed in 1185 on the instructions of Prince John, later to become King of England.
It is thought that the castle was rebuilt or got a major refurbishing in the fifteenth century. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the castle was in the hands of a Butler of Ormond know as Viscount Montgarret. After the Cromwell invasion the Mountgarrets were dispossessed but were later reinstated by King Charles II.
In the eighteenth century Tybroughney was in the hands of the Brisco family who had served in Cromwell’s army. In 1753 Henry Whitby Brisco was born in Tybroughney and he was later to become the first of many Briscos to occupy Tinvane House. By the early 1800’s Tybroughney was occupied by the Rivers family who were closely related to the Briscos. By 1884 the castle was in the hands of the Power’s of Bellevue, Waterford, who had leased the property to the Lynch family from Dublin who built the current house which is attached to the castle.
Louis Dowley acquired Tybroughney in the early 1900’s, but when exactly that happened and who he bought it from is not known to me at present. What is significant however, is that Tybroughney Castle is now the only one of the many original Dowley residences that is still occupied by a Dowley family (Louis, a grandson of the original Louis, and his wife Daphne).
Louis Dowley (1889-1966): Louis was the sixth son of Edward and Ursula Mary Dowley of Tinvane House, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary (see Tinvane Dowley History). Like the rest of the family, Louis received his initial education in Tinvane and Carrick-on-Suir. He received his secondary education at St. Edmund’s College in the UK where his athletic prowess was legendary, holding the long-jump record for many decades. After leaving school, Louis spent some time in New Zealand studying agriculture. Thereafter he farmed at Tybroughney in south Kilkenny. He married Kathy Rowe in 1915 (who was a first cousin of Joe’s wife, Kathleen Hickey) and lived in Tybroughney Castle. They had 9 children Marjorie, Dermot, Maylon, Myles, Kathleen, Dorothy, Aline, Robert and Paddy. He died aged 77 and is buried in the Piltown cemetery. The following is a short pen sketch of Louis & Kathy’s nine children.
Children of Louis & Kathy Dowley of Tybroughney
Standing: Robert, Myles, Paddy and Dermot Seated: Marjorie, Kathleen, Aline, Dorothy and Maylon
Margaret Mary (Marjorie) Dowley (1915-2003): Marjorie was the first of the nine children of Louis and Kathy Dowley of Tybroughney Castle. She married Jack Freeman, a vetinary surgeon, in 1948 and they settled in Clonmel. They had four children, David, Denis, John and Jeremy.
Edward M. Dermot Dowley (1918-1997):
Mary Francis (Maylon) Dowley (1920-2009):
Fr. Myles Joseph Dowley CM (1922-1979): Myles was born on the 7th of April 1922 as the fourth child of Louis & Kathy Dowley of Tybroughney Castle. He received his initial education in Carrick-on-Suir and his secondary education in Castleknock College, Dublin from 1936 to 1940 where he was an honours student with a great love for rugby. On leaving Castleknock he entered St. Joseph’s seminary in Blackrock with a view to becoming a Vincentian priest. During his stay at St. Josephs (1940-1948), he took a degree in English and his knowledge of English was the foundation of his easy approach to the art of preaching. Preaching became his life. He was ordained a Priest by Archbishop John Charles McQuaid in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, on the 22nd of May 1948.
His first appointment was to Castleknock College (1948-1949) where his two younger brothers were students at the same time. From 1949 onwards he devoted his life to the missions, based mainly in the UK. He was forthright, blessed with a powerful voice, — a great asset when amplification systems were in their infancy — a very clear mind, a compelling presence and an extraordinary gift of compassion for wayward humanity. From 1949-1952 he was based in the Sacred Heart Parish in Mill Hill, London and from 1952-1958 in St. Mary’s in Lanark, Scotland. In 1958 he returned to Ireland and from 1958-1964 he was based at St. Vincents in Cork city. From 1964 to 1970 he returned to the parish of Mill Hill as Superior, a position that he did not relish as administration was not his forte. However, the parishioners of Mill Hill greatly appreciated Myles and his genuine efforts to further their interests; and there was general regret in the parish when he was appointed to Lanark in 1970. They had lost a dedicated Parish Priest and a personal friend. He was to remain in Lanark, serving the missions until his death in 1979. He gave his last Irish mission in Castleconnor, Ballina, — preparation for Pope John Paul’s visit. He was in the Phoenix Park on this great occasion, and returned to Lanark to prepare for the novena in honour of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal at St Peter’s, Phibsborough. As he prepared for this Novena, God called him home.
Myles had a great love for his family. He was in constant touch with them by letter, and whenever he got a ‘spare few days in Ireland, he would mount his motorbike and head for Carrick, Tullamore, Kilkenny, Clonmel or Porterstown bringing to all his brothers and sisters and their families his love and affection.
Kathleen Dowley (1923-????):
Dorothy M. Dowley (1927- 2016):
Aline Dowley (1928-):
Robert L. Dowley (1931-1981):
MUNSTER TEAM THAT DREW WITH AUSTRALIA IN 1958
Back Row: M. O’Connell, M. Spillane, N. Murphy, T. Nesdale, D. Geary, D. McCormack, T. McGrath & R. Dowley. Seated: J. Walsh, M. English, G. Wood (Capt.), R. Hennessy & F. Buckley. Front Row: M. Mullins & S. Quinlan
CARRICK RFC WINNERS OF GARRYOWEN CUP 1960
Back Row: Dr. Paul O’Brien, Michael Cleary, Robert Dowley, Dick Phelan, Jim McGrath, John Connolly, Michael O’Dwyer, Tom Morrissey, Tom Cleary, Liam Hogan Front Row: ????, Gerry Cleary, Mick O’Keeffe, Paddy Dowley (Capt.), Tom Foley, Michael Mullins, William Galvin, Leslie Dowley,