Character Bios & Art

In anticipation of the release of historical novel Divide the Dawn, an artist collective sketched some of the main characters as they appear in 1919.

Click links to read about the characters in Divide the Dawn . Go to the bottom of this page for a list of all characters.

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Dinny Meehan – Divide the Dawn


Dinny Meehan – Leader of the gang known as The White Hand.
(art by Sebastian MacLaughlin)

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Dinny Meehan

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https://artofneed.com/2018/05/03/bill-lovett-auld-irishtown/
Bill Lovett – Summoned from the dead to fulfill a prophecy
(art by Sebastian MacLaughlin)

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Wild Bill Lovett

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Liam Garrity – Divide the Dawn


Liam Garrity – Irishtown’s last shanachie (art by Guy Denning)

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Liam Garrity

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https://artofneed.com/2018/04/26/the-swede-auld-irishtown/
The Swede – Terrorist of Brooklyn’s Irishtown (art by Guy Denning)

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The Swede

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Vincent Maher – Divide the Dawn


Vincent Maher – Charmer with a .38 caliber.

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Vincent Maher

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Sadie Meehan – Divide the Dawn


Sadie Meehan – A terrible decision hangs over her

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Sadie & L’il Dinny Meehan

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Harry Reynolds – Divide the Dawn


Harry Reynolds – Weighted down by the secrets he protects with a shiv.

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Harry Reynolds

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Richie Lonergan – Divide the Dawn


Richie Lonergan – Pegleg’d assassin
(art by Sebastian MacLaughlin & Thomas Kerr)

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Pegleg Lonergan

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Anna Lonergan – Divide the Dawn


Anna Lonergan – Her shield is cruelty.

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Anna Lonergan

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William Brosnan – Divide the Dawn


William Brosnan – (The Law) Haunted by a dark past

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William Brosnan & Daniel Culkin

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https://artofneed.com/2018/04/07/mary-lonergan-auld-irishtown/
Mary Lonergan – Mourning Mother Mary

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Mourning Mother Mary Lonergan

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Jonathan G. Wolcott – Divide the Dawn


Jonathan G. Wolcott – (Waterfront Assembly) The fat man of Anglo New York
(art by Sebastian MacLaughlin)

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Jonathan G. Wolcott

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Darby Leighton – Divide the Dawn


Darby Leighton – (The Exiled) A man of the shadows
(art by Sebastian MacLaughlin)

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Darby Leighton

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The Gas Drip Bard – Divide the Dawn


The Gas Drip Bard – Irishtown’s shanachie (art by Sebastian MacLaughlin)

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The Gas Drip Bard

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Thos Carmody – Divide the Dawn


Thos Carmody – (ILA) Quick Thos, the cockroach that didn’t die.

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Quick Thos Carmody

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Sixto Stabile – Divide the Dawn


Sixto Stabile – (The Black Hand) Raised in South Brooklyn, educated at Harvard

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Sixto Stabile

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Garry Barry – Divide the Dawn


Garry Barry – the wraith whose middle name is “fookin'” (Garry fookin’ Barry)
(art by Sebastian MacLaughlin)

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Garry fookin’ Barry

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Mam Garrity – Divide the Dawn


Mam Garrity – Lost so much of what she created

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Mam Garrity

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Pickles Leighton – Divide the Dawn


Pickles Leighton – King of the Inside of Sing Sing Penitentiary

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Pickles Leighton

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Mickey Kane – Divide the Dawn


Mickey Kane – The future died with him (art by Thomas Kerr)

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Mickey Kane

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Petey Behan – Blathering rowdy (art by Guy Denning)

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Petey Cutpurse Behan

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Thomas Burke – Divide the Dawn


Thomas Burke – Trapped in the gang war.

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Thomas Burke

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Christie Maroney – Divide the Dawn


Christie Maroney – The Gold-Toothed Larrikin (art by Joseph Guillette)

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Christie Maroney

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Tanner Smith – Divide the Dawn


Tanner Smith – Is doomed.

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Tanner Smith

 

Characters – Divide the Dawn: Fight

Anna Lonergan – Fiery redhead

Sadie Meehan née Leighton – Mother to John, wife of Dinny, sister to Darby

Mourning Mother Mary – Mother to thirteen, including Anna and Richie

Ligeia Guida DeSantis – Italian immigrant,  fiancé of Darby

Dead Reilly – Attorney

Father Larkin – Irishtown Priest at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church

Maureen Egan – Former best friend of Doirean Egan

Kit Carroll – Prostitute at Adonis Social Club

Grace White – Prostitute at Adonis Social Club

Dinny’s White Hand

Liam Garrity – Mentee

Dinny Meehan – Leader

The Swede – Enforcer

Vincent Maher – Enforcer

Dockbosses

Cinders Connolly – Fulton Ferry Landing & Jay Street Terminal

The Lark – Baltic Terminal

Cute Charlie Red Donnelly – Navy Yard

Harry The Shiv Reynolds – Atlantic Terminal

Dance Gillen – Atlantic Terminal

Others

Beat McGarry – Old gang member, storyteller

Thomas Burke – Downstairs neighbor of Liam Garrity

Tanner Smith – Westside Manhattan leader of the Marginals

Whyo & Will – Ten year old Irishtown moppets

Bill’s White Hand

Wild Bill Lovett – World War I vet, former Meehan follower

Lieutenants

Non Connors – World War I vet

Joseph One-arm Flynn – World War I vet

Richie Pegleg Lonergan – Anna Lonergan’s brother

Frankie Byrne – Longtime Lovett follower

Others
Darby Leighton – Banished Whitehander

Abe Harms – The mole in Bill’s ear, former Richie Lonergan Crew member

Petey Cutpurse Behan – Trench Rabbit, former Richie Lonergan Crew member

Matty Martin – Trench Rabbit, former Richie Lonergan Crew member

The Law

Detective William Brosnan – Veteran, Brooklyn’s Irishtown beat

Patrolman Daniel Culkin – Son-in-law of Brosnan

Patrolman Ferris – Culkin’s partner

Captain Sullivan – Captain at Poplar Street Station
Commissioner Enright – Police Commissioner

Doirean Culkin – Brosnan’s daughter, Culkin’s wife

The Black Hand

Sixto Stabile – Owner of The Adonis Social Club, Harvard grad

The Prince o’ Pals Frankie Yale – Owner of The Harvard Inn, Coney Island

Lucy Buttacavoli – He of the aquiline nose

Stick’em Jack Stabile – Sixto’s father

The Waterfront Assembly

Jonathan G. Wolcott – President

Amadeusz Wiz the Lump Wisniewski

Garry fookin’ Barry – Wolcott’s chosen leader of the White Hand

Charles Pakenham – Reporter

Eleanor Allerton – President of Woman’s Christian Temperance League

The Leech Vandeleurs – Brooklyn slumlord

The International Longshoreman’s Association

Thos Carmody – Treasurer, New York

T.V. O’Connor – President

King Joe Ryan – Vice President

Paul Vaccarelli – Vice President

Other Characters (in alphabetical order) 

James Behan – Trench Rabbit, Petey’s older brother

Henry Browne – Red Donnelly’s righthand, Thos Carmody informant

Joseph Burke – Thomas Burke’s disabled son

Mr. Campbell – Boru owner, lives across street from Meehan Brownstone

James Cleary – Garry fookin’ Barry’s lone crony

Costello – Member of the Marginals, Tanner Smith follower

Freddie Cuneen – Whitehander, best friends with Eddie Hughes

The Dropper – Manhattan shylock, labor slugger

Needles Ferry – Drug addict

Abby Garrity – Liam’s sister

Brigid Garrity – Liam’s sister

Joseph Garrity – Liam’s uncle

Mam Garrity – Liam’s mother

The Gas Drip Bard – Irishtown shanachie

The Ghost God – ?

James Hart – Teamster truck driver

Sean Healy – Trench Rabbit, Frankie Byrne follower

Biddy Hoolihan – Blind woman at Irishtown tavern

Eddie Hughes – Whitehander, best friends with Freddie Cuneen

Hotelier – Owner of Rockville Centre, Long Island hotel

Ragtime Howard – Whiskey drunkard

Mickey Kane – Murdered cousin of Dinny Meehan

Paddy Keenan – Bartender at Dock Laoders’ Club, Minister of Education

Feeble Philip Large – Cinders Connolly’s righthand

Lefty – Member of the Marginals, Tanner Smith follower

Celia Leighton – Frank Leighton’s wife

Colleen Rose Leighton – Darby & Ligeia’s baby

Pickles Leighton – Darby’s brother, in Sing Sing since 1913

Rose Leighton – Sadie’s mother

Frank Leighton – Darby’s brother, Sadie’s cousin, Thos Carmody informant

John Lonergan – Anna/Richie father

Tiny Thomas & Ellen Lonergan – Dead from infection & grippe

Willie Lonergan – Anna/Richie Younger brother

Honora Lynch – Wife of tavern keeper

Mr. Lynch – Tavern keeper, Greenwich Village

Happy Maloney – One-legged World War I vet, Sadie’s escort

Christie The Larrikin Maroney – Former Brooklyn gang leader

Charles McGowan – Former Meehan right hand, murdered in Sing Sing 

Emma McGowan – Liam’s first love, died of Spanish Influenza in 1918

Chisel McGuire – Flimflam man, singer & barker

John L’il Dinny Meehan – Sadie’s son

Dago Tom Montague – Whitehander

Big Dick Morissey – The Lark’s righthand

Mrs. O’Flaherty – Lived above Lonergan bicycle shop, original Irishtown settler

Timmy Bucks Quilty – Trench Rabbit, former Lonergan Crew member

James Quilty – Trench Rabbit, Timmy’s older brother

Miko O’Dea – Liam’s childhood friend

Jidge Seaman – Trench Rabbit, Frankie Byrne follower

Shanachie – Itinerant storyteller in Ireland

Silverman – Murdered in 1916, for Wolcott thug

La Sorrisa – Italian recruiter of prostitutes 

Johnny Spanish – Manhattan shylock, labor slugger, gave loan to Tanner Smith

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