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.


Dinny Meehan – Divide the Dawn

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

Dinny Meehan


Bill Lovett - Divide the Dawn

Bill Lovett - Character in Divide the Dawn The Black Hand sarcastically calls Bill Lovett "Pulcinella" because he looks like the crazy clown of Italian classical lore (art by Sebastian MacLaughlin) "Ya know, people talk. And they're sayin' one day the gang could be all Lovett's.

Bill Lovett - Summoned from the dead to fulfill a prophecy
(art by Sebastian MacLaughlin)

Wild Bill Lovett


Liam Garrity – Divide the Dawn

Liam Garrity - Irishtown's last shanachie (art by Guy Denning)

Liam Garrity


The Swede - Divide the Dawn

The Swede - Character in Divide the Dawn "The Swede makes his territory: The fighter's circle. Daring a cross of it; until finally he puffs his long trunk and the angular slant of his splayed chest and shoulders for a grunt in the air that of a bull ape's summoning."

The Swede - Terrorist of Brooklyn's Irishtown (art by Guy Denning)

The Swede


Vincent Maher – Divide the Dawn

Vincent Maher - Charmer with a .38 caliber.

Vincent Maher


Sadie Meehan – Divide the Dawn

Sadie Meehan - A terrible decision hangs over her

Sadie & L'il Dinny Meehan


Harry Reynolds – Divide the Dawn

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

Harry Reynolds


Richie Lonergan – Divide the Dawn

Richie Lonergan - Pegleg'd assassin
(art by Sebastian MacLaughlin & Thomas Kerr)

Pegleg Lonergan


Anna Lonergan – Divide the Dawn

Anna Lonergan - Her shield is cruelty.

Anna Lonergan


William Brosnan – Divide the Dawn

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

William Brosnan & Daniel Culkin


Mary Lonergan - Divide the Dawn

Mary Lonergan - Character in Divide the Dawn "That biddy ol' flab? She comes here all the time askin' for favors. She wants her eldest son to open a bike shop, but of course she don't have the money for it. So she wants Dinny's help."~Vincent Maher Mary Lonergan (b.

Mary Lonergan - Mourning Mother Mary

Mourning Mother Mary Lonergan


Jonathan G. Wolcott – Divide the Dawn

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

Jonathan G. Wolcott


Darby Leighton – Divide the Dawn

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

Darby Leighton


The Gas Drip Bard – Divide the Dawn

The Gas Drip Bard - Irishtown's shanachie (art by Sebastian MacLaughlin)

The Gas Drip Bard


Thos Carmody – Divide the Dawn

Thos Carmody - (ILA) Quick Thos, the cockroach that didn't die.

Quick Thos Carmody


Sixto Stabile – Divide the Dawn

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

Sixto Stabile


Garry Barry – Divide the Dawn

Garry Barry - the wraith whose middle name is "fookin'" (Garry fookin' Barry)
(art by Sebastian MacLaughlin)

Garry fookin' Barry


Mam Garrity – Divide the Dawn

Mam Garrity - Lost so much of what she created

Mam Garrity


Pickles Leighton – Divide the Dawn

Pickles Leighton - King of the Inside of Sing Sing Penitentiary

Pickles Leighton


Mickey Kane – Divide the Dawn

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

Mickey Kane

Petey Behan - Blathering rowdy (art by Guy Denning)

Petey Cutpurse Behan


Thomas Burke – Divide the Dawn

Thomas Burke - Trapped in the gang war.

Thomas Burke


Christie Maroney – Divide the Dawn

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

Christie Maroney


Tanner Smith – Divide the Dawn

Tanner Smith - Is doomed.

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


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


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


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

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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