Patrick Power (“Da”) is Vivian/Niamh’s biological father. Born in Ireland at the turn of the twentieth century, he immigrates to New York with his wife Mary and his three children, Niamh, Dominick, and James. In New York, he works at an Irish pub. His daughter Maisie is born in New York. Patrick has a problem with alcoholism, and he loves to sing. He dies in a house fire in 1929, along with his two sons.
Patrick Power/ “Da” Quotes in Orphan Train
The Orphan Train quotes below are all either spoken by Patrick Power/ “Da” or refer to Patrick Power/ “Da”. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the William Morrow edition of Orphan Train published in 2013.).
Chapter 10 Quotes
How strange, I think – that I am in a place my parents have never been and will never see. How strange that I am here and they are gone. I touch the claddagh cross around my neck.
Patrick Power/ “Da” Character Timeline in Orphan Train
The timeline below shows where the character Patrick Power/ “Da” appears in Orphan Train. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: New York City, 1929
...against the Irish. A family friend hired her father to work in his pub. Her Da’s drinking and her Mam’s “black moods” continued, but still the narrator remained hopeful. She reflects... (full context)
Chapter 4: New York City, 1929
Chapter 15: Albans, Minnesota, 1929
Chapter 22: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
Chapter 24: Hemingford County, Minnesota, 1930
Chapter 28: Hemingford, Minnesota, 1930
...fills Niamh’s mind with pleasant memories of her Gram’s kitchen. She also begins remembering her Da’s drinking and her Mam and Gram’s fights, each blaming the other for his alcoholism. She... (full context)