From The Irishman in Canada (1877):
...we owe to the Normans the Clanrickards, the Butlers, the Le Poers (Powers), and many others who came afterwards....
Were my Powers ancestors originally Normans? At my request, my brother submitted his DNA for genealogical purposes. A partial explanation of the results:
Here are the results of my brother Dan's POWERS DNA test (37 markers). Dan's results are most closely linked to...[brothers] both born in Ireland... .
Speculation about our Powers line is piggybacked on the research of the Irish Power brothers:
"I think that all Waterford Powers go back to Blackborough, Devon, England, and to one of the six persons by name 'le Poher' who came as part of the Norman Invasion. They were the four brothers - Sir Robert, Sir Roger, Simon and William - and their two cousins, Henry and John. The four brothers were sons of Bartholomew, Lord of Blackborough." [It is believed that their line goes back to William].