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Robert Cussen


Robert Cussen,
born 5 Aug 1865, Kilcolman East, Co.Limerick.
He was educ Blackrock College, Dublin.
He played rugby. Captained Blackrock College's first senior rugby team in 1882 (this was before the SCT was founded).
He qualified as solicitor in Trinity term 1890.
He worked for Cosgrave in Rathkeale for a time, then opened his own firm.
[Thom's, 1894] lists him with offices at Newcastle West and at 65 Dame St, Dublin.
He was at funeral of James Nolan 1897, living Newcastle West.
He was living Newcastle West at mar 1899.

He mar 31 July 1899 [Newcastle West RC church] to Mary C. Moylan [born 1879, Co.Limerick].
See entry in [GROI], mar wit by Michael Cussen and Ursula Moylan.
Mary was living Newcastle West at mar, dau of John D. Moylan, postmaster.

Robert was solicitor in Newcastle West, Co.Limerick.
Founded Cussen, solicitors, in Newcastle West in 1900.
[Thom's, 1901] and [Thom's, 1910] lists him with offices at Newcastle West and at 65 Dame St, Dublin.
They are listed in [Census, 1901] at North Quay, Newcastle West (see map). He is "solicitor". They have 1 servant.
He must be the incorrectly written "C. Cussen, solicitor" who is listed as cousin of Peter Donovan at his funeral 1901.
He was executor of the will of his grand-aunt Margaret Cussen (née Nolan) (died 1903).
West Limerick Coroner 1910 to 1940.
They are listed in [Census, 1911] at North Quay, Newcastle West. He is "solicitor". They have 2 servants.
[Thom's, 1919] and [Thom's, 1929] and [Thom's, 1935] lists him as Coroner for the "Extreme Western Division" of Co.Limerick, with offices at Newcastle West and at 12 Dame St, Dublin.

He was also a farmer.
He was interested in Irish language revival.
President of Newcastle West Rugby Club.
One of the founders of the Clounanna coursing meetings.
He died 29 Sept 1940, at his home in Newcastle West, age 75 yrs.
(todo) See death of Robert Cussen, [GROI], Newcastle, 4th qr 1940, age 75 (born 1865), vol 5 p 297.
See death notice in Irish Times, Mon 30 Sept 1940.
See notice in Irish Times, 1 Oct 1940.
Funeral Tue 1 Oct 1940, bur Grange, Newcastle West.
Mary fl 1940.
Robert and Mary had issue:


  1. John Cussen, born summer 1900, Co.Limerick,
    went into medicine,
    mar 15 Nov 1940 to Dorothea McElligott [born 1909, Co.Kerry].


  2. Dr. Denis Cussen,
    Denis John Cussen, born 19 July 1901, Newcastle West,
    educ Blackrock College, Dublin,
    doctor,
    affiliated to St. Mary's Hospital, London,
    played on Irish rugby team, had 14 or 15 rugby caps for Ireland, scored hat-trick of tries against England in 1926,
    Irish 100 yards record holder, held world record for 100 yards on grass for a time,
    ran in Men's 100 metres in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, got through Round One, knocked out in Quarter-Finals, see his results,
    mar Lilian ----,
    died 15 Dec 1980, Richmond, London, age 79 yrs,
    had issue:
    1. Jill Cussen.


  3. Bertie Cussen,
    Robert J. Cussen, born 1904, Co.Limerick,
    educ Blackrock College and TCD,
    played on the TCD rugby team that won the Leinster Senior Cup in 1926,
    qualified as solicitor in Hilary term 1926,
    he got LL.D. (doctorate in Law), TCD,
    solicitor in Newcastle West,
    mar 1929 to Kathleen McCartan [Kitsy, dau of Daniel McCartan, from Newcastle, Co.Down, think NOT McCarten],
    [Thom's, 1929] and [Thom's, 1935] and [Thom's, 1945] lists him with offices at Newcastle West and at 12 Dame St, Dublin,
    he was founder member and president of the Newcastle West Historical Society,
    president of Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society 1976-81,
    noted book collector,
    he compiled notes on family history, (todo) see all his notes,
    died in 1992, age 88 yrs,
    see obituary in Irish Times, 10 Mar 1992,
    had issue:

    1. Cliodhna Cussen, mar Pádraig Ó Snodaigh and had issue.
    2. John Cussen, mar Deirdre O'Carroll.
    3. Bobby Cussen, mar Deirdre McDonagh.
    4. Pamela Cussen.


  4. Catherine Cussen, born 1905, Co.Limerick.
  5. Margaret Cussen, born 1907, Dublin.

  6. Michael Cussen, born 1909, Co.Limerick,
    solicitor in Rathkeale,
    Coroner for West Limerick,
    also farmed at Rathkeale.




Click to play video of Men's 100 metres final in 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.
(Denis Cussen did not get as far as the final.)



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