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Dr. Alec Spain



Alec Spain.
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Dr. Alec Spain,
Alex W. Spain, born 22 Sept 1897, Cashel, Co.Tipperary,
poss. descendant of Edward III and Aoife Mac Murrough and Brian Boru,
educ Christian Brothers, Cashel, Co.Tipperary,
family moved back to Dublin,
educ Blackrock College 1908-15, played rugby, won JCT 1911 and 1912,
educ UCD, BA 1918,
studied for priesthood but left, started studying medicine in UCD 1919,
Captain of UCD rugby club, Captain in 1924 when they won Leinster Club Senior Cup (see photo in Belfield House, UCD), later President of the club,
played rugby for Ireland 1924,
gynaecologist, MB, B.Ch., B.A.O., UCD 1924 [NUI, 1964],
worked Mater Hospital, Dublin, as at 1925,
Assistant Master of Holles St Hospital (National Maternity Hospital), Dublin, 1926-27 [plaque in hall],
M.A.O. NUI 1929, MRCOG 1929,
mar 30th July 1929, Killiney RC church, Co.Dublin, to Eileen O'Mara [Eibhlin, born 7th Aug 1903, poss. descendant of Edward III],
(todo) see mar of Alexander W Spain, Rathdown, 3rd qr 1929, [GROI], vol 2 p 672,
lived 31 Lower Baggot St, where he started a private practice,
see photo 1932,
working Mater Hospital again as at 1938,
President of Blackrock College Union 1938,
Master of Holles St Hospital 1942-48 [plaque inside door],
became FRCOG,
lived and had practice in 20 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin [NOT 18],
retired, went back to live in Cashel, Co.Tipperary, for some years, having bought the Mullins shop,
Eileen opened an antiques shop next to Mullins' in Cashel,
moved back to Dublin, lived Dundrum,
Eileen ran an antiques shop in Ranelagh,
lived at some point at Faitealan, Carrick Hill, Malahide, N Co.Dublin,
in later years the two of them were in a nursing home, Our Lady's Manor, Bullock Harbour, Dalkey, Co.Dublin,
he died 24 Feb 1982, age 84 yrs,
his portrait hangs in Holles St Hospital,
she died 20 Mar 1988, age 84 yrs,
had issue:


  1. Anne Spain.

  2. Alex Spain, mar Maureen Murphy and had issue:
    1. Alex Spain, mar Michele Murphy and had issue:
      1. Alex Spain.
      2. Georgia Spain.
      3. Cameron Spain.
    2. John Spain, mar Susan McHenry and had issue:
      1. Philip Spain.
      2. Heather Spain.
      3. William Spain.
    3. Catherine Spain.
    4. Brian Spain, had issue:
      1. Sofia Spain.
    5. Justin Spain, wrote family history, mar Sarah O'Riain and had issue.
    6. Elizabeth Spain, mar Pete Bridge and had issue:
      1. Imogen Bridge.
      2. Jake Bridge.
      3. Lara Bridge.

  3. Paddy Spain, mar Mary Binchy and had issue:
    1. Patrick Spain.
    2. Eddie Spain, mar ---.
    3. Alexandra Spain.
    4. Benedicte Spain.

  4. Stephen Spain.

  5. Ellen Spain, mar Raymond Davern and had issue:
    1. Owen Davern, mar Rosarie O'Grady and had issue:
      1. Sophia Davern.
      2. Owen Davern.
    2. Paddy Davern, mar Anne Kearney and had issue:
      1. Recie Davern.
      2. Paddy Davern.
      3. Dermot Davern.
      4. Tom Davern.
    3. Raymond Davern.
    4. Alex Davern, mar Eileen Henry.
    5. Ellen Davern.
    6. Lisa Davern.
    7. Stephen Davern.

  6. Malachi Spain, mar Mary Leonard and had issue:
    1. Malachy Spain, mar Liza MacCarthy and had issue:
      1. Oisin Spain.
      2. Ferdia Spain.
      3. Fachtna Spain.
    2. Mise Spain.
    3. Sheila Spain, mar Robert Dargan and had issue:
      1. Sadie Dargan.
      2. Aimee Dargan.
      3. Mia Dargan.
    4. Julian Spain.
    5. Mary-Elizabeth Spain, mar Joseph Thompson and had issue:
      1. Rhys Thompson.



Alec and Eileen's wedding, 1929. See full size.




"A beautiful maiden - God knows why
Thought of me as quite a 'Guy'
Before her gaze I was weak as water
And so was wed with an O'Mara daughter."

- From a poem written by Alec to Eileen on their 40th anniversary, 1969.



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