Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
James O'Mara (see here),
school register says he was there 1888-92,
He became friends with The O'Rahilly there.
Writing from Clongowes: "We go to bed every night at 8.30 and get up, it seems to me, about 3, but the fellows call it half-past 6".
He knew Dr. David Humphrys since early 1890s, when both were single in Limerick. (His daughter would much later marry Dr. David's son.)
After school, he went to work in the family business, O'Mara's bacon factory.
He was educ Royal University of Ireland, studied for university at home after work.
1st Arts, RUI, summer 1893.
1st Eng, RUI, summer 1893, 1st class hons, 1st place in Ireland.
2nd Eng, RUI, 1st place in Ireland.
Move to London, 1893:
He worked as a bacon merchant in the thriving family business.
He was sent to London as O'Mara's agent after his uncle Jim died 1893.
He couldn't find time to continue studies after went to London. Had to postpone RUI studies for business.
Listed as "Agent", living 35 Norfolk St, Strand, London, at time of marriage. This is Norfolk Street, Holborn, which is now gone, but was between Arundel Street and Surrey Street (see map).
mar 1895 to Agnes Cashel [born 21st Dec 1870,
poss. descendant of Edward III].
They lived "St.Chad's", Epsom, Surrey, after marriage 1895.
As at Jan 1898 the O'Mara business had an address at 3 Bow High St, London SE (see map), with a telephone (no. 4515).
James and Agnes moved to Sydenham, SC London, in 1898.
He finally got BA, Royal University of Ireland, summer 1898.
Home Rule MP, 1900-07:
James was elected Home Rule MP for Irish Parliamentary Party (largest party in Ireland, 3rd largest party in UK) in 1900.
He was returned unopposed for Kilkenny South, 6 Oct 1900, in UK general election, Sept-Oct 1900. He was age 27.
He continued living London.
See brief biography in biographies of new MPs, The Times, 16 Oct 1900, p.9.
"Winston Churchill" [born 1874, first elected 1900] "and Dad were the two youngest Members of Parliament. At some championship in the House, chess or billiards (but I think chess), the two of them reached the finals. They were both young enough to be elated at outplaying their elders" [Lavelle, 1961].
[P102/72] is letter of 6 Dec 1900 from him to The O'Rahilly. See image. He is at 10 Bow High St, London (would be O'Mara's business address).
As at [UK census, 31st Mar 1901] James and Agnes were living 30 Maida Hill West, Maida Vale, London.
[Lavelle, 1961] says he used obstructionist tactics. He spoke for hours one night in June 1901 on bream or otter trawling off the coasts of Ireland, "a subject about which he knew next to nothing". Does this refer to this brief question by him on 20 June 1901?
He travelled to Romania Oct 1902 to sound out prospects for trade in bacon.
Bacon from the factory at Turnu Severin (now called Drobeta-Turnu Severin, on River Danube, SW Romania) was first sold on London market 1903.
His Private Member's Bill
a national holiday in Ireland 1903.
He was returned again unopposed for
Kilkenny South, 20 Jan 1906, in
UK general election,
James and Agnes moved autumn 1907 to
College Rd, Dulwich, London,
lived there until 1914.
Children born and grew up London, came over to Ireland to stay with their grandparents in Limerick, and holiday in Kilkee, Co.Clare.
It was NOT him who resigned as a trustee of the Home Rule party 1908 (that was his father).
He subscribed to The O'Rahilly's efforts to revive the daily Sinn Fein newspaper 1910.
Return to Ireland, 1914:
James came back to Ireland with his family in 1914 (after more than 20 years) to run Donnelly's bacon factory, Dublin.
They moved to 15 Ely Place, Dublin. There at time of 1916 gift. Listed there in [Thom's, 1917]. The previous occupant was Oliver St.John Gogarty.
Agnes met the Dublin Suffragettes, including Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington.
James accompanied his son Steen to America when Steen was accepted at Georgetown University, DC. They arrived at Ellis Island, NY, on 22nd Nov 1915.
He acquired a summer house, "Barfield", just outside Galway, there as at 1917-19.
He funded the re-launch in early 1917 of Arthur Griffith's paper Nationality.
He became Assistant Financial Director of Sinn Fein in autumn 1917.
He moved to 43 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin, lived there c.1918 to c.1925.
Sinn Fein TD, Director of Elections, Trustee of Dail funds:
James became Director of Finance for Sinn Fein 1918.
He was the 4th and last Sinn Fein Director of Elections for their stunning victory in the Dec 1918 general election (also here), all 3 of his predecessors having been successively jailed. The massive election victory made independence inevitable. His obituary says: "It was perhaps of all his work for the national cause that of which he was most proud."
He was himself elected
Sinn Fein TD for
Dec 1918 election,
with over 80 percent of the vote.
Trustee of Dail Eireann funds 1919-21: He was one of the 3 trustees of the funds of the underground government, Dail Eireann, June 1919 on, the others being Eamon de Valera and Dr. Michael Fogarty, Bishop of Killaloe.
Went to US, 1919-21:
James supported the Treaty Dec 1921, but took no side in civil war (any of his family that did take a side were, however, Republican).
He tried to speak to de Valera: "Now you will want your friends around you", and de Valera waved him away and said: "Not you any way". "It was nearly 20 years before they spoke to each other again" [Lavelle, 1961].
He was appointed the first Irish Ambassador to the USA by the provisional Free State government, Feb 1922. Only served for a few months.
He was selected but declined to contest June 1922 general election.
He was appalled by the Civil War. "The disillusion of that time was soul-searing. Disillusion came quicker to Dad than to most of his fellows, because he now stood alone - an outsider - looking on at the debacle of all he had helped to build" [Lavelle, 1961].
He was close friends with Harry Boland (killed July 1922) and Michael Collins (killed Aug 1922).
He tried desperately to stop the execution without trial of his friend Liam Mellows, Dec 1922, which "left the longest and most bitter memory of all the bitter memories of the civil war" [Lavelle, 1961]. His dau Eithne said that after this he came home and tore up all his things.
Biography in [Thom's Irish Who's Who, 1923] lists him as "R.C.S." Think this means member of Royal Colonial Society.
Free State TD for Dublin South 1924-27,
In retirement in 1930s he went on cruises
with the two unmarried daughters
Maureen and Sheila,
who both found husbands on board ship.
He travelled in North and South America, North Africa, Middle East.
He sold Donnelly's to his brother Phons mid-late 1940s.
History at Cashel House says: "Jim O'Mara and his wife celebrated their Golden Jubilee" [50 yrs married] "in April 1945 in the gardens of Cashel House".
He had black hair, red moustache.
James dies, 1948:
He died 30 Eccles St, Dublin (think part of Mater Hospital), Sun 21st Nov 1948 [NOT 22nd], age 75 yrs [GROI].
See obituary, Irish Times, November 22, 1948.
Donnelly's closed for two days, Mon 22nd and Tue 23rd, as a mark of respect.
Funeral 23 Nov, bur Glasnevin Cemetery.
Fr.Paddy celebrated the mass. Those present included the former and future Taoiseach, de Valera; the President, Seán T. Ó Ceallaigh; Sean MacEntee, Gerald Boland and W.T. Cosgrave.
See funeral report, Irish Times, November 24, 1948.
See obituary in Limerick Leader, c.12th Dec 1948.
See other obituary.
"There was no tricolour over his coffin, no bugles sounded over his grave. No guns were fired in salute but we paid silent tribute to him for all he had done and suffered that Ireland might be free." [Lavelle, 1961].
The family sold Cashel House 1952.
Agnes dies, 1958:
She died Mon 2nd June 1958, The Grove, Killiney, age 87 yrs [GROI].
See obituary, Evening Press, Tue 3rd June.
See death notice, Irish Times, June 4, 1958.
Funeral 4 June, bur Glasnevin Cemetery.
See Photos of children.
James and Agnes had issue:
she met Dick when both at UCG, her studying Science, him studying Medicine,
poss. first met at Barfield c.1918,
engaged think late 1920, didn't get married until he got his first job 1924,
mar 2nd Jan 1924, St.Andrew's church, Westland Row, Dublin, to Dick Lavelle and had issue.
son of Richard Rice, who was said to be a naval officer.
See his family at Castletownshend in [Census, 1901]. His father listed as "divisional carpenter" (a maritime job, responsible for repairs to boats).
See his family living at Ardglass, Co.Down, in [Census, 1911]. His father listed as a "publican".
In 1923, George joined Pacific Steam Navigation Company as Junior 4th officer.
He was officer on luxury liner voyages to South America. He met Sheila when she was on a cruise. He was First Mate at the time.
At mar 1944 he is listed as "master mariner", living 69b Ravenhill Rd, Belfast (see map).
They were mar by her uncle Fr. Paddy O'Mara.
They lived Templeville, on Killiney Hill Road
(just down road from The Grove),
listed there in
Templeville is one of oldest houses in Killiney, early Georgian.
He became Captain of the "Samothrace" 1946.
She died think Templeville, 21st Aug 1951, age 45 yrs, think of lung cancer. She was bur Glasnevin.
In 1956 he was appointed Commodore of Pacific Steam Navigation Company's fleet, taking the "Reina Del Mar" to South America.
He became Commandant.
He died think Templeville, 13th Aug 1963, age 66 yrs [mass card], bur Glasnevin.
In The Grove today (no longer in the family), there is a painting of The Grove just inside the door, signed "Rice". Is this him?
Their house still called "Templeville" as at 1992.
James O'Mara as a youth, 1890.
From this picture.
James O'Mara, 1924. From this picture.
James O'Mara, in bad health, The Grove, Killiney, 1944.
James O'Mara, Cashel House, 1948.
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