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O'Sullivan/Sullivan is the most common surname in Munster, and the most common surname in Co.Kerry, so we do not assume this family is linked to O'Sullivan of Meentoges or any other O'Sullivan/Sullivan in this history.
farmer, born c.1842,
mar 29 April 1871 [Beaufort RC par records] to Mary O'Halloran [born c.1850],
she was of Dromaloughane, Knockane civil parish (Beaufort RC parish), near Killarney, Co.Kerry,
her uncle was Fr. O'Halloran, P.P. of the RC par of Firies, Co.Kerry
(interestingly, Fr.Mark O'Sullivan of the Meentoges family was P.P. of Firies at an earlier date),
Mary's uncle Fr. O'Halloran gave her, probably at her marriage 1871 (children born there), a farm at Batterfield, Firies (between Killarney and Tralee, see map),
they were living Batterfield at children's baptisms 1872 to 1879,
Rugby and Gaelic football player:
Bill captained Queens College Cork in Munster Senior Rugby Cup in 1895.
Irish Rugby International Player in 1895.
He played Gaelic football for Dr Crokes club, Killarney, in 1890s.
Also played Gaelic football for Co.Kerry.
He played for Dr Crokes in the final of the Kerry Senior Football Championship for 1900 (final 2 Dec 1900), when they lost.
Dr Crokes won the Kerry Senior Football Championship the following year (the year 1901, final played Aug 1902). This was their first County title. Dr. Bill appears in winning photo, but he is no longer playing, but now team doctor / trainer.
He was team doctor for Kerry's first All-Ireland winning team, year 1903, final played 12 November 1905.
Dr. Bill was a
For almost 60 years he served as Medical Officer of Killarney No.2 District
(which included the local District Hospital)
and was Coroner for East Kerry.
He lived Inch House, New St, Killarney. Also had private practice at Inch House.
He was living Killarney at mar.
He mar 1904 to Norrie O'Mara [born 3rd Mar 1880].
All children born Killarney.
See entry in [Census, 1911], he is listed as "General Practitioner", living house number 59 in New Street (Lower), Killarney (Inch House). They have 2 nurses, a governess, and 3 other servants. The house has 13 rooms, 14 windows in front of house.
He had a house in Dooks (Dooaghs), Glenbeigh, nr Killorglin, Co.Kerry (see map).
Free State Senator:
In the War of Independence 1919-21, Dr. Bill was under threat from the Black and Tans because of his nationalist sympathies. He left Killarney for a time.
Biography says he was exiled to Newcastle, and during this exile he took his M.D. at Edinburgh.
Strongly pro-Treaty, he was a Senator in the first (1922) Free State Senate. See list of members at first meeting, 11 Dec 1922.
His house in Dooks [NOT Inch House] was burnt down by the IRA [NOT by the Black and Tans] during the Civil War because he was a Free Stater. The house was rebuilt on the same site.
He served as Senator from 1922 until Senate abolished 1936. See record and contributions.
Norrie died 25th Apr 1938, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, age 58 yrs,
bur Muckross Abbey, Killarney, (todo) see grave.
He died 3rd Mar 1953 (his wife's birthday), Inch House, age 79 yrs,
bur Muckross Abbey.
Dr. Bill and Norrie had issue:
Inch House was later the home of Dr. Bill O'Sullivan.
There by 1908.
Family lived upstairs. Doctor's office downstairs.
Dr. Bill died at Inch House in 1953.
Inch House was demolished around 1996-1997.
The site is now Dunnes Stores.
Not to be confused with Inch House, Ballinvoher par, Dingle peninsula [Houses of Kerry].
Inch House (the RHS house with railings).
Photo courtesy of Simon O'Sullivan.
The house is vanished. The site is now Dunnes Stores. See street view.
Group photo of Free Staters at back of Inch House, Killarney, 22 Apr 1922. (Just before the Civil War.)
Front row (Left to Right): Kevin O'Higgins (assassinated 1927), Rev. Fr. Fidelis, Norrie O'Mara, Sean Mac Eoin, William O'Sullivan (in front, born 1911), Michael Collins (killed Aug 1922), Mrs. P.D. Moynihan, Dr. Bill O'Sullivan, Fr. D.F. O'Sullivan, Marcus O'Sullivan (born 1909).