Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
mar 27th Jan 1932,
Ballybrack RC church
to Dr. Una O'Mara
[born 19th Jan 1905].
They were mar by her uncle Fr. Paddy O'Mara.
He lived 17 Merrion Square North, Dublin, from at least 1935 to death 1996.
He is listed at 28 N Frederick St and at 17 Merrion Square in [Thom's, 1936].
He served for 32 years as deputy coroner and coroner for Dublin City.
Co-founder of Irish Red Cross 1939. See Irish Red Cross Society Order, 1939.
Secretary of Irish Red Cross for many years. Their HQ was set up next door to him at 16 Merrion Square (still there).
In 1940 he was a founding surgeon of both Baldoyle Hospital, Baldoyle, Dublin, and St.Anthony's Hospital, Herbert Ave, Merrion Rd, Dublin (now St. Vincent's Private Hospital).
He was first Chairman of the re-named and re-organised "Medical Association of Eire" 1941. This is a body which went through many incarnations from 1839 to the present Irish Medical Organisation (see history of IMO).
Listed as "President of the Irish Medical Association" as at 1942 [Robins, 2000].
He was involved in the founding in 1942 of St.Patrick's Infant Hospital, Temple Hill, Blackrock, to care for the children of unmarried mothers.
Chairman of Irish Red Cross 1946-47.
Una registered her mother's death 1958.
[Dict. Ir. Biog., 1998 edn] says in 1970 he received "Bonn Uachtarán na hÉireann, the President's Gold Medal of Merit".
Una died 9th June 1974, age 69 yrs.
She was bur Glasnevin Cemetery, near her father's grave (see street view).
In 1975 John was
Chevalier (Knight) of the Papal
Order of St. Gregory the Great (KSG),
the highest honour a lay Catholic man can attain.
He celebrated 100th birthday 1995. Special mass in Westland Row, Sun 17th Sept 1995.
He died Sun 21st July 1996, St. Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, age 100 yrs.
See death notice, Irish Times, July 22, 1996.
Funeral Tue 23rd July, bur Glasnevin.
John and Una had adopted issue:
Una and John's wedding, 1932.
Left to Right (Back): Alec Spain, poss. Alice Cashel, one of the Rynnes, ---, ---, ---, Dick and Eithne, ---, Steen, ---, poss. Maureen, ---.
(Front): prob. Fr.Paddy, ---, Shanley relation, Eddie Shanley, May Shanley, John, Una, Sheila O'Mara, ---, Agnes Cashel, James O'Mara.
Maureen, John Shanley, Una.
Una and John Shanley's grave, Glasnevin. Photo 2006. See full size.
Photo courtesy of Richard Humphreys.
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