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Niall O'Rahilly


Niall O'Rahilly,
pron. "Neil", born 3 Jan 1907,
[Sighle] said when her Rahilly cousins came to Dublin 1909, they couldn't speak to little Niall, because he spoke only French,
doctor, educ UCD (MB),
he was a "doctor of osteopathy" (alternative medicine),
he practised at family home, 40 Herbert Park, Dublin, for a time, listed there in [Thom's, 1938] to [Thom's, 1945],
he was Countess Plunkett's medical attendant at time of hunger strike of her two IRA sons 1940,
mar 1stly, July 1940, Dundrum, to Bridie Clyne [Bridget, Bride, born 1898, from Dromod, Co.Leitrim],

Bridie was involved in republican activities 1919-26,
she was on the republican side in the Civil War 1922-23,
she was with the republican garrison in the Four Courts when it was shelled by the Free State, June 1922 [McCoole, 2003],
in the Civil War she worked for the republican underground in Co.Dublin and Co.Wicklow,
she was in a car with de Valera when it was attacked in an assassination attempt,
she was arrested in 1923 in a raid in Strand Rd, Sandymount, and jailed for a few months in Kilmainham, she gave a false name "Annie Hardwicke",
she was on hunger strike in Kilmainham with Sighle Humphreys and Elgin Barry,

Niall also had a practice at 78 Merrion Square,
Bridie worked in advertising, Capel St, Dublin,
they had an apartment in Maud Gonne's house, Roebuck House, Clonskeagh, Co.Dublin,
in c.1947 they moved to Ballinascorney House, Co.Dublin,
Niall was involved in a TV Production Company in early 1970s,
Bridie died Ballinascorney House, 1971, age 73 yrs,
Niall mar 2ndly to Pat Walshe,
he died Ballinascorney House, May 1988, age 81 yrs.




Ballinascorney House, Co.Dublin

Ballinascorney House (also known as Dillon Lodge), Ballinascorney Upper, Tallaght par, Co.Dublin (in Dublin mountains, near Co.Wicklow border, see map).
The house was built c.1800.
Robert Emmet stayed in it while on the run in 1803.
Niall O'Rahilly moved there c.1947.
He died there 1988.
His widow sold it 1988.
It burnt down soon after that.
Now a ruin. It is listed (also here).
  


Ballinascorney House on 1887 to 1913 map.



Ballinascorney House, 1977.
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From South Dublin Libraries. Patrick Healy Collection. Creative Commons.





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