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T.F. O'Rahilly



T.F. O'Rahilly (see here and here),
Prof. Thomas Francis O'Rahilly, the celebrated Celtic scholar, professor and author,
born 11th Nov 1882, Listowel, Co.Kerry.
He was educ St.Michael's College, Listowel.
He was educ Blackrock College, Dublin, in 1890s. He was there with Eamon de Valera and the writer Pádraic Ó Conaire.
T.F. was one of the first to take "Celtic" as an exam subject [Farragher, 1984].
Eamon de Valera remembered seeing T.F. reading from An Claidheamh Soluis to the class: "to be reading Gaelic from a newspaper - that was something extraordinary indeed in those days" [Farragher, 1984].
In Public Examinations 1899 he got 1st place in Ireland in Celtic and French, and full marks in Algebra.
Not living with mother in 1901 census.
He was one of the first students at the School of Irish Learning 1903.
He was educ Royal University, BA in Irish 1905.

He worked as civil service clerk, Four Courts, Dublin. He worked in civil service think 1905-19.
He worked in civil service with the Irish scholar (and leader of the Irish Volunteers) Eoin MacNeill.
He corresponded c.1904-15 with his 1st cousin The O'Rahilly on the family history. See letters in [P102].
He continued Irish studies under Osborn Bergin at the School of Irish Learning (must be 1906-08 period).
In 1908 and 1909 he studied medieval and modern Welsh under John Glyn Davies of the Celtic Department, Liverpool University.
He received MA.
In 1911 census he is living with mother at 66 Botanic Rd, Glasnevin, Dublin. He is listed as "civil servant", "Junior Clerk, High Court of Justice".
In 1911 census he has reverted to the old surname "O'Rahilly", like his cousin The O'Rahilly, though rest of T.F.'s family still uses "Rahilly".
In 1911-12 he founded and edited Gadelica: a journal of modern-Irish studies (or Gaedelica).
Editor of Gadelica as at 1913.
He studied Irish manuscripts in RIA, TCD and Maynooth.
He was living Rathmines, Dublin, at mar.

He mar 17th Oct 1918, Carrigtwohill RC church, Co.Cork [GROI] to Mary Buckley [Mary Bridget, born 1889], no issue.
She was dau of Michael Buckley of Rathcormack, Co.Cork.
This is probably her family at Park North, Middleton, Co.Cork, in 1911 census, though would say born 1896.
At marriage she was living Ballyannon, Middleton, Co.Cork.

Professor of Irish, Professor of Gaelic Language:
T.F. was Professor of Irish at TCD 1919-29.
Member of Royal Irish Academy.
He compiled the Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, 1926-58.
Awarded D.Litt. Celt. (Honoris causa), from NUI 1928.
Research Professor of Gaelic Language, UCC 1929-35.
Research Professor of Gaelic Language, UCD 1935-40.
He gave some assistance to his old schoolfriend de Valera in drafting of the 1937 Constitution of Ireland.
He was at Nell's funeral, 1939.
In Oct 1940 he was appointed the first Director of the School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. He was Director until 1947. See Dail debate, 6 May, 1947.
"Prof. T.F. O'Rahilly" listed as living 4 Highfield Rd, Rathgar, Dublin in [Thom's, 1945]. Still there at death 1953.
He edited Celtica journal, vol.1, 1946-50.
He retired 1947.
Awarded Litt. D., TCD, 1948.
Appointed Honorary Prof of Irish Language, TCD, Jan 1953.

T.F. dies, 1953:
He died Portobello Nursing Home, Dublin, 16th Nov 1953, age 71 yrs [GROI].
He was bur Glasnevin Cemetery.
See [Dict. Ir. Biog.] and [Dict. Ir. Writers].

Mary's address on her grave record is still 4 Highfield Rd, Rathgar.
She died 16 Oct 1969, age 80 yrs [grave record].
She was bur Glasnevin Cemetery.





T.F. O'Rahilly's works

T.F. O'Rahilly's works on Irish history, language, poetry, and other topics, include:




Letter of 20 Feb 1912, from T.F. at 66 Botanic Rd to his uncle Theo Curry.
Signed "Frank R." (Frank Rahilly).
Letter courtesy of Eileen O'Connor.



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