Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
Peugeot Type 26 (1899).
Looks like the car above.
A 1914 Mendip. From here.
The O'Rahilly bought a De Dion Bouton automobile c.1911.
His nephew Dick Humphreys
"Always a great supporter of Irish-made goods,
and at the same time a keen motorist,
when he decided to buy a car,
he wished to buy an Irish-made one.
This gave me a chance of a trip with him to Belfast
where the Chambers Motor Co. were manufacturing the only home-built model
was the most successful Irish motor manufacturer,
started making cars 1904,
went out of business 1929].
"Unfortunately there was a long waiting list so he had regretfully to
transfer his affection to a Dublin-built body on a
"De Dion Bouton" chassis.
O'Grady's of Dawson St were the actual makers."
[P102/116] is coach builder's letter.
"This car was owned jointly by our two families."
(i.e. The O'Rahilly and his sister
[P102/112] is a plan dated 8 Jan 1910 on how the two families will share an automobile.
Liam Cosgrave recalls: "My father" [i.e. W.T. Cosgrave] "drove with The O'Rahilly to a meeting in Balbriggan about 1915 in O'Rahilly's car. He was the only Sinn Feiner with a car. W.T. had to get out and wipe the rain off the windscreen. No wipers then."
In the 1916 Rising, the De Dion Bouton was used as part of a makeshift barricade on Prince's St (the lane running down the side of the GPO), where it was burnt out, and it is probably now buried with the rest of the 1916 rubble under Hill 16 in Croke Park [O'Rahilly, 1991].
Dick Humphreys later (in 1929) had an all-Irish car built for himself, the Thomond.
The O'Rahilly's De Dion Bouton (with custom Irish-made body).
Surrey Vintage Vehicle Society confirms this is a De Dion Bouton of around 1911.
Would be The O'Rahilly's sons in the car. Though doesn't look much like his wife Nancy Brown.
See full size.
This photo was used as a postcard in [P106/574(28)].
The burnt-out remains of The O'Rahilly's De Dion Bouton, used as part of a makeshift barricade in Prince's St, Dublin, 1916.
See full size.
A 1911 De Dion Bouton double phaeton.
Looks quite a bit like the above, especially bonnet and radiator.
Letter from Dublin Castle to The O'Rahilly's widow on 19 June 1916, about the wreck of his car.
A fairly ludicrous letter that says the car is just "partially burned". Photos show it is completely destroyed!
This is [P106/125] (see online).
The starting handle of The O'Rahilly's De Dion Bouton car.
This apparently was in Kerry County Museum, and is apparently now in NMI, Collins Barracks.
Image from NMI, which incorrectly says it is from "The O'Rahilly's green Ford Touring Car".
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