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Thomas Francis Rahilly,
His mother died Jan 1866.
He went to America Tue 27 March 1866, according to his brother Richard in [P102/29]. This was shortly after end of the American Civil War.
Wrote letter to his brother Richard, from Trout St, Harrisburgh, Pennsylvania, Aug 1866 (him age 17): "My dear old Dick ... I am just after getting up after last night's fun. I had a jolly good night at a ball, lots of the handsomest girls I ever saw. .. Many's the time I wished I had you with me here, and many's the time I think over the great smokes we had together. .. I'm entirely my own master NOW. Marlo tried to keep me down but he saw it was no good, so he gives me plenty of pocket money now. I am as happy as a king. .. Half past three I am just after breakfast". He says he is about to have a smoke and an iced champagne "to settle my stomach .. now don't show this letter to Mama or she might write to Marlo about me and then he'd show me the doors. She does not know what a place this is at all and indeed it would not be pleasant to" [tell her].
This makes no sense.
He does not seem to know that his mother died Jan 1866
and yet Richard says he went to America Mar 1866 after her death.|
I wonder does it really say don't show this "to Marianne" his older sister.
worked for few years in Rahilly business in Ballylongford.
Then moved to oversee family's business interests in Tarbert, Co.Kerry (an off-shoot of the original business in Ballylongford).
Aodogán speculated in 1986 [P102/548(23)], that Thomas Francis was in the RIC, maybe in Longford, and he then states this in [O'Rahilly, 1991].
But this is clearly confusion with his father. And Longford was just speculation to explain why some of his children and his sister's children went to boarding school in Longford.
He is not found in [RIC records].
mar 1871 to Julia Curry [born 24th June 1854].
She married at 17, conceived at 17, gave birth to first child at 18, gave birth to 15 children over 26 years, last one just before husband's death, when she was age 44.
Eldest child born Glin, Co.Limerick, 12 Sept 1872.
Lived Tarbert, 1872-81:
He became Postmaster for Tarbert, Co.Kerry.
He took a lease of the Lindsay property, the old Sessions House, Chapel St, at Market Square, Tarbert, original lease dated 29 Sept 1872.
He built a fine new 3 storey building there in 1872. He ran the post office in the 3 storey house.
Listed as "postmaster" in Draft deed, 22 Mar 1873.
They are listed as living Tarbert 1873 through 1881 (children's births).
Listed as stamp distributor for Tarbert in [Thom's, 1874].
He managed a general store and importing business. He is listed as "draper" and "shopkeeper" in [GROI].
They sp the bapt of his 1st cousin's child Margaret Mary Goulding at Tarbert 1875.
The story was he was highly intelligent, likeable, but irresponsible, used drink heavily, got to be real problem.
Julia was remembered as a very capable, literary person, very competent in keeping family together through her husband's drinking, and after his early death.
She imposed on her brother-in-law Richard and on her own family to pay for children's education (those who didn't get scholarships). Some of daus educated at convent boarding school, Longford - Richard Rahilly paid for that.
She was "most ambitious for her children, she monitored their school progress, sought advice on what was best for each, and saw to it that they went to select schools" [Gaughan, 1986]. Strict household. Children not allowed to associate with anyone outside the family after school.
Aodogán said Richard's wife Ellen was constantly annoyed because Richard was always going over to his good-looking sister-in-law to see if she was OK when Tom was drinking.
The story was the business in Tarbert went bust due to Tom's drinking.
He would be "T.F. Rahilly" who sp bapt of Daniel Hickie 1879.
Leslie estate list of tenants, 1879 shows Rahilly holding property in Tieraclea Lower (would be the 3 storey house) and in Doonard Lower (W side of Tarbert).
[Slater's, 1881] lists Thomas F. Rahilly, Market Square, Tarbert, under "linen and woollen drapers", he is not the postmaster.
Clerk of Petty Sessions, Listowel, 1881-99:
The post of Clerk of Petty Sessions in Listowel, Co.Kerry, became vacant 1881.
Tom applied for it, and was awarded the post "not least because of the considerable influence exercised on his behalf by Richard" [Gaughan, 1986].
He is listed as Clerk of Petty Sessions at his son Michael Joseph's death, Feb 1881, when still living in Tarbert.
In 1881 he moved to big house, The Square, Listowel, Co.Kerry. He didn't build it. He leased it, the house was church property.
Living Listowel, Co.Kerry, 1882 through 1898 (children's births).
Listed as Clerk of Petty Sessions, Listowel, in [Thom's] 1883 and 1884.
Listed as Clerk of Petty Sessions in [Guy's, 1886].
He had a bad drink problem. Anno remembered that "it was a regular chore for her father to get word that Uncle Tom was on the booze again .. would have to drop everything and go off to Listowel to take Tom to a 'drying out' clinic in Roscrea or Mount Mellary" [O'Rahilly, 1991].
[P102/30] is a letter from him from Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, 29 Aug 1886.
Apparently last time he was in Roscrea he was "cured".
speaking at a meeting in The Square in Listowel
This is dated to Oct 1891.
There was no great excitement in the family.
Thomas Francis died at his house, The Square, shortly before midnight, Sat night, 25th Feb 1899, age 50 yrs,
after a short illness.
Baby Ena (born Dec 1898) was sick at the same time. Bernadette Griffin was later told by an aunt that Julia asked God to take the baby but not her husband, but her husband said no, he would rather that he died than his daughter Ena.
Funeral Mon 27 Feb to Ballylongford, bur Lislaughtin Abbey, "in the family vault in the Abbey".
He is incorrectly listed as "solicitor" at dau Ena's marriage 1922.
See mass card in [P102/42].
Richard and Tom both now dead, Julia left a widow with 13 children, age 0 to 26. Wonder how she managed to pay school and university fees after this.
Julia left the house on
The Square, Listowel
(according to plaque on house).
by census 1901.
Though note Richard Henry's dau was born on The Square 1904 (probably in different house).
Julia and the younger children are listed in [Census, 1901] as living in Ballybunion, Co.Kerry. All listed as "Rahilly", they have 1 servant living with them. They seem to be in the house beside Bingham's pub and hotel, Ballybunion.
Also living in Ballybunion at this time was Tom's 1st cousin Marianne McEllistrem, who had recently separated from her husband.
Julia went to Dublin, think 1906, think NOT 1909.
Cecile's entry in [Beathaisnéis] says she was in Dublin by 1906.
Julia lived 66 Botanic Rd, Glasnevin (NOT 68 Botanic Ave), listed there in [Thom's] 1909 and 1910. Listed as "Rahilly".
Children all born "Rahilly", but all changed to using "O'Rahilly" in the 1910s, following T.F. and The O'Rahilly.
See entry at 66 Botanic Rd, Glasnevin, in [Census, 2 April 1911]. She is still listed as "Rahilly", though son T.F. is now using "O'Rahilly".
She was living 10 Marguerite Road, off Botanic Rd, Glasnevin, as at dau's mar 1922.
Spent last couple of years in nursing home.
Her address on grave record 1928 is still given as 10 Marguerite Road, Glasnevin.
Listed as "O'Rahilly" in grave record.
She died 18th July 1928, Dublin, age 74 yrs [mass card], [grave], [grave record],
mass card in [P106/312],
bur Glasnevin Cemetery.
Thomas Francis and Julia had issue:
Thomas Francis Rahilly and family.
Left to Right: T.F., Richard, Teresa, Florence, May, Julia Curry, Sheila (born Jan 1889), Alfred, T.F. senior, Gretta.
Photo taken one month before Agnes born, i.e. Aug 1891.
Back says: "Taken one month before I was born! S.M.J."
This is [P106/325].
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Julia Curry, 1901.
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