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Robert Cussen

Robert Cussen,
born 5 Aug 1865, Kilcolman East, Co.Limerick.
He was educ Blackrock College, Dublin.
He played rugby. Captained Blackrock College's first senior rugby team in 1882 (this was before the SCT was founded).
He qualified as solicitor in Trinity term 1890.
He worked for a time for Cosgreave's solicitors in Rathkeale, Co.Limerick.
John Francis Cosgreave, Main St, Rathkeale, is listed under solicitors in [Ashe's Directory, 1891-92, p.91]. Cosgreave also has office at 65 Dame St, Dublin.

Solicitor in Newcastle West:
Robert opened his own firm in Newcastle West, Co.Limerick.
[Thom's, 1894] lists him with offices at Newcastle West and at 65 Dame St, Dublin (same address as Cosgreave previously).
He was at funeral of James Nolan 1897. He was then living Newcastle West.
He was living Newcastle West at mar 1899.

He mar 31 July 1899 [Newcastle West RC church] to Mary C. Moylan [born 1879, Co.Limerick].
See entry in [GROI], mar wit by Michael Cussen and Ursula Moylan.
Mary was living Newcastle West at mar, dau of John D. Moylan, postmaster.

[Thom's, 1901] and [Thom's, 1910] lists him with offices at Newcastle West and at 65 Dame St, Dublin.
They are listed in [Census, 1901] at North Quay, Newcastle West (see map). He is "solicitor". They have 1 servant.
He must be the incorrectly written "C. Cussen, solicitor" who is listed as cousin of Peter Donovan at his funeral 1901.
He was executor of the will of his grand-aunt Margaret Cussen (née Nolan) (died 1903).
West Limerick Coroner 1910 to 1940.
They are listed in [Census, 1911] at North Quay, Newcastle West. He is "solicitor". They have 2 servants.
[Thom's, 1919] and [Thom's, 1929] and [Thom's, 1935] lists him as Coroner for the "Extreme Western Division" of Co.Limerick, with offices at Newcastle West and at 12 Dame St, Dublin.

He was also a farmer.
He was interested in Irish language revival.
President of Newcastle West Rugby Club.
One of the founders of the Clounanna coursing meetings.
He died 29 Sept 1940, at his home, South Quay, Newcastle West, age 75 yrs.
See death cert from here.
See death notice in Irish Times, Mon 30 Sept 1940.
See notice in Irish Times, 1 Oct 1940.
Funeral Tue 1 Oct 1940, bur Grange, Newcastle West.
Mary fl 1940.
Robert and Mary had issue:

  1. John Cussen, born summer 1900, Co.Limerick,
    went into medicine,
    mar 15 Nov 1940 to Dorothea McElligott [born 1909, Co.Kerry].

  2. Dr. Denis Cussen,
    Denis John Cussen, born 19 July 1901, Newcastle West.
    He was educ Blackrock College, Dublin.
    He was a doctor.
    He was affiliated to St. Mary's Hospital, London.
    Played rugby for Ireland: He played on Irish rugby team. Had 14 or 15 rugby caps for Ireland. He scored a hat-trick of tries against England in 1926.
    Also a top athlete. He was the Irish 100 yards record holder. He held the world record for 100 yards on grass for a time.
    Ran in 1928 Olympics: He ran in Men's 100 metres in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. He got through Round One. Knocked out in Quarter-Finals. See his results.
    He mar Lilian ----.
    He died 15 Dec 1980, Richmond, London, age 79 yrs.
    Denis and Lilian had issue:

    1. Jill Cussen.

  3. Bertie Cussen,
    Robert J. Cussen, born 1904, Co.Limerick.

  4. Catherine Cussen, born 1905, Co.Limerick.
  5. Margaret Cussen, born 1907, Dublin.

  6. Michael Cussen, born 1909, Co.Limerick,
    solicitor in Rathkeale,
    Coroner for West Limerick as at 1953,
    also farmed at Rathkeale.

Click to play video of Men's 100 metres final in 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.
(Denis Cussen did not get as far as the final.)

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