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Thomas Cosgrave


Marriage of Thomas Cosgrave and Bridget Nixon.
Leinster Express, October 27, 1877.


Thomas Cosgrave,
bapt 5 Aug 1854, Castledermot, Co.Kildare.
Pub in Dublin: He moved to Dublin. He ran pub in Dublin.
He possibly first ran a pub at 32 Mary St, Dublin.
He may be Thomas Cosgrave, wine and spirit merchant, listed at 32 Mary St in [Thom's, 1877].
In 1877 he opened a pub at 174 James's St, Dublin.
See notice of opening in Freemans Journal, June 9, 1877. The notice makes no mention of 32 Mary St, but instead lists Cosgrave as late of John Nixon's pub, 80 Upper Dorset St (would be relation of his soon-to-be wife).
He is listed at James's St at marriage.

Thomas mar 23 Oct 1877, St.Francis Xavier's church, Upper Gardiner St, Dublin, to Bridget Nixon.
See notice in Leinster Express, October 27, 1877.
See mar cert corrected in 1903.
Bridget was bapt 7 Oct 1855 [Caragh RC par records, Co.Kildare], dau of William Nixon and Margaret Fitzgerald.
William Nixon was of Landenstown, between Prosperous and Caragh (or Carragh), in the N end of Co.Kildare (a long way from Castledermot). She was living Dorset St, Dublin, at mar.

Poor Law Guardian: Thomas became a Poor Law Guardian in Dublin.
[Thom's, 1884] lists him as a Poor Law Guardian for Palmerstown district for the South Dublin Union. The other guardian for Palmerstown was Michael Flanagan.
A 1922 report on his brother, Freemans Journal, 2 Oct 1922, thought Thomas was a T.C. (councillor). But he is not listed as such at death 1888.

Thomas dies, 1888: He died at 174 James's St, 7 July 1888, age 33 yrs.
See death notice in Freemans Journal, July 9, 1888.
Funeral 9 July 1888, bur Goldenbridge cemetery, Inchicore, Co.Dublin.
See funeral report in Freemans Journal, July 10, 1888. Attendance included the High Sheriff and Michael Flanagan and Richard McCoy.

Bridget mar 2ndly, Sept 1891, to Tom Burke [Thomas, of Seskin, Co.Tipperary, born 1861 according to census] and had further issue.
See the family pub at 174 James's St, Dublin, listed in 1901 census.
See the pub at 174 James's St listed in 1911 census (return in Irish).
Thomas Burke died 24 March 1922, age 61 yrs.
The pub was sold c.1924.
Bridget died 18 Jan 1934, age 78 yrs.
Thomas Cosgrave and Bridget had issue:

  1. W.T. Cosgrave,
    first Prime Minister of Ireland ("President"), 1922-32,
    William Thomas, Willie,
    would be after grandfather William Nixon,
    born 6th June 1880, 174 James's St, Dublin.
    Signs himself "Liam T. Mac Cosgair" in letters to James O'Mara in 1920s in Ms 21551.

  2. Philip Cosgrave, born 1885.
    Sinn Fein TD 1921-22.
    (pro-Treaty) Sinn Fein TD 1922-23.
    Governor of Mountjoy prison as at 1922.
    He was the Free State Governor of the prison when the Republican Humphreys and O'Rahilly women were jailed there.
    Cumann na nGaedheal TD 1923. Elected for Dublin South in general election Aug 1923 (topped the poll).
    He died 22 Oct 1923, age 38 yrs.
    His seat was held at the ensuing by-election Mar 1924 by James O'Mara.
    See election record.

Thomas Cosgrave at 174 James's St in [Thom's, 1880].

List of elected Poor Law Guardians for the South Dublin Union in [Thom's, 1884].
Thomas Cosgrave is guardian for Palmerstown.
Michael Flanagan is the other guardian for Palmerstown.
William Flanagan (Michael's brother) is guardian for Rathfarnham.
Thomas Cosgrave's son W.T. Cosgrave would marry Michael Flanagan's daughter in 1919.


The pub at 32 Mary St, Dublin

Thomas Cosgrave possibly ran this pub before he ran the pub at 174 James's St.
[Thom's] suggests it may be the same Thomas Cosgrave: But on the other hand:


Thomas Cosgrave at 32 Mary St in [Thom's, 1877].

The junction of Mary St and Denmark St / Upper Liffey St on 1887 to 1913 map.
Denmark St is gone today, since the N side of Mary St is vanished under the Ilac Centre.
Upper Liffey St survives.
32 Mary St (yellow spot) is the building at the corner of Mary St and Upper Liffey St, on S side of Mary St.

32 Mary St is Moore's pub in [Thom's, 1910] above.
It is Bourke's pub in [Thom's, 1945].

32 Mary St, still a pub (The Elbow Inn) in 1971.
View is from Mary St looking S down Upper Liffey St.
From Dublin City Council.
32 Mary St is listed as "The Elbow Inn - vacant" in [Thom's, 1973].
The old building at 32 Mary St is now gone and replaced with a new building, no longer a pub. See street view.

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