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Dr. William O'Sullivan

(Left) Dr. Bill O'Sullivan. From 1905 photo.
(Right) Norrie O'Mara. From 1910 photo.

Dr. William O'Sullivan,
Dr. Bill O'Sullivan,
born 3 Aug 1873, Batterfield (between Killarney and Tralee), Co.Kerry.
See entry in tree by John O'Shaughnessy
He was educ St.Brendan's, Killarney.
He was educ Queens College, Cork (medicine).

Rugby and Gaelic football player:
Bill captained Queens College Cork in Munster Senior Rugby Cup in 1895.
He played rugby for Ireland for one match in March 1895.
He played Gaelic football for Dr Crokes club, Killarney, in 1890s.
Also played Gaelic football for Co.Kerry.
He played for Dr Crokes in the final of the Kerry Senior Football Championship for 1900 (final 2 Dec 1900), when they lost.
Dr Crokes won the Kerry Senior Football Championship the following year (the year 1901, final played Aug 1902). This was their first County title. Dr. Bill appears in winning photo, but he is no longer playing, but now team doctor / trainer.
He was team doctor for Kerry's first All-Ireland winning team, year 1903, final played 12 November 1905.

Dr. Bill qualified in Scotland as L.R.C.P.Ed. and L.R.C.S.Ed. and L.F.P.S.G. (Licentiate of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow).
He was a doctor in Killarney, Co.Kerry. For almost 60 years he served as Medical Officer of Killarney No.2 District (which included the local District Hospital).
He was one of the Coroners for Co.Kerry. He covered East Co.Kerry.
Listed in 1901 census as living with his uncle Michael O'Sullivan in Killarney. He is "General Practitioner" and "Coroner for County Kerry".
He was living Killarney at mar.

He mar 1904 to Norrie O'Mara [born 3 Mar 1880].
All children born Killarney.
He lived Inch House, New St, Killarney. There by 1908. Had private practice at Inch House.
Listed in [Thom's, 1910] as doctor in Killarney, and one of the Coroners for Co.Kerry.
See telegram from "Nor" in Killarney in Aug 1910 to congratulate sister Nell on forthcoming marriage.
They are listed in 1911 census at house number 59 in New Street (Lower), Killarney (Inch House). He is "General Practitioner". They have 2 nurses, a governess, and 3 other servants. The house has 13 rooms, 14 windows in front of house.
He had a house in Dooks (Dooaghs), Glenbeigh, near Killorglin, Co.Kerry.

Free State Senator:
In the War of Independence 1919-21, Dr. Bill was under threat from the Black and Tans because of his nationalist sympathies. He left Killarney for a time.
Biography says he was exiled to Newcastle, and during this exile he took his M.D. at Edinburgh.
Strongly pro-Treaty, he was a Senator in the first (1922) Free State Senate. See list of members at first meeting, 11 Dec 1922.
His house in Dooks [NOT Inch House] was burnt down by the IRA [NOT by the Black and Tans] during the Civil War because he was a Free Stater. The house was rebuilt on the same site.
He served as Senator from 1922 until Senate abolished 1936. See record and contributions.

Norrie died 25 Apr 1938, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, age 58 yrs.
She was bur Muckross Abbey, Killarney.
Dr. Bill died 3 Mar 1953 (his wife's birthday), Inch House, age 79 yrs.
He was bur Muckross Abbey.
Letter of 14 Feb 1965 says that Fr.Paddy O'Mara married all his sister Norrie's children "and a second generation. His last being Nell's girl."
Dr. Bill and Norrie had issue:

  1. Moll O'Sullivan,
    Mary, Mollie, Poll,
    born Killarney, 6 July 1905.
    She lived Dooks, Co.Kerry. There as at 1992 and at her death.
    She died 24 Feb 1996, nursing home, Killorglin, Co.Kerry, age 90 yrs.
    She was bur Muckross Abbey.

  2. Nell O'Sullivan,
    Ellen, born Killarney, 7 July 1906.
    She mar Tom Purcell and had issue.

  3. Noreen O'Sullivan,
    born Inch House, Killarney, 22 Jan 1908 [NOT 1907].
    Listed as "Nora", age 3, in [Census, 2 April 1911].
    She mar 18 Oct 1934 to Robin Hilliard and had issue.
    They mar at Glasthule Church, Dublin.

  4. Marcus O'Sullivan,
    Marcus Mary O'Sullivan,
    born Inch House, Killarney, 17 Mar 1909 [NOT 1910].
    Listed as age 2 in [Census, 2 April 1911].

  5. Dr. William O'Sullivan,
    William Mary O'Sullivan,
    Bill, Billy, "Dr. Billy",
    born 13 Mar 1911, Inch House, Killarney.

  6. Betty O'Sullivan,
    Elizabeth Mary, Elizabeth, Liz,
    born Inch House, New St, Killarney, 24 July 1912.
    See birth in [GROI].
    She died 12 Nov 1930, Inch House, Killarney, of influenza, age 18 yrs [GROI].

  7. Stephen O'Sullivan,
    Stephen Mary, Steen,
    born Inch House, Killarney, 4 Aug 1914.

  8. Catherine O'Sullivan,
    Kate, Caff, Kaf,
    family called her "Kaffir" or "The Kaffir",
    born Killarney, 1916.
    She mar 1stly, c.1944, to David Barry [David J. Barry].
    They mar at St.Mary's Cathedral, Killarney.
    He was doctor in Cork.
    She had issue by 1st husband:

    1. Stephanie Barry, mar Patrick Gubbins and had issue:
      1. David Gubbins.
      2. Patricia Gubbins.
      3. Joe Gubbins.
      4. Barbara Gubbins.

    She mar 2ndly to John Clementson and had issue:

    1. John Clementson, mar Kate ---.

  9. Nancy O'Sullivan,
    Anne, born Killarney, 1918.
    She mar Paddy Galvin and had issue.
    They mar at St.Mary's Cathedral, Killarney.

Irish rugby team, 1895.
Dr. Bill O'Sullivan played one match for them, in 1895.
He might be front, 2nd from RHS.

Dr Crokes County Football Champions 1901.
Dr. Bill O'Sullivan is in suit, back row centre.
Formerly here.

Dr. Bill O'Sullivan. Close-up of above.
Formerly in biography.

Dr. William O'Sullivan of Killarney listed on p.914 of [Thom's, 1910].
It also shows Dr. William O'Sullivan of Limerick, who married Norrie's 1st cousin, Daisy O'Mara.

Dr. William O'Sullivan listed as one of the Coroners for Co.Kerry on p.1195 of [Thom's, 1910].

Nell O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan and O'Mara group.
Standing (back): ---, Stephen O'Mara
Standing: Jim O'Mara, Harry de Courcy
Middle: ---, Moll O'Sullivan, Nell O'Sullivan, ---
Front: ---, Monica Delany

Inch House, New St, Killarney

Inch House, New St, Killarney, Co.Kerry.
Inch is the townland to the N side of New St.
Inch House was the home of Rev. Frank Hewson (born 1809, died 1879).
See HEWSON in [Burkes Irish, 1976].

Inch House was later the home of Dr. William O'Sullivan. There by 1908.
Family lived upstairs. Doctor's office downstairs.
Dr. Bill died at Inch House in 1953.
It was the home of his son Dr. William O'Sullivan.
He left some time before 1996.
Inch House was demolished around 1996-1997.
The site is now Dunnes Stores.

Not to be confused with Inch House, Ballinvoher par, Dingle peninsula [Houses of Kerry].

Inch House (red cross), New St, Killarney, on 1887 to 1913 map.

Inch House on Ordnance Survey of Ireland map. Date created: 1895. Date issued: 1896. From here.
Inch House is the house to the left of the bank. Note railings at front.

Inch House (the RHS house with railings).
Photo courtesy of Simon O'Sullivan.
The house is vanished. The site is now Dunnes Stores. See street view.

Group photo of Free Staters at back of Inch House, Killarney, 22 Apr 1922. (Just before the Civil War.)
Front row (Left to Right): Kevin O'Higgins (assassinated 1927), Rev. Fr. Fidelis, Norrie O'Mara, Sean Mac Eoin, William O'Sullivan (in front, born 1911), Michael Collins (killed Aug 1922), Mrs. P.D. Moynihan, Dr. Bill O'Sullivan, Fr. D.F. O'Sullivan, Marcus O'Sullivan (born 1909).

See full list of people.
Photo from Billy Hilliard.
See also copy here.

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