The 1919-1923 period:
Michael was an IRA officer in War of Independence 1919-1921.
He was Captain, C Company, 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade IRA.
BA UCD 1920 [NUI, 1964].
He was educ King's Inns, BL think 1921.
He was aide-de-camp (military personal assistant) to Dick Mulcahy (Chief of Staff of IRA in War of Independence).
He did NOT describe himself as an "equerry". He was NOT aide-de-camp to Eamon de Valera.
He was with Mulcahy and de Valera at his family's house, Strand House in Limerick, Dec 1921, as the Treaty was being signed in London.
He went pro-Treaty along with Mulcahy.
He qualified as a barrister in Dublin, possibly 1926.
He went to the Continent to study law.
Doctor of Law (LL.D.), Doctor of International Law, University of Munich. His thesis was pub as book 1929. See cover.
mar 3 Sept 1931 to Nathalie Fournier
[born 30 Aug 1903, France,
passport says 1905].
She was dau of Léon Fournier, solicitor, of Ardes (also here), central France, by his 2nd wife Nathalie Rey.
[Engagement notice, Irish Independent, 6 Aug 1931] says Léon Fournier is of Bouge-Chambalud, SE France, and of 1 rue du General Largeau, Paris (see map and street view).
Nathalie Rey was dau of the French actor Etienne Rey [born 1848, ran "Le Petit Casino" theatre in Paris, died 1904].
Nathalie Fournier also has Bouviers in her family. There was a suggestion that these could be relations of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, but there was never any actual connection traced.
Children called Michael "Dadan" and Nathalie "Dadeen".
Michael and Nathalie
lived in 1930s (temp 1931-34) with
at Airfield, Stillorgan Rd, Donnybrook.
Michael worked for Irish Ministry for External Affairs 1932 to 1955. He was legal advisor to Minister for External Affairs.
They later lived St.John's, Kimmage Rd East, Terenure. There as at [Thom's, 1945]. There in 1949.
Irish Ambassador to Spain:
He was Irish Ambassador to Spain 1955-1961 [DIB]. At this time Spain was under Franco.
He was appointed Ambassador by Second Inter-Party Government (1954-57). Minister for External Affairs in 1954-57 was Liam Cosgrave.
Letter of 11 Feb 1955 congratulates him on becoming Ambassador. [Ó Muircheartaigh, 2000] says he was installed on 29 May 1955.
As at 1957 the Irish embassy was at 53 Calle de Goya, Madrid. (Corner of Calle de Castello. See map and street view.)
The Irish Ambassador's residence was a few blocks North at 78 Calle de Castello. (Still the Irish Ambassador's residence today. See map and street view.) Michael writes a letter on 19 Oct 1957 from 78 Calle de Castello. Letter in P133/4/24.
While in Spain he kept a house at 114 Pembroke Rd, Dublin.
He retired from the civil service in 1961 and moved from Spain back to Ireland.
They settled in Sydenham House, Dundrum.
He is listed at Sydenham House in [Thom's] from 1965 to death.
He died 8 Feb 1981, St.Michaels Nursing Home, Dun Laoghaire, age 81 yrs [GROI].
He was bur Drumcliff Cemetery, Ennis, Co.Clare.
Rynnes are listed at Sydenham House, Dundrum, in
up to 1988 edn.
Nathalie lived Dundalk, Co.Louth.
She died Thur 29 Jan 1998, age 94 yrs.
Funeral Sat 31 Jan 1998, bur Drumcliff Cemetery, Ennis, Co.Clare.
Michael and Nathalie had issue:
Michael Rynne, Easter 1919 (age 19).
From this picture.
Michael Rynne shaking hands with Franco, having presented his credentials as Irish Ambassador to Spain, 1955.
See larger and full size.
See also photo of him in Spanish ceremonial coach (and back). The date 1951 is wrong.
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