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Niall O'Rahilly

Bridie Clyne.
Photo 1966.


Niall O'Rahilly,
pronounced "Neil",
born 3 Jan 1907, Philadelphia.
Sighle said when her Rahilly cousins came to Dublin 1909, they couldn't speak to little Niall, because he spoke only French [O'Rahilly, 1991].
His father was KIA in 1916 Rising.
Niall became a doctor, educ UCD (MB).
He was a "doctor of osteopathy" (alternative medicine).
He practised at family home, 40 Herbert Park, Dublin, for a time. Listed there in [Thom's, 1938] to [Thom's, 1945].
He was Countess Plunkett's medical attendant at time of hunger strike of her two IRA sons 1940.
Listed at mar 1940 as "doctor", living 40 Herbert Park.

Niall mar 1stly, 3 June 1940 [him age 33, her age 41], NOT July, to Bridie Clyne [Brigid, Bridget, Bride].
She was born 5 July 1898, Drumod More, S side of village of Drumod (or Dromod), Annaduff par, Co.Leitrim.
She was dau of Terence Clyne [or Terrence], farmer, of Drumod More, and his wife Bridget Moran. See birth cert from here.
See the family listed in 1901 census at Drumod More.
See the family listed in 1911 census at Drumod More.

Bridie was involved in Cumann na mBan and republican activities in 1919-26.
She was on the republican side in the Civil War 1922-23.
She was with the republican garrison in the Four Courts when it was shelled by the Free State, June 1922.
See [McCoole, 2003, p.90,93]. See The Battle of the Four Courts, Michael Fewer, 2018.
In the Civil War she worked for the republican underground in Co.Dublin and Co.Wicklow.
She was said to have been in a car with De Valera when it was attacked in an assassination attempt.
She was arrested by the Free State in 1923 in a raid on Strand Rd, Sandymount, and jailed in Kilmainham Gaol. Probably also jailed in North Dublin Union.
She was in jail with Sighle Humphreys and Elgin Barry. She went on hunger strike in 1923.

At mar 1940 she is "journalist", living (illegible), Dundrum, Co.Dublin.
Niall and Bridie mar at Holycross RC church, Dundrum. See mar cert from here.

Niall practised at 40 Herbert Park. He also had a practice at 78 Merrion Square.
Bridie worked in advertising, Capel St, Dublin.
They had an apartment in Maud Gonne's house, Roebuck House, Clonskeagh, Co.Dublin.
In c.1947 they moved to Ballinascorney House, Co.Dublin.
Niall was involved in a TV Production Company in early 1970s.
Bridie died Ballinascorney House, 1971, age 73 yrs.
Niall mar 2ndly to Pat Walshe.
He died Ballinascorney House, May 1988, age 81 yrs.
Niall and Bridie had adopted issue:

  1. Aideen O'Rahilly.
    She mar Michael Dunne.
    She composed the song "Darling Michael" about The O'Rahilly in 2014. Her daughter Niamh composed the melody and sings it.
    Aideen and Michael had issue:

    1. Niamh Dunne.
    2. Brid Dunne.

Roebuck House, Clonskeagh, Co.Dublin, on 1887 to 1913 map.
See modern street view.

Ballinascorney House, Co.Dublin

Ballinascorney House (also known as Dillon Lodge), Ballinascorney Upper, Tallaght par, Co.Dublin (in Dublin mountains, near Co.Wicklow border, see map).
The house was built c.1800.
Robert Emmet stayed in it while on the run in 1803.
Niall O'Rahilly moved there c.1947.
He died there 1988.
His widow sold it 1988.
It burnt down soon after that.
Became a ruin. See NIAH.
Think there is a new building there now.

Ballinascorney House on 1887 to 1913 map.

Ballinascorney House, 1977.
See larger and full size.
From South Dublin Libraries. Patrick Healy Collection. Creative Commons.

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