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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.

He mar 1stly, 3 June 1940, to Bridie Clyne.
He practised at 40 Herbert Park. He also had a practice at 78 Merrion Square.
Bridie worked in advertising, Capel St, Dublin. She established her own advertising agency.
They had an apartment in Maud Gonne's house, Roebuck House, Clonskeagh, Co.Dublin.
Around 1947 they moved to Ballinascorney House, Co.Dublin.
Niall was involved in a TV Production Company in early 1970s.

Bridie dies, 1971:
She died Ballinascorney House, 1971, age 73 yrs.
Niall mar 2ndly to Pat Walshe.
Niall dies, 1988:
He died Ballinascorney House, May 1988, age 81 yrs.
Pat dies, 2012:
She died October 31, 2012, St. James's Hospital, Dublin.
See death notice, Irish Times, 2 November 2012.
Funeral 2 Nov 2012. She was bur Deans Grange Cemetery.
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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