School at St.Enda's, 1909-12:
Dick's widowed mother Nell sent him to Patrick Pearse's radical school, St. Enda's, Cullenswood House, Ranelagh [founded Sept 1908]. Thomas MacDonagh also taught there.
Dick entered in the second intake, as day boy in the Senior School, 7th Sept 1909 [age 13]. See [An Macaomh, Christmas 1909].
He had to travel to Ranelagh from Northumberland Rd. He loved it.
St. Enda's moved 1910 to The Hermitage, Grange Rd, Rathfarnham, an 18th century building. See [Irish Country Houses].
It was too far to travel as day boy to Rathfarnham from Northumberland Rd, so Dick entered The Hermitage as a boarder, 12th Sept 1910 [age 14]. See [An Macaomh, Christmas 1910].
Dick ("Risteard Mac Amhlaoibh") is listed as a boarder in St. Enda's, Rathfarnham, in [Census, 2 April 1911].
His diary in early 1912 (age 15) at St.Enda's, quoted in [Mac Eoin, 1980], shows that he had his own rifle and was being trained in shooting.
The diary shows he was already driving a motor car in 1912. He had an early interest in motoring. Went on lot of cycle trips. Saved up to buy a motorcycle.
See letter from Pearse to Nell, June 1912 as she considers taking him out of the school. Pearse says: "I hope we may count on welcoming Dick back to St. Enda's in September? His last word to me was not to fail to write to you on this point. We have threshed out the matter at length before, so there is no use in bothering you with further arguments, but I do most sincerely hope that you have decided to leave him with us until he has completed his secondary course".
Dick was taken out of St. Enda's
and sent to Clongowes, Co.Kildare,
Sept 1912 [age 16].
left at railway station (must be in Co.Kildare).
He ran away,
hiked over Dublin Mountains, on Co.Kildare/Co.Wicklow/Co.Dublin border,
and went not home to Northumberland Rd,
but rather back to St.Enda's:
"I descended on my old Alma Mater like a poor relation after a 3 day, intensely cold,
and equally lonely bivouac in the Dublin Mountains ... My aim was to get back to Scoil Eanna
from which I had been removed at the behest of certain rather pro-British friends of my mother
who believed in a more 'practical' form of education than that offered by the Pearse family"
Fought in GPO in 1916 Rising:
Dick became a member of the Irish Volunteers (founded by his uncle The O'Rahilly 1913). He was in 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade.
He was with The O'Rahilly at Howth gun-running (which The O'Rahilly organised), 26th July 1914, age 18 yrs.
Dick left school 1914.
Entered UCD, Arts, 1914.
fought in GPO in
with his uncle
and his old teacher and mentor Pearse.
He was one of
a number of St.Enda's boys who fought with Pearse.
His uncle The O'Rahilly was the only 1916 leader killed in action.
His mother Nell went in to the GPO, persuaded him to come home Tue night.
Pearse said to Dick:
"You had better go home. If anything happens your uncle, there will be no man there."
Dick and Nell were nearly killed going home
where a jittery rebel took a shot at them.
Dick complained that he was perfectly safe in the GPO.
See Sighle's account
[Mac Eoin, 1980]
[O'Rahilly, 1991, p.211].
On Fri, he writes in [Dick, 1916], with the GPO in flames,
"O'Rahilly again appears, comes over, and tells me to join
down in the restaurant. The GPO is about to be evacuated.
With a cheerful wave of his hand, and a smile, he steps quickly down the smoke-filled stairs.
Little did I know that this was the last time I was ever to see him alive".
The O'Rahilly was shot on Moore St later Fri night.
released think in the general amnesty in 1917.
War of Independence 1919-21:
studied law at the Four Courts,
called to bar Nov 1920 (BL), but never practiced.
Unlike his siblings, he
took no part in Civil War (1922-23).
He went into business end-1922, as "O'Mara Rubber Co", based at 79 Dame St, Dublin, agreement dated 9th Oct 1922.
The rest of the family was jailed after Free State raid on Ailesbury Rd in the Civil War, Nov 1922. Dick was arrested but soon released. He was not imprisoned in the Civil War.
In the spring of 1923, when the entire family except Dick were in jail, a party of Free State soldiers threw a hand grenade into the hall of Ailesbury Rd, only caused minor damage. This must be same episode as the one remembered in [Nell's obituary] where "the Free Staters tried to burn down Ailesbury Road, but were unsuccessful".
Dick's family were all released from prison by end of 1923.
The "Thomond" motor car:
On the 1926 "24 hours" trial he saw his friend James A. Jones' home-built Thomond motor car in action (this was Thomond no.1).
From 1928 he designed and with Jones built his own car, Thomond no.2, finished 1929. These were first cars built in Irish Free State.
He moved his motor business to 36 Pearse St, Dublin prob. 1928. Name of business changed not long after to "Humphreys Autofactors".
to Eithne O'Mara
[born 14th Oct 1908,
poss. descendant of Edward III].
Dick and Eithne moved late 1929 to Sandymount Park (28 Newgrove Ave), Sandymount, Co.Dublin, listed there in [Thoms] 1930-33 edns.
They moved Aug 1933 to 18 Eglinton Park, Donnybrook, Co.Dublin, listed there in [Thoms] 1934-35 edns.
Dick rebuilt his car as Thomond no.4 1933.
Dick designed and built family home,
on a green field site at
Clondalkin, Co.Dublin, 1934-35,
fireplace had date "1934",
moved in c.Feb 1935.
18 Eglinton Park became the home of his sister Sighle.
He had his Thomond when moved to Kingswood, sold it c.1935/36.
He was constantly making modifications to cars owned in later years.
Dick's obituary says: "When Frank Ryan was in prison in Spain" [1938-40] "he" [Dick] "sent a telegram to General Franco trusting that there was no truth in the rumour that Ryan would be executed. He signed and added 'Catholic Barrister at Law'".
Extensive orchards were planted in Kingswood, apple business started. Apple trade kept them going during WW2, when motor trade virtually non-existent.
He was interviewed by RTE 1966.
He died Fri 20 Sept 1968, Mater Hospital, Dublin, age 72 yrs.
See death notice in Irish Times, 21 Sept 1968.
See obituary in Irish Times, 21 Sept 1968.
Funeral 21 Sept, bur Saggart, Co.Dublin.
Eamon de Valera, then President of Ireland, went to his funeral.
See obituaries and funeral reports in [P106/579(8-11)]. One is from Irish Press, Sat 21 Sept. Another is from Sunday Press, Sun 22 Sept.
Eithne died 10 am, Tue 10th Jan 1995, Mount Carmel Hospital, Dublin, age 86 yrs.
See death notice in Irish Times, January 11, 1995.
Funeral Thur 12th, her nephew Fr. James Lavelle said it, bur Saggart, Co.Dublin.
Dick and Eithne had issue:
Dick is deported to prison in England.
Irish Times, May 14, 1916.
Dick and Sighle in Paris, 1923.
See full size.
Dick and Eithne setting off on honeymoon, on their wedding day, 24 Sept 1929.
Left to Right (apart from Dick and Eithne): Steen, (probably Eileen and Alec), Dick Lavelle, Pat, Maureen.
See larger and full size.
(Right) Dick and Eithne, 1932. From group photo here.
Dick and Eithne's grave, Saggart, Co.Dublin.
See full size and alternative and close-up.
It says in Irish that Dick was in Dublin Brigade, IRA, served the nation 1916-21.
See other side and close-up.
Photos 2006. Photos courtesy of Richard Humphreys.
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