came into Limerick city, started as a horse dealer,
rose to become a wealthy horse breeder, and supplier of horses to the army and gentry,
in 1880 he built family home,
, Mulgrave St, Limerick,
presumably named because of
O'Brien, male-line descendants of Brian Boru
though presumably he had no known connection to them,
Tom, born 1853,
mar Katherine Thornhill [Katty, born 1864],
they lived Boru House,
she died 1903, age 39 yrs,
he is listed
at Boru House in 1911 census,
he is "Horse Dealer",
he died 1916, age 63 yrs, leaving children (adolescent to young adults) orphaned,
he is listed as "horse dealer" (deceased) at dau's mar 1918,
Boru House was sold by the family
- Nancy O'Brien,
born Ann, "Anne" on grave,
Nance, or Nans,
living Boru House at mar in 1918,
mar 1918 to Stephen O'Mara [born 5 Jan 1884]
and had adopted issue.
the writer (novelist and dramatist),
born 3rd Dec 1897, Limerick city.
(Left to Right):
, Jerry O'Brien (Kate and Nancy's brother),
, Nancy O'Brien
Boru House, Mulgrave St, Limerick.
See street view
Built by O'Brien in 1880.
It is opposite the old Lunatic Asylum
(now St. Joseph’s Hospital).
Sold by the family in 1918 to Lloyd
Boru House is now in a bad state.
Has suffered vandalism, squatters and fire.
Location of Boru House (red cross)
on modern map
Grounds behind it.
2009 screenshot from
See full size
and other shot.
Boru House and grounds.
Inscription "Boru House" and "AD 1880" on front of Boru House.
Sculpture is "The hand of Sarsfield".
Front gate arch.
Note "M.O'Brien" on front (the builder was Michael O'Brien)
and "1880" on side.
Plaque to Kate O'Brien on front lower LHS of Boru House.
See wider 2014 shot.