Richard Hayes

Life
1882-58 [Richard Francis Hayes]; ed. Catholic University (Med.); dispensary doctor at Lusk, Co. Dublin; commanded Fingal Battalion of Irish Volunteers; attended wounded at Ashbourne, Easter 1916; arrested and sentenced to death; sentence commuted to twenty years’ penal servitude; released, June 1917; re-arrested and imprisoned in Reading Jail, 1918; elected MP for Limerick, 1918; took Treaty side, 1922;
 
resigned from the Dáil to concentrate on work, 1924; appt. director of the Abbey Theatre, 1934; became dispensary doctor for Donnybrook, Co. Dublin; m. Hilda Shaw in 1939; acted as film censor 1944-54; issued The Last Invasion of Ireland (1937), Irish Men in the French Revolution (1932), Irish Swordsmen in the Service of France (1941), Biographical Dictionary of Irishmen in France (1949), and other works; elected vice-pres. of Military History Society of Ireland; MRIA; Légion d’Honneur; hon. DLitt from NUI; d. 16 June, Dún Laoghaire. DIB

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Works
  • Ireland and Irishmen in the French Revolution, with a preface by Hilaire Belloc (London: Ernest Benn 1932), xx, 314pp., ill. [pls. incl. ports.];
  • Irish Swordsmen in the Service of France (Dublin 1934; [2nd imp.] 1941), 307pp.;
  • The Last Invasion of Ireland, When Connaught Rose (Dublin: M. H. Gill 1937);
  • Some Notable Limerick Doctors (Limerick 1938);
  • Old Irish Links with France: Some Echoes of Exiled Ireland (Dublin 1940);
  • Biographical Dictionary of Irishmen in France (Dublin 1949). 332pp.
 

See also ‘Biographical Dictionary of Irishmen in France’, in Studies (June 1944);

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References
De Burca Books (Cat. No. 44; 1997) lists Ireland and Irishmen in the French Revolution. With a preface by Hilaire Belloc. Illustrated. London, Benn, 1932. Pages, xx, 314. V.good. Scarce. [£95.00]; Irish Swordsmen of France. With a foreword by Rev. Patrick Browne. Illustrated. Dublin, M.H. Gill & Son, 1934. Pages, xix, 307. V.good. [£85; both].

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Notes
Garret Fitzgerald, writing in Guardian Weekly (10 April 2003), alludes to Richard Hayes in his capacity as a co-prisoner with Eamon de Valera and his father Desmond Fitzgerald in a review of Sean McConville, Irish Political Prisoners 1848-1922: Theatre of War (Routledge) [see under Fitzgerald, supra.] Note that Fitzgerald coincidentally refers to Richard Hayes, namesake and librarian, in another review [as infra].

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