Nugent Family of Oakley Park, Blackrock
Michael Nugent son of Michael Nugent of 35 East Essex Street married Rosanna O’Brien daughter of
Peter O’Brien a Pawnbroker of Sylvan House, Belmont Avenue, Donnbrook in 1872. Michael was the
Managing Director of the Dolphin Hotel and Restaurant Company.
The Dolphin was a famous Dublin Hotel in its day. It was converted into office space and is now home
to the Family Law Court Support and Referral Service. It's a splendid Victorian four storey redbrick,
highly decorated with granite tracery and the renowned scowling dolphin over each corner entrance.
Lore has it that the hotel was where the Irish Coffee was invented. One visitor to the hotel after the
emergency was John V. Kelleher, professor of Irish studies at Harvard 1952 – 1986 who writes -
"The Dolphin, I was told, was where Irish coffee had been invented. The proprietor, Michael Nugent,
had concocted it during the war as a way of disguising what was then called coffee. In 1946 its chief merit
was the interesting difficulty of floating the cream onto but not into the liquid.
Michael Nugent married 10.04.1872 Rosanna O’Brien
born circa 1841 Donnybrook RC Chapel born circa 1853
died 20.10.1916 (75) died 27.08.1931(78)
at Appian Villa, Appian Way at 11 St Mary’s Road
1 Michael Joseph Nugent born 28.01.1873 at 35 East Essex Street, Dublin died on 05.01.1888
of Scarletina aged 15 years at Oakley Park.
2 Catherine Mary Josephine Nugent born 03.07.1874 at 35 East Essex Street, Dublin died on
09.12.1887 of Scarletina aged 13 years at Oakley Park, Blackrock.
3 Peter Francis Nugent born 10.02.1876 at 35 East Essex Street, Dublin. Peter of ‘Dolphin’,
Essex Street married Catherine Ward daughter of Richard Ward of 59 Kenilworth Square on
15.10.1901 at RC Chapel of Rathgar. Peter was the Proprietor of the Moira Hotel in Trinity
Street in 1911.
4 Joseph Michael Nugent 3rd son born 12.06.1878 at 11 Idrone Terrace married Josephine
Mary O’Donnell youngest daughter of John O’Donnell of the Colonnade, Milltown on
10.02.1902 at St Peter’s RC Church, Ludlow, New York.
5 Mary Teresa (Cissey) Nugent 2nd daughter born circa 1880 died 25.01.1888 of Scarletina
aged 8 years at Oakley Park.
6 Jack Nugent born circa 1882 living with his parents at Leeson Park in 1911. Jack took over
the running of the Dolphin Hotel.
7 Jessie Nugent born circa 1884 living with her parents at Leeson Park in 1911.
8 Rose Mary Nugent born 15.08.1885 at Roebuck. Rose Mary of Appian Villa, Appian Way
married David O’Flaherty a Solicitor of 26 Earlsfort Terrace son of James O’Flaherty on
11.09.1918 at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook.
9 Norah Mary Joseph Nugent born 31.08.1887 at Oakley Park. Nora of Appian Villas, Appian
Way married John J O’Neill son of Michael O’Neill of Aughrim on 25.11.1914 at the RC
Church in Donnybrook.
10 Eileen Mary Joseph Nugent born 02.09.1889 at Oakley Park. Eileen of Leeson Park House
married John S McArdle son of Robert McArdle on 08.06.1910 at Rathmines Parish Church.
11 Francis Joseph Gerrard Nugent born 19.05.1891 at Oakley Park. Francis of 11 St Mary’s
Road married Mary Jones daughter of Thomas Jones on 16.06.1925 at St Mary’s RC Church,
Haddington Road, Dublin.
12 Edward Nugent born circa 1893 living with his brother Peter in the Moira Hotel, Trinity Street
13 Leo Joseph Gerrard Nugent born 13.05.1895 at Oakley Park. Leo was a Student at St
Vincents Boarding School in Castleknock in 1911.
© June Bow & Karen Poff – March 2018