11 Dublin U. L.J. 1 (1989)
Frances Elizabeth Moran

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FRANCES ELIZABETH MORAN


              Frances Elizabeth Moran


                        R. F. V. HEUSTON*


   The subject of this discourse spent her whole lite (6 December 1893
- 7 October 1977) in Dublin. Her father was James Moran, who had
been for many years a member of Dublin Corporation, and also pro-
minent in the commercial life of the City, having been at one time or
another Chairman of the Port and Docks Board, the British and Irish
Steamship Company, and various hotels. In 1915 he had been Director
of Recruiting for the Dublin area, but by 1922 this had been forgiven
or forgotten, for he became one of the original members of the Senate,
and retained his seat until Mr. de Valera abolished that body in 1936.
   The Senator, characteristic of Irishmen of his time, never publicly
revealed the name of his wife: it was an attitude which lIs second
daughter was to do much to change.
   Fran, as she was known to her family and friends, for nobody called
ler Fanny to her face a second time, was educated at the school then
called Dominican College, Newbridge, before matriculating at Trinity
in 1911. (A brief and unhappy period at University College, Dublin,
had, it is rumoured, preceded Trinity Entrance.) She graduated in 1915
as Senior Moderator in Modern Languages (French and English), being
second on the list.
   In 1918 she graduated LL.B., and in 1919 LL.D. - by examination
rather than by the submission of a thesis or published work, as was
possible in those days - and very odd it seems to us today. To the end
she liked to be addressed formally as 'Dr. Moran' or 'Miss Moran'.
   Edwardian Dublin is generally conceded to have been an agreeable
place, at least for those living in the polite society spread out along the
shores of Dublin Bay, to use the words of the novelist H. de Vere
Stacpoole.
   There is a famous prose poem by an honorary Litt.D. of this Univer-
sity describing that Dublin, with its wide, silent, tree-planted residential
roads, its chintz, muslin and marquetried drawing-rooms ... its delicious
extensions along the Bay, with talkative Sunday luncheons in dining-
rooms within sight of the sea, its aesthetes, its scholars, its musical
parties, its glitter reflected from vice-regal society.1
   St. James's, Howth Road, is difficult to place in the light of this

* F. T. CD., Fellow ofPembroke College, Oxford, and Regius Professor of Laws,
Trinity College, Dublin, 1970-1983.


1. Elizabeth Bowen, The Tatler (26 November 1941).


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