Now here's an interesting man .... off topic again I'm afraid - but really worthy of a mention ! I would have loved to have sat down and talked to him !! Bethel Solomons Ireland Full name Bethel Albert Herbert Solomons Born February 27, 1885, Dublin Died September 11, 1965, (registered in) Wandsworth (aged 80 years 196 days) Major teams Ireland Position Forward Bethel Solomons (1885-1965), later a leading gynecologist, played for Ireland ten times in 1908-10 Bethel Solomons, another Jewish success, an Irish international and later Master of the Rotunda whose own memoir One Doctor in His Time was published in 1956. Solomons’ sister Estella, a member of the Honorary Council of the Royal Hibernian Academy (HRHA) was an accomplished portrait and landscape painter Bethal A. H. Solomons M.D., F.R.C.P.I., F.R.C.O.G., F.A.C.S. (1885-1965) Bethel Solomons was born in 1885 in Dublin to a prominent jewish family, he became a medical doctor and was Master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin from 1926 to 1933, an international rugby player for Ireland and supporter of the 1916 Rising. He attended St. Andrews School in Dublin where he was very interested in sport, and he went on to study medicine in Trinity College, Dublin and he earned 10 international rugby caps for Ireland (1908-1910). In a biography of Dr Solomons he was described as World famous obstetrician & gynaecologist, Rugby international, horseman, leader of Liberal Jewry & of Irish literary & artistic renaissance He was from one of the oldest continuous lines of Jews in Ireland, who came over from England in 1824. His father Maurice Solomons(1832-1922), an optician who had a practice in 19 Nassau St., is mentioned by James Joyce in Ulysses, he is mentioned in Finnegan's Wake. His mother Rosa Jacobs Solomons (1833-1926) was born in Hull in England. He served as president of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) in the late 1940s and he practiced from No. 30 Lr. Baggot Street. Solomons was a founding member and the first president of the Liberal Synagogue in Dublin. He married Gertrude Levy, in the Liberal synagogue in London in 1916. His elder brother Edwin (1879-1964) was a stockbroker and prominent member of the Dublin Jewish community. His sister Estella Solomons (1882-1968) was a leading artist painting landscapes and portraits including Jack Yeats and George Russell, she was active in politics and a member of Cumann na mBan during the 1916 rising, she married poet and publisher Seamus O'Sullivan. His second son Dr Michael Solomons (1919-2007) was a distinguished gynaecologist, a pioneer of family planning in Ireland and a veteran of the bitter and divisive 1983 constitutional amendment campaign.