Senator David Lubbock Robinson
Obituary – SOURCE 1943 St Columba’s College Annual
SENATOR D. L. ROBINSON.
David Lubbock Robinson, born in 1882, entered the College in September, 1894. After leaving Trinity College he was apprenticed to one of his cousins, a Dublin solicitor, and, after qualifying, went to Canada. During the last war he joined the 19th Alberta Dragoons as a private and was commissioned to the Royal Marine Artillery. He had a distinguished military record. He received the D.S.O. and the Croix de Guerre (with palm), and was mentioned in dispatches. While serving at the front he was badly wounded in both legs and lost an eye.
During the war he became interested in the political theories of his cousin, Mr. Robert Barton. When he returned to Dublin in 1919, Mr. Robinson became a prominent figure in the I.R.A. He fought in the Anglo-Irish war. He was arrested in 1922, having taken the Republican side, and spent eighteen months internment in Mountjoy. He was elected to the Senate in 1931, and was one of Mr. de Valera’s nominations to the recast Senate in 1938.
He was appointed Secretary of the Irish Red Cross Society on its foundation, and organised the Society in every county except Kerry, Monaghan and Leitrim. He relinquished his post some months after the Society was formed. He also presided over one of the commissions on Irish Industries. A keen sportsman, Senator Robinson was a former Irish hockey international.
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