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Byrne, John Francis

Byrne, John Francis (1880–1960), journalist, writer, and university friend of James Joyce (qv), was born 11 February 1880 at 25 East Essex Street, Dublin, youngest child of Mathew Byrne (d. 1883), a shopkeeper, and…

Byrne, Laurence Patrick (‘Andrew E. Malone’)

Byrne, Laurence Patrick (‘Andrew E. Malone’) (1888–1939), literary critic and journalist, was born in Dublin, one of at least six sons of Michael Byrne, a clerk at Guinness's brewery. Laurence himself began working there in the chemical department, after which he was employed by the…

Byrne, Mary

Byrne, Mary (1850–1936), witness of the Knock apparition, was the eldest daughter among three children of Dominick Byrne of Co. Mayo and his wife Margaret Bourke, and grew to be a tall, thin woman, with black hair and a pleasant voice. The defining moment in her life occurred when…

Byrne, Mary Ann

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Byrne, Michael

Byrne, Michael (1923–89), painter and printmaker, was born 30 September 1923 in Dublin, one of ten children of Michael Byrne, baker, and Mary Byrne (née Sloane). He worked at first with a photographer, then as a dental technician, before studying at the National College of Art (and…

Byrne, Miles

Byrne, Miles (1780–1862), United Irishman, French army officer, and author, was born 20 March 1780 at Ballylusk, Monaseed, Co. Wexford, the eldest son of Patrick Byrne, a middling catholic farmer, and Mary (née Graham). He joined the United Irishmen in the spring of 1797, and…

Byrne (O'Byrne), Patrick James

Byrne (O'Byrne), Patrick James (1759–1819), president of Maynooth College, was born in Eglish, Co. Tyrone, one of at least three children of Art O'Byrne (1710–92), farmer, and Martha O'Byrne (née Kempson). He studied at the Irish College of Nantes, France, where, after gaining a…

Byrne, Patrick

Byrne, Patrick (d. 1812), United Irishman or Defender, was the first of three sons of Henry Byrne (d. 1785), a wealthy merchant of Seatown, Dundalk, Co. Louth, and his wife, Mary, daughter of John Begg, a merchant in Bridge St., Dublin. The Byrnes were for several generations a…

Byrne, Patrick

Byrne, Patrick (1740/41–1814), printer, bookseller, and United Irishman, had a flourishing business in Dublin, at 35 College Green (1779–85) and 108 Grafton Street (1785–99). Byrne's business was probably the largest of its kind in Ireland in the eighteenth century. One indication…

Byrne, Patrick

Byrne, Patrick (c.1784–1863), harper, was born in Farney, Co. Monaghan, and was possibly the nephew or younger brother of harper Christopher Byrne (c.1775–1808). Blind from infancy, he was taught the harp by itinerant harpers from 1794 and by…

Byrne, Patrick

Byrne, Patrick (c.1782–1864), architect, was possibly the son of John Byrne, architect; his mother's name is not known. He entered the Dublin Society's schools in 1796, studied under Henry Aaron Baker (qv), and won premiums…

Byrne, Ralph Henry

Byrne, Ralph Henry (1877–1946), architect, was born 25 April 1877 in Dublin, third among five sons and one daughter of William Henry Byrne (1844–1917), architect, and May Anna Gertrude Byrne (née Dillon). W. H. Byrne worked in partnership with John O'Neill of Belfast from about 1869…

Byrne, Richard

Byrne, Richard (1862–1942), politician and publican, was the third son of John Byrne (1830–86), a farmer of Taughlumny, near Lurgan, Co. Armagh, and Isabella Byrne (1826–1919). While little is known of Byrne's education, he served his apprenticeship to the licensed trade with…

Byrne, Robert (‘Bobby’)

Byrne, Robert (‘Bobby’) (1889–1919), trade unionist and republican, was born 28 November 1889 at 5 Upper Oriel St., Dublin, one of three sons of Robert Byrne, fitter, of North Strand, Dublin, and Annie Byrne (née Hurley) of Limerick. He was a cousin of…

Byrne, Séamus

Byrne, Séamus (1904–68), playwright and lawyer, was born in Dublin on 27 December 1904. Educated at Blackrock College, he graduated LLB from UCD and qualified as a solicitor in 1927. He worked as…

Byrne, Seán

Byrne, Seán (1955–2003), soccer player, was born 5 February 1955 in Dublin, son of Thomas 'Dessie' Byrne, a labourer and League of Ireland footballer, of St Teresa's Gardens, Dolphin's Barn, Dublin, and his wife Annie (née Fields). Playing initially with the hugely successful…

Byrne, Sir Joseph Aloysius

Byrne, Sir Joseph Aloysius (1874–1942), soldier and administrator, was born 2 October 1874 in Co. Londonderry, son of Dr Joseph Byrne, DL, a catholic physician of Londonderry, and Emily Byrne (née Egan). He was educated at St George's College…

Byrne, Sir William Patrick

Byrne, Sir William Patrick (1859–1935), under secretary for Ireland (1916–18), was born 12 February 1859 at Beech House, Withington, Lancashire, the fourth son of John Byrne. After attending at St Cuthbert's College, Ushaw, and St Bede's College, Manchester, he studied law at the…

Byrne, Thomas Joseph

Byrne, Thomas Joseph (1876–1939), architect, was born 15 November 1876 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, son of Richard Byrne (d. c.1876), who served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and Harriet Byrne (née Knight). He was articled (1892) to Edward Carter,…

Byrne, Vincent (‘Vinnie’)

Byrne, Vincent (‘Vinnie’) (1900–92), revolutionary and soldier, was born 23 November 1900 in the national maternity hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, the elder among one son and one daughter of Vincent Byrne, carpenter, of 33 Denzille Street (latterly Fenian Street), and his wife…

Byrne, William

Byrne, William (c.1775–1799), United Irishman, was youngest son of Garret Byrne of Ballymanus, Co. Wicklow. In late 1797 he joined the Wicklow town yeoman cavalry, from which he was ejected (February 1798) for refusing to swear a test oath requiring him to abjure allegiance…

Byrne, William (Aloysius)

Byrne, William (Aloysius) (1872–1933), poet (‘William Dara ’) and professor of English, was born 30 January 1872 in Rathangan, Co. Kildare. His father, Joseph, who became the principal teacher in the local national school, married Marcella Murray (October 1870) and William was the…

Byrne, William Michael

Byrne, William Michael (1775–98), United Irishman, was son of Colclough Byrne of Drumquin and a Miss Galway of Cork, a descendant of the 1st duke of Ormond (qv). One of Wicklow's small catholic elite, he lived at Park Hill in the Glen of…

Bysse (Bisse), John

Bysse (Bisse), John (c.1602–1680), lawyer and judge, was the eldest son of Christopher Bysse of Dublin (d. 1614), second remembrancer of the exchequer, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1640), daughter of Alderman John Foster of Dublin. He attended…