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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…