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Cadac-Andreas

Cadac-Andreas (fl. 8th cent.), Irish scholar at the court of Charles the Great and the otherwise unknown target of some abusive, not to say splenetic, verse from the pen of the Spanish-Gothic scholar Theodulf of Orleans. The name ‘Cadac-Andreas ’ was first identified by…

Caddell, Cecilia Mary (Maria)

Caddell, Cecilia Mary (Maria) (1814–1877), novelist, was born at Harbourstown, Co. Meath, the second daughter of Richard O'Ferral Caddell (1780–1856) and Paulina (d. 1856), daughter of Thomas Arthur, second Viscount Southwell. Despite being a lifelong invalid, Caddell managed to…

Cadden, Mary Anne (‘Mamie’) (‘Nurse Cadden’)

Cadden, Mary Anne (‘Mamie’) (‘Nurse Cadden’) (1891–1959), midwife and abortionist, was born 27 October 1891 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, eldest of seven children of Patrick Caden, of a small-farming background from Doonbredia, Lahardane, Co. Mayo, and Mary Caden (née McLoughlin…

Cadoc

Cadoc (fl. c.497–570) of Llancarfan, one of the best known of the early Welsh saints and monastic founders, had many close links with Ireland. The sources for his life are late but contain some material of historical value. The earliest Lives are by Lifris, abbot of…

Cadogan, George Henry

Cadogan, George Henry (1840–1915), 5th Earl Cadogan , lord lieutenant of Ireland (1895–1902), was born 9 May 1840 at Durham, eldest son of Henry Charles Cadogan, 4th earl, and Mary Cadogan (née Wellesley), niece of the 1st duke of…

Cadogan, William

Cadogan, William (1601–61), soldier and MP, was born 5 February 1601 at Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales, eldest son of Henry Cadogan of Trostry Fach, Monmouthshire, and Catherine Cadogan (née Stradling). As a captain of horse, he became private secretary to…

Cadogan, William

Cadogan, William (1672–1726), 1st Baron and Earl Cadogan , soldier, was born at Liscartan, Co. Meath, eldest son of Henry Cadogan (1642–1714), barrister, of Liscartan and Dublin, and Bridget Cadogan, daughter of Sir Hardress Waller…

Cadróe

Cadróe (d. 974 × 978), abbot, was born of noble family into an Irish community in Scotland, probably in the west or north-west. He received his first education from a teacher named Beanus or Béoán, and was subsequently educated at Armagh. He set out from Scotland on a pilgrimage…

Caffrey, Thomas

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Caffyn, Kathleen Mannington

Caffyn, Kathleen Mannington (née Hunt ) (c.1853–1926), novelist, also known by her pseudonym Iota , was born in Waterloo House, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, the daughter of William de Vere Hunt and his wife Louisa (née Going). Educated at home by English and German governesses,…

Cahalan, Cissie

Cahalan, Cissie (1876–1948), trade unionist and suffragist, was born in Cork in 1876. Little is known of her early life, other than that she was apprenticed to the drapery trade, and by 1906 was based in Dublin where she worked as a draper's assistant in Arnott's of Henry St. Her…

Cahill, Daniel William

Cahill, Daniel William (1796–1864), catholic priest and public lecturer, was born at Ashfield, in the parish of Arles, Queen's Co. (Laois), on 28 November 1796, the youngest of three sons of Daniel Cahill (1754?–1836), a civil engineer and (it was stated in 1864) a local United Irish…

Cahill, Edward

Cahill, Edward (1868–1941), Jesuit, was born at Callow, Ballingrane, Co. Limerick, on 19 February 1868, son of Patrick Cahill, a farmer, and his wife, Lucy (née Culhane). One of a family of eight (he had three half-brothers, a half-sister, two full brothers, and a full sister), he…

Cahill, Harry (Harold Alexander)

Cahill, Harry (Harold Alexander) (1930–2009), international hockey player, was born on 9 June 1930 at 94 Fitzroy Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin, one of two boys and one girl born to Henry Joshua Cahill, superintendent of stamping in Dublin Castle, and his wife Mary Maeve Cahill (née…

Cahill, Hugh

Cahill, Hugh (1883–1966), commercial aviation pioneer, was born in Dublin on 23 June 1883, the first of three sons of Matthew Cahill, a publican of Lower Rutland Street, Dublin, and his wife Martha (née Shaw), who had previously been widowed and had a daughter from her first…

Cahill, Joe (Joseph)

Cahill, Joe (Joseph) (1920–2004), republican paramilitary, was born 10 May 1920 in Divis Street, west Belfast, the eldest of thirteen children (two died in infancy) of Joseph Cahill, printer, and his wife Josephine. One brother, Tom, became an active…

Cahill, Mabel Esmonde

Cahill, Mabel Esmonde (1863–c.1905), tennis champion, was born 2 April 1863 in Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny, daughter of Michael Cahill (d. 1877), gentleman landowner and barrister-at-law, of Ballyconra House, Ballyragget, and his second wife, Eliza (née Netterville). Mabel…

Cahill, Martin

Cahill, Martin (1949–94), criminal, was born 23 May 1949 in Dublin, second of twelve children of Patrick Cahill, lighthouse keeper, and Agnes Cahill (née Sheehan). The Cahill family first lived in the north inner city, then moved to a corporation estate in Crumlin. At the age of…

Cahill, Patrick Joseph (‘Paddy’)

Cahill, Patrick Joseph (‘Paddy’) (1885?–1946), revolutionary and newspaper editor, was born at Caherina, Tralee, Co. Kerry, one of five children of bilingual parents, Timothy (‘Thady’) Cahill of Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry, and Mary Cahill (née Tangney) of Killorglin, Co. Kerry. His…

Cahill, Pearse

Cahill, Pearse (1917–2011), aviator, businessman and race driver, was born Matthew Pearse Cahill (in honour of the executed leader of the 1916 rising) in Dublin on 26 January 1917, son of Hugh Cahill (1883–1966), of Glasnevin, Dublin, and his wife Caroline (née O'Connor). The owner-…

Cahill, Timothy J.

Cahill, Timothy J. (1912–91), civil servant and chairman of the Labour court, was born 3 April 1912 in Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry. Educated at St Brendan's College, Killarney, and UCG, where he was auditor (1933–4) of the Literary and…

Caillín

Caillín (fl. late 6th/early 7th cent.), patron saint of Fenagh (Fidnacha Maige Réin), Co. Leitrim, has no published Life and the extant accounts of him, all late, are almost entirely imaginary. Yet the archaeological evidence for his foundation at Fenagh and his…

Caimín

Caimín (d. 654), founder of the monastery of Inis Celtra on the island of Lough Derg, near Scariff, Co. Clare, is said to have been a half-brother to Guaire Aidni (qv) (d. 663), king of Connacht. Although his pedigree, which makes him…

Caínchomrac

Caínchomrac (d. 791), bishop of the church of St Cainnech (qv) (d. 600/03) at Finnglas (Finglas, Co. Dublin) and confessor to Dublittir (qv), one of the founders of the Céli Dé movement, is…

Cainnech

Cainnech (d. 600/03), son of Luigthech, founder and first abbot of Achad Bó in Osraige (Aghaboe, Co. Laois) and saint in the Irish tradition, probably belonged to the lineage of Corco Dalláin. There are marked difficulties, however, in relation to his ancestry, his early…