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Cusack, James

Cusack, James (c.1590–c.1659), lawyer and politician, was third son of Edward Cusack and Elizabeth Aylmer, both of whom belonged to prominent Old English catholic families of the Pale. The Cusacks had a distinguished history of governmental service, and James…

Cusack, James William

Cusack, James William (1788–1861), surgeon, was born 26 May 1788 at Laragh, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, third son among four sons and one daughter of Athanasius Cusack (1749–1813), country gentleman, and Mary Ann Cusack (née Rotheram). Apprenticed in 1806 to Ralph Smith Obré (d. 1820)…

Cusack, John

Cusack, John (d. 1626), merchant, was the eldest son, of the seven sons and three daughters, of Nicholas Cusack of Ballymolghan, Co. Meath, and his wife, Maud, daughter of Thomas Plunket of Lagore. He was admitted a freeman of Dublin in 1592, having served his apprenticeship. He…

Cusack, Margaret Anna (‘The nun of Kenmare’)

Cusack, Margaret Anna (‘The nun of Kenmare’) (1829–99), nun and author, was born 6 May 1829 at Coolock, Co. Dublin, the elder of two children of Dr Samuel Cusack and his wife, Sarah (née Stoney). Early life and conversion to catholicism She was educated privately, learning informally…

Cusack, Michael

Cusack, Michael (1847–1906), GAA founder and sportsman, was born 20 September 1847 in Carron, on the eastern edge of the Burren, Co. Clare, third of five children of Matthew Cusack, herdsman, and Bridget Cusack (née Fleming), both native Irish-speakers. Educated at Carron national…

Cusack, Nicholas

Cusack, Nicholas (d. 1299), bishop of Kildare, was born into an Anglo-Norman family of Meath, his forbears being among the principal feudatories of the de Feypo Manor of Skryne. Following the death on 20 April 1272 of Simon of Kilkenny, the previous bishop of Kildare, divisions…

Cusack, Nicholas

Cusack, Nicholas (fl. 1688–91), soldier, was the third son of James Cusack of Cushintown, barrister, and his wife, Frances, sister of Richard Talbot, earl of Tyrconnell (qv). After James's death Frances married Thomas Newcomen,…

Cusack, Ralph Desmond Athanasius

Cusack, Ralph Desmond Athanasius (1912–65), artist, was born 28 October 1912 at Drumnigh House, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin, the only child of Maj. James Robert Roland Cusack, banker (later stockbroker), and Eileen Cusack, daughter of Capt. Watson of the 7th Dragoon Guards and widow of…

Cussen, Denis John

Cussen, Denis John (1901–80), rugby international and athlete, was born 19 July 1901 at North Quay, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, second son of Robert ‘Bob’ Cussen, solicitor, and Mary Cussen (née Moylan) of Newcastle West. Both his parents were members of prominent local sporting…

Cust, Aleen Isabel

Cust, Aleen Isabel (1868–1937), veterinary surgeon and first female member of the RCVS, was born 7 February 1868 at Cordangan Manor, Co. Tipperary, elder daughter and fourth among six children of Sir Leopold Cust (1832–78),…

Custume, Sergeant

Custume, Sergeant (fl. 1691), hero of the siege of Athlone, was probably born in Ireland but may have been Scottish. On 28 June 1691 the Irish were defending western Athlone against the Williamite army. Between them lay the Shannon and the medieval bridge, the most…

Cutts, John

Cutts, John (1661–1707), Baron Cutts of Gowran , soldier and lord justice of Ireland, was born in Arkesden, Essex, second son of Richard Cutts of Arkesden and Matching, Essex, and Joan Cutts, daughter of Sir Richard Everard. Educated for a time at Catherine Hall, Cambridge (…

Cyprianus (Pseudo -)

Cyprianus (Pseudo -) (fl. early 7th cent.) was the otherwise anonymous author of an important Hiberno-Latin tract, ‘De duodecim abusiuis’. Athough we lack any biographical details other than that he flourished in the first half of the seventh century and was an…

Czira (Gifford), Sydney Madge (‘John Brennan’)

Czira (Gifford), Sydney Madge (‘John Brennan’) (1889–1974), journalist, broadcaster, and republican, was born 3 August 1889 at 8 Temple Villas, Rathmines, Dublin, the youngest of twelve children of Frederick Gifford, a wealthy solicitor, and Isabella Gifford (née Burton), a niece of…