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Carlisle, Henry Montgomery

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Carlisle, John

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Carmichael, Richard

Carmichael, Richard (1779–1849), surgeon, medical reformer, and benefactor, was born 6 February 1779 in Dublin, fourth son of Hugh Carmichael, solicitor, and Sarah Carmichael (née Rogers), and was educated privately by the Rev. John Fea. Apprenticed to Robert Moore Peile (1763?–…

Carnduff, Thomas

Carnduff, Thomas (1886–1956), writer, was born 30 January 1886 in Sandy Row, Belfast, youngest among six children of James Graham Carnduff (1842?–1900), an invalided army schoolteacher, and his second wife Jane (née Bollard; d. 1891). The family were poor, and living on their father…

Carney, Francis (‘Frank’)

Carney, Francis (‘Frank’) (1896–1932), soldier and politician, was born 25 April 1896 in Abbey St., Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, son of Edward Carney, fisherman, and Eliza Carney (née McCaffrey). Details of his education are not available. At the outbreak of the first world war (…

Carney, James Patrick

Carney, James Patrick (1914–89), Celticist, was born 17 May 1914 in Maryborough (Port Laoise), son of Patrick Francis Carney, a customs officer originally from Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo and his wife, Constance Grace, from Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. His father died while Carney was still a…

Carney, John (‘Jack’)

Carney, John (‘Jack’) (1887–1956), socialist, trade unionist, and journalist, was probably born 30 May 1887 at 2 Phoenix St., Dublin, son of Richard Carney, fitter, and Eliza Carney (née Brian); such are the details of the only registered birth of a ‘John Carney’ in 1887 in Dublin…

Carney (Kearney, O'Carney), James

Carney (Kearney, O'Carney), James (d. 1648), Jesuit priest and rector, was born in Cashel, Co. Tipperary. As a youth in Cashel, he studied classics before being sent to Spain, because of legal restrictions, to complete his education. He read philosophy at the Irish college of…

Carney, Sir Richard

Carney, Sir Richard (d. 1692?), herald and painter, is said by Strickland to have been the son of Edward Carney, a Dublin tailor, and to have been appointed a herald in 1652 and principal herald of arms in Ireland in 1655. He was certainly the Richard Carney who was appointed…

Carney, Winifred (‘Winnie’)

Carney, Winifred (‘Winnie’) (1887–1943), trade unionist, feminist, and republican, was born Maria Winifred Carney 4 December 1887 at Fisher's Hill, Bangor, Co. Down, youngest child among three sons and three daughters of Alfred Carney, commercial traveller, and Sarah Carney (née…

Carolan, Turlough (Ó Cearbhalláin), Toirdhealbhach

Carolan, Turlough (Ó Cearbhalláin, Toirdhealbhach ) (1670–1738), Irish harper and composer, was born near Nobber, Co. Meath, the son of John Carolan, a small farmer or blacksmith. In 1684 the family moved to Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon, where John Carolan was employed by the MacDermott…

Caron (Mac Carraghamhna), Richard (Ricardo de la Peña)

Caron (Mac Carraghamhna), Richard (Ricardo de la Peña) (1579–c.1630), Dominican priest, was born in the barony of Kilkenny West, the son of Henry Caron and Evelyn Nicholas. He belonged to an ancient, distinguished Westmeath Gaelic Irish family, which claimed descent from…

Carpenter, George Herbert

Carpenter, George Herbert (1865–1939), entomologist, was born in Peckham, south London, son of George Carpenter and Phoebe Carpenter (née Hooper). He was educated in Peckham; King's College, London (B.Sc. 1890); and the Royal College of…

Carpenter, John

Carpenter, John (1729–86), catholic archbishop of Dublin, was born in Chancery Lane, Dublin, son of a tailor. Nothing else is known of his parents or family save that his sister Christian married a Dublin merchant, Thomas Lee. Irish was probably spoken in his home. The Gaelic…

Carpenter, Nathanael

Carpenter, Nathanael (1589–1628), scholar and clergyman, was born 7 February 1589 in Northleigh, Devon, England, where his father, John Carpenter (d. 1621), had a living as a clergyman. No details of his mother are known. He matriculated (June 1605) at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and…

Carr, George Whitmore

Carr, George Whitmore (1780–1849), clergyman and temperance pioneer, was born in New Ross, Co. Wexford, eldest son of the Rev. Edward Carr, rector (1802–15) of Kilmacow, Co. Kilkenny, and Sarah Carr (née Foster) of Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Educated at the John Ivory endowed…

Carrigan, William

Carrigan, William (1860–1924), catholic priest and historian, was born at Rothestown House, Muckalee (Ballyfoyle), Co. Kilkenny, probably in August 1860, the youngest of thirteen children of James Carrigan, a substantial farmer, and his wife Johana Brenan. Educated at St Kieran's…

Carr, James Celestine

Carr, James Celestine (1933–2006), radiologist, was born 6 April 1933 in a nursing home at 12 Leeson Street, Dublin, to Christopher Carr, accountant, and his wife Margaret (née Groome), of Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin. He attended Belvedere College, Dublin, before studying…

Carr, Joseph (Joe) Benedict

Carr, Joseph (Joe) Benedict (1922–2004), amateur golfer and businessman, was born 18 February 1922 in his grandmother's house in Inchicore, Dublin, the fifth of seven children of George Waters and his wife Mary ('Missie') (née McDonough). His parents were in financial difficulties…

Carroll, Doc

Carroll, Doc (1939–2005), singer and musician, was born Martin O'Carroll on 19 November 1939 in Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo, the third youngest of eight children of Frank O'Carroll, doctor, and his American wife, Catherine (née Collins). Aged three when his family moved from Tourmakeady to…

Carroll, Donal Shemus Allingham (‘Don’)

Carroll, Donal Shemus Allingham (‘Don’) (1928–2000), tobacco manufacturer and banker, was born 26 December 1928 in Cork, only son of John Donal Carroll, Cork county medical officer, and Sheila Maureen Carroll (née Flynn), daughter of Joseph John Flynn of Leeson St., Dublin. He had…

Carroll, James Marmion Gilmor

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Carroll, John

Carroll, John (1903–86), agricultural zoologist, was born 4 April 1903 in Bantry, Co. Cork, eldest of two sons and five daughters of John Carroll (d. 1955), land steward and cattle dealer, of Crookstown, Kilmurry, Co. Cork, and Julia Carroll (née Cunningham), also of Crookstown.…

Carroll, Margaret Anna (Sister Mary Teresa Austin)

Carroll, Margaret Anna (Sister Mary Teresa Austin) (1835–1909), Sister of Mercy, educator, historian, and writer, was born 23 February 1835 in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, second eldest daughter and fourth eldest among nine children (four sons and five daughters) of William Carroll,…

Carroll, Mella Elizabeth Laurie

Carroll, Mella Elizabeth Laurie (1934–2006), judge, was born 6 March 1934 in Dublin, second among four children of Patrick Joseph Carroll (qv) and his wife Agnes Mary (née Caulfield). Her father had been an officer in the national…