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Carty, James

Carty, James (1900–59), historian, librarian, and bibliographer, was born in Wexford on 7 August 1900, one of the four sons of Francis Carty, a barber, and his wife, Margaret (née Storey). In 1920, while he was still a student at UCD…

Carver, Robert

Carver, Robert (d. 1791), landscape and scene painter, was born in Dublin, the son of Richard Carver (d. 1754), a Waterford-born history and landscape painter, who practised mainly in Dublin and was known for an altarpiece executed at Waterford. Robert received his early training…

Cary, (Arthur) Joyce (Lunel)

Cary, (Arthur) Joyce (Lunel) (1888–1957), author, was born 7 December 1888 at the home of his maternal grandparents in Derry, elder of two sons of Arthur Pitt Chambers Cary (d. 1937), engineer, of 41 Kitto Rd, London, and Charlotte Louisa Cary (d. 1898), daughter of James Joyce,…

Cary, Henry

Cary, Henry (c.1576–1633), 1st Viscount Falkland , lord deputy of Ireland, was the eldest son of the three sons and four daughters of Sir Edward Cary of Aldenham, Hertfordshire, and his wife, Katherine, daughter of Sir Henry Knyvett of Buckenham, Norfolk, and widow of…

Cary (Tanfield), Elizabeth

Cary (Tanfield), Elizabeth (1585–1639), Viscountess Falkland , writer and translator, was born at Burford Priory, Oxfordshire, the only child and heir of Lawrence Tanfield (c.1551–1625), a wealthy lawyer, later appointed chief baron of the exchequer, and his wife,…

Casement, Sir Roger David

Casement, Sir Roger David (1864–1916), humanitarian and Irish nationalist, was born 1 September 1864 in Sandycove, near Dublin, youngest child among one daughter and three sons of Roger Casement, retired army officer, and Anne Casement (née Jephson). His elder brother was…

Casement, Thomas Hugh (‘Tom’)

Casement, Thomas Hugh (‘Tom’) (1862/3–1939), soldier and adventurer, is believed to have been born aboard a ship bound for Boulogne (where his birth was registered on 3 January 1863), third child and second son among one daughter and three sons of Roger Casement (1819–77), a…

Casey, Charles Francis (‘Charlie’)

Casey, Charles Francis (‘Charlie’) (1895–1952), barrister, attorney general, and judge, was born 2 January 1895 in Dublin, second son among six children of Dr Charles Casey (d. 1911) of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, and his wife Mary Genevieve (d. 1949), daughter of Matthew Conran of…

Casey, Elizabeth Owens Blackburne

Casey, Elizabeth Owens Blackburne (1845?–94), author (as ‘E. Owens Blackburne ’), was born 10 May 1845/8 in Slane, Co. Meath, daughter of Andrew Casey and his wife (née Mills), and great‑granddaughter of Richard Blackburne of Mulladillon House, Co. Meath. She lost her sight as a…

Casey, John

Casey, John (1820–91), mathematician and teacher, was born 12 May 1820 in the townland of Coolattin, in the parish of Kilbeheny, Co. Limerick. Nothing is known of his parents; tradition has it that he was orphaned at the age of nine and raised by neighbours. He became a teacher…

Casey, John

Casey, John (1769/70–1861), priest and antiquary, was born in Castleshannon, Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry; his father was possibly a native of Ballyheigue, his mother a Lawlor from Ardfert. Educated at the college of Killarney, he was ordained in 1804, aged thirty-five. It is believed…

Casey, John Keegan

Casey, John Keegan (1846–70), poet and Fenian, was born 22 August 1846 at Mount Dalton near Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, son of Luke Casey, the local schoolmaster; nothing is known of his mother. He was educated at Mount Dalton and at Ballymahon, Co. Longford, where his family moved. A…

Casey, John Sarsfield (‘the Galtee boy’)

Casey, John Sarsfield (‘the Galtee boy’) (1846–96), Fenian, was born 25 March 1846 in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, son of Jeremiah Casey, shopkeeper, and his wife whose surname was Lewis. Casey was educated at the local national school (1854–7) and the…

Casey, Joseph Theobald

Casey, Joseph Theobald (1846–c.1907), Fenian, was born in April 1846 in Kilkenny city, third among four sons of Patrick Casey, shopkeeper, and Maryanne Casey (née Corcoran). After attending a local school, he moved to Gleethorpe, Lincolnshire, where he worked as a shop…

Casey, Patrick

Casey, Patrick (1843–1908), Fenian, was born in Parliament St., Kilkenny city, son of Patrick Casey, ironmonger and his wife, Mary Anne Corcoran. Her sister, Anne, was the mother of James Stephens (qv), founder of the Fenian movement and…

Casey, Philip

Casey, Philip (1841–1904), handball player, known as Phil Casey, was born in Shannon Street, Mountrath, Queen's County, in 1841, the son of Patrick and Brigid Casey. He was educated at the Patrician College, Mountrath, where he began to play handball on the college's three-wall court. A…

Casey, Stephen (‘Steve’; ‘Crusher’)

Casey, Stephen (‘Steve’; ‘Crusher’) (1908–87), world all-in wrestling champion, rower and tug-of-war champion, was born 4 December 1908 in Loughane, near Sneem, Co. Kerry, eldest among seven sons and three daughters of Michael Casey, stonemason, and Bridget Casey (née Sullivan) of…

Casey, William

Casey, William (1844–1907), Catholic priest and Land Leaguer, was born at Kilbeheny, Castlequarter, near Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, in 1844 and was educated briefly at Mount Melleray and then at St Colman's College, Fermoy, before going to Carlow College to train for the Catholic…

Casey, William Francis

Casey, William Francis (1884–1957), dramatist and journalist, was born 2 May 1884 in Cape Town, South Africa, son of Patrick Joseph Casey, theatre proprietor, native of Glenageary, Co. Dublin. After the family returned to Dublin in the 1890s, he was educated at Castleknock College (…

Cashell, Oliver

Cashell, Oliver (fl. 1624–62), politician, was the son of John Cashell of Dundalk, who was a member of a prominent family in the town and syndic of the suppressed Franciscan monastery. He entered Gray's Inn on 17 November 1624 and served as MP for Dundalk in 1634 and 1640–…

Cashman, Denis B.

Cashman, Denis B. (1843–97), Fenian and writer, was born in 1843 at Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. He worked at first in Waterford city as a clerk for the law firm of Dobbyn & Tandy. He joined the IRB (probably soon after it was…

Cashman, Joseph

Cashman, Joseph (1881–1969), photographer, was born at Blackpool, Cork city; his parents’ names are unknown. He was educated locally and began his working life at the age of 12. He became apprenticed in 1895 to Guy & Co., a Cork firm of printers and engravers. From here he went…

Cashman, Nellie

Cashman, Nellie (1845?–1925), frontier entrepreneur and philanthropist, was born in the mid 1840s near Cobh (Queenstown), Co. Cork. Documentary details of her early life in Ireland and America are few, rendering any chronology of her first twenty-five years largely speculative.…

Cassidy, James Archbold

Cassidy, James Archbold (1827/8–90), distiller and brewer, was the second of three sons of Robert Cassidy (1791–1858), a strong farmer at Jamestown, Co. Kildare, who in 1839 took over the distilling and brewing firm at nearby Monasterevan founded in 1784 by his father, John…

Casson, Christopher Thorndike

Casson, Christopher Thorndike (1912–96), actor, was born 20 January 1912 at Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire, England, younger son among two sons and two daughters of Sir Lewis Casson (1875–1969) and Dame Sybil Thorndike (1882–1976), both of whom were among the foremost actors…