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Du Noyer, George Victor

Du Noyer, George Victor (1817–69), antiquarian, geologist, and artist, was probably born in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, the eldest son of Louis Victor du Noyer, a teacher of French and music, and his wife, Margaret du Bédat, who ran a school for young ladies. Both parents were of Huguenot…

Dunphie, Charles James

Dunphie, Charles James (1820–1908), poet, author, and art critic, was born 4 November 1820 at Rathdowney House, Rathdowney, Queen's Co. (Laois), elder son of Michael Dunphy, merchant, and Kate Dunphy (née Woodroffe). He attended TCD

Dunphy, Sean

Dunphy, Sean (1937–2011), showband and cabaret singer, was born John Michael Dunphy on 30 November 1937 in the family home at 17 London Bridge Road, Irishtown, Dublin, son of Patrick Dunphy, a plasterer, and Mary Dunphy (née Farrell). Following his father into a building trade, he…

Dunseith, David Lumsden

Dunseith, David Lumsden (1934–2011), policeman and broadcaster, was born on 2 October 1934 in Derry city, the eldest child of Robert Dunseith, a flour miller, and his wife Mary Dunseith (née Lumsden), formerly a factory worker. David grew up in the protestant Waterside area of Derry…

Dun, Sir Patrick

Dun, Sir Patrick (1642–1713), physician and benefactor, was born January 1642 in Aberdeen, Scotland, and baptised there 13 January 1642, third child and second son among at least three sons and four daughters of Charles Dun (d. 1652), dyer and burgess of the city, and his second…

Dunville, John

Dunville, John (1866–1929), balloonist, was born 20 October 1866 in Redburn, near Holywood, Co. Down, the son of Robert Grimshaw Dunville, a noted Belfast distiller, and Janie Dunville (née Chassie). He was heavily involved in sport as an enthusiastic cross-country rider and a…

Duquery, Henry

Duquery, Henry (1749×1751–1804), barrister and MP, son of Henry Duquery of Dublin, was educated by the Rev. Thomas Ball in Dublin. He matriculated at TCD 8 July 1766, became a scholar (1769), and graduated…

Durnford, Anthony William

Durnford, Anthony William (1830–79), colonel of Royal Engineers, was born 24 May 1830 at Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, eldest son of Capt. (later Gen.) Edward William Durnford, RE, and Elizabeth Rebecca Durnford (née…

Dwyer, Bernie

Dwyer, Bernie (1943–2013), journalist, filmmaker and political activist, was born in Dublin on 14 December 1943 to Mary (née Fagan) and Arthur Hannon , a clerk at Dublin Corporation. She spent her early childhood in Drimnagh, before the family moved to Sutton, Co. Dublin. She left…

Dwyer, Michael

Dwyer, Michael (1772–1825), United Irishman, was born in Camara, west Wicklow, the eldest son of John Dwyer, a tenant farmer, and his wife, Mary (née Byrne). He had three brothers and three sisters. In 1784 the Dwyers moved to a small sheep farm at Eadestown in the remote and…

Dwyer, William Declan

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Dwyer, William James

Dwyer, William James (1887–1951), industrialist and dáil deputy, was born 9 May 1887 in Cork city, second son among three sons and two daughters of Walter Dwyer of Sundays Well, Cork, merchant and later director and managing director of Dwyer & Co., and Clare Dwyer (née…

Dyke, Sir William Hart

Dyke, Sir William Hart (1837–1931), MP, Conservative party chief whip, chief secretary for Ireland, and pioneer in lawn tennis and squash, was born 7 August 1837, second son of Sir Perceval Hart Dyke, of Lullingstone Castle, Kent, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of John Wells of…