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De Grey, Henrietta Frances

De Grey, Henrietta Frances (1784–1848), Countess de Grey , political hostess and philanthropist, was born 22 June 1784 at Florence Court, Co. Fermanagh, the fifth and last daughter and youngest of the ten children of William Willoughby Cole (1736–1803), 1st earl of Enniskillen, and…

De Grey, Thomas Philip

De Grey, Thomas Philip (1781–1859), 2nd Earl de Grey , politician and lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born 8 December 1781 at Whitehall, London, elder son of Thomas Robinson, 2nd Baron Grantham, and Mary Jemima, second daughter of Philip Yorke, 2nd earl of Hardwicke (his mother…

Deicolus

Deicolus (d. 625), saint in the Irish tradition, may have been a brother of St Gallus (qv), and is said to have accompanied Columbanus (qv) to Luxeuil. The main source of…

Deirdre (Derdriu)

Deirdre (Derdriu) , mythological figure, beautiful and cursed, is a tragic protagonist of the early medieval Ulster cycle. She first emerged into literature in the eighth or ninth century and, over the course of nearly a thousand years, was defined and refined till she found a…

de Jubainville, Marie-Henri d'Arbois-

de Jubainville, Marie-Henri d'Arbois- (1827–1910), Celtic scholar and linguist, was born 5 December 1827 at Nancy, France, son of Charles-Joseph d'Arbois de Jubainville, judge-auditor of the civil tribunal of Nancy and later advocate to the bar of that district, and his wife…

De Keyser, William

De Keyser, William (c.1603–p.1685), sculptor and architect, was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, one of four sons of Hendrik de Keyser, an architect and sculptor in Amsterdam; all four sons trained with their father in the family workshop. An elder sister, Maria…

De la Beche, Henry Thomas

De la Beche, Henry Thomas (1796–1855), geologist, illustrator, and founder of the geological survey of Great Britain and Ireland, was born 10 February 1796 at 21 Wimpole St., London, the only son of Thomas De la Beche, lieutenant-colonel in the Norfolk fencible cavalry regiment, and…

De Lacey, Lawrence (Larry)

De Lacey, Lawrence (Larry) (1885–1973), revolutionary and journalist, was born on 18 March 1885 in Oulart, Co. Wexford, the youngest of three sons and one daughter of Lawrence Lacey, a local farmer, and his wife Mary (née Brien). Born Lawrence Lacey , he styled himself de Lacey in…

Delacour, James

Delacour, James (1709–81), clergyman and poet, was eldest son of John Delacour, landowner, of Killowen, near Blarney, Co. Cork; nothing is known of his mother. The Delacours (or de la Courts) settled in Co. Cork during the 1650s and became affluent landowners by the beginning of the…

de Lacy, Hugh

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De Lacy, Hugh

De Lacy, Hugh (1916–2010), educationalist, was born Laurence Hugh de Lacey on 2 June 1916 in San Francisco, the elder of two sons of Laurence (Larry) de Lacey (qv) (the spelling Lacy was later adopted by Hugh), a journalist and…

De Lacy, Stanley

De Lacy, Stanley (1914–2005), hockey international and athlete, was born in the family home at 2 Cameron Street, Dublin, on 26 December 1914, the sixth of eight children of John Lacy and his wife Anne (née White). The family soon moved to Limerick where they lived on Barrington…

Delahide (De La Hide), Richard

Delahide (De La Hide), Richard (d. c. 1540), lawyer and chief justice of the common bench, was a member of the Delahide family of Moyglare, Co. Meath, who were loyal followers of the earl of Kildare. In 1514 he was appointed joint chief justice of the common bench with…

Delahunty, Michael (‘Mick’; ‘Mick Del’)

Delahunty, Michael (‘Mick’; ‘Mick Del’) (1915–92), musician and bandleader, was born 11 November 1915 at 13 Raheen Road, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, son of Michael Delahunty, private in the Royal Irish Regt, and Mary Delahunty (née Ahearne). Reared in Clonmel at 7 Glenagad Road, Old…

Delamain, Henry

Delamain, Henry (1713–57), delft manufacturer, was the eldest son of at least four sons and one daughter of Henry Delamain (1688–1781) of Dublin, latterly of Co. Kildare, and his wife, Sarah (Mary?) Steele, the daughter of the deputy clerk of the Irish privy council. A French…

Delane, Dennis

Delane, Dennis (c.1707–1750), actor, was probably the eldest son of George Delane (d. 1720), a Dublin glazier with an interest in lands in Co. Roscommon, whose widow Joan and three daughters were living in 1737. He was admitted to TCD…

Delane, Solomon

Delane, Solomon (c.1727–1812), landscape painter, was the son of Robert Delane, clergyman, of Co. Tipperary, and his wife Sarah. He appears to have spent his childhood in Upper Coombe, Dublin. He studied art under Robert West (qv)…

Delaney, Edward

Delaney, Edward (1930–2009), sculptor, was born 1 August 1930 (registered as Edmund Vincent Delaney) at Farmhill, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, seventh among nine children of Patrick Delaney (d. 1955), a small farmer who also tended beehives and a wood mill on the estate of Lord Oranmore…

Delaney, Malachy

Delaney, Malachy (1758?–1807), United Irishman, was from Ballitore, Co. Kildare. Little is known of his family background, but Mary Shackleton Leadbeater (qv), also of Ballitore, described him and his brother Peter as sons of a…

Delaney, Patrick

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Delany, Cathleen

Delany, Cathleen (1907–97), actress, was born Kathleen Mary Delany on 21 July 1907 at 98 Marlborough Road, Donnybrook, Dublin, daughter of Alfred Patrick (A. P.) Delany, journalist, and his wife Kathleen Mary (née Kilgannon); she had at least two siblings, a brother and a sister.…

Delany, Daniel

Delany, Daniel (1747–1814), catholic bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, and founder of the Patrician and Brigidine orders, was born in Paddock, Mountrath, Queen's County (Laois), the elder of two sons of Daniel Delany, a prosperous farmer, and Elizabeth Delany (née Fitzpatrick), also…

Delany, Mary

Delany, Mary (1700–88), artist, was born 14 May 1700 in Coulston, Wiltshire, England, elder daughter and second among four children of Col. Bernard Granville and his wife Mary, daughter of Sir Martin Westcomb, former consul at Cadiz. Her father, the younger brother of George…

Delany, Maureen

Delany, Maureen (c.1888–1961), actress, was born in Kilkenny, daughter of Dr Barry Delany, medical officer to the Kilkenny mental home, and his Kerry-born wife (née Nagle). Her father died when she was three months old. She was educated at the Dominican College in Galway…

Delany, Patrick

Delany, Patrick (1685?–1768), clergyman and writer, was born in Rathkrea, Queen's Co. (Laois), probably on 15 March 1685. His father, Dennis Delany, is reputed to have been a servant to the Irish judge Sir John Russell. Delany was educated in Athy, Co. Kildare, at the school of Mr…