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Delany, Patrick Bernard

Delany, Patrick Bernard (1845–1924), electrical engineer and inventor, was born 28 January 1845 in Killavilla, King's County (Offaly), son of James Delany and Margaret Delany (née White). In 1854 his family moved to Hartford, Connecticut, USA, where he attended parochial schools for…

Delany, William

Delany, William (1804–86), catholic bishop of Cork, was born 25 December 1804, reputedly in the sacristy of the catholic chapel in the Kilbrogan parish of Bandon, Co. Cork, where his mother Mary (née McCarthy) was hearing mass. His father, Cornelius Delany, who may have been a…

Delany, William

Delany, William (1835–1924), Jesuit and president of UCD, was born 4 June 1835 at Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow, second of ten children (of whom five survived) born to John Delany and Mary Delany (née Brennan). As with many Irish catholic families of farming stock, there was an…

Delap, Constance

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Delap, Hugh Alexander

Delap, Hugh Alexander (1906–97), engineer, was born 21 October 1906 at Newbay, Rosslare, Co. Wexford, third son of Alfred Dover Delap, civil engineer, and Jeannie Ethel Delap (née Jefferies), of Newbay. His father, subsequently a partner in the Dublin civil engineering firm of…

Delap, Kathleen Hilda (née Orpen)

Delap, Kathleen Hilda (née Orpen) (1910–2004), activist in women's organisations, was born on 27 January 1910 in the family home, Lisheens, Carrickmines, Co. Dublin, fourth child and third daughter among five daughters and one son of Charles St George Orpen (1864–1939) and Cerise…

Delap, Maude Jane

Delap, Maude Jane (1866–1953), naturalist and marine biologist, was born 7 December 1866 at Templecrone rectory, Co. Donegal, seventh of ten children of the Rev. Alexander Delap and Anna Jane Delap (née Goslett). In 1874 the family moved to Co. Kerry on her father's appointment as…

Delaune, Thomas

Delaune, Thomas (d. 1685), nonconformist writer, was born in Brinny, Co. Cork, son of a poor catholic tenant farmer. Maj. Riggs (fl. 1650–95), landowner and one of the earliest supporters of the baptists in Cork, was impressed by his ability and sent him to a friary at…

Delmonte, (Simeon) Koert

Delmonte, (Simeon) Koert (1913–82), portrait and landscape painter, was born 15 April 1913 in van Mierlestraat, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, eldest of three children of Solomon Delmonte, banker, and his wife Nanetha, daughter of Simon Speyer, diamond merchant. His younger brother…

Dempsey, Jack (‘The Nonpareil’)

Dempsey, Jack (‘The Nonpareil’) (1862–95), world middleweight boxing champion, was born John Edward Kelly on 15 December 1862, near Clane, Co. Kildare, son of Martin Kelly and Alicia Kelly (née Lennon). In 1867, aged four, he emigrated with his family to America, where he attended…

Dempsey, Jeremiah Francis

Dempsey, Jeremiah Francis (1906–93), businessman, was born 14 October 1906 at 15 Victoria Villas, Clontarf, Dublin, the third child of Patrick Dempsey, postal clerk, and Ellen Dempsey (née Kenefick). He was educated at the CBS,…

Denham, Sir James Steuart

Denham, Sir James Steuart (1744–1839), of Coltness and Westshield, baronet, British army general, was born in August 1744 in Scotland, the only son of Sir James Steuart of Coltness and Westshield, baronet and political economist, and Lady Frances Steuart, eldest daughter of the earl…

Denham, Sir John

Denham, Sir John (1559–1639), judge, was born probably in London, second son of William Denham – a goldsmith of St Matthew's, Friday St., London, who later settled in Thorpe, Surrey – and his wife Joan. Having been a member of Furnival's Inn, Denham entered Lincoln's Inn on 19…

Denham, Sir John

Denham, Sir John (1615–69), poet and architect, was born in Dublin, the only son of Sir John Denham (qv), lord chief justice of Ireland 1612–17, and his wife Eleanor, daughter of Sir Garret…

Denieffe, Joseph

Denieffe, Joseph (1833–1910), Fenian, was born in Kilkenny city, eldest son of an artisan (d. 1855); other details of his family are not known. He had a fringe involvement with one of the Young Ireland confederate clubs set up in the early summer of 1848. Emigrating to the USA (June…

Dennehy, William Francis

Dennehy, William Francis (1853–1918), journalist and editor, was born in 1853, the eldest son of Alderman Cornelius Dennehy, JP, a Dublin rectifying distiller, wine merchant and supporter of

Denny (Fitzmaurice), Lady Arabella

Denny (Fitzmaurice), Lady Arabella (1707–92), philanthropist, was the second daughter of Thomas Fitzmaurice (d. 1741) of Lixnaw castle, Tralee, Co. Kerry, 21st lord of Kerry, created 1st earl of Kerry in 1722, and Anne Fitzmaurice (née Petty; d. 1737), only daughter of the…

Denny, Sir Barry

Denny, Sir Barry (c.1741–1794), 1st baronet, politician, was the second son of four sons and two daughters of the Rev. Barry Denny, of Ballyvelly, provost of Tralee, Co. Kerry, and his wife, Jane Denny (née O'Connor), the daughter, and eventual heir, of the Rev. Maurice O…

Denny, Sir Edward

Denny, Sir Edward (1796–1889), MP and hymn-writer, was born 2 October 1796 in Dublin, eldest son of Sir Edward Denny, 3rd baronet, of Tralee Castle, Co. Kerry, and Elizabeth Denny, daughter and heir of Robert Day, MP. Educated at Eton, and later Exeter College, Oxford, he…

De Nógla, Éadbhard

De Nógla, Éadbhard (fl. c.1710–c.1792), Irish-language poet and tailor, was probably born in Cork city, son of the Jacobite lawyer Patrick Nagle. His mother's name is unknown. His father was originally from the area between Mallow and Fermoy and was a close…

Dent, Thomas

Dent, Thomas (fl. 1331–61), clerk and chief justice of the Dublin bench, was probably from Dent in Yorkshire, England, and may have been the son of John Jonesman de Dent, with whom he appears accused in 1331 of poaching and trespasses on a manor in Yorkshire belonging to…

Denvir, Cornelius

Denvir, Cornelius (1791–1866), catholic bishop of Down and Connor, was born on 13 August 1791 in the townland of Ballywalter, Co. Down, about four miles from Downpatrick. His parents' names are not recorded. He was educated at local schools and at the classical school in…

Denvir, John

Denvir, John (1834–1916), author, journalist, publisher, and Fenian, was born in Bushmills, Co. Antrim, eldest son of James Denvir, clerk, of Ballywalter, Lecale, Co. Down, and Margaret ‘Peggy’ Denvir (née O'Loughlin) of Ballymagenaghy, Co. Down. Although born in Ireland while his…

De Paor, Liam

De Paor, Liam (1926–98), archaeologist, historian, and academic, was born 13 April 1926 in Dublin, son of Paul Power of Tramore, Co. Waterford, and Kathleen Power (née Burke) of Dublin. His father was a railway official and de Paor grew up in Drumcondra, Dublin, where he attended the…

De Paor, Máire

De Paor, Máire (1925–94), archaeologist, was born 6 May 1925 in Buncrana, Co. Donegal, second child among four children (one son and three daughters) of Eamonn (Ned) McDermott , grocer, and Delia McDermott (née McVeigh), teacher; both parents were veterans of the republican…