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Fullam, Robert (‘Bob’)

Fullam, Robert (‘Bob’) (1895–1974), soccer player, was born 17 September 1895 in 32 Bridge St., Ringsend, Dublin, son of John Fullam, fisherman, and Mary Fullam (née Reilly). He began his football career in 1914 with St Brendan's in Dublin, and moved (1917) to another Dublin club,…

Fuller, Bill (William)

Fuller, Bill (William) (1917–2008), ballroom impresario and businessman, was born on 6 May 1917 in Glanoe, Kilfeighny, Co. Kerry, son of Stephen Fuller, a farmer of Glanoe, and his wife Mary (née Trant). He attended Tralee CBS and…

Fuller, James Franklin

Fuller, James Franklin (1835–1924), architect, novelist, and antiquary, was born at Nedanone, near Derryquin, Co. Kerry, the only son among three children of Thomas Hartnett Fuller (d. 1886), landowner, and his wife Frances Diana (d. 1872), daughter of Francis Bland,…

Fullerton, Andrew

Fullerton, Andrew (1868–1934), surgeon, was born 20 March 1868 in Wesley Street, Cavan, the third son of the seven children of Rev. Alexander Fullerton, a methodist clergyman, and his wife Mary Jane (née Moffitt), a close relative of General Gordon of Khartoum. His paternal…

Fulton, Robert Patrick

Fulton, Robert Patrick (1906–79), soccer player, was born 6 November 1906 in Gardenmore Place, Larne, Co. Antrim, son of John Fulton, mercantile clerk, and Maggie Fulton (née Purdy). He played soccer as a youth in the Falls Park League and had joined Belfast Celtic as a full back by…

Funge, Paul

Funge, Paul (1944–2011), artist and cultural impresario, was born Matthew Paul Funge on 25 January 1944 in Earslfort Terrace, Dublin, the youngest of three sons of Thomas Funge, a draper, of Main Street, Gorey, Co. Wexford, and his wife Ellen (née Doyle). His brother Michael followed…

Furlong, Alice

Furlong, Alice (1871–1946), poet, was born at Knocklaiquin Lodge, near Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin, one of four daughters of James Walter Furlong, the sports editor of a Dublin newspaper, who was originally from Wexford. Her sisters Mary (1866–98) and Katherine (1872–94) became…

Furlong, George Joseph

Furlong, George Joseph (1898–1987), art historian and gallery director, was born 1 February 1898 in Dundrum, seven miles north-west of Cashel, Co. Tipperary, son of Michael Furlong, hotel proprietor, and Kate Mary Furlong (née Bourke). Although he was orphaned at 9, the family…

Furlong, Thomas

Furlong, Thomas (1794–1827), poet, was born in Scarawalsh, near Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, the son of a small farmer. He received little formal education and at the age of fourteen was apprenticed to a Dublin grocer. One of his earliest literary efforts, an elegy entitled ‘The burial…

Furniss, Harry

Furniss, Harry (1854–1925), illustrator and caricaturist, was born 26 March 1854 in Wexford town, youngest son of James Furniss, civil engineer, originally from Hathersage, Derbyshire, and his second wife Isabella Cornelia, daughter of Eneas McKenzie, topographer, of Newcastle upon…

Fursa (Fursu, Furseus)

Fursa (Fursu, Furseus) (d. 649/50), Irish missionary abbot and visionary associated with East Anglia and Péronne (in Picardy in northern France), was a brother of Foillan (qv) and Ultan (Ir. Ultán). The brothers are supposed to have been…