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Gill, Michael Henry

Gill, Michael Henry (1794?–1879), printer, was born c.1794, son of Henry Gill (d. 1797?) and his wife Catherine (née O'Neill). Henry, whose family probably originated in King's Co., was a woollen draper in Skinners’ Row, Dublin, and in the early 1790s was a member of the…

Gill, Michael Joseph

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Gillooly, Laurence

Gillooly, Laurence (1819–95), catholic bishop of Elphin, son of Laurence Gillooly and his wife Margaret, née McGann, was born at Bothair Garbh, Gallowstown, Co. Roscommon (a mile outside Roscommon town on the main road to Boyle), on 18 May 1819. A hostile critic, the former Elphin…

Gill, Peter Edmund

Gill, Peter Edmund (d. 1892), newspaper editor, was probably born in Tipperary. Nothing is known of him prior to 1857, when he founded the Tipperary Advocate and Nenagh Commercial and Agricultural Adviser, publishing it from an office in Chapel Lane, Nenagh. It soon became…

Gill, Thomas Patrick

Gill, Thomas Patrick (1858–1931), journalist, politician, and secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, was born 25 October 1858 at Ballygraigue, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, the first of the four sons of Robert Gill, a civil engineer who was assistant county…

Gill, William Daniel

Gill, William Daniel (1916–92), geologist, was born 29 June 1916 at Hillam, Yorks., second child among three sons and three daughters of Richard Wells Gill, farmer, and Eva Gill (née Hesselgrave). He was educated at Castleford Grammar School and Leeds University, where he had a…

Gill, William Joseph

Gill, William Joseph (1908–81), amateur golfer and businessman, was born 10 May 1908 at 61 Mountjoy Square, Dublin, first child of Richard A. Gill, publisher, and Alice Gill (née Scallan). His great-grandfather was Michael Henry Gill…

Gilmartin, John Joe (‘Gil’)

Gilmartin, John Joe (‘Gil’) (1914–80), handball player, was born 9 June 1914 at Maudlin St., Kilkenny city, son of Joseph Gilmartin, printer for the Kilkenny Moderator, and Martina Gilmartin (née McNally). His uncle, Joe McNally of Westport, Co. Mayo, won the All-Ireland…

Gilmartin, Thomas James

Gilmartin, Thomas James (1905–86), anaesthetist, was born 29 September 1905 in Ballymote, Co. Sligo, son of James Gilmartin, shopkeeper and JP, and his first wife Margaret (‘Rita’) Gilmartin (née Coghlan). He was educated at Summerhill…

Gilmore, George Frederick

Gilmore, George Frederick (1898–1985), republican socialist, was born 5 May 1898 on Hillside Terrace, Howth, Co. Dublin, the second son and second child among at least four sons and two daughters of Philip Gilmore, an accountant and evangelical protestant preacher from Co. Antrim…

Gilmore, Patrick Sarsfield

Gilmore, Patrick Sarsfield (1829–92), musician and bandmaster, was born 25 December 1829 at Ballygar, Co. Galway, son of Patrick J. Gilmore, stonemason, and Mary Gilmore (née Sharkey). Initially destined for the priesthood, he was sent to work in a shop in Athlone, Co. Westmeath,…

Ginkel, Godard van Reede van

Ginkel, Godard van Reede van (1642–1703), earl of Athlone soldier , was born 4 June 1642 at Amerongen castle in the Dutch province of Utrecht, only son of Godard Adriaan van Reede van Amerongen and his wife Margareth, daughter of George Turnor, an Englishman who died at the siege of…

Ginnell, Laurence

Ginnell, Laurence (1852–1923), land agitator and politician, was born in April 1852 at Crowenstown, Delvin, Co. Westmeath, one of twins among three sons of Laurence Ginnell, agricultural labourer, and his wife Mary (née Monaghan). Little is known about his life before he became…

Giordani, Tommaso

Giordani, Tommaso (c.1733–1806), composer, was born at Naples, Italy, elder son among two sons and two daughters of Giuseppe Giordani, singer and librettist, and Antonia Giordani. When his father formed a small opera company he toured around Europe in the 1740s, where he…

Glass, (John) Basil Caldwell

Glass, (John) Basil Caldwell (1926–2005), politician, lawyer, and judge, was born 21 May 1926 in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, eldest of two sons and one daughter of John Glass (1894–1956), methodist minister, and his wife Muriel Florence (née Caldwell), whose father was also a methodist…

Gleeson, Evelyn

Gleeson, Evelyn (1855–1944), designer, was born 15 May 1855 in Knutsford, Cheshire, the daughter of Irish-born Edward Moloney Gleeson, a medical doctor. Her father had a practice in Knutsford but on a trip to Ireland he was struck by the poverty and unemployment and, with the advice…

Gleeson, Martin Maurice

Gleeson, Martin Maurice (1902–84), vocational teacher and administrator, was born 5 November 1902 at Stratford-on-Slaney, Co. Wicklow, the third of four children (two boys and two girls) of Martin M. Gleeson, a national school principal in Stratford-on-Slaney, and Mary Gleeson (née…

Gleeson, William Joseph (‘Bill’)

Gleeson, William Joseph (‘Bill’) (1901–82), businessman, was born 24 July 1901 in Caropaden, Dunmore, Co. Galway. The distinguished Galway GAA family, the Mahons, were cousins of the Gleesons. He received his primary education at…

Glendy, John

Glendy, John (1755–1832), United Irishman and chaplain to the US congress, was born 24 June 1755 at Maghera, Co. Londonderry, son of Samuel Glendy; his mother's name is unknown. Educated at the University of Glasgow, he was licensed to preach (1777) and was ordained presbyterian…

Glenn, Alice

Glenn, Alice (1921–2011), politician and moral crusader, was born Alicia Duffy on 17 December 1921 in Usher's Quay, Dublin, the eldest of ten children of (Arthur) Leo Duffy, a car mechanic, and his wife Mary (née Joyce), a dressmaker. Descended from generations of Dublin artisans on…

Glennon, John Joseph

Glennon, John Joseph (1862–1946), cardinal archbishop of St Louis, was born 14 June 1862 in Hardwood, Clonard, Co. Meath, the eldest of twelve children of Matthew Glennon, a farmer, and Catherine Glennon (née Rafferty). Educated initially at a local national school in Kinnegad, Co…

Glen, William Matthew (‘Sacky’)

Glen, William Matthew (‘Sacky’) (1903–81), soccer player, was born 18 July 1903 in 25 North William St., Dublin, son of Robert Glen, blacksmith, and Maria Glen (née Hillan). He joined Shamrock Rovers at the age of sixteen, while the club was still in the Leinster Senior League, and…

Glover (Betterton), Julia (Juliana)

Glover (Betterton), Julia (Juliana) (1779/81–1850), actress, was born 8 February in Newry, Co. Down, in either 1779 or 1781. Both her parents, Thomas Betterton, a native of Dublin, who changed his name from Butterton for professional reasons, and his wife, formerly a Mrs Palmer,…

Glover, James Mackey (‘Jimmy’)

Glover, James Mackey (‘Jimmy’) (1861–1931), music director and composer, was born 18 June 1861 at Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire), Co. Dublin, son of James Mackey, town commissioner, and Mary Jane Mackey (née Glover). His father was a Fenian who lost his official position after 1868.…

Glover, John William

Glover, John William (1815–99), conductor, organist, composer, and educator, was born 19 June 1815 in Dublin. He was the last of the circle of Irish musicians that included his friends Michael Balfe (qv),…