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Glucksman, Lewis

Glucksman, Lewis (1925–2006), philanthropist and businessman, was born 22 December 1925 in New York, the second of three children of Jack Glucksman, owner of a factory that manufactured table lamps, and his wife Zipporah. His parents were second-generation Hungarian Jews. Raised in…

Glynn, Patrick McMahon

Glynn, Patrick McMahon (1855–1931), politician and lawyer in Australia, was born 25 August 1855 in Gort, Co. Galway, third among eleven children of John McMahon Glynn (1824–79), owner of a large general store, and Ellen Glynn (née Walsh; 1835–1918). Patrick was educated by the…

Glynn, Sir Joseph

Glynn, Sir Joseph (1869–1951), catholic social activist and writer, was born 25 April 1869, at The Square, Gort, Co. Galway, the second son of John McMahon Glynn, merchant, and Ellen Glynn (née Walsh). He was educated at Blackrock College, Dublin, graduating…

Gobbán (Mo-Gobbóc)

Gobbán (Mo-Gobbóc) (7th cent.) of the moccu Láime, alleged founder of Leighlin and saint in the Irish tradition, belonged (as his tribal designation indicates) to a minor population group, the Lámraige. His tribe was probably of Munster origin, but was also found as an

Gobna(i)t

Gobna(i)t , saint, although best known for her connection with the church of Ballyvourney (Bairnech/ Búirnech), west Co. Cork, was patron of many other churches. These included Kilgobnet (Cill Ghobnait/ Ghobnatan) in the parishes of Clondrohid, Kilshannig, and Magourney in Co. Cork…

Godkin, Edwin Lawrence

Godkin, Edwin Lawrence (1831–1902), journalist and newspaper editor, was born 2 October 1831 at the home of his maternal grandmother in Moyne, Co. Wicklow, eldest among five children of James Godkin (qv), Congregationalist minister,…

Godkin, James

Godkin, James (1806–79), Congregational minister, writer, and journalist, was born at Gorey, Co. Wexford, possibly to William and Hester Godkin, whose sons Edward and William were baptised in Christ Church (Church of Ireland), Gorey, in 1809 and 1812. His family was comfortably…

Godley, Alfred Denis

Godley, Alfred Denis (1856–1925), classicist and poet, was born 22 January 1856 at Ashfield, Co. Cavan, the eldest son of Rev. James Godley, rector of Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim, and Eliza Frances Godley (née La Touche). After attending Tilney Basset's preparatory school in Dublin, he…

Godley, John Raymond

Godley, John Raymond (1920–2005), 3rd Baron Kilbracken of Killegar , pilot, journalist, traveller, landowner and environmentalist, was born 17 October 1920 in Chester Street, Belgravia, London, England, the eldest of two sons (Wynne being the younger) and a daughter (Kathleen) of…

Godley, John Robert

Godley, John Robert (1814–61), colonialist and civil servant, was born 29 May 1814, probably in Dublin, eldest among seven children of John Godley (1775–1863) of Killigar, Co. Leitrim, JP, DL, and…

Godsil, Richard Bertram (‘Dick’)

Godsil, Richard Bertram (‘Dick’) (1912–99), company director, was born 2 January 1912 in Boherboy (Boherbue, Bothar Bhui), Co. Cork, only son among five children of Patrick Godsil, of Boherboy, manager of the local creamery, and Abina Godsil (née Mahoney). Educated at Rochestown…

Goertz, Herman

Goertz, Herman (1890–1947), German spy, was born 15 November 1890 in Lübeck, Germany, son of Dr Heinrich Goertz, lawyer and Reichstag deputy. He initially attended the Abiturium Johanneum in Lübeck before studying law at Heidelberg, Kiel, and Paris; he entered Edinburgh University (…

Goff, John W.

Goff, John W. (1848–1924), Fenian, lawyer, and judge, was born 1 January 1848 in Gorey, Co. Wexford. His parents died when he was a child and he was raised by an uncle in the north of England, where he received some schooling. He emigrated to New York at the age of sixteen and…

Gofraid Méránach

Gofraid Méránach (d. 1095), grandson of Harold and king of Dublin, is almost certainly to be identified with Godred Crovan, king of Man. Not only are they contemporaries, but the personal names are equivalents and the sobriquets may both refer to the hand, méránach

Gogan, Christina (Sr Mary de Lourdes)

Gogan, Christina (Sr Mary de Lourdes) (1908–2000), Medical Missionary of Mary, was born 21 December 1908, second among eight children of John Gogan, licensed vintner and general merchant, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath, and Bridget Gogan (née Caul). After local primary school she was…

Gógan, Liam Seosamh

Gógan, Liam Seosamh (1891–1979), Irish-language poet, was born 24 October 1891 at 391 North Circular Road, Dublin, son of William J. Gogan, sweet merchant and IRB member, and Ellen Gogan (née Hendrick). He was educated in O'Connell's…

Gogarty, James Martin

Gogarty, James Martin (1917–2005), civil engineer, building company executive, and anti-corruption whistle-blower, was born 20 May 1917 in Cannon Street, Kells, Co. Meath, son of Bernard Gogarty, a mason and small-scale building contractor, and his wife Mary (née Mooney). Educated in…

Gogarty, Oliver Duane Odysseus (Noll)

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Gogarty, Oliver St John

Gogarty, Oliver St John (1878–1957), surgeon and man of letters, was born 17 August 1878 at 5 Rutland Square, Dublin, eldest of four sons of Henry Gogarty, surgeon (d. 1891), and his wife, Margaret Gogarty (née Oliver; d. 1906), daughter of a Galway miller. Education and…

Goldberg, Gerald Yael

Goldberg, Gerald Yael (1912–2003), solicitor, politician and writer, was born 12 April 1912 in Cork city, eleventh of twelve surviving children of Louis J. Goldberg, peddler and shopkeeper, and his wife Rachel (née Sandler). His birth name was Yael or Yoel; the anglicised ‘Gerald’ was…

Goldblatt, Harold

Goldblatt, Harold (1901–82), theatre producer and actor, was born in Belfast. Little is known of his early life before he came to prominence in the 1920s with the Jewish Institute Dramatic Society. He was its founder, producer, and main actor; his first success was to win the…

Goldie, George

Goldie, George (1828–81), architect, was born in York, England, on 8 June 1828, the son of a medical doctor, George Goldie, and his wife Mary Anne, the second daughter of Joseph Bonomi the younger, an architect and Egyptologist. His great-grandfather was the Italian architect Joseph…

Goldin, Paul

Goldin, Paul (1927–2008), entertainer and clinical psychologist, was born Ronald Paul Gold in London on 15 April 1927, the son of Charles Gold and his wife Minnie (née Elbury). The Golds were a Jewish family living in London's East End, and Paul's father may have been a psychiatrist…

Goldsmith, Oliver

Goldsmith, Oliver (1728–74), poet, essayist, dramatist, and novelist, was born 10 November 1728 at Pallas, Co. Longford (though 1729 and 1730 have also been suggested for the year of his birth, and Lissoy, Co. Westmeath, for its location) He was the second of five sons (and three…

Gonne, Iseult

Gonne, Iseult (1894–1954), writer and muse, was born 6 August 1894 in Paris, daughter of Lucien Millevoye, French politician, lawyer, and journalist, and Maud Gonne (qv), Irish revolutionary nationalist. She was their second…