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Harty, Michael

Harty, Michael (1922–94), catholic bishop of Killaloe, was born 6 February 1922 at Toomevara, Co. Tipperary, one of the seven children of Patrick Harty, farmer, and his wife, Ellen (née Cleary). Educated at St Flannan's College, Ennis, he entered the seminary at Maynooth and was…

Harty, Oliver

Harty, Oliver (1746–1823), Baron de Pierrebourg , soldier, was born 2 December 1746 in Knockaney, Knocklong, Co. Limerick, son of Thomas Harty and his wife Margaret Shee. While still under 16, he went to France where he joined Clare's regiment (later renamed Berwick's) as a cadet on…

Harty, Sir (Herbert) Hamilton

Harty, Sir (Herbert) Hamilton (1879–1941), pianist, accompanist, composer, arranger, and conductor, was born 4 December 1879 in Hillsborough, Co. Down. His father, William Michael Harty (b. Limerick, 1852; d. Hillsborough, Co. Down, 1 November 1918), became a chorister and organ…

Harty, William

Harty, William (1781–1854), physician and medical writer, was born in Kilkenny city, son of Timothy Harty, gentleman; nothing is known of his mother. He entered TCD in April 1797, aged 16, and became a scholar in 1799. He graduated…

Harvey, Beauchamp Bagenal

Harvey, Beauchamp Bagenal (1754?–1798), barrister, United Irishman, and insurgent leader, was born at Bargy Castle, Co. Wexford, elder son among two sons and three daughters of Francis Harvey (d. 1792), barrister, and his wife Martha (d. 1794), daughter of the Rev. James Harvey of…

Harvey, Joshua Reuben

Harvey, Joshua Reuben (1804–87), physician and naturalist, was born in Cork, into a quaker family, son of Reuben Harvey (1770–1830), American consul in Cork, and Mary Harvey (née Fennell). He entered TCD, graduating…

Harvey, Philip Whitfield

Harvey, Philip Whitfield (c.1772–1826), newspaper editor, was born probably in Drumcondra, Dublin, one of two sons of Whitfield Harvey (d. July 1776), typographer, who in 1768 printed the Dublin Chronicle, and his wife, Mary O'Kelly (d. 1818). Philip started his…

Harvey, Reuben Joshua

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Harvey, William Henry

Harvey, William Henry (1811–66), botanist, phycologist, and systematist, was born 5 February 1811 at Summerville, Limerick city, youngest of eleven children of Joseph Massey Harvey, a quaker merchant, and Rebecca Harvey (neé Mark), also of that city. He was educated at Newtown,…

Haslam, Anna Maria

Haslam, Anna Maria (1829–1922), campaigner for women's rights, was born Anna Fisher at Youghal, Co. Cork, in April 1829, the sixteenth of seventeen children (there were, besides her, eight boys and eight girls) of Abraham Fisher (1783–1871), miller, philanthropist, and insurance…

Haslam, Thomas Joseph

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Hasler, Marjorie

Hasler, Marjorie (c.1887–1913), suffragist, was born in Ireland; nothing else is known of her early life or origins. In July 1910 she joined the Irish Women's Franchise League (IWFL), which had been founded two years earlier by…

Haslett (Hazlett), Alexander

Haslett (Hazlett), Alexander (1883–1951), Orange leader and politician, was born 24 July 1883 in Derryvane, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, youngest son among four sons and one daughter of James Haslett, farmer, and Mary Haslett (née Watt). Educated at Glaslough national school, while…

Haslett, Henry

Haslett, Henry (1758?–1806), merchant and United Irishman, was born at Clooney, near Limavady, Co. Londonderry, a son of William Haslett. By 1778 he was engaged in commerce in Belfast; five years later, when he joined 65 other Belfast businessmen in forming a chamber of commerce (…

Hastings, Francis Rawdon

Hastings, Francis Rawdon (1754–1826), 2nd earl of Moira , 1st marquess of Hastings , soldier, whig politician, and viceroy of India, was born 7 December 1754 in Dublin, eldest son of John Rawdon (qv), 1st earl of Moira (1723/4–1793), and…

Hastings, William

Hastings, William (c.1844–1926), journalist and land agitator, was born into a protestant family in the mid-nineteenth century; nothing is known of his early life. He later claimed to have founded a journal to advocate land reform in the early 1870s, but no sign of it has…

Haughery, Margaret

Haughery, Margaret (1813–82), philanthropist, was born on Christmas Day 1813 in Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim, fifth of six children to William Gaffney, tenant farmer, and his wife Margaret (née O’Rourke). In 1818 the Gaffneys moved with their three younger children to America, leaving the…

Haughey, Charles James (C. J.)

Haughey, Charles James (C. J.) (1925–2006), politician and taoiseach, was born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, on 16 September 1925, third of seven children (four sons and three daughters) of Sean Haughey (1899–1947), commandant in the Free State army, and his wife Sarah (née McWilliams). Both…

Haughey, Padraig Columb ('Jock')

Haughey, Padraig Columb ('Jock') (1932–2003), sportsman and would-be arms smuggler, was born in Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath, on 9 October 1932, third of four sons (there were also three daughters) of Sean 'Johnnie' Haughey, farmer and former commandant in the Free State army, and his…

Haugh, Kevin O'Hanrahan

Haugh, Kevin O'Hanrahan (1901–69), attorney general and judge, was born 17 November 1901 in Dublin, second among four children of Professor John Joseph Haugh (d. 1908), mathematician, of Cooraclare, Co. Clare, and Kathleen (O'Hanrahan) Haugh (d. 1938). His father, author of

Haughton, James

Haughton, James (1795–1873), social reformer and philanthropist, was born 5 May 1795 in Carlow town, eldest son of Samuel Pearson Haughton (1748–1828), corn merchant, and his wife Mary (née Pim) of Ruskin, Queen's Co. (Laois). Although both parents left the Society of Friends…

Haughton, Samuel

Haughton, Samuel (1821–97), geologist, physiologist, and mathematician, was born 21 December 1821 in Carlow, second of three sons of Samuel Haughton, merchant, and Sarah Haughton (née Hancock). Although of quaker stock, Haughton was brought up within the established church. He…

Haughton, William Steele

Haughton, William Steele (1869–1951), surgeon and pioneer in radiology, was born 26 September 1869 in Dublin, fourth and youngest son among six children of Professor Samuel Haughton (qv), scientist and polymath, and his wife and cousin…

Havard, William

Havard, William (1710–78), actor and playwright, was born 12 July 1710 in Dublin, the son of a vintner; nothing more is known of his parents. After receiving a good education (evidenced by his later writings), he was apprenticed to a surgeon but soon abandoned that profession in…

Havel, Miroslav ('Paddy')

Havel, Miroslav ('Paddy') (1922–2008), glass designer and craftsman, was born in Držkov, Czechoslovakia, on 26 May 1922, the only child of Frantisek Havel, costume jewellery manufacturer of Držkov, and his wife Anna (née Klubelova). He had a prosperous, somewhat sheltered, upbringing in…