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Mac Cana, Proinsias

Mac Cana, Proinsias (1926–2004), Celtic scholar, was born 6 July 1926 in Belfast, son of George McCann and his wife Mary Catherine (née Mallon). He grew up in a catholic district in east Belfast, where inter-community tensions were keenly felt. He attended St Malachy's College during…

Mac Cana, Somhairle (Soirle

Mac Cana, Somhairle (Soirle ) (1901–75), artist, was born Samuel Malachy McCann on 23 November 1901 in Grace St., Belfast, son of J. P. McCann, cabinetmaker, and Mary Jane McCann (née Riddell). He was educated by the Christian Brothers and in 1915 was apprenticed as textile designer to…

Mac Carthaig, Christianus (Christanus)

Mac Carthaig, Christianus (Christanus) (d. 1148×1156), third abbot of St James of Regensburg, Bavaria, was a Munsterman and probably a member of the royal family of Desmond, the Meic Carthaig. His family name is given in the thirteenth-century ‘Libellus de fundacione ecclesie…

Mac Carthaig, Cormac

Mac Carthaig, Cormac (d. 1138), son of Muiredach, king of Desmumu (Desmond) and overking of Munster, belonged to the Clann Donngaile lineage of Éoganacht Chaisil. His father, Muiredach (d. 1092), was a son of the eponymous Carthach, who in turn was a great-grandson of…

Mac Carthaig, Diarmait Dúna Droignéin

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Mac Carthaig, Diarmait Mór

Mac Carthaig, Diarmait Mór (d. 1185), king of Desmond, was the product of an unusual union between Cormac Mac Carthaig (qv) (d. 1138) and a lady of the declining Leinster Uí Lorcáin dynasty of Ui Muiredaig; he seems to have been…

Mac Cárthaigh, Diarmaid mac Sheáin Bhuí

Mac Cárthaigh, Diarmaid mac Sheáin Bhuí (c.1640–1705), poet, was son of Seán Buí Mac Cárthaigh, about whom nothing is known, and brother of Donnchadh (Donough) Mac Cárthaigh who was catholic bishop of Cork and Cloyne (1713–26) and was himself the author of verse in both…

Mac Cárthaigh, Eoghan ‘an Mhéirín’

Mac Cárthaigh, Eoghan ‘an Mhéirín’ (‘of the little finger’) (c.1690–1756), poet, was born near Aherla, Co. Cork, son of Diarmaid Mac Cárthaigh, a great-grandson of Tadhg an Dúna Mac Cárthaigh, chief of the Dunmanway or Gleann an Chroim branch of the MacCarthys and a…

Mac Carthaig (MacCarthy), Domnall Mór

Mac Carthaig (MacCarthy), Domnall Mór (d. 1206), king of Desmond, succeeded when his father, Diarmait Mac Carthaig (qv), was murdered on 6 November 1185. After Domnall's inauguration, he captured and executed the murderer…

MacCarthy, Blessed Thaddeus (Mac Carthaigh, Tadhg, Thady)

MacCarthy, Blessed Thaddeus (Mac Carthaigh, Tadhg, Thady) (c.1446–1492), bishop of Ross and of Cork and Cloyne, is thought to have been a kinsman of the MacCarthy lord of Muskerry, while his mother is believed to have been a daughter of Edmund Fitzmaurice, baron of Lixnaw…

MacCarthy, Callaghan

MacCarthy, Callaghan (d. 1676), 3rd earl of Clancarty , nobleman, was born in Ireland in the late 1630s, the son of Donough MacCarthy (qv) (1594–1665), 1st earl of Clancarty, of Macroom, Co. Cork, and Eleanor Butler, sister of…

MacCarthy, Denis Florence

MacCarthy, Denis Florence (1817–82), Young Irelander, poet, and translator, was born 26 May 1817 at 24 Lower Sackville St., Dublin, the only son of John MacCarthy (d. 1857), a catholic woollen merchant with premises on Eden Quay, Dublin, and Sarah MacCarthy (née Courtney) (d. 1845…

MacCarthy, Dermod Moyle (Diarmaid Maol)

MacCarthy, Dermod Moyle (Diarmaid Maol) (d. 1602), Gaelic chief, was the younger son of Donogh (Donnchadh) MacCarthy Reagh of Carbery, Co. Cork, and Johanna, daughter of Maurice fitz John Fitzgerald of Carrigaline Castle, sister of…

MacCarthy, Diarmuid

MacCarthy, Diarmuid (c.1570s–1621), founder of the Irish College, Bordeaux, was son of Sir Callaghan MacTeige MacCarthy, 15th Lord Muskerry, and his wife Ellen, daughter of James, Lord Barry. Little is known of his early life but he was probably educated in Douai and he…

MacCarthy, Domhnall Riabhach

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MacCarthy, Domnall Got Cairprech

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MacCarthy, Donogh

MacCarthy, Donogh (1668–1734), 4th earl of Clancarty , soldier and Jacobite, was born in Blarney, Co. Cork, only son of Callaghan MacCarthy (qv) (second son of Donough MacCarthy (…

MacCarthy, Donough

MacCarthy, Donough (1594–1665), 2nd Viscount Muskerry , 1st earl of Clancarty , soldier and politician, was second (but first surviving) son of Cormac Oge MacCarthy, 1st Viscount Muskerry, and Margaret, daughter of Donough O'Brien, 4th earl of…

MacCarthy, Ethna Mary

MacCarthy, Ethna Mary (1903–59), poet and paediatrician, was born 2 April 1903 in Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, a granddaughter of the Young Ireland poet Denis Florence MacCarthy (qv), and daughter of Brendan MacCarthy (d. 1934…

MacCarthy, Finghín

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MacCarthy, John Bernard

MacCarthy, John Bernard (1888–1979), author and playwright, was born 24 June 1888 in the seaside village of Crosshaven, Co. Cork, youngest of three children of John MacCarthy, merchant seaman, and Mary (‘Minnie’) MacCarthy (née Keating). Mainly self-educated, he worked as a local…

MacCarthy, John George

MacCarthy, John George (1829–92), MP and land commissioner, was the son of John MacCarthy, of Cork, merchant, and his wife, Jane, daughter of George O'Driscoll, of Cork, distiller. He was educated at St Vincent's Seminary in Cork. In 1845 he delivered the welcome address to the…

MacCarthy, (Joseph) Aidan

MacCarthy, (Joseph) Aidan (1913–95), RAF physician, was born 19 March 1913 at Castletown, Berehaven (Castletownbere), Co. Cork, one of ten children (five boys and five girls) born to Daniel Florence MacCarthy, a local publican and businessman, and Julia MacCarthy (née Murphy).…

MacCarthy, Justin

MacCarthy, Justin (c.1643–1694), Viscount Mountcashel and Baron Castleinch , army officer, was born probably in Blarney, youngest of three sons of Donough MacCarthy (qv), Viscount Muskerry and Earl Clancarty, and his wife…

MacCarthy, Liam

MacCarthy, Liam (1853–1928), GAA organiser and businessman, was born 21 May 1853 in London, elder son and eldest of four children of Eoghan MacCarthy, of farming stock, from Ballygarvan, Co. Cork, and Brigid MacCarthy (née Dineen) from Bruff, Co. Limerick. They emigrated to England…