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Nevin, Thomas

Nevin, Thomas (c.1686–1744), presbyterian minister, was born at Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland, grandson of Hugh Nevin, vicar at Donaghadee, Co. Down. Educated at Glasgow College, he graduated MA (1703). On 20 November 1711 he was…

Nevin, Thomas Edwin

Nevin, Thomas Edwin (1906–86), physicist, was born 4 October 1906 in Bristol, Somerset, eldest among five sons and two daughters of Thomas Nevin, cabinetmaker, of Cashel, Co. Tipperary, and Alice Nevin (née Higginson) of Herefordshire. The family returned to Ireland and spent some…

Newce, William

Newce, William (fl. c.1596–1623), planter, army captain, and founder of Bandon and Newcestown, Co. Cork, first came to Ireland in the late 1590s as a captain in the English army in Munster. In December 1600 he became a lessee of the Inchiquin seignory of Sir…

Newcome (Newcombe), William

Newcome (Newcombe), William (1729–1800), Church of Ireland archbishop, was born 19 April 1729 in Barton le Clay, Bedfordshire, second son of Rev. Joseph Newcome (Newcoombe), vicar of St Helen's, Abingdon, Berkshire, and rector of Barton le Clay, and Alice Newcome (née Rickards).…

Newe, Gerard Benedict

Newe, Gerard Benedict (1907–82), journalist and public servant, was born 5 February 1907 in Cushendall, Co. Antrim, the oldest among three sons and two daughters of Patrick Newe, native of Co. Westmeath, gardener for the MacDonnells of Monavert, Cushendall, and Catherine Newe (née…

Newell, Edward John

Newell, Edward John (1771–98), United Irishman and informer, was born at Downpatrick, Co. Down, on 29 June 1771. His family were of Scottish descent. After going briefly to sea he was apprenticed to a painter and glazier. He tried the trade of glass-stainer in Dublin and Limerick…

Newenham, George

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Newenham, Richard

Newenham, Richard (fl. 1700–60), merchant and manufacturer, was almost certainly born in Co. Cork towards the end of the seventeenth century and worked throughout his life within the environs of Cork city. Nothing is known of his parents, but he was a direct descendant of…

Newenham, Sir Edward

Newenham, Sir Edward (1734–1814), politician, was born 13 May 1734 at Coolmore, Co. Cork, youngest son among three sons and three daughters of William Newenham, landowner, and Dorothea Newenham (née Worth). His mother died shortly after his birth and his father died in 1738. He…

Newenham, Thomas

Newenham, Thomas (1762–1831), economist and politician, was born 2 March 1762 at Coolmore House, Co. Cork, second son of Thomas Newenham, landowner, and his second wife, Elizabeth (née Dawson); his uncle was Sir Edward Newenham (…

Newman, Jeremiah

Newman, Jeremiah (1926–95), catholic bishop, was born 31 March 1926 in Dromcolliher, Co. Limerick, only child of Joseph Newman, farmer, and Cass (Catherine) Newman (née Kiely), shopkeeper and housewife. He was educated at the local national school, St Mary's secondary school,…

Newman, John Henry

Newman, John Henry (1801–90), cardinal, theologian, and educationist, was born 21 February 1801 at 80 Old Broad Street, London, the first of the six children of his banker father, John Newman (d. 1824), and Huguenot-descended mother, Jemima Fourdrinier (d. 1836). He attended…

Newman, William Alexander (‘Alec’)

Newman, William Alexander (‘Alec’) (1905–72), journalist, was born 5 March 1905 at 11 Daisy Terrace, Waterford city, son of William Newman and Amy Newman (née Longmire). He had one brother and a sister. Moving with his family to Belfast (1912), he was educated at the…

Newport, Sir (Simon) John

Newport, Sir (Simon) John (1756–1843), banker and politician, was born 24 October 1756, elder of two sons of Simon Newport, merchant and banker, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of William Riall, banker, of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The Newports were a prominent Waterford family of…

Newton, Florence

Newton, Florence (d. 1661?), alleged witch, was tried for witchcraft in Youghal, Co. Cork, in 1661. By order of Richard Myre, mayor of Youghal, she was arrested on 24 March 1661 and committed to Youghal prison. She was accused of bewitching Mary Langdon, a servant at the home of…

Niall

Niall (d. 1063), son of Eochaid and overking of Ulaid, belonged to the dynasty of Dál Fiatach. His father, Eochaid (d. 1004), had reigned as overking; his mother was Máel-miadach, daughter of a certain Ua Flathra. He had at least one older half-brother, Dub-tuinne (dubbed In…

Niall

Niall (d. 1139), lay-abbot of Armagh who opposed the reforming party led by Malachy (qv), was a member of the ecclesiastical lineage of Clann Sínaig (descended from the Uí Echdach lineage of Airgialla), which had supplied…

Niall

Niall (d. 1061), son of Máel-Sechnaill and king of Ailech, was a member of the Northern Uí Néill dynasty of Cenél nÉogain. His father, Máel-Sechnaill son of Máel-ruanaid styled rígdamna (eligible for the kingship) of Ailech, died in 997. He had at least one brother,…

Niall Caille

Niall Caille (d. 846), son of Áed Oirdnide and king of Tara, was a member of the Northern Uí Néill dynasty of Cenél nÉogain. His father, Áed Oirdnide (qv) son of Niall Frossach (qv) king of…

Niall Frossach

Niall Frossach (718–78), son of Fergal and king of Tara, belonged to the Uí Néill dynasty of Cenél nÉogain. His father, Fergal (qv) son of Máel-dúin, was slain in 722 and his half-brother Áed Allán (qv)…

Niall Glúndub

Niall Glúndub (d. 919), son of Áed and king of Tara, belonged to the Northern Uí Néill dynasty of Cenél nÉogain. His father was the powerful Áed Findliath (qv), who died as king of Tara in 879. His mother was Máel-Muire (d. 913), a…

Niall Noígiallach (‘of the nine hostages’)

Niall Noígiallach (‘of the nine hostages’) (5th cent.?), putatively king of Tara, is eponymous ancestor of the Uí Néill dynasties. According to genealogical tradition, his father was Eochaid Mugmedón, a king of the Connachta (claimed by later sources to have reigned as king of…

Ní Annagáin, Máighréad

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Nic Dhonnchadha, Lil

Nic Dhonnchadha, Lil (1891–1984), Irish language scholar and language activist, was born 9 October 1891 in Belfast, one of the four surviving children of customs and excise officer Séamus Mac Donnchadha and his wife, Georgina Ffolliott L'Amie, who had trained as a teacher. Her…

Ní Chanainn (Ní Cheanainn) (Cannon), Áine

Ní Chanainn (Ní Cheanainn) (Cannon), Áine (1907–99), headmistress and co-founder of Cumann Scannán na nÓg, was born Annie Delia Cannon on 22 October 1907 in Derryvea, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, daughter of Michael Cannon, farmer and shopkeeper, and his wife Annie (née Kelly). She received…