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Ó Tuama, Seán

Ó Tuama, Seán (1926–2006), poet, playwright and critic, was born 28 January 1926 at 35 Dublin Street, Blackpool, Cork city, the third of ten children (seven boys and three girls (one of whom died in infancy)), of Aodh Ó Tuama (1890–1985), insurance official, and his wife Eibhlín…

Ó Tuama, Seán ‘an Ghrinn’

Ó Tuama, Seán ‘an Ghrinn’ (1707/8–1775), poet, was born probably at or near the village of Croom, Co. Limerick. According to one account, his mother was a Walsh from Fantstown, near Kilmallock, and he may have attended school there. He had a good knowledge of English and Latin as…

Ó Tuathail (O'Toole), Éamonn

Ó Tuathail (O'Toole), Éamonn (1883–1956), Irish-language scholar, was born in Barndarrig, a townland on the border between counties Dublin and Wicklow, the son of Terence O'Toole of Rathvilly, Co. Carlow (who was a brother of the Rathvilly schoolmaster Éamonn O'Toole), and his wife…

Otway, Caesar

Otway, Caesar (1780–1842), protestant clergyman, travel writer, and antiquary, was the elder son in the family of two sons and two daughters of Loftus Otway (1755–89), a merchant at Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, and his wife Sarah, daughter of William Woodward of Cloughprior. Born in Co…

Otway, Thomas

Otway, Thomas (1616–93), Church of Ireland bishop of Ossory, was born 1 November 1616 in Aldebury, Wiltshire, where his father, George Otway, was vicar. He attended school at Winchester and entered Christ's College, Cambridge, in 1632, graduating BA…

Ould, Sir Fielding

Ould, Sir Fielding (1710–89), obstetrician, was born in Galway, one of two sons of Abraham Ould (c.1689–1715), an English army captain in the Royal Regiment of Welsh Fusiliers, and Lettice Ould (née Shawe). In 1715 his father was murdered in London and the family returned…

Oulton, Walley Chamberlain

Oulton, Walley Chamberlain (c.1765–c.1820), dramatist and theatre historian, was born in Dublin, son of Walley Oulton, a merchant, and his wife Catherine (née Walker). Very little is known of his life outside his work. Educated locally by Dr Thomas Ball (1718?–…

Ouseley, Gideon

Ouseley, Gideon (1762–1839), methodist preacher, was born 24 February 1762 at Kiltecacley, Dunmore, Co. Galway, the eldest son of John Ouseley of Dunmore and his wife, Elizabeth, née Surrage, of Tuam, Co. Galway. The family had settled in Ireland in 1625. His father directed him…

Ouseley, Ralph

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Ouseley, Sir Gore

Ouseley, Sir Gore (1770–1844), diplomat and orientalist, was born 24 June 1770 at Limerick, second son of Capt. Ralph Ouseley, soldier, and his first wife, Elizabeth (née Holland). Educated at home with his brother, William, and his cousin,…

Outlaw (Outlagh, Outlawe, Utlagh, Utlawe), Roger

Outlaw (Outlagh, Outlawe, Utlagh, Utlawe), Roger (d. 1341), deputy justiciar and chancellor of Ireland and prior of Kilmainham, was from an Anglo-Irish family who held lands in Kilkenny. He first appears as prior of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in Ireland on 1 August 1317.…

Outlaw, William

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Overend, Andrew Kingsbury (King)

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Overend, George Acheson (Achie GAO)

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Overend, George Gordon (GGO)

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Overend, Letitia Lily Anne Letham

Overend, Letitia Lily Anne Letham (1880–1977), philanthropist and motor enthusiast, was born 15 July 1880 at 11 Herbert Road, Dublin, the elder daughter of Trevor T. L. Overend, a successful solicitor, and Bessie Anna Overend (née Butler), better known as Lily. She had one sister,…

Overend, Naomi Letham

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Overend, Thomas George

Overend, Thomas George (1846–1915), barrister and county court judge, was born 24 October 1846, the fifth son (one of his brothers died before the age of one) of James S. Overend (1808–53), engineer and contractor, a methodist of Tandragee, Co. Armagh, and his wife, Martha Best (…

Oviedo, Mateo (Matthew)

Oviedo, Mateo (Matthew) de (c.1547–1610), Observant Franciscan priest, diplomat, and archbishop of Dublin (1600–1610), was born into a minor noble family of Asturian origin in Segovia. Education and Irish interests During the 1560s and 1570s, he…

Owens, Evelyn

Owens, Evelyn (1931–2010), trade unionist and women's rights advocate, was born on 22 January 1931 at 23 Vernon Gardens, Clontarf, Dublin, the fourth of six children of William Owens, a civil servant of Clontarf, originally from Co. Roscommon, and his wife Ellen (née Monaghan), from…

Owenson, Robert

Owenson, Robert (1744–1812), singer and actor, was born in Tyrawley, Co. Mayo, the only son of Walter MacEoghan (or MacOwen), farmer, and Sydney Bell, orphan granddaughter of George Crofton and a relative of the Croftons of Longford House. The pair eloped after meeting at a hurling…

Owenson, Sydney (Lady Morgan)

Owenson, Sydney (Lady Morgan) (c.1783–1859), novelist and literary celebrity, was born in Dublin. Her father, the Mayo-born Robert Owenson (qv) (originally Mac Eóin, 1744–1812), was an actor whose native command of Irish ensured…

Oxburgh, Henry

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Oxburgh, Heward

Oxburgh, Heward (d. 1691), Jacobite soldier and landowner, of Boveen, King's Co., was of unknown parentage but probably a member of a Norfolk gentry family. He, or his parents, perhaps came to Ireland as part of the plantation of King's Co. in the 1620s. He was in any case in the…

Oxx, John

Oxx, John (1910–87), racehorse trainer, was born 16 January 1910 in Collinstown, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, son of John Oxx, stud groom, and his wife Elizabeth (née Shaw). Educated at Dunboyne national school, he worked on stud farms in the Dunboyne area before obtaining a trainer's…