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Ó Caoimh, Eoghan

Ó Caoimh, Eoghan (c.1656–1726), poet and scribe, was born at Glenville, about 16 km north of Cork city, one of three sons of Caomh Ó Caoimh, a prosperous farmer. He received a good education and was literate in English and Latin, as well as Irish. He married (February…

Ó Caoimh, Pádraig (Paddy O'Keeffe)

Ó Caoimh, Pádraig (Paddy O'Keeffe) (1897–1964), revolutionary and sports administrator, was born 9 December 1897 in Bellanagare, Co. Roscommon, son of Michael O'Keeffe, RIC sergeant, and Mary O'Keeffe (née O'Malley). Raised in East…

O'Carroll, Michael John

O'Carroll, Michael John (1911–2004), catholic priest and author, was born 11 June 1911 in Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick, second of three sons of Michael Carroll, RIC officer, and his wife Hannah (née Dore), a former schoolteacher; his…

O'Carroll, Michael William ffrench-

O'Carroll, Michael William ffrench- (1919–2007), politician, doctor, and social campaigner, was born 15 September 1919 at 89 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, the eldest of two sons and a daughter of Arthur Stephens ffrench-O'Carroll (1896–1952), medical doctor then in military service,…

O'Carroll (Ní Chearbhaill), Mairghréag

O'Carroll (Ní Chearbhaill), Mairghréag (d. 1451), lady of Uí Failghe (Offaly), was daughter of Tadhg Ailbhe O'Carroll (qv) (d. 1407), lord of Éile (Ely) – her mother was probably Mór, daughter of…

O'Carroll Ó Cearbhaill, Fearganainm

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O'Carroll (Ó Cearbhaill), Maolruanaidh

O'Carroll (Ó Cearbhaill), Maolruanaidh (d. 1443), king of Éile (Ely O'Carroll), was the son of Tadhg Ailbhe O'Carroll (qv), king of Éile, and either Johanna, daughter of James…

O'Carroll (Ó Cearbhaill), Maolruanaidh

O'Carroll (Ó Cearbhaill), Maolruanaidh (d. 1532), king of Éile (Ely O'Carroll), was son of Seaán O'Carroll (qv), king of Éile, and probably Mary Butler, sister of Edmund MacRichard Butler (qv) of…

O'Carroll (Ó Cearbhaill), Sir Tadhg Caoch

O'Carroll (Ó Cearbhaill), Sir Tadhg Caoch (d. 1553), king of Éile (Ely O'Carroll), was the son of Fearganainm O'Carroll (qv), king of Éile, and perhaps a daughter of Gerald Fitzgerald…

O'Carroll (Ó Cearbhaill), Tadhg Ailbhe

O'Carroll (Ó Cearbhaill), Tadhg Ailbhe (d. 1407), king of Éile, was son of Tadhg son of Ruaidhrí O'Carroll, king of Éile (Ely O'Carroll), and an unknown woman. He was probably the most powerful and well-known king of Éile in the middle ages. Nothing is known of his childhood…

O'Carroll, Richard

O'Carroll, Richard (1876–1916), trade unionist and revolutionary nationalist, was probably the ‘Richard Carroll’ born 29 February 1876 at 6 Hanover Sq., near the north quays, Dublin, son of Richard Carroll, labourer, of that address, and Mary Carroll (née Keogh). A bricklayer by…

O'Carroll, Seaán

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O'Carroll, Tadhg

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O'Carroll, William Odhar

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Ó Casaide, Séamus (CASSEDY, James)

Ó Casaide, Séamus (CASSEDY, James) (1877–1943), bibliographer, was born 24 July 1877 in Fethard, Co. Tipperary, son of Michael Cassedy, RIC constable, and Honora Cassedy (née Manning). The family moved to Dublin, where Ó Casaide attended O…

O'Casey, Eileen

O'Casey, Eileen (1897–1995), actress, author, and wife of writer Sean O'Casey (qv), was born 27 December 1897 in Dublin, youngest among three children of Edward Reynolds , accountant, from Athlone, Co. Westmeath, and Kathleen Reynolds (…

O'Casey, Sean

O'Casey, Sean (1880–1964), writer, was born 30 March 1880 at 85 Upper Dorset St., Dublin, to Michael Casey (c.1837–1886), a clerk in the Irish Church mission, and Susan Casey (c.1835–1918), who were married on 27 January 1863 at St Catherine's church, Thomas St…

Ó Ceallaigh, Brian

Ó Ceallaigh, Brian (1889–1936), Irish language enthusiast, was born 13 January 1889 in Killarney, Co. Kerry, son of John Kelly, shopkeeper and hotelier, and Brigid Kelly (née Cronin). He was educated at Clongowes Wood College (1900–03) and Blackrock College (1906–7). On 2 November…

Ó Ceallaigh, Cormac

Ó Ceallaigh, Cormac (1912–96), nuclear physicist, was born 29 July 1912 in Dublin, the only son among two children of Séamus Ó (Ua) Ceallaigh (James O'Kelly), consultant obstetrician and assistant master at the Coombe Hospital, and his wife Maire Cecilia (‘Birdie’) (née Ferran),…

Ó Ceallaigh, Muircheartach (Mauricius, Maurice)

Ó Ceallaigh, Muircheartach (Mauricius, Maurice) (d. 1407), archbishop of Tuam, belonged to the ruling lineage of Ó Ceallaigh of Uí Maine (Hy Many), local kings of south Co. Roscommon. His father was Pilib son of Maine, a great-grandson of…

Ó Ceallaigh (O'Kelly), Ralph

Ó Ceallaigh (O'Kelly), Ralph (c.1300–1361), archbishop of Cashel, was a native of Drogheda. His father, according to John Bale (qv) in his Scriptorum illustrium Maioris Brytanniae (1557–9), was David Ó Buge, a Carmelite…

Ó Ceallaigh, Séamus

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Ó Ceallaigh, Tomás

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Ó Céileachair, Donncha

Ó Céileachair, Donncha (1918–60), writer, was born 27 November 1918 in Coolea, in the west Cork Gaeltacht, fifth child among four sons and two daughters of Dómhnall Bán, farmer, of Coolea, and his wife, Siobhán Ní Mhulláin (Johanna Mullins), of Scrahanagown. Dómhnall Bán was a…

Ó Cianáin, Ádhamh

Ó Cianáin, Ádhamh (d. 1373), scholar and antiquarian, was born into the well-known Fermanagh literary family, who served as scribes and antiquaries to various families of the Bréifne–Fir Manach area. His teacher was Seaán Mór Ó…