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O'Connell, John

O'Connell, John (1927–2013), medical doctor, businessman and politician, was born in a tenement at 73 Aungier Street, Dublin, on 20 January 1927, the fifth child of three sons and three daughters of John O'Connell, a half-blind, semi-literate British army pensioner, and his wife Mary (…

O'Connell, John

O'Connell, John (1810–58), politician, was born 24 December 1810 in Dublin, the third of four sons and three daughters of Daniel O'Connell (qv), lawyer and politician, of Dublin and Derrynane, Co. Kerry, and his wife,…

O'Connell, John

O'Connell, John (1949–99), human rights activist, was born 27 September 1949 in Claregalway, Co. Galway, the youngest of the seven children, four boys and three girls, of James O'Connell, a farmer, and his wife, Margaret, née Folan, who also came from a farming background. He was…

O'Connell, Kathleen

O'Connell, Kathleen (1888–1956), personal secretary to Éamon de Valera (qv), was born Catherine O'Connell on 5 October 1888 at Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry, one of the eleven children of John O'Connell, farmer, and Mary Ann O'Connell (née…

O'Connell, Mary

O'Connell, Mary (Sister Anthony ) (1814–97), Sister of Charity, was born 15 August 1814 in Limerick, daughter of William O’Connell and Catherine O’Connell (née Murphy). After the death of her mother (1825), the family emigrated to America; Mary was raised by an aunt in Maine, while her…

O'Connell, Mary

O'Connell, Mary (1778–1836), wife of Daniel O'Connell (qv), was born 25 September 1778 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Her father Thomas O'Connell, prominent physician and member of the Church of Ireland, was a widower with three children…

O'Connell, Maurice Charles Philip

O'Connell, Maurice Charles Philip (1768–1848), soldier and colonial governor, was born in Co. Kerry, younger son of Charles Philip O'Connell and his wife, a daughter of John O'Connell; he was a relation of Gen. Count…

O'Connell, Maurice Daniel

O'Connell, Maurice Daniel (1803–53), politician, was born 27 June 1803 in Tralee, Co. Kerry, the eldest son of the four sons and three daughters of Daniel O'Connell (qv), lawyer and politician, and his wife,…

O'Connell, Maurice (‘Hunting-cap’)

O'Connell, Maurice (‘Hunting-cap’) (1728–1825), landowner and smuggler was the second surviving son of Daniel O'Connell (d. 1770), known as Donal Mór, a prosperous grazier, a head tenant of the earl of Cork, and probably a smuggler, at Darrinane or Derrynane, on the Iveragh…

O'Connell, Maurice Rickard

O'Connell, Maurice Rickard (1922–2005), historian, was born at Kilheffernan House, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary on 13 December 1922, third son (he had one sister) of Captain Maurice C. O'Connell, a first world war British army veteran who subsequently made his career in the Irish army,…

O'Connell, Morgan

O'Connell, Morgan (1804–85), politician, was born 31 October 1804 at 30 Merrion Square, Dublin, second son of the four sons and three daughters of Daniel O'Connell (qv), lawyer and politician, and his wife,…

O'Connell, Moritz (‘Murty’)

O'Connell, Moritz (‘Murty’) (1738–1830), general in the Austrian service and court chamberlain, was the third son of Maurice O'Connell of Tarmons, Co. Kerry, and his wife Mary, daughter of O'Sullivan Beare of Berehaven, Co. Cork. He was a kinsman of…

O'Connell, Patrick Joseph (‘Con’)

O'Connell, Patrick Joseph (‘Con’) (1887–1959), soccer player and manager, was born 8 March 1887 in Drumcondra, Dublin, son of Patrick O'Connell, foreman, and Elizabeth O'Connell (née Fox) of Clonliffe Road, Dublin. Little is known of his early years, but while playing for Strandhill…

O'Connell, Peter (Ó Conaill, Peadar)

O'Connell, Peter (Ó Conaill, Peadar) (1755–1826), schoolmaster and lexicographer, was born at Carne, Killimer, Co. Clare (a townland latterly designated as Carrowdotia, on the Shannon estuary eight kilometres east of Kilrush), one of four sons and two daughters of Tadhg Ó Conaill…

O'Connell, Sir John Robert

O'Connell, Sir John Robert (1868–1943), solicitor and priest, was born in Dublin on 12 February 1868, the only son of Thomas Francis O'Connell, solicitor, of 10 Mountjoy Square, Dublin, and his wife Maria, only daughter of Robert Francis Stein of Blackrock, Co. Dublin. He was…

O'Connell, Terence

O'Connell, Terence (Theodore de Pietate ) (d. 1668), Dominican priest, was a filius of Sligo. He was already a priest when he was sent to study at Lérida in Spain. From 1629 he was designated a ‘collegial’ (honours) student at S. Maria sopra Minerva, Rome, where he was…

O'Connell, Thomas Joseph (‘T. J.’)

O'Connell, Thomas Joseph (‘T. J.’) (1882–1969), teacher, trade unionist, and politician, was born 28 November 1882 at Spotfield, Bekan, Co. Mayo, second son of Thomas Connell, farmer, and Maria Connell (née Biesty). Educated at Bekan national school, where from July 1895 he served…

O'Connell, Timothy

O'Connell, Timothy (1892–1970), civil servant, was born 11 August 1892 in Lissavorra, Co. Cork, a son of Cornelius O'Connell, a farmer from Lissavorra, Co. Cork, and his wife, Bridget, née O'Connell. He was educated at the local national school and later at the Royal College of…

O'Connor, Áed

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O'Connor, Áed Bréifnech

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O'Connor, Andrew

O'Connor, Andrew (1874–1941), sculptor, was born 7 June 1874 at Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, the eldest of three sons and two daughters of Andrew O'Connor (1846–1924), of Lanarkshire, Scotland, a stonecutter who became a professional sculptor, and Marie Anne O'Connor (née McFadden…

O'Connor, Arthur

O'Connor, Arthur (1763–1852), politician, revolutionary, and writer on economics, was born Arthur Conner on 4 July 1763 at Connerville, near Bandon, Co. Cork, the youngest son of the five sons and four daughters of Roger Conner (1728–98), army officer, and his wife, Anne Conner (née…

O'Connor, Arthur James Kickham (‘Art’)

O'Connor, Arthur James Kickham (‘Art’) (1888–1950), politician and judge, was born 18 May 1888 at Elm Hall, Loughlinstown, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, second son among four sons and five daughters of Art O'Connor, farmer, and Elizabeth O'Connor (neé Saul). He was educated at Holy…

O'Connor, Bartholomew (‘Batt’, Phartalán

O'Connor, Bartholomew (‘Batt’, Phartalán ) (1870–1935), builder, revolutionary, and politician, was born 4 July 1870 in east Kerry. Educated locally, he left school at 17 and trained as a stonemason with his father and elder brother, later spending three years (1893–5) as a builder in…

O'Connor, Brian

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