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Reynolds, James Henry

Reynolds, James Henry (1844–1932), army surgeon and VC, was born 3 February 1844 in Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire), Co. Dublin, second son of Laurence Reynolds, JP and owner of a tavern, hotel, and livery…

Reynolds, John

Reynolds, John (1794–1868), politician, was the son of Henry Reynolds and his wife Margaret, daughter of Henry Balkeney, a physician in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Reynolds's obituary in the Freeman's Journal noted that the family had held substantial property in Co. Leitrim,…

Reynolds, John (‘Jack’)

Reynolds, John (‘Jack’) (1869–1917), footballer, was born 21 February 1869 in Fielding Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, the second of five sons of John Gregory Reynolds, labourer, and Catherine (Kate) Reynolds (née Cash), both of whom were born in Ireland. Probably educated at the…

Reynolds, Mary Bridget

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Reynolds, Osborne

Reynolds, Osborne (1842–1912), engineer, was born 23 August 1842 in Belfast, son of the Rev. Osborne Reynolds and Jane Reynolds (née Hickman). He came from a clerical family: his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were rectors of Debach, Suffolk. His father was thirteenth…

Reynolds, Patrick

Reynolds, Patrick (1887–1932), merchant and politician, was born in Drumoughty, Gorvagh, Co. Leitrim, son of John Reynolds and Ellen Reynolds (née McNabola). Educated at Stracarne national school and Marlborough St. teacher training college, Dublin (1909–11), he taught for a year in…

Reynolds, Richard Henry (‘Harry’)

Reynolds, Richard Henry (‘Harry’) (1874–1940), cyclist, was born 14 December 1874 in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, son of Robert Reynolds, hosier, and Julia Reynolds. Both of his parents died while he was young and he was raised by relatives. He developed an interest in cycling while…

Reynolds, Sir John

Reynolds, Sir John (1625–57), Cromwellian soldier, was third son of Sir James Reynolds of Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire, England; his mother was a daughter of Sir Robert Mordaunt. Educated at Cambridge and at the Middle Temple in London, Reynolds used his family's East Anglian…

Reynolds, Thomas

Reynolds, Thomas (1771–1836), heir to a fortune, United Irishman, informer and consul, was born at his father's house, 9 West Park St., Dublin, on 12 March 1771. His family history is well documented. His great-great-grandfather was Conor Reynolds of Rhynn Castle, Co. Roscommon, who…

Rhind, Ethel

Rhind, Ethel (1877–1952), mosaic and stained-glass artist, was born 1 December 1877 in Arrah, Bihar, India, daughter of Robert Hunter Rhind, an Edinburgh-born civil engineer in the Indian civil service, and Hannah Rhind (née Tate), a native of Whiteabbey, Co. Antrim, and a relative…

Rhys, Grace Little

Rhys, Grace Little (1865–1929), author, editor, and poet, was born 12 July 1865 at Knockadoo, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, youngest of three daughters of Joseph Bennett Little , landowner, and Emily Little (née White), of a wealthy Dublin family. Her father gambled his estate away and she…

Rice, Edmund Ignatius

Rice, Edmund Ignatius (1766–1844), religious and educator, was born 1 June 1766 at Westcourt, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, the fourth of seven sons of Robert Rice, a farmer, and his wife, Margaret Tierney. Edmund's education began at a local hedge school; he subsequently transferred to a…

Rice, Helena Bertha Grace (‘Lena’)

Rice, Helena Bertha Grace (‘Lena’) (1866–1907), tennis player, was born 21 June 1866 at Marhill, New Inn, Co. Tipperary, second youngest child among three daughters and five sons born to Spring Rice (d. 1868), landowner, and Ann Rice (neé Gorde). The family was distantly related to…

Rice, James Louis

Rice, James Louis (1730–p. 1793), soldier and duellist, was son of Thomas Rice, count of the Holy Roman Empire and merchant, of Baile Mhic an Daill, Dingle, Co. Kerry, and Alicia Rice (née Meade). Educated at the Irish College at Louvain, he was initially destined for the…

Rice, John Joe

Rice, John Joe (1893–1970), republican activist, was born 19 June 1893 in Kilmurry, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, son of George Rice, draper's assistant, and Ellen Rice (neé Ring). After national school he became a clerk with the Great Southern & Western Railway Co., working at stations…

Rice, Mary Ellen Spring

Rice, Mary Ellen Spring (1880–1924), nationalist, was born 14 September 1880, second child and only daughter of Thomas Spring Rice (qv), 2nd Baron Monteagle of Brandon, Co. Kerry, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1908), eldest daughter of…

Rice, Peter Ronan

Rice, Peter Ronan (1935–92), structural engineer, was born 16 June 1935 at the Leinster nursing home, 26 Upper Pembroke St., Dublin, son of James Patrick Rice, head of the Louth vocational education committee, and Maureen Rice (née Quinn), living at 11 Faughart Terrace, St Mary's…

Rice (Ryce), John (‘Jacques’)

Rice (Ryce), John (‘Jacques’) (d. 1941), journalist and newspaper editor, was born in Cork. After working on the Cork Herald and as Waterford correspondent of the Cork Examiner, Rice moved to Dublin to work on the Independent and Nation:…

Rice, Sir Stephen

Rice, Sir Stephen (1637?–1715), lawyer and chief baron of the exchequer, was the son and heir of Edward Rice (d. a.1671) of Dingle, Co. Kerry. Rice's immediate background and the origins of his family are somewhat uncertain, although the surname was recorded in Dublin and…

Rice, Thomas Spring

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Rice, Thomas Spring

Rice, Thomas Spring (1790–1866), 1st Baron Monteagle , politician, was born 8 February 1790 in Limerick, only son of Stephen Edward Rice (d. 1831), lawyer and landowner of Mount Trenchard, Co. Limerick, and his wife Catherine, heiress of Thomas Spring of Castlemaine, Co. Kerry.…

Rice, Vincent

Rice, Vincent (1875–1955), barrister and politician, was born 21 April 1875, second son of Michael Rice of Dundalk, Co. Louth, and his wife Anna Gormley. Having graduated BA (RUI), he entered King…

Richard II

Richard II (1367–1400), king of England, was second son and heir of Edward, prince of Wales, and his wife Joan, daughter of Edmund, earl of Kent, and ascended the throne after the death of his grandfather Edward III (June 1377). His minority was marked by unrest culminating in the…

Richard of York

Richard of York (1411–60), duke of York , earl of March and Ulster , lieutenant of Ireland, was son of Richard, earl of Cambridge, grandson of Edward III, and his wife Anne, daughter of Roger Mortimer (qv), 4th earl of March, and was the…

Richardson, Edward Gerald (‘Eddie’)

Richardson, Edward Gerald (‘Eddie’) (1903–87), sportsman and politician, was born 15 April 1903 in Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, son of James Richardson, farmer, and Catherine (née McNamara). The family lived at Moybane, Crossmaglen, and he was educated locally. He was Ulster cycling…