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Sheehan, Thomas

Sheehan, Thomas (c.1790–1881), newspaper owner, was born probably in Cork city, younger son of Thomas Sheehan, nursery and seed gardener of Grand Parade, Cork, and his wife, Ann (née White). He was educated in Cork but nothing else is known of his early life. In 1824 he was…

Sheehy, David

Sheehy, David (1844–1932), parliamentarian and agrarian radical, was born 14 October 1844 in Broadford, Co. Limerick, second of three children of Richard Sheehy, mill owner, and Johanna Sheehy (née O'Shea). He was educated at St Munchin's Jesuit seminary in Limerick city and…

Sheehy, Edmund

Sheehy, Edmund (1733–66), farmer executed for murder, of Lodge (parish of Ardfinnan, Co. Tipperary), was the son of Ellin Fitzpatrick. He was otherwise known as ‘Buck’ Sheehy, a term indicative of semi-gentleman status, as he had an income of £300 or £400 a year, and was a person…

Sheehy, Eugene

Sheehy, Eugene (1841–1917), priest and nationalist, was born 25 December 1841 in Broadford, Co. Limerick, first among three children of Richard Sheehy, mill owner, and Johanna Sheehy (née O'Shea). He and his brother David (qv) entered…

Sheehy, Eugene

Sheehy, Eugene (1883–1958), barrister and circuit court judge, was born 26 March 1883, the younger son of David Sheehy (qv), for many years a member of the Irish parliamentary party at Westminster and the Fenian Brotherhood, who was…

Sheehy, Jeanne Iseult

Sheehy, Jeanne Iseult (1939–99), art historian, was born 15 September 1939 in Dublin, daughter of Edward Sheehy (d. 1956), a distinguished critic, and Anna Sheehy (née Kelly), an accomplished graphic artist. She had one brother, David, a picture restorer. Educated at Eccles St.…

Sheehy, John Joe

Sheehy, John Joe (1897–1980), Gaelic footballer and republican, was born 16 October 1897 in 11 Gas Tce, Tralee, Co. Kerry, son of Patrick Sheehy, railway guard, and Deborah Sheehy (née Moriarty). Educated at CBS Edward St., Tralee (…

Sheehy, Nicholas

Sheehy, Nicholas (c.1728–1766), priest, was born near Fethard, Co. Tipperary, son of Francis Sheehy, and grandson of John Sheehy (d. 1740), who had married into the Power family of Bawnfune, parish of Kilronan, Co. Waterford, and who thereby became head tenant to over 600…

Shee, Sir George

Shee, Sir George (1754–1825), 1st baronet, East India Company official, politician, and landlord, was born in January 1754 in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, elder son of Anthony Shee (1701–83), merchant, of Castlebar, and his wife Margery (m. 1748), daughter of Edmund Bourke of Curry, Co.…

Shee, Sir George

Shee, Sir George (1784–1870), 2nd baronet, lawyer, diplomat, and landlord, was born 14 June 1784 in Calcutta, eldest son of Sir George Shee (qv), 1st baronet, and his wife Elizabeth Maria (c.1765–1838), daughter of James and…

Shee, Sir Martin Archer

Shee, Sir Martin Archer (1769–1850), portrait painter, poet, and novelist, was born 20 December 1769 in Dublin, the youngest of four children of Martin Shee, merchant, and Mary Shee (née Archer), both of Dublin. His mother died during his early infancy, and he was raised with his…

Sheil, Justin

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Sheil, Richard Lalor

Sheil, Richard Lalor (1791–1851), playwright and politician, was born 17 August 1791 at Drumdowney, Co. Kilkenny, eldest of four sons of Edward Sheil, merchant, and his wife, Catherine McCarthy, of Spring House, Co. Tipperary. Richard was tutored at home by a French priest before…

Sheldon, William Alexander Watson

Sheldon, William Alexander Watson (1907–99), politician, was born 18 January 1907 in 45 Beechwood Avenue, Derry city, eldest child of Samuel James Sheldon, draper's assistant, and Jeane Sheldon (neé Watson). From a protestant background, he was educated at Foyle College, Derry,…

Shepherd, Samuel

Shepherd, Samuel (1701/2–1785), Church of Ireland minister and poet, was born in Limerick, son of John Shepherd, archdeacon of the diocese. Having obtained his early education from Mr Cashin of Limerick, Samuel entered TCD (April 1720…

Sheppard, Oliver

Sheppard, Oliver (1865–1941), sculptor, was born 10 April 1865 in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, one of a family of four sons and one daughter of Simpson Sheppard (1834–1908), a sculptor specialising in Bossi-work for ornamental chimney pieces, and Ellen Sheppard (née White; b. 1842). Both…

Sheridan , Cecil Brinsley

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Sheridan, Charles Francis

Sheridan, Charles Francis (1750–1806), writer and politician, was born June 1750 in Dorset St., Dublin, elder son among two sons and two daughters of Thomas Sheridan (qv), manager of Smock Alley Theatre, and Frances Sheridan (née…

Sheridan, Denis

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Sheridan, Frances (née Chamberlaine)

Sheridan, Frances (née Chamberlaine) (1724–66), writer, was born in Dublin, the youngest child among three sons and two daughters of Philip Chamberlaine , a Church of Ireland clergyman who was rector of St Nicholas Without, and Anastasia Chamberlaine (née Whyte), his English-born…

Sheridan, John Desmond

Sheridan, John Desmond (1903–80), journalist and writer, was born 7 July 1903 at 29 Park Road, Glasgow, the eldest of nine children of Thomas Sheridan, a spirit merchant, and Ellen-Maria Sheridan (née Deeney); both parents were from Rathmullen, Co. Donegal. They returned to…

Sheridan, Margaret (Burke) (‘Margherita’)

Sheridan, Margaret (Burke) (‘Margherita’) (1889–1958), soprano, was born 15 October 1889 in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, one of two daughters and three sons of John Burke Sheridan (1844–1901), the local postmaster, and Mary Ellen Sheridan (née Cooley; 1853–95). Baptised on 24 October by…

Sheridan, Martin Joseph

Sheridan, Martin Joseph (1881–1918), Olympic champion athlete, was born 28 March 1881 in Bohola, Co. Mayo, one of six children of Martin Sheridan, a farmer believed to have been involved in the founding of the land league, and Jane Sheridan (née Durkan). Along with two of his older…

Sheridan, Monica

Sheridan, Monica (1912–93), cookery expert, broadcaster, and journalist, was born Monica Elizabeth Treanor on 29 January 1912 at Augher Castle, Co. Tyrone, daughter of Hugh Treanor, prosperous cattle- and sheep-farmer at nearby Killaney, and Mary Ann Treanor (née Devine). She had…

Sheridan, Niall Joseph

Sheridan, Niall Joseph (1912–98), writer and broadcaster, was born 26 July 1912 in Drumlerry, Co. Meath, the eldest child of William Sheridan, farmer, and Margaret Josephine Sheridan (née McSorley). He was educated at St Mary's college, Dundalk, and at…