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Sheridan, Noel

Sheridan, Noel (1936–2006), artist, actor, and arts administrator, was born 12 December 1936 in Dublin, one of three children (two daughters and a son) of Cecil (Brinsley) Sheridan, entertainer, and his wife Ann ('Nan') (née Doyle). Cecil Sheridan (1910–80) was born 21 December 1910…

Sheridan, Patrick

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Sheridan, Patrick Joseph

Sheridan, Patrick Joseph (1844–1917), revolutionary, was born in March 1844 in Bohola, Co. Mayo, son of Martin Sheridan, tenant farmer, and Sarah Sheridan (née McTyge). Nothing is known of his early years or schooling, though he was evidently literate and became a fine platform…

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751–1816), playwright and politician, was born in September or October 1751 at 12 Dorset Street, Dublin, the third child of Thomas Sheridan (qv), actor and orthoepist, and his wife,…

Sheridan, Thomas

Sheridan, Thomas (1646–1712), writer, royal official, and Jacobite, was born in St John's, near Trim, Co. Meath, fourth son of Denis Sheridan (qv), a Church of Ireland clergyman from Co. Cavan, and an Englishwoman named Foster. In the rebellion of 1641…

Sheridan, Thomas

Sheridan, Thomas (1687–1738), schoolmaster, poet, essayist, and wit, was born in Co. Cavan. His father, Patrick, may have been a farmer. Nothing certain is known of Sheridan's life before he entered TCD in 1707, aged 20, except that he…

Sheridan, Thomas

Sheridan, Thomas (1684–1746), Jacobite tutor of Charles Edward Stuart, one of the ‘Seven men of Moidart’, was son of Thomas Sheridan (qv) the elder (1647–1712) – formerly secretary to

Sheridan, Thomas

Sheridan, Thomas (1719–88), actor, theatre manager, and orator, was third son of Thomas Sheridan (qv), schoolmaster and essayist, of Dublin; nothing is known of his mother. He was educated at home by his father until the age of 13.…

Sheridan, William

Sheridan, William (1636–1711), Church of Ireland bishop of Kilmore and Ardagh, and non-juror, was born at Togher near Kilmore, Co. Cavan, the eldest of five sons of Denis Sheridan (see below). William Sheridan entered TCD in 1652,…

Sherlock, David

Sherlock, David (1850–1940), barrister and peat industrialist, was born 27 March 1850 in Rahan Lodge, Tullamore, King's Co. (Offaly), second son among four sons and two daughters of David Sherlock (1814–84), lawyer and MP, of Stillorgan Castle, Co. Dublin, and his wife Elizabeth,…

Sherlock, Lorcan George

Sherlock, Lorcan George (1874–1945), tobacconist, politician and lord mayor of Dublin (1912–15), was born in Dublin on 5 June 1874, the second youngest of four sons and two daughters of Thomas Sherlock and his wife Theresa (née Donnelly), of 30 Upper Dorset Street, Dublin. His…

Sherlock (Sherlog), Paul

Sherlock (Sherlog), Paul (1595–1646), Jesuit priest and theologian, was born in August 1595 at or near Waterford city, reputedly the son of Walter Sherlock and his wife Beatrice Leonard. He was a descendant of James Sherlock of Gracedieu who, in 1494, was granted extensive lands…

Sherlock, Thomas

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Sherrard, Thomas

Sherrard, Thomas (c.1750–1837), surveyor and planner, was born to parents whose names are not known, but he was related to a William and David Sherrard, merchants in Dublin, and possibly to Sherrards in Drogheda, Co. Louth. The family name is commoner in the north of…

Sherwin, Frank

Sherwin, Frank (1905–81), businessman and politician, was born 6 October 1905 in Dorset Street, Dublin, one of eleven children (six of whom died in childhood, and only two of whom lived into old age) of Christopher Sherwin, a labourer from Co. Dublin, and his wife Mary Jane (née…

Sherwood, William

Sherwood, William (c.1401–1482), bishop of Meath, chancellor, and deputy lieutenant of Ireland, was a native of the diocese of York who studied canon law at Bologna (D.Cn.L., Oct. 1457). He returned to England, where he held some minor benefices and served as papal chaplain…

Shields, Arthur

Shields, Arthur (1896–1970), actor, was born 15 February 1896 in North Great George's St., Dublin, one of eight children of Adolphus Shields, journalist, and Fanny Sophia Shields, originally from Germany. His older brother, William, achieved much fame as the actor…

Shields, James

Shields, James (c.1806–79), soldier and politician in the USA, the only person elected to represent three states in the US senate, was born probably on 6 May 1806 in Altmore, near Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone, eldest of three sons of Charles Sheals (d. 1812), a linen draper, and…

Shiels, George

Shiels, George (1881–1949), playwright, was born 24 June 1881 in Milltown, Ballybrakes, near Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, one of seven sons of Robert Shiels, railway worker, and Eliza Shiels (née Sweeney), who also had one daughter; they soon moved to Castle St., Ballymoney, where…

Shiels, William

Shiels, William (1848–1904), politician and premier of Victoria, was born 3 December 1848 at Maghera, Co. Londonderry, son of Robert Shiels, farmer, and Patricia Sarah Shiels (née Kelly). In 1854 the family emigrated to Australia, but Robert Shiels died shortly after arriving at…

Shillington, David Graham

Shillington, David Graham (1872–1944), politician, was born 10 December 1872 at Tavanagh House, Portadown, Co. Armagh, son of Thomas Shillington, JP, and Mary Jane Shillington (née Graham). Educated at Rydalmount School, Colwyn Bay, he…

Shillington, Sir (Robert Edward) Graham

Shillington, Sir (Robert Edward) Graham (1911–2001), chief constable of the RUC, was born at Portadown, Co. Armagh, on 2 April 1911, youngest of six children of Major David Shillington (qv) and his wife, Louisa (née Collen).…

Shirley, Evelyn Philip

Shirley, Evelyn Philip (1812–82), antiquarian and landowner, was born in South Audley Street, London, on 22 January 1812, the eldest son of Evelyn John Shirley (1788–1856), landowner and MP for Co. Monaghan (1826–31), and his wife, Eliza (née Stanhope; d. 1859). The Shirley family…

Shirley, James

Shirley, James (1596–1666), playwright, was baptised 7 September 1596 at St Mary Woolchurch, London, eldest child of James Shirley, draper, and his wife Catherine. From October 1608 he attended Merchant Taylors’ School before leaving in about the summer of 1612 to work for the…

Shirley, Walter

Shirley, Walter (1725–86), evangelical clergyman, was born 23 September 1725 in the family mansion at Staunton Harold, Leicestershire, England, fourth son among six sons and six daughters of Laurence Shirley, son of the 1st Earl Ferrers, and his first wife, Anne, daughter of Sir…