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Touhey, Patrick J. (‘Patsy’)

Touhey, Patrick J. (‘Patsy’) (1865–1923), traditional musician and vaudeville entertainer, was born 27 February 1865 in Cahertinny, Bullaun, Loughrea, Co. Galway, son of James Twohill, or O'Toole (1839–75) (all variations of the surname being anglicisations of the Irish ‘Ó Tuathail…

Tourville, Geoffrey de

Tourville, Geoffrey de (d. 1250), bishop of Ossory, possibly born near Turville, Buckinghamshire, England, is one of the best examples of the sort of career available to a clerk in royal service in the thirteenth century. He appears as a servant of…

Towb, Harry

Towb, Harry (1925–2009), actor, was born Harris Towb in Larne, Co. Antrim, on 27 July 1925, the second child of Jack (or Jacob) Towb and his wife Bessie (Amelia) Towb (née Sergai). Bessie Towb had been born to a Jewish family in Belfast, while Jack was born in a shtetl (…

Townsend, John Sealy Edward

Townsend, John Sealy Edward (1868–1957), mathematical physicist, was born 7 June 1868 in Galway, second son among three sons and two daughters of Edward Townsend, professor of civil engineering at QCG, and Judith Townsend, daughter of…

Townsend, Richard

Townsend, Richard (c.1618–1692), parliamentarian officer and Munster landowner, was of a family originally from Rainham, Norfolk, England. Commissioned as a captain in the parliamentarian army in 1643, during the civil war he served in the west country, distinguishing…

Townsend, Richard

Townsend, Richard (1821–84), mathematician, was born 3 April 1821 at Baltimore, Co. Cork, eldest son among six sons and two daughters of Thomas Townsend of Smithville, near Castletownsend, and his wife Helena, daughter of John Freke of Baltimore, deputy governor of Co. Cork during…

Townshend, George

Townshend, George (1724–1807), 1st Marquess Townshend , lord lieutenant of Ireland, was born 28 February 1724 in London, eldest son of Charles Townshend (1700–64), 3rd Viscount Townshend, a Norfolk politician, and his wife Etheldreda (c.1708–1788), daughter and heir of…

Townshend, George

Townshend, George (1876–1957), clergyman, Bahá'i convert, scholar, and writer, was born 14 June 1876 at Hatley, 10 Burlington Rd, Dublin, eldest of two sons and five daughters of Charles Uniacke Townshend (1828–1907), JP and land agent,…

Townshend, Horatio

Townshend, Horatio (1750–1837), clergyman and author, was born 5 November 1750, third son of Capt. Philip Townshend (1700–86), soldier and landowner, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Hungerford. The Townshends had come to Ireland in the seventeenth century; Horatio's…

Toye, Edward Joseph

Toye, Edward Joseph (1857–1932), architect, was born in Aghadowey, Co. Londonderry, son of Richard Toye, from Derry city, and his wife Mary, eldest daughter of Bernard Dempsey of Mullaghmore, Aghadowey. Mary Toye died, aged 28, at her father's house in April 1859. Edward was…

Toye, Thomas

Toye, Thomas (1801–70), presbyterian minister, was born 6 October 1801 in Clonakilty, Co. Cork, eldest child among two sons and a daughter of Winspear Toye (d. 1854) and Margaret Toye (née Justice). His father, who held public office in the county, was connected to Cork's gentry…

Tracy, Honor Lilbush Wingfield

Tracy, Honor Lilbush Wingfield (1913–89), author, was born 19 October 1913 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England. Educated privately in London and in Dresden, Germany, she spent two years at the Sorbonne. She worked before the second world war as a journalist for Picture Post…

Traill, Anthony

Traill, Anthony (1838–1914), provost of TCD, was born 1 November 1838 at Ballylough, Co. Antrim, eldest son among three sons and three daughters of William Traill, who had a medical degree and owned an estate at Ballylough, and his wife Louisa, daughter of Robert Ffrench of…

Traill, William Acheson

Traill, William Acheson (1844–1933), civil engineer, was born in Ballylough House, Bushmills, Co. Antrim, third son of William Traill, landed gentleman of Bushmills, and his wife Louisa, daughter of Robert Ffrench of Monivea Castle, Co. Galway. After private schooling, William A.…

Trant, Dominick

Trant, Dominick (1738–90), MP and lawyer, was born in Co. Kerry, second son of Dominick Trant, merchant, and his first wife Catherine, daughter of Thomas Trant of Kerry, a distant relation. He entered TCD (August 1756) aged seventeen -…

Trant, Sir Nicholas

Trant, Sir Nicholas (1769–1839), officer in the French, British, and Portuguese armies, was born 12 November 1769, third son of Thomas Trant of Ballintlea, Co. Kerry, and his wife (and cousin), a daughter of James Trant of Castleisland, Co. Kerry. Nicholas's grandfather was Dominick…

Trant, Thomas

Trant, Thomas (c.1762–1794), soldier and chevalier of France, was born at Mallow, Co. Cork, third son among six sons and at least two daughters of Thomas Trant, a successful catholic merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Trant). Educated locally, he decided to join the…

Traquair, Phoebe Anna

Traquair, Phoebe Anna (1852–1936), mural artist, craftworker, bookbinder, and illustrator, was born 24 May 1852, third daughter of William Moss , physician, of Kilternan, Co. Dublin, and Teresa Moss (née Richardson), and was reared in Dublin and Wicklow. In her late teens she…

Travers, Robert English

Travers, Robert English (1807–88), physician, scholar and librarian, was born 24 June 1807 in Dublin, son of William T. E. Travers, LLD, and Mary Travers (née Parker). Travers had little education at home and when his father died, having gambled…

Travers, Walter

Travers, Walter (c.1548–1635), provost of TCD and minister of religion, was the son of Walter Travers, of Brydelsmith Gate, Nottingham, England, and his wife, Ann. He matriculated at Christ's College, Cambridge, aged twelve, on 11 July 1560, before transferring to Trinity…

Traynor, James Desmond (‘Des’)

Traynor, James Desmond (‘Des’) (1931–94), accountant, banker, and financier, was born 3 June 1931, son of John Joseph Traynor of 39 Grand Canal St. Dublin, motor driver, and Kathleen Traynor (née O'Connor). Educated at the CBS,…

Traynor, Oscar

Traynor, Oscar (1886–1963), revolutionary, politician, and sports administrator, was born 21 March 1886 in 32 Upper Abbey St., Dublin, son of Patrick Traynor, bookseller and Fenian, and Maria Traynor (née Clarke). Educated at St Mary's Place…

Trea

Trea (6th cent.?), foundress and first abbess of Ard Trea and saint in the Irish tradition, belonged to the Uí Meic Caírthinn dynasty of Airgialla. Hagiographical sources name her father as the son of Caírthenn, a descendant of Colla Uais (Colla…

Treacy, Patrick Ambrose

Treacy, Patrick Ambrose (1834–1912), Christian Brother and educator, was born at Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on 3 August 1834, third of seven children of William Treacy and his wife, Margaret (née Ryan). Some biographers describe the Treacy family as comfortably circumstanced, but…

Treacy, Seán

Treacy, Seán (1895–1920), revolutionary, was born John Treacy on 14 February 1895 in Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary, son of Denis Treacy, farmer, and Bridget Treacy (née Allis). His father died when Treacy was three and the family went to live with his mother's brother, Jim Allis, in…