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Browne, Maurice

Browne, Maurice (1892–1979), priest and novelist, was born in Grangemockler, Co. Tipperary, son of Maurice Browne, schoolteacher, and Catherine Browne (née Fitzgerald). Educated at Rockwell and then Clonliffe Colleges, he was ordained from Maynooth as a priest in the Dublin…

Doherty, Peter Dermot

Doherty, Peter Dermot (1913–90), soccer player and manager, was born 4 June 1913 in Church St., Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry, son of William Doherty, carter, and Sarah Doherty (née Duffin). His family moved to Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, where he was educated at St Malachy's primary…

Duffy, Bernard Joseph

Duffy, Bernard Joseph (1882–1952), barrister, playwright, and novelist, was born 19 June 1882 at Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, son of James Joseph Duffy, general merchant, and Mary Anne (Maryann) née McEntagart. Educated at Viscount Weymouth Grammar School, Carrickmacross, and…

Dugdale, Norman

Dugdale, Norman (1921–95), civil servant and poet, was born 6 February 1921 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, third child of William and Eva Dugdale. Educated at Burnley Grammar School and Manchester University (graduating BA in 1941), he joined…

Dunne, Seán Christopher

Dunne, Seán Christopher (1956–95), poet, editor, and journalist, was born 30 May 1956 at Belleville nursing home, Waterford, son of Richie Dunne, factory worker, and Maureen Dunne (née Walshe). His father and a housekeeper, Tessie Ryan, looked after the family after his mother…

Fallon, Gabriel Joseph

Fallon, Gabriel Joseph (1898–1980), actor, author, and critic, was born 17 August 1898 at 28 Leinster Avenue, Dublin, son of Peter Joseph Fallon, law clerk, and Mary Josephine Fallon (née Rafferty). Educated at O'Connell's school in Dublin, he joined the civil service as a land…

Farrell, James Gordon

Farrell, James Gordon (1935–79), novelist, was born 23 January 1935 in Liverpool, England, second of three sons of William Farrell, broker's clerk and accountant, and Josephine Farrell (née Russell), born in Ireland of an English timber dealer. He moved with his family to…

Fitzgerald, Barbara (Barbara Fitzgerald Somerville)

Fitzgerald, Barbara (Barbara Fitzgerald Somerville) (1911–82), novelist, was born 16 December 1911 in Cork, the daughter of Dr J. A. Gregg (qv), then professor of divinity at Trinity College, Dublin. Spending her childhood…

Fulton, Robert Patrick

Fulton, Robert Patrick (1906–79), soccer player, was born 6 November 1906 in Gardenmore Place, Larne, Co. Antrim, son of John Fulton, mercantile clerk, and Maggie Fulton (née Purdy). He played soccer as a youth in the Falls Park League and had joined Belfast Celtic as a full back by…

Gallaher, David (Dave)

Gallaher, David (Dave) (1873–1917), rugby footballer, was born 30 October 1873 at Ramelton, Co. Donegal. Emigrating to New Zealand with his family in 1878, he lived at Tauranga before settling in Auckland. Educated at Katikati School, he showed an early aptitude for rugby and, at 6 ft…

Ganly, James Blandford

Ganly, James Blandford (1904–76), cricket, rugby, and tennis international, was born 7 March 1904 in Balscadden, Howth, Co. Dublin, son of James Ganly, auctioneer, and Olive Ganly (née Blandford). Educated at St Columba's College, Rathfarnham, he had his first success at cricket;…

Gardiner, Frederick Thomas

Gardiner, Frederick Thomas (1874–1921), rugby footballer, was born 31 May 1874 at Tullyglush, Co. Armagh, son of William Gardiner, merchant, and Mary Gardiner (née Coulter). Educated at Lurgan College in the late 1880s, he moved to Belfast to play club rugby for the North of Ireland…

Gardner, George

Gardner, George (1877–1954), boxer, was born 17 March 1877 in Ballinslacken, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, son of Patrick Gardner, bare-knuckle prizefighter; nothing is known of his mother. His family emigrated to Lowell, Massachusetts, in his early childhood and he fought his first of…

Glover, James Mackey (‘Jimmy’)

Glover, James Mackey (‘Jimmy’) (1861–1931), music director and composer, was born 18 June 1861 at Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire), Co. Dublin, son of James Mackey, town commissioner, and Mary Jane Mackey (née Glover). His father was a Fenian who lost his official position after 1868.…

Goldblatt, Harold

Goldblatt, Harold (1901–82), theatre producer and actor, was born in Belfast. Little is known of his early life before he came to prominence in the 1920s with the Jewish Institute Dramatic Society. He was its founder, producer, and main actor; his first success was to win the…

Gonne, Iseult

Gonne, Iseult (1894–1954), writer and muse, was born 6 August 1894 in Paris, daughter of Lucien Millevoye, French politician, lawyer, and journalist, and Maud Gonne (qv), Irish revolutionary nationalist. She was their second…

Good, James Winder

Good, James Winder (1877–1930), journalist and editor, was born 15 January 1877 in Limerick, eldest son of Benjamin Good, RIC constable, and Margaret Good (née Winder). His family moved to Belfast and he was educated at the Royal…

Green, Frederick Lawrence

Green, Frederick Lawrence (1902–53), novelist, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, son of George Edward Green, schoolteacher, and Elizabeth Green (née Jermy). His education at Salesian College, Farnborough, was interrupted by frequent bouts of illness that required long…

Gubbins, John Russell

Gubbins, John Russell (1838–1906), racehorse owner and breeder, was born 16 December 1838, fourth son of Joseph Gubbins, landowner, and Maria Gubbins (née Wise) at their family home, Kilfrush, Co. Limerick. Educated privately, he inherited the property of his elder brother, Stamer…

Guinness, Kenelm Lee (Bill)

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Guinness, Sir Algernon Arthur St Lawrence Lee

Guinness, Sir Algernon Arthur St Lawrence Lee (1883–1954), racing driver, was born 11 May 1883, eldest son of Benjamin Lee Guinness – soldier and younger brother of Arthur Edward Lee Guinness (qv), 1st Lord Ardilaun – and Eliza…

Healy, (William) Gerard

Healy, (William) Gerard (1918–63), actor and playwright, was born 17 August 1918 in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, son of Bartle Healy, fruit merchant, and Mary Healy (née Hayden). Educated at Synge St. CBS, he was first employed as a…

Hoult, Eleanor Lucy (‘Norah’)

Hoult, Eleanor Lucy (‘Norah’) (1894–1984), novelist, was born 20 September 1898 at Ardilaun Villas, Ballymount, Dublin, daughter of Powis Hoult, architect, and Margaret Hoult (née O'Shaughnessy). Both parents died in her early childhood and she was educated at Dr Williams's Academy…

Hunt, Hugh

Hunt, Hugh (1911–93), theatre director and academic, was born 25 September 1911 in Camberley, Surrey, England, son of Capt. C. E. Hunt of the Indian army. Educated at Marlborough College, he spent time at the Sorbonne and Heidelberg before entering Magdalen College, Oxford.…

Kerins, Andrew (Brother Walfrid)

Kerins, Andrew (Brother Walfrid) (1840–1915), Marist brother and founder of Glasgow Celtic football club, was born 18 May 1840 at Ballymote, Co. Sligo, son of John Kerins, farmer, and Elizabeth Kerins (née Finn). Nothing is known of his life until he joined the Sligo Marist…