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Alexander, (Conel) Hugh (O'Donel)

Alexander, (Conel) Hugh (O'Donel) (1909–74), chess master and code-breaker, was born 19 April 1909 in Cork, eldest child of Conel William Long Alexander (qv), professor of engineering at…

Alexander, Michael O'Donel Bjarne

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Ball, Sir Robert Stawell

Ball, Sir Robert Stawell (1840–1913), astronomer and mathematician, was born 1 July 1840 at Granby Row, Dublin, son of Robert Ball (qv), LLD, curator of the museum at…

Barnes, Peter Joseph

Barnes, Peter Joseph (1907–40), republican, was born 6 May 1907 in Banagher, King's County (Offaly), son of Michael Barnes, labourer, and Margaret Barnes (née Loonam), both of Banagher. In 1939, at the age of 32, he gave up his job as a steam-raiser with Offaly county council and…

Barrett, Richard

Barrett, Richard (1889–1922), republican, was born 17 December 1889 in Hollyhill, Ballineen, Co. Cork, son of Richard Barrett, farmer, and Ellen Barrett (née Henigan). Educated at Knocks and Knockskagh national schools, he entered the De La Salle College, Waterford, where he…

Behan, Dominic

Behan, Dominic (1928–89), writer, balladeer, and broadcaster, was born 22 October 1928 in Dublin, fourth child of five children of Stephen Behan, house painter, and Kathleen Behan (qv) (née Kearney). Educated at St Agatha's School,…

Birch, Peter

Birch, Peter (1911–81), catholic bishop of Ossory, was born 4 September 1911 in Tullowglass, Co. Kilkenny, eldest child of Martin Birch, farmer, and Alice Birch (née Downey). Educated at Clinstown national school and St Kieran's College, Kilkenny, he entered St Patrick's College,…

Boucicault, Dion Lardner

Boucicault, Dion Lardner (1820–90), playwright and actor, was born 27 December 1820 at Gardiner St., Dublin, probably the illegitimate son of Dr Dionysius Lardner (qv), a TCD scientist, and…

Boyle, Hilary Joyce

Boyle, Hilary Joyce (1899–1988), journalist, broadcaster, and activist, was born 25 October 1899 in south London, second child of Gerald Alexander Thompson, vicar of St Gregory's church, Canterbury, and canon of Canterbury cathedral, and Winifred Helen Thompson (née Hopkins), and…

Brogan, Harry

Brogan, Harry (1905–77), actor, was born 5 May 1905 in Holywood, Co. Down, son of John Brogan, bricklayer and stonemason, and Margaret Brogan (née Hickey). The family moved to 17 Emmet St., Harold's Cross, Dublin, in his infancy. In 1918 he made his first stage appearance with…

Browne, Michael John

Browne, Michael John (1895–1980), catholic bishop of Galway, was born 20 December 1895 in Westport, Co. Mayo, fifth child of Michael Browne, draper, and Elizabeth Browne (née Higgins). Educated at CBS Westport, St Jarlath's College,…

Burke, Frank (James Francis) (Feargus de Búrca)

Burke, Frank (James Francis) (Feargus de Búrca) (1895–1987), republican, teacher, and sportsman, was born 8 April 1895 at Carbury, Co. Kildare, son of Henry Joseph Burke, farmer, and Maria Burke (née Kelly). One of the first pupils enrolled at…

Byrne, Alfred (‘Alfie’)

Byrne, Alfred (‘Alfie’) (1882–1956), politician, was born 17 March 1882 at 36 Seville Place, Dublin, eldest of seven children of Thomas Byrne, dockyard engineer, and Fanny Byrne (née Dowman). Educated at the CBS, Seville Place, he left…

Byrne, Edward Joseph

Byrne, Edward Joseph (1872–1940), catholic archbishop of Dublin, was born 10 May 1872 at Longwood Ave., South Circular Rd, Dublin, son of Edward Byrne, farmer, and Ellen Byrne (née Maguire). Although living in Dublin, his father farmed at Killahurler, Co. Wicklow. He was educated…

Clancy, John

Clancy, John (1856–1912), catholic bishop of Elphin, was born 23 December 1856 at Ballygraney, Co. Sligo, son of Martin Clancy and Mary Clancy (née O'Connor). Educated at Kilross national school, the Marist Brothers school, Sligo, and the diocesan seminary, Summer Hill College,…

Clarke, Joseph Christopher

Clarke, Joseph Christopher (1882–1976), republican, was born 22 December 1882 in Rush, Co. Dublin, son of William Clarke, merchant seaman, and Margaret Clarke (née Austin). Educated locally, he left school aged 11 and began work as a kitchen porter, later becoming a boot-shop…

Clune, Patrick Joseph

Clune, Patrick Joseph (1864–1935), catholic archbishop of Perth, was born 27 January 1864 at Ruan, Co. Clare, fifth of eleven children of James Clune, farmer, and Margaret Clune (née Lynch). Educated at St Flannan?s College, Ennis, he entered All Hallows College, Dublin, where he…

Collins, Thomas Joseph

Collins, Thomas Joseph (1894–1972), satirist, was born 26 February 1894 in Dublin, one of six children of Anthony Joseph Collins, merchant tailor, and Alice Collins (née Beatty) of Coolock. The family subsequently lived at 13 Talbot St. and (from 1908) 15 Upper St Brigid's Rd,…

Coyne, Edward Joseph

Coyne, Edward Joseph (1896–1958), Jesuit priest, was born 20 June 1896 in Dublin, eldest of five children of William P. Coyne (qv), head of the statistical section of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, and…

Creagh, John

Creagh, John (1870–1947), Redemptorist priest, was born 19 August 1870 in Thomondgate, Limerick, son of John Creagh, clerk, and Mary Creagh (née Tyrsonnon). Initially educated by the Christian Brothers, he joined the Redemptorist order at 14. In 1887 he was sent to Liverpool,…

Harty, Michael

Harty, Michael (1922–94), catholic bishop of Killaloe, was born 6 February 1922 at Toomevara, Co. Tipperary, one of the seven children of Patrick Harty, farmer, and his wife, Ellen (née Cleary). Educated at St Flannan's College, Ennis, he entered the seminary at Maynooth and was…

Kelly, Charles Edward

Kelly, Charles Edward (1902–81), cartoonist and civil servant, was born 15 June 1902 in Dublin, the second of the seven children of Daniel Kelly, clerk, and his wife, Mary (née Darley). Educated at Synge Street CBS, Dublin, close to…

Lawlor, Thomas

Lawlor, Thomas (1842–1916), parish priest, was born 18 August 1842 at Irribeg, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry. Educated locally, he studied for the priesthood at the Irish College in Paris, where he was ordained in December 1866. On his return to Kerry he served as curate at Abbeydorney,…

Lemass, Noel Denis Joseph

Lemass, Noel Denis Joseph (1897–1923), republican, was born 15 December 1897 at 2 Capel Street, Dublin, the eldest of the seven children of John Timothy Lemass (d. 1947), draper, and his wife, Frances (née Phelan). He was educated at O'Connell's…

Leslie, Sir John

Leslie, Sir John (1822–1916), 1st baronet, painter and politician, was born 16 December 1822 at Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, the second son in a family of three boys and four girls born to Colonel Charles Powell Leslie MP (d. 1831), and his second wife, Christina, daughter of George…