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Coad, Patrick (‘Paddy’)

Coad, Patrick (‘Paddy’) (1920–92), soccer player, was born 14 April 1920 at 100 Lower Yellow Road, Waterford city, son of Michael Coad, sailor, and Johanna (‘Joanie’) Coad (née Morrissey). As a schoolboy at De La Salle College he excelled at hurling and table tennis, winning a…

Doyle, (Paschal) Vincent (P. V.)

Doyle, (Paschal) Vincent (P. V.) (1923–88), hotelier and builder, was born 17 May 1923 in Dundrum, Dublin, one among seven children of Michael J. Doyle, builder and farmer of Frankfurt Villa, Dundrum, and Eileen Doyle (née Lawlor). He was educated at the…

Dunne, Eithne

Dunne, Eithne (1919–88), actress, was born 30 October 1919 in Market St., Belfast, daughter of Patrick Dunne, case maker, and Mary Dunne (née McDonnell). She began her theatrical career with the Abbey school of acting and established herself as a versatile performer alongside…

Dunne, James (‘Jimmy’)

Dunne, James (‘Jimmy’) (1905–49), soccer player, was born 3 September 1905 in Ringsend, Dublin, son of Thomas Dunne, bottle blower of 18 Cambridge Street, Ringsend, and Catherine Dunne (née Shea). He began his soccer career with local Ringsend teams Parkview and Riverside Athletic.…

Fallon, Padraic

Fallon, Padraic (1905–74), poet and playwright, was born 3 January 1905 in Athenry, Co. Galway, first son and second child among seven children of John Fallon, cattle dealer, hotelier, and butcher, and Ellen Fallon (née Dilleen). He was educated at Mount St Joseph's College,…

Fullam, Robert (‘Bob’)

Fullam, Robert (‘Bob’) (1895–1974), soccer player, was born 17 September 1895 in 32 Bridge St., Ringsend, Dublin, son of John Fullam, fisherman, and Mary Fullam (née Reilly). He began his football career in 1914 with St Brendan's in Dublin, and moved (1917) to another Dublin club,…

Gilmartin, John Joe (‘Gil’)

Gilmartin, John Joe (‘Gil’) (1914–80), handball player, was born 9 June 1914 at Maudlin St., Kilkenny city, son of Joseph Gilmartin, printer for the Kilkenny Moderator, and Martina Gilmartin (née McNally). His uncle, Joe McNally of Westport, Co. Mayo, won the All-Ireland…

Magennis, Peter Elias

Magennis, Peter Elias (1869–1937), priest and nationalist, was born 1 June 1869 near Tandragee, Co. Armagh, son of Thomas Magennis, labourer, and Bridget Magennis (née Boyle). He was educated at St Malachy's College, Belfast, and was awarded his BA…

Nugent, Sir Roland Thomas

Nugent, Sir Roland Thomas (1886–1962), politician, was born 19 June 1886 in Portaferry, Co. Down, son of Edmond Henry Stuart Nugent (1849–1935), DL, of Portaferry, and his wife Grace Mary, youngest daughter of Edward Nathaniel Conant of Lyndon…

O'Halloran, Michael Joseph

O'Halloran, Michael Joseph (1933–99), railwayman and politician, was born 20 August 1933 in Doonbeg, Co. Clare, son of Martin O'Halloran, railwayman. He was educated at Clohanes national school up to the age of 14, when he left to work on the railways in London. He became an active…

O'Neill, Phelim Robert Hugh

O'Neill, Phelim Robert Hugh (1909–94), 2nd Baron Rathcavan , politician, was born 2 November 1909 at The Braid, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, eldest among three sons of Robert William Hugh O'Neill (qv) and Sylvia Irene O'Neill (née…

Pringle, (Robert) Brian

Pringle, (Robert) Brian (1906–87), physician, was born 4 June 1905 at 2 Herbert St., Dublin, second of three sons of Robert William Pringle (1871–1919), a Dublin barrister, and Alberta Pringle (née Henshaw). His older brother, Denis…

Samuels, Arthur Warren

Samuels, Arthur Warren (1852–1925), lawyer, was born 19 May 1852 in Dublin, second son of Arthur Samuels, of Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire), Co. Dublin, and Katherine Samuels (née Daly) of Mornington, Co. Meath. He was educated at the Royal School, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, and…

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…

Smith, Patrick (‘Paddy’)

Smith, Patrick (‘Paddy’) (1901–82), IRA volunteer and politician, was born 17 July 1901 in Tunnyduff, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan, eighth and youngest child of Terence Smith, farmer, and Ellen Smith (née MacManus). Educated at the local national school to the age of 14, he left school…

Staines, Michael Joseph

Staines, Michael Joseph (1885–1955), revolutionary, Garda commissioner, and senator, was born 1 May 1885 in Newport, Co. Mayo, eldest child of Edward Staines, and Margaret Staines (née McCann). He was raised in Newport, and educated at the local national school. The family spent time in…

Stevenson, Alexander Ernest ('Alex')

Stevenson, Alexander Ernest ('Alex') (1912–85), footballer, was born on 9 August 1912 in the Rotunda hospital, Dublin, the fourth of eight children (five girls and three boys) of Alexander Riach Stevenson (1883–1960), a blacksmith, of Palace View, Richmond Road, Drumcondra, and his wife…

Stronge, Sir Charles Norman Lockhart

Stronge, Sir Charles Norman Lockhart (1894–1981), 8th baronet, politician, was born 23 July 1894 in Bryansford, Co. Down, the only son among two children of Sir Charles Edmond Sinclair Stronge (1862–1939) of Tynan Abbey, Co. Armagh, and Marian Iliff Stronge (née Bostock) of Walton…

Sweeney, Joseph Aloysius

Sweeney, Joseph Aloysius (1897–1980), republican and army officer, was born 13 June 1897 in Burtonport, Co. Donegal, son of John Sweeney, general merchant, and Margaret Sweeney (née O'Donnell). His father remarried after his mother's death, and along with a sister he had one step-…

Sweetman, (Hugh) Gerard

Sweetman, (Hugh) Gerard (1908–70), politician, was born 20 June 1908 in Dublin, eldest son of James Michael Sweetman (1874–1939), barrister, of Longtown, Sallins, Co. Kildare, and his wife Agnes (d. 1964), daughter of Sir George Fottrell of North Great George's St., Dublin. His brothers…