Hourican, Bridget

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Annesley, Hugh

Annesley, Hugh (1831–1908), 5th earl of Annesley , horticulturist, and politician, was born 26 January 1831 in Dublin, second son of William Richard Annesley (1772–1838), 3rd earl and MP for Downpatrick (1815–20), and his second wife, Priscilla Cecilia (d. 1891), daughter of Hugh…

Atkins, Sir Humphrey Edward Gregory

Atkins, Sir Humphrey Edward Gregory (1922–96), Baron Colnbrook , secretary of state for Northern Ireland, was born 12 August 1922 in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, the only son of Capt. Edward Davis Atkins, a former army officer who settled in Kenya to run a coffee plantation, and…

Aylward, Margaret Louisa

Aylward, Margaret Louisa (1810–89), philanthropist and founder of a religious congregation, was born 23 November 1810 in Waterford city, fifth among ten children of William Aylward (d. 1840), merchant, and Ellen Aylward (née Murphy), who also had a son from her first marriage. The…

Barry, James

Barry, James (c.1792–1865), army doctor, was possibly born in Cork. Information on Barry's origins is scanty and speculative, as is proof of gender. Accepted in life as a male, he or she was hailed three weeks after death as Britain's first female doctor, and celebrated as such…

Barry, Katty

Barry, Katty (1909–82), restaurateur and famous Cork character, was born on Dalton's Avenue, off the Coal Quay, Cork, daughter of John Barry. Her mother ran a provisions shop on Dalton's Avenue, which Katty took over and turned into an eating house. Beautiful, witty, earthy, and…

Bates, Daisy May

Bates, Daisy May (1859–1951), welfare worker for Aborigines, anthropologist, and eccentric, was born 21 October 1859 in Roscrea, Co. Tipperay, third among six children of James Dwyer , catholic tradesman and blacksmith, and Bridget Dwyer (née Hunt). Her twin brother, Francis, died…

Beatty, Alfred Chester

Beatty, Alfred Chester (1875–1968), mining engineer, art collector, and philanthropist, was born in New York on 7 February 1875, third son of John Cuming Beatty and his wife Hetty, daughter of William Gedney Bull. His paternal grandparents were born in Co. Armagh and Queen's Co. (…

Biggs, Christopher Thomas Ewart-

Biggs, Christopher Thomas Ewart- (1921–76), UK ambassador to Ireland, was born 5 August 1921 in England, the only child of Lt-col. Henry Ewart-Biggs, of the Royal Engineers, and Mollie Hilda Madelene Ewart-Biggs (née Brice). For much of his childhood his father was on active service…

Blackwood, Lady Caroline Maureen

Blackwood, Lady Caroline Maureen (1931–96), writer and muse, was born in Hans Crescent, London, on 16 July 1931, eldest of the three children of Basil Sheridan Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood (1909–45), 8th Baron Dufferin and Claneboye, 4th Marquess Dufferin and Ava, and his wife, Maureen…

Booth, Arthur James Conry

Booth, Arthur James Conry (1891–1926), satirist and cartoonist, was born 24 September 1891 in Dublin, youngest among four children of James Booth, of the Dublin port and docks board, and Helen Booth (née Duggan) of 34 Belgrave Square, Rathmines, Co. Dublin. The Booth family, who had…

Bourke, Patrick Lorcan

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Campbell, Beatrice Moss

Campbell, Beatrice Moss (1883–1970), Lady Glenavy , artist, was born 30 April 1883 in Dublin, second among seven children of William Elvery , merchant, and Theresa Elvery (née Moss), singer and music teacher, whose parents were English quakers. William Elvery's ancestors were silk…

Clarke, Sr Sarah

Clarke, Sr Sarah (1919–2002), nun and civil rights campaigner, was born 17 November 1919 in Eyrecourt, Co. Galway, daughter of Michael Clarke, farmer, and Brigid Clarke (née Claffey). Her father was injured in a fall from a horse and was confined to a wheelchair before succumbing to TB…

Cockburn, Patricia Evangeline Anne

Cockburn, Patricia Evangeline Anne (1914–89), author and artist, was born 17 March 1914 at Derry House, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork, youngest among six children of Maj. John Bernard Arbuthnot , and his wife Olive, daughter of Sir Henry…

Corcoran, Michael

Corcoran, Michael (1827–63), brigadier-general in the American civil war and Fenian, was born in Carrowkeel, Co. Sligo, on 21 September 1827, son of Thomas Corcoran (d. 1845), a retired British army officer who had served in India, and Mary Corcoran (née McDonagh). In 1846 he joined…

Cosgrave, Patrick John Francis

Cosgrave, Patrick John Francis (1941–2001), writer and political adviser, was born 28 September 1941 in Dublin, only child of Patrick John Cosgrave, cabinet-maker and builder, and Margaret Cosgrave (née FitzGerald), daughter of a warder in Mountjoy prison, who Patrick would…

Crichton, Frances Elizabeth

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Cross, Eric

Cross, Eric (1903/5–1980), writer and broadcaster, was born in Newry, Co. Down, the only child of James Cross, a British civil servant and catholic. Educated in the north of England, he studied medicine at Manchester University for six months before moving to London to study…

Curran, Constantine Peter (‘Con’)

Curran, Constantine Peter (‘Con’) (1883–1972), lawyer and writer, was born 30 January 1883 in Dublin, younger of two children of Patrick Curran (d. 1924), head of the GPO telegraph division, of Dublin, and Mary Elizabeth Curran (née McGahan…

Cusack, Cyril James

Cusack, Cyril James (1910–93), actor, director, and writer, was born 26 November 1910 in Durban, South Africa, son of James Walter Cusack, an Irish officer with the Natal mounted police, and Alice Violet Cusack (née Cole), a Cockney chorus girl, who was related to the music-hall…

Cusack, Ralph Desmond Athanasius

Cusack, Ralph Desmond Athanasius (1912–65), artist, was born 28 October 1912 at Drumnigh House, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin, the only child of Maj. James Robert Roland Cusack, banker (later stockbroker), and Eileen Cusack, daughter of Capt. Watson of the 7th Dragoon Guards and widow of…

Darlington, Joseph

Darlington, Joseph (1850–1939), Jesuit and academic, was born 5 November 1850 in Wigan, Lancashire, second son of Ralph Darlington (occupation unknown). He matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford (2 December 1869) and graduated BA (1874)…

Davies, Stan Gébler

Davies, Stan Gébler (1943–94), journalist, was born 16 July 1943 in Wales, son of Max Davies, furniture manufacturer, and his wife Olive, sister of the writer Ernest Gébler (1915–98). His protestant father was apparently of Russian Jewish origin, and his maternal grandfather,…

de Búrca, Séamus

de Búrca, Séamus (1912–2002), writer and costumier, was born James Bourke on 16 March 1912 in Dublin, one of the ten children of the writer-actor-manager P. J. Bourke (qv) and Margaret Bourke (née Kearney), a Dublin seamstress.…

Delany, Cathleen

Delany, Cathleen (1907–97), actress, was born Kathleen Mary Delany on 21 July 1907 at 98 Marlborough Road, Donnybrook, Dublin, daughter of Alfred Patrick (A. P.) Delany, journalist, and his wife Kathleen Mary (née Kilgannon); she had at least two siblings, a brother and a sister.…