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Belton, John (‘Johnnie’) Aloysius

Belton, John (‘Johnnie’) Aloysius (1903–69), diplomat, was born 6 November 1903 at 37 Ballymahon St., Longford town, youngest child and second son of John Belton (b. 1861), corn and wool buyer, and his wife Margaret (b. 1867; née Farrell) who ran a stationery shop. He was educated…

Bewley, Charles Henry

Bewley, Charles Henry (1888–1969), barrister and diplomat, was born 12 July 1888 in Dublin, eldest son among four children of Henry Theodore Bewley (qv), MD and quaker, and Elizabeth…

Binchy, Daniel Anthony

Binchy, Daniel Anthony (1899–1989), historian and diplomat, was born 3 June 1899 on Main Street, Charleville, Co. Cork, second son (there were at least three other surviving children) of William Patrick Binchy, shopkeeper, and his wife Annie (née Browne). Education and early…

Boland, Frederick H.

Boland, Frederick H. (1904–85), diplomat, was born 11 January 1904 in Dublin, second son of Henry Patrick Boland (qv) (later senior assistant secretary at the Department of Finance) and his wife Charlotte (née Nolan). He was educated…

Brennan, Robert

Brennan, Robert (1881–1964), republican, journalist, writer, and diplomat, was born in Co. Wexford on 22 July 1881, second child and eldest son among four children of Robert Brennan (d. 1919), cattle dealer, and Bridget Brennan (née Kearney; d. 1938), dressmaker. He was educated…

Commins, Thomas Vincent

Commins, Thomas Vincent (1913–85), diplomat, was born 3 October 1913 at Ballymoreen, Littleton, Co. Tipperary, third among six children of James Commins (b. 1877) and Mary Commins (née Corbett; b. 1887), both national school teachers. He was educated at Rockwell College, Co. Tipperary,…

Cremin, Cornelius (‘Con’) Christopher

Cremin, Cornelius (‘Con’) Christopher (1908–87), diplomat, was born 6 December 1908 in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, the son of Denis J. Cremin, draper, and Ann Cremin (née Singleton) from Tuam, Co. Galway. He was educated at the local national school and as a boarder at St Brendan's College…

Cremins, Francis (‘Frank’) Thomas

Cremins, Francis (‘Frank’) Thomas (1885–1975), diplomat, was born 20 January 1885 in the workhouse at Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, son of Patrick Cremins, teacher, and Honoria Cremins (née Mulcahy; 1845–1931), matron of the Carrick-on-Suir workhouse. Cremins entered the…

Dulanty, John Whelan

Dulanty, John Whelan (1883–1955), diplomat, was born at 9 Great Newton Street, Newton, Manchester, on 11 May 1881, the youngest of four children of John Dulanty (born 1844) (at the time spelt ‘Delanty’ and ‘Dulinty’), a builder's labourer from Templemore, Co. Tipperary, and his…

Fay, William Patrick Ignatius

Fay, William Patrick Ignatius (1909–69), diplomat, was born 17 April 1909 at Seaview House, Booterstown, Co. Dublin, son of Henry Edward Fay, surveyor at the General Post Office, and Helena Magdalen (neé Browne), and was a nephew of…

Fogarty, Christopher P. (‘Robin’)

Fogarty, Christopher P. (‘Robin’) (1928–95), diplomat, was born 3 July 1928 at 23 Kenilworth Park, Rathmines, Dublin, the only son of Christopher Fogarty, civil servant, of Harbour View, Dingle, Co. Kerry, and Margaret Fogarty (née Matthews). He was educated at O'Connell Schools,…

Hearne, John Joseph

Hearne, John Joseph (1893–1969), diplomat and lawyer, was born 4 December 1893 at 8 William St., Waterford, fourth son and sixth among seven children of Alderman Richard Hearne, mayor of Waterford and leather merchant, and Alice Mary Hearne (née Power). He was educated at…

Keating, Paul John Geoffrey

Keating, Paul John Geoffrey (1924–80), diplomat, was born 13 August 1924 in Dublin, first child of Joseph Keating and Mary Mercedes Keating (neé Joyce). He was educated at TCD, where in 1946 he received a first-class degree in modern…

Kennedy, Eamonn Lucas

Kennedy, Eamonn Lucas (1921–2000), diplomat, was born 13 December 1921 in Dublin, son of Luke Kennedy, civil servant, and Ellen Kennedy (née Stafford). He was educated at O'Connell Schools, Dublin, and at UCD (…

Kerney, Leopold Harding

Kerney, Leopold Harding (1881–1962), diplomat, was born 11 December 1881 in Dublin, youngest among nine children (two of whom died in childhood) of Philip Joseph Kerney, a well known journalist, sub-editor of the Dublin Daily Express and editor of the Weekly Irish Times…

Kiernan, Thomas Joseph (‘Tommy’; ‘T. J.’)

Kiernan, Thomas Joseph (‘Tommy’; ‘T. J.’) (1897–1967), diplomat, was born 9 November 1897 at 3 Moyne Road, Rathmines, Dublin, son of Francis Kiernan, clerk, and Kathleen Kiernan (neé Hurley). He had three brothers – Brian, Michael, and Brendan (who later became legal adviser to the…

Lester, Seán (John Ernest)

Lester, Seán (John Ernest) (1888–1959), diplomat, was born 27 September 1888 at Woodburn, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, son of Robert John Lester, owner of a Belfast grocery shop, and Henrietta Mary Lester (née Ritchie). Briefly educated at the Methodist College, Belfast (1901–2), he…

Leydon, John

Leydon, John (1895–1979), civil servant, was born 17 January 1895, fourth child and third son of James Leydon and Kate Leydon (neé Quinn), farmers, of Arigna, Co. Roscommon. He was educated at St Mel's College, Longford, and became a seminarian at St Patrick's College, Maynooth (…

Macaulay, William (‘Bill’) J. Babbington

Macaulay, William (‘Bill’) J. Babbington (1892–1964), diplomat, was born 15 December 1892 in Dublin, the only son of Capt. Patrick Macaulay and Elizabeth Macaulay (née Murphy) of Waterside, Co. Antrim. He was educated privately and served with a commission in the British naval volunteer…

MacWhite, Eoin

MacWhite, Eoin (1923–72), diplomat and archaeologist, was born 7 September 1923 in Geneva, Switzerland, son of Michael MacWhite (qv), diplomat, and his wife Paula Asta Gruttner Hillerod, a Danish artist. He was born four days before…

MacWhite, Michael

MacWhite, Michael (1883–1958), soldier and diplomat, was born 8 May 1883 at Reenogreena, Glandore, Co. Cork, eighth among nine children of John White and Mary McCarthy. He was educated at national school at Reenogreena and Andfield. On leaving school aged 17 in 1900, the year his…

McCann, Hugh James

McCann, Hugh James (1916–86), diplomat, was born 9 February 1916 in Dublin, eldest son of Hugh J. McCann, later a district justice, and his wife Sophie McCann. He was educated at Belvedere College, Dublin, and at the London School of Economics (B.Sc.…

McCauley, Leo Thomas

McCauley, Leo Thomas (1895–1974), diplomat, was born 29 December 1895 in Derry city, the third son of William McCauley of Woolwich, London, and Agnes McCauley (née Heaney). He was educated at St Columb's College, Derry, and UCD, where…

McDonald, Denis Ronald

McDonald, Denis Ronald (1910–83), diplomat, was born 22 February 1910 at Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, son of John McDonald, ticket collector, and Ellen McDonald (née Gamble). He was educated at UCC (BA (…

McNeill, James

McNeill, James (1869–1938), civil servant, diplomat, and governor general of the Irish Free State, was born 27 March 1869 in Glenarm, Co. Antrim, ‘of a very old Co. Antrim family’ (Irish Times, 13 Dec. 1938), son of Archibald McNeill, shipbuilder, baker, and farmer, and…