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Donaghy, John Lyle

Donaghy, John Lyle (1902–49), poet, was born near Larne, Co. Antrim, on 28 July 1902, the eldest son of Revd John Lyle Donaghy, a minister of First Larne Presbyterian Church, and Jessie Meikle Donaghy (née Gardner-Smith). Educated at Larne grammar school and…

Donnellan, Anne

Donnellan, Anne (c.1700–62), literary critic, and promoter of literature, learning, and the arts, was the daughter of Nehemiah Donnellan (qv), MP and chief baron of the Irish exchequer (c.1702–05), by his…

Edmundson, William

Edmundson, William (1627–1712), quaker leader, was born c. 4 October 1627 in Little Musgrave, Westmorland (Cumbria), England, youngest of six children of John Edmundson (d. 1635), a well-to-do yeoman, and Grace Edmundson (d. 1632). Orphaned at an early age, he was reared…

Egerton, George

Egerton, George (Mary Chavelita Dunne ) (1859–1945), writer, was born 14 December 1859 in Melbourne, Australia, eldest daughter among three daughters and one son of Capt. John Joseph Dunne (1837–1910), native of Queen's Co. (Laois), Ireland, army officer, author, artist, sportsman,…

Hinkson, Henry Albert

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Hinkson, Pamela

Hinkson, Pamela (1900–82), novelist, was born 19 November 1900 in Ealing, London, England, the only daughter among five children of Katharine Tynan Hinkson (qv), novelist and poet, and Henry Albert Hinkson (1865–1919). Her…

Meade, L. T. (Elizabeth (‘Lillie’) Thomasina

Meade, L. T. (Elizabeth (‘Lillie’) Thomasina Toulmin Smith) (1844?–1914), novelist, was born in Bandon, Co. Cork, daughter of Richard Thomas Meade, clergyman, and Sarah Meade (née Lane). Reared in Nohaval, near Kinsale, Co. Cork, where her father was Church of Ireland rector, she was…

O'Brien, Frances Marcella

O'Brien, Frances Marcella (‘Attie ’) (1840–83), poet and novelist, was born 24 June 1840 near Ennis, Co. Clare, second youngest among three sons and two daughters of William O'Brien, farmer, from Co. Clare, and Marcella O'Brien (née Burke-Browne) of Newgrove, Co. Clare. Her mother…

Ó Laoghaire, Art

Ó Laoghaire, Art (1747–73), soldier, the subject of a famous lament, was probably the son of either Daniel, Cornelius, or Conor Ó Laoghaire, from Ballymurphy, Co. Cork; his paternity is ambiguous. He lived at Raleigh, near Macroom, Co. Cork, and is thought to have received at…

O'Mahony, Nora (Norah) Tynan

O'Mahony, Nora (Norah) Tynan (1866–1954), poet and novelist, was born 15 February 1866 in Whitehall, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, one of twelve children of Andrew Cullen Tynan , a livestock farmer from Clondalkin, and Elizabeth Tynan (née Reilly). She attended the Dominician convent of…

Quin, Michael Joseph

Quin, Michael Joseph (1796–1843), journalist and travel writer, was born in Co. Tipperary, the son of Morty Quin, a catholic distiller from Thurles. He entered TCD in 1811, but there is no record of his graduation. Called to the bar at…

Sampson, John

Sampson, John (1862–1931), scholar and librarian, was born 25 February 1862 in Schull, Co. Cork, third child and eldest of three sons of James Sampson, metallurgical chemist and mining engineer born in Cornwall of a long Cornish lineage, and Sarah Anne Sampson (née Macdermott), who…

Savage, Marmion Wilme

Savage, Marmion Wilme (1803–72), novelist and journalist, was born 22 February 1803 in Dublin, the only child of Revd Henry Savage and Sarah Savage (née Bewley). He grew up in his father's parish in Ardkeen, Co. Down. Awarded a BA in classics…

Shee, Sir Martin Archer

Shee, Sir Martin Archer (1769–1850), portrait painter, poet, and novelist, was born 20 December 1769 in Dublin, the youngest of four children of Martin Shee, merchant, and Mary Shee (née Archer), both of Dublin. His mother died during his early infancy, and he was raised with his…

Sheridan, Frances (née Chamberlaine)

Sheridan, Frances (née Chamberlaine) (1724–66), writer, was born in Dublin, the youngest child among three sons and two daughters of Philip Chamberlaine , a Church of Ireland clergyman who was rector of St Nicholas Without, and Anastasia Chamberlaine (née Whyte), his English-born…

Shorter, Dora Sigerson

Shorter, Dora Sigerson (1866–1918), writer, was born in Dublin, elder daughter among two daughters and two sons of Dr George Sigerson (qv), physician, scientist, and Gaelic scholar and poet, a catholic from Co. Tyrone, and Hester…

Strong, Eithne (née O'Connell)

Strong, Eithne (née O'Connell) (1923–99), writer, was born 28 February 1923 in Glensharrold, Co. Limerick. One of five children, though her parents were teachers she was brought up on a farm and educated locally through Irish. She briefly attended…

Supple, Gerald Henry

Supple, Gerald Henry (1823–98), journalist, lawyer, poet, and nationalist, was born in Cork city, eldest son among two sons and four daughters of Thomas Supple, of Bowling Green St., Cork city, and Letitia Anne Supple (née Sherlock), of Ballintemple, Co. Cork, a lineal descendant…

Tennent, Sir James Emerson

Tennent, Sir James Emerson (1804–69), politician, author, and traveller, was born in North St., Belfast, on 7 April 1804, third and only surviving son of William Emerson (d. 1821), of Ardmore, Co. Armagh, a successful Belfast tobacco merchant, and Sarah Emerson, youngest daughter of…

Todhunter, John

Todhunter, John (1839–1916), poet, playwright, and physician, was born 30 December 1839 at 19 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin, elder son of Thomas Harvey Todhunter, merchant, and Hannah Todhunter (née Harvey), a native of Limerick city. His paternal grandfather, also John…

Trench, (Frederic) Herbert

Trench, (Frederic) Herbert (1865–1923), poet and playwright, was born 12 November 1865 in Avoncore, Midleton, Co. Cork, eldest son of William Wallace Trench, gentleman farmer, and Elizabeth Trench (née Allen). He was educated from 1880 at Haileybury, Oxford – where he co-edited