McCartney, Donal

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Coffey, Denis Joseph

Coffey, Denis Joseph (1865–1945), academic, president of UCD, was born 21 January 1865 in Tralee, Co. Kerry, son of John Coffey, shopkeeper, and Mary Coffey (née McMahon). He was educated by the Christian Brothers and at Holy Cross, Tralee, before entering the Catholic University…

Conway, Arthur William

Conway, Arthur William (1875–1950), academic and president of UCD, was born 2 October 1875 in Main St., Wexford town, the only son of Myles and Teresa Conway (née Harris). He had one sister. His father died, aged 34, when Arthur was only two, and his mother married again, to a…

Froude, James Anthony

Froude, James Anthony (1818–1894), historian, was born 23 April 1818 at Dartington, Devonshire, England, youngest among eight children of Archdeacon Robert Hurrell Froude, anglican clergyman, and Margaret Froude (née Spedding). He was educated at Westminster and at Oriel College,…

Hogan, Jeremiah Joseph

Hogan, Jeremiah Joseph (1902–82), academic and president of UCD, was born 21 April 1902 at 23 Dame St., Dublin, son of Thomas J. Hogan, wine and spirit merchant, and Johanna Mary Hogan (née Hogan). He was educated at the Catholic University School, Leeson St., matriculated in 1919…

Lecky, William Edward Hartpole

Lecky, William Edward Hartpole (1838–1903), historian, was born 26 March 1838 in Newtown Park, Dublin. Of Scottish origin, the Leckys had settled in the north of Ireland in the early seventeenth century, and became prominent in the public life of the city of Derry. Robert Lecky,…

Murphy, Thomas

Murphy, Thomas (1915–97), academic and president of UCD, was born 3 December 1915 in Bunclody, Co. Wexford, elder of two sons of John Murphy, farmer, and Mary Murphy (née Doyle). A sister of the two boys died in childhood. Educated…

Ó Cléirigh, Conn R.

Ó Cléirigh, Conn R. (1927–95), Celtic scholar, was born 7 February 1927 in Dublin, the elder of two children of James Clery, publican, of Amiens Street, and his wife, Johanna (née Connolly); Conn had a sister, Alice. He was educated at the Loreto convent, North Great George's Street,…

Tierney, Michael

Tierney, Michael (1894–1975), academic and president of UCD, was born 30 September 1894 at Esker in the parish of Ballymacward, near Castleblakeney, Co. Galway, fourth of six children (four sons and two daughters) of Michael Tierney (a small farmer with little more than ten acres…