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Anderson, Albert Wesley

Anderson, Albert Wesley (1907–86), industrialist and politician, was born 23 July 1907 in Derry city, elder son and second among four children of Sir Robert Newton Anderson of Derry, industrialist and politician, and his wife Lydia Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Elliott Smith, banker…

Anderson, Sir John D'Arcy

Anderson, Sir John D'Arcy (1908–1988), army officer, was born 23 September 1908 in Ballyhosset, Downpatrick, Co. Down, the only child of Major Reginald D'Arcy Anderson of Ballyhosset, Downpatrick, and his wife, Norah, daughter of Colonel Thomas Gracey of Blackheath, London. He won…

Andrews, Sir James

Andrews, Sir James (1877–1951), lord chief justice of Northern Ireland, was born 3 January 1877 in Comber, Co. Down, third among five sons of Thomas Andrews of Comber, industrialist, and his wife Elizabeth, only daughter of James Alexander Pirrie of Clandeboye, Co. Down, and sister…

Archdale, Sir Edward Mervyn

Archdale, Sir Edward Mervyn (1853–1943), landowner and politician, was born 26 January 1853 at Rossfad, near Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh, eldest among six sons and two daughters of Nicholas Montgomery Archdale (1820–77), sometime agent of the Archdale estate, high sheriff of Co…

Barrett, Sylvester Aidan (‘Sylvie’)

Barrett, Sylvester Aidan (‘Sylvie’) (1926–2002), politician, was born 18 May 1926 at Darragh, Ennis, Co. Clare, third among four children of Frank Barrett, CO of the IRA's mid-Clare brigade in the…

Barrington, Thomas Joseph

Barrington, Thomas Joseph (1916–2000), civil servant, was born 16 May 1916 in Dublin, the eldest of five children of Thomas Barrington (qv), civil servant, of Corrofin, Co. Clare, and his wife, Eileen, née Bracken, the half-sister…

Barry, Charles Robert

Barry, Charles Robert (1823–1897), lord justice of appeal and MP, was born 3 January 1823 in Limerick city, eldest son of James Barry, solicitor, of Limerick city, and his wife Ellen, daughter of James Purcell. He was educated at Dalton's School, Limerick, Midleton Foundation School…

Calvert, (Lilian) Irene Mercer

Calvert, (Lilian) Irene Mercer (1909–2000), public servant and MP, was born 10 February 1909 in Belfast, third child and second daughter of John Earls , principal of the Belfast Municipal College of Technology and professor of mathematics at…

Conlon, Malachy (Malachi)

Conlon, Malachy (Malachi) (1913–50), journalist and politician, was born 16 January 1913 at Lurgancullenboy, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, one of two sons and two daughters of Patrick Conlon, a farmer of Lurgancullenboy, and Mary (née Nally) Conlon. He was educated at the local…

Cunningham, Patrick

Cunningham, Patrick (1878–1960), politician and farmer, was born 4 June 1878 in Mountjoy East, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, son of Michael Cunningham, farmer, and his wife Catherine (née McConalogue), both of Co. Tyrone. He was educated locally, before becoming a highly successful farmer. His…

Cunningham, Sir Samuel Knox

Cunningham, Sir Samuel Knox (1909–76), politician, was born 3 April 1909 in Belfast, youngest among four sons of Samuel Cunningham of Belfast, NI senator and businessman, and his wife Janet Muir Knox, eldest daughter of Dunlop McCosh, solicitor, of…

Groome, Joe

Groome, Joe (c.1908–77), political activist and hotelier, was born in Dublin, the son of Joseph Groome, hotelier. In 1909 his father purchased a hotel at 8 Cavendish Row, Dublin, and called it Groome's Hotel; young Joe grew up at this address. He was educated at St Peter'…

Johnston, Joseph

Johnston, Joseph (1890–1972), economist and senator, was born 2 August 1890 in Castlecaulfield, Co. Tyrone, one of the eight children and the youngest of the six sons of John Johnston, schoolteacher, and his wife, Mary, née Geddes. He was educated at Dungannon Royal School and as a…

MacCarthy, Seán

MacCarthy, Seán (1890–1974), republican and GAA president, was born 22 January 1890 at Dunkereen, Upton, Co. Cork, son of Timothy MacCarthy, ploughman and later agricultural steward, and Hannah MacCarthy (née Hegarty). He was educated at Knockavilla national school and at De La…

MacDonagh, Maire (Mary McDonagh)

MacDonagh, Maire (Mary McDonagh) (1918–97), trade unionist, was born 20 March 1918 in Kilconnell, Co. Galway, the second of three daughters who lived into adulthood of Michael MacDonagh, customs official, and his wife, Caroline, née Keary, both of Co. Galway. She appears to have…

McCann, George Galway

McCann, George Galway (1909–67), artist and sculptor, was born 14 February 1909 at 138 Highfield Road, Belfast, son of David Galway McCann, monumental sculptor, and Elizabeth (née Crawford) McCann. He studied at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and at the Belfast School of…

McCarthy, Janie

McCarthy, Janie (c.1890–1964), resistance worker and language teacher, was born in Bohereengowan, Killarney, Co. Kerry, the fourth of eight children, two boys and six girls, of Jeremiah McCarthy, mason, and Mary McCarthy, both of Co. Kerry. She appears to have been educated…

McCorkell, Sir Dudley Evelyn Bruce

McCorkell, Sir Dudley Evelyn Bruce (1883–1960), businessman and mayor, was born in 1883 in Ballyarnet, Derry, eldest son of David Browne McCorkell, barrister, of Ballyarnet, and his wife Eveleen Georgina Harriett Pakenham of Ballyarnett, Co. Londonderry. He was educated at…

McMullen, William

McMullen, William (1888–1982), trade unionist and politician, was born in Lilliput Street, Belfast, son of Joseph McMullen, shop owner, of County Monaghan; his mother was a native of County Cavan. When he was two years old, his family moved to a bigger shop on Shore Road, Belfast…

Montgomery, Hugh Edmund Langton

Montgomery, Hugh Edmund Langton (1895–1971), diplomat and priest, was born 30 October 1895 at Blessingbourne, near Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone, eldest among three sons and three daughters of Maj.-gen. Hugh Maude de…

O'Connell, John

O'Connell, John (1949–99), human rights activist, was born 27 September 1949 in Claregalway, Co. Galway, the youngest of the seven children, four boys and three girls, of James O'Connell, a farmer, and his wife, Margaret, née Folan, who also came from a farming background. He was…

O'Friel, Henry

O'Friel, Henry (1892–1977), public servant, was born 19 March 1892 in Co. Donegal, possibly at Milford, second among five children of James O'Friel, teacher, and Teresa O'Friel (née Redmond) of Co. Wicklow. He was educated at St Colman's College, Fermoy, Co. Cork, and secured many…

Pim, Jonathan Ernest

Pim, Jonathan Ernest (1858–1949), judge and attorney general for Ireland, was born 2 May 1858 at Monkstown, Co. Dublin, eldest among three sons and six daughters of Thomas Pim of Greenbank, Monkstown, company director of Pim Brothers & Co., a substantial Dublin firm, and Susan…

Richardson, Edward Gerald (‘Eddie’)

Richardson, Edward Gerald (‘Eddie’) (1903–87), sportsman and politician, was born 15 April 1903 in Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, son of James Richardson, farmer, and Catherine (née McNamara). The family lived at Moybane, Crossmaglen, and he was educated locally. He was Ulster cycling…

Ronan, Sean Gerard

Ronan, Sean Gerard (1924–2000), civil servant and diplomat, was born 11 January 1924 in Cork city, the eldest of the three children, two boys and a girl, of John Ronan of Ballintemple, Cork, and his wife, Mary, née Hogan, of Portumna, Co. Galway. He was educated locally and then…