McGarry, Fearghal

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Conway, Christopher (‘Kit’)

Conway, Christopher (‘Kit’) (1897–1937), revolutionary, was born 3 December 1897 in Clogheen workhouse, Co. Tipperary, son of Ellen Conway, unmarried, who died shortly after his birth. Raised in the workhouse until the age of 14, he worked as a farm labourer in the nearby village of…

Hilliard, Robert (‘Bob’) Martin

Hilliard, Robert (‘Bob’) Martin (1904–37), clergyman, boxer, and revolutionary, was born 7 April 1904 in New St., Killarney, Co. Kerry, one of six children of Robert M. Hilliard, a wealthy protestant draper, and Alice Hilliard (née Martin). The family subsequently resided at…

McGrotty, Eamon

McGrotty, Eamon (1911–37), Christian Brother and socialist republican, was born 12 July 1911 in Derry city, fourth child among four sons and two daughters of Edward McGrotty, a well-off cattle-dealer and shopowner, and Catherine McGrotty (née Kennedy), daughter of a prosperous…

McGuinness, Charles John

McGuinness, Charles John (1893–1947), sailor and adventurer, was born 6 March 1893 in Derry city, elder of two sons of John McGuinness, sea-captain and harbourmaster, and Margaret McGuinness (née Hernand). In 1908, at the age of 15, McGuinness left home, stowing away in a ship and…

O'Donnell, Peadar

O'Donnell, Peadar (1893–1986), socialist and writer, was born 22 February 1893 in Meenmore, near Dunglow (Dungloe), Co. Donegal, youngest among six sons and three daughters of Biddy and James (‘Sheáin Mhóir’) O'Donnell. He was greatly influenced by his upbringing in the Rosses, in…

White, James Robert (‘Jack’)

White, James Robert (‘Jack’) (1879–1946), soldier and anarchist, was born in May 1879 in Broughshane, near Ballymena, Co. Antrim, only son among five children of Field-marshal Sir George Stuart White, an Anglo-Irish landowner and distinguished soldier, and his wife Amy, daughter of…