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Allan, Frederick James (‘Fred’)

Allan, Frederick James (‘Fred’) (1861–1937), Fenian, journalist and civil servant, was born 15 June 1861 in Dublin, the third son of William Gartley Allan (d. 1881?), a clerk in the accounts department of the Board of Public Works (until 1873), and his wife Ellen Batty (née Quince…

Boland, James (‘Jim’)

Boland, James (‘Jim’) (1856–95), IRB and GAA member, was born 6 October 1856 in Manchester, son of Patrick Boland, labourer, originally from Fuerty, Co. Roscommon, and Eliza Boland (née Kelly), from Mount Bellew, Co. Galway, a first cousin of the Fenian…

Brennan, Thomas

Brennan, Thomas (1853–1912), nationalist and agrarian radical, was born 28 July 1853 at Yellow Furze, Co. Meath, second of two children of James Brennan of Beauparc and Catherine Brennan (née Rourke). Little is known of his earliest years or schooling, although he developed into a…

Cantwell, James

Cantwell, James (1818–75), nationalist, was born in Co. Tipperary and had at least three brothers and two sisters; nothing else is known of his family background. By the early 1840s he was employed as a mercantile assistant in the firm of Kinahan, Sons, & Smyth at Carlisle…

Carroll, William

Carroll, William (1835–1926), nationalist and physician, was born 24 February 1835 in Rathmullan, Co. Donegal, first of eight children of Thomas Carroll, weaver, shoemaker, and small farmer, and Eliza Carroll (née McClure), also from Rathmullan. In 1838 the family emigrated to…

Casey, Joseph Theobald

Casey, Joseph Theobald (1846–c.1907), Fenian, was born in April 1846 in Kilkenny city, third among four sons of Patrick Casey, shopkeeper, and Maryanne Casey (née Corcoran). After attending a local school, he moved to Gleethorpe, Lincolnshire, where he worked as a shop…

Clancy, John

Clancy, John (1844–1915), republican and local government official, was born in Carricknagat, Co. Sligo, son of John Clancy, customs official; nothing is known of his mother. Educated locally, in the early 1860s he moved to Dublin where he worked as a printer with the Irish…

Condon, Edward O'Meagher

Condon, Edward O'Meagher (1840–1915), nationalist, was born on 27 January 1840 near Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, the only child of Thomas Condon, farmer, and Ellen Condon (née O'Meagher). In 1842 the family emigrated, via New York, to Nova Scotia, Canada, settling on Prince William's…

Cronin, Philip Henry

Cronin, Philip Henry (1846–89), Fenian and physician, was born 7 August 1846 in Buttevant, Mallow, Co. Cork, eldest child of John V. Cronin, labourer and former Whiteboy. The family emigrated to New York c.1850, and lived for a short time in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1857 –…

Daly, John

Daly, John (1845–1916), Fenian, was born 18 October 1845 in the suburbs of Limerick city, third son of John Daly, foreman in a local timber yard, and Margaret Daly (née Hayes) of Fedamore. Educated at Moneywell national school and Limerick city…

Daly, Patrick Thomas

Daly, Patrick Thomas (1870–1943), republican and trade unionist, was born 2 December 1870 in Cumberland St., Dublin, son of John Daly, tailor, and Mary Daly (née Murphy). After attending a local national school he served an apprenticeship as a compositor. In 1892 he began working in…

Davis, Eugene

Davis, Eugene (1857–97), journalist, poet, and nationalist, was born 23 March 1857 in Clonakilty, Co. Cork, the only son of John Davis, teacher of classics, formerly renowned as a private tutor to the local gentry, and his second wife, Ellen (née Murphy). He had three stepsisters…

Dillon, Luke

Dillon, Luke (1848–1930), revolutionary, was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, son of Patrick Dillon and Bridget Dillon (née McDonagh), recent emigrants from Co. Sligo. In 1854 the family left for the USA, settling first in Trenton, New Jersey, and then permanently in Philadelphia.…

Doris, Patrick

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Doris, William

Doris, William (1860–1926), politician, agrarian agitator, and newspaper proprietor, was born 13 April 1860 in Westport, Co. Mayo, son of Robert Doris, postman, and Margaret Doris (née Madden). After attending the local CBS, he…

Egan, James Francis

Egan, James Francis (1847–1909), Fenian, was born in Limerick city, son of the proprietors of a small city hotel, of whom no other details are known. Educated locally, as a young man he worked initially as a commercial traveller for a Dublin ironmongery firm, and subsequently for a…

Egan, Patrick

Egan, Patrick (1841–1919), nationalist, was born 13 August 1841 in Ballymahon, Co. Longford, son of Francis Egan, a tenant-farmer who later became a civil engineer. Educated locally, at the age of 17 he moved to Glasnevin, Dublin, and began working as a clerk at the headquarters of…

Finerty, John Frederick

Finerty, John Frederick (1846–1908), journalist and nationalist, was born 10 September 1846 in Galway city, son of M. J. Finerty, nationalist and editor of the Galway Vindicator, and Margaret Finerty (née Flynn). After his father's death (1848) he was reared by an uncle. He…

Fitzgerald, Patrick Neville

Fitzgerald, Patrick Neville (1851–1907), Fenian, was born 7 March 1851 in Ballinacurra, Co. Cork, son of Edmond Fitzgerald, gardener, and Johanna Fitzgerald (née Neville). He attended Midleton national school until the age of 15 and thereafter worked as a clerk in a local hardware…

Gray, Philip

Gray, Philip (1821–57), revolutionary, was reputedly born near Westland Row, Dublin, though his father, Thomas Gray, was a farmer and native of Rathcore, Co. Meath. Little else is known of his family background. Friends heard that an uncle was hanged for his role in the 1798…

Halpin, William G.

Halpin, William G. (1824–92), Fenian, was born in May 1824 in Nobber, Co. Meath, son of John Halpin and his wife Sally. After studying civil engineering in Dublin, he left for the USA, arriving in New York on 28 October 1847. Shortly thereafter he settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, where…

Harris, Matthew

Harris, Matthew (1825–90), revolutionary and agrarian radical, was born in Roscommon town, son of Peter Harris, a farmer from Athlone, Co. Westmeath, and his wife Ann Harris. After attending a hedge school, he worked for several years as a labourer in the building profession before…

Harrison, Henry

Harrison, Henry (1867–1954), politician, soldier, and writer, was born on 17 December 1867 at Hollywood House, near Hollywood, Co. Down, son of Henry Harrison, landowner and JP, and Letitia Harrison, grandniece of…

Hoctor, Patrick

Hoctor, Patrick (1861–1933), republican and GAA activist, was born in December 1861 in Islandbawn, Co. Tipperary, son of Patrick Hoctor, millowner and publican, and Teresa Hoctor (née Thorne). Educated locally, after his father's death he moved to Newport, Co. Tipperary where he…

Holland, John Philip

Holland, John Philip (1841–1914), inventor of the submarine, was born 24 February 1841 at Castle St., Liscannor, Co. Clare, son of John Holland, a coast guard officer, and his second wife, Mary (née Scanlon). He was educated at St Macreehy's national school, Liscannor, and by the…