Murphy, John A.

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Corkery, Daniel

Corkery, Daniel (1883–1961), revolutionist and politician, was born 20 September 1883 into small farming stock in Clondrohid parish, near Macroom, Co. Cork, youngest of two sons and one daughter of James Corkery and Johanna Corkery (née Buckley). Educated at Macroom national school…

Corkery, Daniel

Corkery, Daniel (Ó Corcora, Domhnall ) (1878–1964), writer, cultural philosopher, and literary critic, was born 14 February 1878 at Gardiner's Hill, Cork city, one of five children of William Corkery and Mary Corkery (née Barron). The Corkerys were of carpentering stock for four or…

Gywnn, Denis Rolleston

Gywnn, Denis Rolleston (1893–1971), journalist and historian, was born 6 March 1893, third son among four sons and two daughters of Stephen Lucius Gwynn (qv), writer and MP, and his wife and first cousin Mary Louise, daughter of…

Keane, John B.

Keane, John B. (1928–2002), writer, humorist, and publican, was born 21 July 1928 at Church St., Listowel, Co. Kerry, fourth child among five sons and four daughters of William Keane and Hannah Keane (née Purtill). The initial ‘B.’ stood for Brendan, a name taken on confirmation…

MacCarthy, Justin

MacCarthy, Justin (c.1643–1694), Viscount Mountcashel and Baron Castleinch , army officer, was born probably in Blarney, youngest of three sons of Donough MacCarthy (qv), Viscount Muskerry and Earl Clancarty, and his wife…

O'Brien, Murrough

O'Brien, Murrough (c.1616–1673), 6th Baron and 1st earl of Inchiquin , politician and soldier, was eldest of four sons and three daughters of Dermot O'Brien and Ellen O'Brien (née fitz Edmund FitzGerald of Cloyne). The son of fervent catholics, he was educated according…

Ó Laoghaire, Peadar (An tAthair Peadar; O'Leary, Peter)

Ó Laoghaire, Peadar (An tAthair Peadar; O'Leary, Peter) (1839–1920), pioneering writer in modern Irish, was born 30 April 1839 at Lios Carragáin, in an Irish-speaking district some miles west of Macroom, Co. Cork, one of six children of Diarmuid Ó Laoghaire, small farmer, and…

O'Rahilly, Alfred

O'Rahilly, Alfred (1884–1969), scholar, university president, controversialist, and priest, was born 19 September 1884 in Listowel, Co. Kerry, eighth child of Thomas Francis Rahilly and Julia Mary Rahilly (née Curry); he changed his name to ‘O'Rahilly’ by deed poll in 1920. His…

Quill, Timothy (‘Thady’)

Quill, Timothy (‘Thady’) (c.1860–1932), subject of a lampooning ballad widely popular in south Munster, was the son of a small farmer from Carrigagulla, Ballinagree, near Macroom, Co. Cork. An itinerant labourer and occasional cattle-jobber, he was tall, exceptionally…

Ring, Christy

Ring, Christy (1920–79), hurler, was born Nicholas Christopher Ring on 30 October 1920 in Kilboy, near Cloyne, Co. Cork, second youngest among three sons and two daughters of Nicholas Ring, gardener, and his wife Mary. In his childhood the family moved to Spittal Street in Cloyne…

Windle, Sir Bertram Alan Coghill

Windle, Sir Bertram Alan Coghill (1858–1929), scholar, anatomist, archaeologist, and university president, was born 8 May 1858 at Mayfield, Staffordshire, England, eldest son of the Rev. Samuel Allan Windle and Sydney Katherine Windle (née Coghill). When he was four, the family…