Murphy, William

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Ashe, Thomas (Tomás Ághas)

Ashe, Thomas (Tomás Ághas) (1885–1917), republican, was born 12 January 1885 at Kinard, Lispole, near Dingle, Co. Kerry, the fourth son in a family of seven boys and three girls born to Gregory Ashe, farmer, and his wife Ellen (née Hanafin). He attended Ardamore national school (…

Beary, Michael

Beary, Michael (1894–1956), jockey and trainer, was born 9 December 1894 at Anne St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, second son of John Beary, clerk of the Clonmel union, and Hannah Beary (née Skeahan). He began his apprenticeship as a jockey with Col.…

Beasley, Henry Herbert (Harry)

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Beasley, Thomas (Tommy)

Beasley, Thomas (Tommy) (1848–1905) and Henry Herbert (Harry) (1852–1939), jockeys, were born at Salisbury House, Athy, Co. Kildare, first and third of the five sons of Joseph Lapham Beasley, large farmer. Four of the boys were to become jockeys, but neither Willie (d. 1892, after a…

Beaumont (McGavock), Máirín (Mary)

Beaumont (McGavock), Máirín (Mary) (1894–1972), teacher and nationalist, was born 7 December 1894 in Glenarm, Co. Antrim, one of the four daughters of William McGavock, a merchant, and Annie McGavock , a sister of Eoin MacNeill (qv).…

Blake, Richard Thomas

Blake, Richard Thomas (1868–1937), secretary of the GAA and journalist, was born 15 January 1868 at Ladyrath, Rathkenny, Navan, Co. Meath, eldest son of seven sons and one daughter of Philip Blake (d. 1906), large farmer, and Eliza Martha Blake (née Cogan). His interest in and…

Bowles, John Joseph

Bowles, John Joseph (1879–1949), handball player, was born 5 September 1879 in Clare St., Thomondgate, Limerick, son of Joseph Bowles, cooper, and Lisa Bowles (née Cusack). Although he gained initial recognition as an oarsman with Shannon Rowing Club, he achieved fame through…

Boyle, Patrick (Alphonsus)

Boyle, Patrick (Alphonsus) (1905–82), writer, was born 11 April 1905 in Victoria Street, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, the third son of Patrick Boyle, solicitor, and his wife, Kathleen (née Dempsey). He was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution, where he and his brother were…

Boyle, William

Boyle, William (1853–1923), dramatist and civil servant, was born 4 April 1853 in Dromisken, Co. Louth, the son of Patrick Boyle and his wife, Mary (née Meehan). Educated at St Mary's College, Dundalk, in 1874 he entered the civil service in London and worked in the inland revenue…

Breathnach, Breandán

Breathnach, Breandán (1912–85), author, collector, and musician, was born 1 April 1912 in Hamilton St., Dublin, elder of two sons and three daughters of Patrick Walsh (d. 1980), silk weaver, and Julia Walsh (née Parker) (d. 1927). Educated at Francis St. national school, he…

Brent, George

Brent, George (1904–79), actor, was born George Nolan 15 March 1904 at Main St., Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, son of John Nolan, shopkeeper, and Mary Nolan (née McGuinness). Orphaned in 1915, he moved briefly to New York where he was cared for by an aunt, returning later to Dublin to…

Brosnan, Cornelius (‘Con’)

Brosnan, Cornelius (‘Con’) (1900–75), Gaelic footballer, was born 27 December 1900 in Newtownsandes (now Moyvane), Co. Kerry, son of Jeremiah Brosnan, shopkeeper and creamery manager, and Ellie Brosnan (née Nolan). Educated at Newtonsandes N.S. and St. Michael's College, Listowel,…

Brosnan, Patrick (‘Paddy Bawn’)

Brosnan, Patrick (‘Paddy Bawn’) (1917–95), Gaelic footballer, was born 16 November 1917 at Strand St., Dingle, Co. Kerry, son of Timothy Brosnan, fisherman, and Ellie Brosnan (née Johnson). He was educated at Dingle national school and the local…

Browne, Valentine Charles Edward

Browne, Valentine Charles Edward (1891–1943), Viscount Castlerosse , 6th earl of Kenmare , journalist and socialite, was born 29 May 1891 in Grosvenor Square, London, eldest son of Valentine Browne, 5th earl of Kenmare, and Elizabeth Browne (née Baring), eldest daughter of Lord…

Bruen, James O'Grady (‘Jimmy’)

Bruen, James O'Grady (‘Jimmy’) (1920–72), amateur golfer, was born 8 May 1920 in Belfast, only child of James Bruen (d. 1950), bank official and company secretary, and Margaret Bruen (née Shepperson Cooke). The family moved to Blackrock, Cork, when he was very young. Throughout his…

Bull, (George) Lucien

Bull, (George) Lucien (1876–1972), inventor, was born 5 January 1876 at 16 Upper Gloucester St., Dublin, one of two sons and two daughters of Cornelius Bull of Bedford, England, and Gabrielle Jouvé of Paris, owners of Bull's religious depository, Suffolk St., Dublin. Educated at…

Burns, Thomas (Tommy; ‘The Scotchman’)

Burns, Thomas (Tommy; ‘The Scotchman’) (1898–1991), jockey, was born 13 February 1898 in Ayrshire, Scotland, eldest son and third child of James Burns (d.1954), racehorse trainer, and Jane Burns (née Tait; d. 1931). Educated at Ayr Academy, he quickly eschewed school for the…

Butcher, Edward (‘Eddie’)

Butcher, Edward (‘Eddie’) (1900–80), traditional singer, was born 8 May 1900 at Tamlaght, Magilligan, Co. Londonderry, third son among six sons and four daughters born to John Butcher, casual labourer, and Elizabeth Butcher (née Clyde). His father was a noted singer and all but…

Byrne, Robert (‘Bobby’)

Byrne, Robert (‘Bobby’) (1889–1919), trade unionist and republican, was born 28 November 1889 at 5 Upper Oriel St., Dublin, one of three sons of Robert Byrne, fitter, of North Strand, Dublin, and Annie Byrne (née Hurley) of Limerick. He was a cousin of…

Campbell, David Callender

Campbell, David Callender (1891–1963), colonial official and politician, was born 29 January 1891 in southern India, son of William Howard Campbell, missionary, and Elizabeth Nevin Campbell (née Boyd). Educated at Foyle College, Derry, he then studied mathematics and science at…

Campbell, Thomas Joseph

Campbell, Thomas Joseph (1871–1946), journalist, lawyer, and politician, was born 14 December 1871 in Divis St., Belfast, son of Joseph Campbell, stationer, originally of Maghery, Co. Armagh, and Sarah Campbell (née Morrow) of Dromore, Co. Down. Educated at St Mary's…

Canty, Joseph (‘Kidder’)

Canty, Joseph (‘Kidder’) (1894–1971), jockey, was born 20 June 1894 in Kilfrush, Knocklong, Co. Limerick, youngest of eleven children of John Canty, farmer, and Mary Canty (née MacNamara). In 1911 he became an apprentice jockey to

Carew, James Laurence

Carew, James Laurence (1853–1903), politician and newspaper proprietor, was the youngest son of Laurence Carew of Kildangan, Co. Meath, and his wife Anne, only daughter of Garrett Robinson of Kilrainy, Co. Kildare. Educated at Tullabeg College, Clongowes, and…

Carroll, John

Carroll, John (1903–86), agricultural zoologist, was born 4 April 1903 in Bantry, Co. Cork, eldest of two sons and five daughters of John Carroll (d. 1955), land steward and cattle dealer, of Crookstown, Kilmurry, Co. Cork, and Julia Carroll (née Cunningham), also of Crookstown.…

Cary, (Arthur) Joyce (Lunel)

Cary, (Arthur) Joyce (Lunel) (1888–1957), author, was born 7 December 1888 at the home of his maternal grandparents in Derry, elder of two sons of Arthur Pitt Chambers Cary (d. 1937), engineer, of 41 Kitto Rd, London, and Charlotte Louisa Cary (d. 1898), daughter of James Joyce,…