O'Riordan, Turlough

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Aiken, Jim

Aiken, Jim (1932–2007), music promoter and businessman, was one of seven or eight children born to Joseph Aiken and his wife Annie (née Fagan), and was raised on the family farm in Jonesborough, Co. Armagh, close to the border. After completing his secondary education, he studied…

Beirne, Bryan Patrick

Beirne, Bryan Patrick (1918–98), entomologist and pest control expert, was born 22 January 1918 in Ballygeary, Co. Wexford, the elder son of Patrick Beirne, tax inspector with UK Customs and Excise and later the Irish Revenue Commissioners, and his wife Mabel, daughter of…

Blomfield, Sara Louisa

Blomfield, Sara Louisa , Lady (1859–1939), Bahá'í pioneer and humanitarian, was born in Knockanevin, Borrisoleigh, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary, the daughter of Matthew (Matthias) John Ryan and his wife Emily (née Crowe). Religious tension between her catholic father and anglo-…

Borumborad, Achmet (Joyce, Patrick)

Borumborad, Achmet (Joyce, Patrick) (fl. 1772–82), quack and fraud, was a promoter of Turkish baths in Dublin. He claimed to have been born in, and to have fled from, Constantinople (Istanbul). His actual origins are unknown, though he was probably born in Co. Kilkenny.…

Boyd, Robert

Boyd, Robert (1805–31), soldier and revolutionary, was born 7 December 1805 in Templemore, Co. Londonderry, the son of Archibald Boyd (d. c.1827), city treasurer, and his wife Annie (née MacNeil); he had three (possibly four) brothers and a sister. Educated at the Free…

Boylan, Henry Joseph

Boylan, Henry Joseph (1911–2007), civil servant and writer, was born 21 December 1911 in Drogheda, Co. Louth, the seventh of nine children (five boys and four girls) of John Boylan, merchant sea captain, and his wife Mary (née Coleman; d. 1958). He enjoyed a comfortable childhood,…

Boylan, Patricia

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Brennan, Stan (Stanislaus)

Brennan, Stan (Stanislaus) (1929–2012), Franciscan missionary, was born James (Seamus) Brennan on 1 December 1929 at Carrowkeel, Co. Roscommon, the seventh of ten children born to James Brennan and his wife Kate (née O'Dowd) who were farmers. He was initially educated at the local…

Bresnihan, Barry (Finbar Patrick Kevin)

Bresnihan, Barry (Finbar Patrick Kevin) (1944–2010), rheumatologist and rugby player, was born on 13 March 1944 at 15 Lower Hatch Street, Dublin, the only son (as well as three daughters) of Dr Con Bresnihan (d. 1974), GP, chief medical officer to the civil service, and medical…

Bulger, Daniel Delany

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Bulger, Lawrence Quinlivan ('Larry')

Bulger, Lawrence Quinlivan ('Larry') (1870–1928), rugby player and medical doctor, was born 5 February 1870 at his parents' home on Moore Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare, the youngest of five sons and two daughters of Daniel Scanlan Bulger (d. 1904), then a pawnbroker and draper, later a…

Bulger, Michael Joseph

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Byrne, Seán

Byrne, Seán (1955–2003), soccer player, was born 5 February 1955 in Dublin, son of Thomas 'Dessie' Byrne, a labourer and League of Ireland footballer, of St Teresa's Gardens, Dolphin's Barn, Dublin, and his wife Annie (née Fields). Playing initially with the hugely successful…

Cahill, Harry (Harold Alexander)

Cahill, Harry (Harold Alexander) (1930–2009), international hockey player, was born on 9 June 1930 at 94 Fitzroy Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin, one of two boys and one girl born to Henry Joshua Cahill, superintendent of stamping in Dublin Castle, and his wife Mary Maeve Cahill (née…

Caldwell, John ('Johnny')

Caldwell, John ('Johnny') (1938–2009), boxer, was born on 7 May 1938 at 63 Cyprus Street, Belfast, the son of John Caldwell, a joiner, and Bridget Caldwell (née Maguire). During his education at St Comghall's School, Divis Street, his diminutive stature attracted bullying, and at…

Carr, James Celestine

Carr, James Celestine (1933–2006), radiologist, was born 6 April 1933 in a nursing home at 12 Leeson Street, Dublin, to Christopher Carr, accountant, and his wife Margaret (née Groome), of Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin. He attended Belvedere College, Dublin, before studying…

Clark, Henry Maitland

Clark, Henry Maitland (1929–2012), politician, colonial administrator and businessman, was born on 11 April 1929 in Co. Londonderry, the middle of three children (two boys and a girl) of Henry ('Harry') Francis Clark and his wife Sybil Emily (née Stuart); the family resided in Rockwood…

Cohen, Isaac

Cohen, Isaac (1914–2007), chief rabbi of the Republic of Ireland (1959–79), was born 26 July 1914 in Llanelli, Wales, one of three children born to shopkeeper parents of Lithuanian birth. Growing up amongst a community of fifty or so orthodox Jewish families, Cohen retained rich…

Colthurst, Sir John Conway

Colthurst, Sir John Conway (c.1743–1787), 2nd baronet and landowner, was eldest of five sons of John Conway Colthurst (d. 1775), 1st baronet, and his wife Charlotte (d. 1774), third daughter of Thomas FitzMaurice, 1st earl of Kerry. His father, MP for Doneraile (1751–60…

Connolly, Joe

Connolly, Joe (1922–2008), community activist and politician, was born 11 March 1922 at 5 Tolka Avenue, North Dock ward, Dublin, son of John Connolly, an engine driver, and his wife Esther (née McNally). Growing up in Lusk, Co. Dublin, and later in the East Wall area of the north-…

Conroy, Sheila (née Williams)

Conroy, Sheila (née Williams) (1918–2012), trade unionist, social activist and administrator, was born on 22 April 1918 (or 4 April 1917) in Bantry, Co. Cork, only child of Harry and Jane Williams. A Welsh petty officer in the Royal Navy, Harry Williams was stationed at Bantry (1914–…

Cowell, John Saint Patrick

Cowell, John Saint Patrick (1912–2008), medical administrator and writer, was born 13 March 1912 in Audenshaw, Lancashire, the only son of Dr William J. Cowell and his wife Adeline (née Kelly) (d. 1956). Drawn home by the abundant shooting and fishing, William Cowell returned to his…

Crofton, Sir John Wenman

Crofton, Sir John Wenman (1912–2009), physician, scientist and public health campaigner, was born on 27 March 1912 at the family home, 55 Merrion Square South, Dublin, the only son (between two sisters) of William Mervyn Crofton, physician and bacteriologist, and his wife Mary…

Crotty, Peter ('Pete')

Crotty, Peter ('Pete') (1925–2003), boxer, called the 'Iron Man of Dungarvan ', was born 4 September 1925 at Shandon, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, the son of Peter Crotty, a labourer, and Ellen Crotty (née Dennehy; late Riordan). One of at least three brothers and a sister (as listed at…

Crowley, Mary Frances

Crowley, Mary Frances (1906–90), nurse and educator, was born 1 August 1906 at 12 William Street, Wexford town, the home of her maternal grandparents, James Williams, a retired lighthouse keeper, and his wife Margaret. Mary was the eldest of six children born to John Crowley, a…