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Binks, J. Harold

Binks, J. Harold (1911–86), trade unionist, was born in Portadown, Co. Armagh, one of several sons of Thomas J. Binks (who was probably the Thomas James Binks, carpenter, resident at 66 Hanover Street, married to Annie S. Binks (née Kelly)). He attended a mixed-denominational…

Black, Arthur

Black, Arthur (1888–1968), politician and lord justice of appeal in Northern Ireland, was born 6 February 1888 in Belfast, only son of Arthur Black, national school teacher, and Mary Black (née Guy). He began his education in Mountpottinger School, Belfast, where his father was…

Brooke, William Graham

Brooke, William Graham (1834–1907), public servant, influential Church of Ireland layman, and promoter of education, was born 16 July 1834 in Wyton, Huntington, England, the second son of Rev. Richard Sinclair Brooke, curate of Glendoen, near Letterkenny, Co. Donegal (and from…

Buckley, Jeremiah

Buckley, Jeremiah (1862–1937), newspaper proprietor, accountant, and nationalist, was born 16 November 1862 in Millstreet, Co. Cork, the second son of John Buckley, gentleman, and Ellen Buckley (née Mullane), Millstreet, Co. Cork. He entered King's Inns (1890) and was called to the…

Calvert, Edward Spence

Calvert, Edward Spence (1902–91) aviation research scientist, was born 5 March 1902 in Drummacurry, Portadown, Co. Armagh, the son of William John Calvert, farmer, and his wife Elizabeth (née Spence). An excellent student, he won a scholarship in 1918 to the Royal College of Science…

Campbell, James Joseph

Campbell, James Joseph (1910–79), educationist, classical scholar, author, and broadcaster, was born 8 March 1910 at 237 New Lodge Road, Belfast, second child of James Campbell, barber, and Bridget Campbell (née McTaggart), whose first child died in infancy, and who later had…

Casey, Philip

Casey, Philip (1841–1904), handball player, known as Phil Casey, was born in Shannon Street, Mountrath, Queen's County, in 1841, the son of Patrick and Brigid Casey. He was educated at the Patrician College, Mountrath, where he began to play handball on the college's three-wall court. A…

Clinch, James Daniel (‘Jammie’)

Clinch, James Daniel (‘Jammie’) (1901–81), rugby player, was born 28 September 1901 in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, the son of Andrew (‘Coo’) Clinch (1867–1937), medical practitioner and rugby player, and his wife, Lilian, née Hynes. Andrew was a wing-forward and won ten caps for Ireland…

Close, Leo St John

Close, Leo St John (1934–77), paraplegic athlete, was born 20 October 1934, the son of Leo Joseph Close, inspector of schools, and his wife, Kathleen Mary, née O'Connor, who lived at 16 Berea Terrace, Dublin. He was educated at Belvedere College, Dublin, Mount St Joseph Abbey,…

Colohan, Hugh (Hubert)

Colohan, Hugh (Hubert) (c.1870–1931), politician, was probably born in Newbridge (Droichead Nua), Co. Kildare, where he lived throughout his adult life. A brick and stone layer by trade, from his early career he was deeply involved in labour and nationalist activities.…

Condell, Frances Pauline

Condell, Frances Pauline (1916–86), politician and journalist, was born 29 June 1916 at 8 Sexton St., Limerick, sixth child of James Eades , signal inspector, and Fanny Eades (née Sheppard). She had five older brothers. The family was protestant, and Frances attended St Michael's…

Connellan, Joseph

Connellan, Joseph (1889–1967), journalist and politician, was born in Newry, the son of working-class parents, and was educated locally at the Newry CBS. His mother, who had a great knowledge of Irish history, instilled in him a love…

Connellan, Thomas

Connellan, Thomas (1625/40–c.1700), harpist and composer, was born in Cloonamahon, Collooney, Co. Sligo. Though details of his life remain obscure, he was reputedly the most accomplished predecessor of…

Conway, John Basil (Fr Ambrose)

Conway, John Basil (Fr Ambrose) (1906–86), Cistercian monk, was born 13 March 1906 in Ennis, Co. Clare, one of three children of Jeremiah Francis Conway, a member of the RIC, and Alice Conway (née O'Shea). Conway was educated at…

Cowley, John Ultan

Cowley, John Ultan (1923–98) actor and animal welfare activist, was born 8 September 1923 in Ardbraccan, Navan, Co. Meath, the third child of Patrick Cowley, a small farmer, and his wife Margaret. Educated at the local national school, he left at the age of thirteen to work on the…

Crawford, William Ernest (‘Ernie’)

Crawford, William Ernest (‘Ernie’) (1891–1959), rugby player, was born 17 November 1891 in Belfast, son of Henry Edward Crawford, drapery salesman, and Catherine (Katie) Crawford (née Sadlier). He was educated at the Methodist College, Belfast, and the Belfast Mercantile College.…

Crean, Thomas Joseph

Crean, Thomas Joseph (1873–1923), rugby player, military doctor, and VC holder, was born 19 April 1873 in Morrison's Hotel, Dawson Street, Dublin, the second son and fifth of the eight children of Michael Theobald Crean, barrister of the Irish land commission, and his wife, Emma,…

Culwick, Florence

Culwick, Florence (1877–1929), director of the Culwick choir, was born 4 November 1877 at 21 Upper Lesson Street, Dublin, the daughter of James Cooksey Culwick, professor of music, and Mary Jane (née Richardson), his second wife. Florence was educated at Alexandra College, Dublin,…

Cussen, Denis John

Cussen, Denis John (1901–80), rugby international and athlete, was born 19 July 1901 at North Quay, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, second son of Robert ‘Bob’ Cussen, solicitor, and Mary Cussen (née Moylan) of Newcastle West. Both his parents were members of prominent local sporting…

Daly, Thomas (‘Tommy’)

Daly, Thomas (‘Tommy’) (1894–1936), hurler, was born 15 September 1894 at Tulla, Co. Clare, son of John Daly, a shopkeeper, and Sarah Daly (née Quinlan). He was educated at St Flannan's College, Ennig, Co. Clare. His love of Gaelic games and his innate talent as a hurling…

Dawson, Richard Cecil

Dawson, Richard Cecil (1865–1955), trainer and breeder of racehorses, was born 27 November 1865 in the Curragh, Co. Kildare, the son of Richard Cuming Dawson, who also trained and bred racehorses, and Eleanor Dawson (née Waters). He was educated at the Santry School and Trinity…

Dempsey, Jack (‘The Nonpareil’)

Dempsey, Jack (‘The Nonpareil’) (1862–95), world middleweight boxing champion, was born John Edward Kelly on 15 December 1862, near Clane, Co. Kildare, son of Martin Kelly and Alicia Kelly (née Lennon). In 1867, aged four, he emigrated with his family to America, where he attended…

Devlin, Patrick James (‘Celt’)

Devlin, Patrick James (‘Celt’) (1877–1941), GAA journalist, was born 21 January 1877 in McCrumms Court, Co. Armagh, the son of Patrick Devlin, an RIC constable, and his wife, Eliza Jane, née McGoldrick. When he was aged nine his…

Dockrell, George Shannon

Dockrell, George Shannon (1886–1924), swimmer and water-polo player, was born 22 October 1886 in Rathdown, Co. Dublin, the son of Sir Maurice Edward Dockrell (qv), merchant and politician, and his wife…

Dod (Dodd), Charles Roger Phipps

Dod (Dodd), Charles Roger Phipps (1793–1855), journalist and author, was born 8 May 1793 in Drumlease, Co. Leitrim, the only son of Rev. Roger Dod, vicar of Drumlease, and his wife Margaret (née Phipps). He entered the King's Inns 30 July 1816, but abandoned his legal studies for…