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Ahearn, Daniel F. (Dan)

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Ahearne, Timothy J. (‘Tim’)

Ahearne, Timothy J. (‘Tim’) (1885–1968), athlete and Olympic gold medallist, was born 17 August 1885 in Dirreen, Athea, Co. Limerick, son of William Aherne, farmer in Dirreen, and Margaret Aherne (née Shine). A talented sprinter, hurdler and jumper, he represented Britain in the…

Bairéad, Tomás

Bairéad, Tomás (1893–1973), short-story writer and journalist, was born 7 July 1893 in Baile Dóite, Moycullen, Co. Galway, one of two sons and two daughters of Michael Barrett, farmer, and Mary (Mary Frank) Barrett (née McDonough), both of Moycullen, and received his only formal…

Bell, George Derek Fleetwood

Bell, George Derek Fleetwood (1935–2002), musician and composer, was born 21 October 1935 in Belfast, the son of William Bell, a banker. When he was two, a doctor told his parents that he was going blind and suggested musical toys as therapy. He was in fact merely short-sighted, but…

Bennett, Alexander (‘Alec’)

Bennett, Alexander (‘Alec’) (1897–1973), motorcyclist, was born 25 April 1897 in Craigantlet, Co. Down, son of Robert Bennett, farmer, of Craigantlet, and Isabella Bennett (née Rea). Having emigrated to Canada at an early age, he began competing as a motorcyclist, primarily on half-…

Best, Richard

Best, Richard (1869–1939), Northern Ireland attorney general, lord justice of appeal, and politician, was born in Richhill, Co. Armagh, youngest son of Robert Best, weaver of Richhill, and his wife Anne (née Lemon or Leamon). Educated in Dundalk, he went on to pursue a glittering…

Billy in the Bowl

Billy in the Bowl (fl. 1780s), beggar and robber, lived on the northside of Dublin. Nothing is known of his earliest years and most of the details of his life are hazy. He first came to public notice in the 1780s begging around Stoneybatter, Grangegorman and Oxmantown.…

Blanchflower, John (Jackie)

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Blanchflower, Robert Dennis (‘Danny’)

Blanchflower, Robert Dennis (‘Danny’) (1925–93), soccer player, international manager, and journalist, was born 10 February 1925 at Dunraven Park, Bloomfield, Belfast, eldest among three sons and two daughters of John Blanchflower, shipyard craftsman, and Selina Blanchflower (née…

Borthwick, Mariella Norma

Borthwick, Mariella Norma (1862–1934), artist, writer, and Irish-language activist, was born 25 July 1862 in Highfield, Higher Bebington, Chester, one of five daughters and three sons of George Borthwick, merchant, and Mary Elizabeth Borthwick (née MacDonald), of Edinburgh. Despite…

Bossence, Louis Ralph (‘Bud’)

Bossence, Louis Ralph (‘Bud’) (1915–71), journalist, was born 6 February 1915 in Belfast, only son of Stephen Bossence, shipyard worker and motor manufacturer employee, and Annie Bossence (née Frost). He emigrated to America in the early 1920s when his father went to work for the…

Boyd, John St Clair

Boyd, John St Clair (1858–1918), surgeon, Gaelic Leaguer, and philanthropist, was born at Cultra House, Holywood, Co. Down, only son of John Kane Boyd, co-proprietor of the Blackstaff Mill. He was educated in Paris and Edinburgh before graduating from…

Bradford, Robert John

Bradford, Robert John (1941–81), unionist politician and methodist minister, was born 8 June 1941 in Ballykelly, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, seventh child of his father, who sold his milk business while his mother was in hospital giving birth to Robert. Having moved to Grove St., Belfast…

Breatnach, Micheál

Breatnach, Micheál (1881–1908), writer and Irish-language activist, was born 16 September 1881 in Lochán Beag, Inveran, Co. Galway, son of Micíl Breatnach, farmer, and Margaret Breatnach (née Ní Fheinneadha). Although only learning to read and write Irish in his mid-teens, he was…

Brooke, John Warden

Brooke, John Warden (1922–87), politician and 2nd Viscount Brookeborough , was born 9 November 1922 in Colebrooke, Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh, second of three sons of Sir Basil Brooke (qv), prime minister of Northern Ireland…

Buggy, Kevin Thomas (Kieran)

Buggy, Kevin Thomas (Kieran) (1817–43), journalist and repealer, was born 5 March 1817 in Kilkenny, youngest of two sons of Michael Buggy. On leaving secondary school, he joined the Kilkenny Journal newspaper where he worked for six years, first as a journalist and later as…

Butler, William Francis Thomas

Butler, William Francis Thomas (1869–1930), educationist and historian, was born 22 December 1869 at Canal St., Newry, Co. Down, eldest among three sons and three daughters of Thomas Butler, resident magistrate, and Annie Butler (née Barry). A leasing dispute had forced the Butler…

Byrne, Sir Joseph Aloysius

Byrne, Sir Joseph Aloysius (1874–1942), soldier and administrator, was born 2 October 1874 in Co. Londonderry, son of Dr Joseph Byrne, DL, a catholic physician of Londonderry, and Emily Byrne (née Egan). He was educated at St George's College…

Cahill, Mabel Esmonde

Cahill, Mabel Esmonde (1863–c.1905), tennis champion, was born 2 April 1863 in Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny, daughter of Michael Cahill (d. 1877), gentleman landowner and barrister-at-law, of Ballyconra House, Ballyragget, and his second wife, Eliza (née Netterville). Mabel…

Caulfield, Malachy Francis (‘Max’)

Caulfield, Malachy Francis (‘Max’) (1915–97), journalist, broadcaster, and author, was born 10 May 1915 in Agincourt Ave., Belfast, eldest of two sons and two daughters of Malachy Caulfield, civil servant, of Co. Roscommon, and Julia Caulfield (née Campion) of Dublin. Educated at…

Childers, Erskine Barton

Childers, Erskine Barton (1929–96), broadcaster, writer, and United Nations official, was born 11 March 1929 in Dublin, eldest of two sons and four daughters of Erskine Hamilton Childers (qv), politician, and Ruth Childers (…

Clarke, Desmond

Clarke, Desmond (1907–79), librarian, historian, and writer, was born 2 July 1907 in Dublin, eldest son of John Clarke and Marcella Clarke (née Shaw). His entire career was with the RDS library, which he joined as an assistant in 1925. In…

Cockran, William Bourke

Cockran, William Bourke (1854–1923), lawyer and US congressman, was born 28 February 1854 in Carrowkeel, Co. Sligo, one of four sons and a daughter of Martin Cockran, landlord and horseman, and Harriet Cockran (née Knight-White). On the death of his father in a fall from a horse (…

Collier, Peter Fenelon

Collier, Peter Fenelon (1849–1909), publisher and newspaper proprietor, was born 12 December 1849 in Myshall, Co. Carlow, son of Robert C. Collier and Catherine Collier (née Fenelon). After an education in local schools he emigrated to America at 17 and entered St Mary's seminary…

Comyn, David

Comyn, David (1854–1907), Irish-language revivalist, was born 13 May 1854 in Henry St., Kilrush, Co. Clare, only child of John Comyn and Mary Comyn (née Hassett). On leaving school, he joined the National Bank as a clerk and was based, for the most part, in College Green, Dublin.…