Gaughan, J. Anthony

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Boland, John Mary Pius

Boland, John Mary Pius (1870–1958), politician, lawyer, and tennis player, was born on 16 September 1870 at 135 Capel Street, Dublin, the second son of Patrick Boland (1840–1877), a prosperous milling merchant, and his wife Mary Donnelly. After beginning his education at the…

Connolly, Joseph

Connolly, Joseph (1885–1961), politician, businessman and civil servant, was born 19 January 1885 at 41 Alexander St. West, Belfast, one of fourteen children (five of whom died in infancy) of John Connolly, master baker, and Margaret Connolly (née MacNeill) of Cushendall, Co.…

Douglas, James Green

Douglas, James Green (1887–1954), senator and businessman, was born 11 July 1887 in 19 Brighton Square, Dublin, eldest among five sons and three daughters of John Douglas (proprietor of John Douglas & Sons Ltd, drapers and outfitters, of Wexford St.) and Emily Douglas (née…

Johnson, Thomas Ryder

Johnson, Thomas Ryder (1872–1963), labour leader, was born 17 May 1872 in South Hunter St., Liverpool, only child of Thomas Johnson, foreman in a nearby sailmaker's yard, and Margaret Johnson (née Boardman). In 1876 he enrolled in an elementary school conducted by the nonconformist…

Mee, Jeremiah

Mee, Jeremiah (1889–1953), leader of the Listowel RIC mutiny, was born 29 March 1889 at Knickanes, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway, fourth child among five sons and four daughters of John Mee and Ellen Mee (née Mee). His home was a 21-acre farm near Glenamaddy village. From 1893 to 1901 he…

O'Donnell, Thomas (Tom)

O'Donnell, Thomas (Tom) (1871–1943), teacher, lawyer, and politician, was born 30 November 1871 at Liscarney, near Dingle, Co. Kerry, second eldest child among four sons and five daughters of Michael O'Donnell and Ellen O'Donnell (née Rohan). Michael joined the Land League in 1879,…

Stack, Austin

Stack, Austin (1879–1929), revolutionary, was born Augustine Mary Moore Stack on 7 December 1879 in Tralee, Co. Kerry, third among eight children of William Moore Stack, well-known Fenian and Land League leader, and Nanette Stack (née O'Neill). Two sisters, Beatrice and Nora,…

Taaffe, Olivia Mary

Taaffe, Olivia Mary (1832–1918), founder of St Joseph's Young Priests Society, was born 24 June 1832 in Annagh House, Ballyglunin, seven miles from Tuam, Co. Galway, daughter of John Joseph Blake of Ballyglunin Park and Elizabeth Blake (née Bodkin). A few months later her mother…