Fallon, Padraic (1946–2012), journalist and businessman, was born on 21 September 1946 in the County Hospital, Wexford, the youngest of six sons of Padraic Fallon (qv), a poet, playwright and customs official of Rowe Street, Wexford, and his…...
Moriarty, John Stephen (1938–2007), philosopher and shaman, was born 2 February 1938 at Moyvane, near Listowel, Co. Kerry, fourth of six children (two sons and four daughters) of James Moriarty, smallholder and native speaker of Irish (with eleven cows and 'thirty-two acres of bad,…...
Pearse, James (1839–1900), sculptor, was
born on 8 December 1839 at 24
Plumtree Street, Bloomsbury, London, the second
of three sons of James Pearse, frame-maker, and his first wife Mary Ann (née
Thompson). The family was impoverished and moved to Birmingham (c.1847), where…...
Toland, John (1670–1722), freethinker and
polemical writer, was
probably born in Inishowen, Co. Donegal, on 30 November 1670. Reputed to be the
illegitimate son of a catholic priest, Toland may have been baptised ‘Joannes
Eugenius’, which he later altered to a pen name, ‘Janus…...
Wisdom, John Oulton (J. O.) (1908–93),
philosopher and psychoanalyst, was born in Dublin on
29 December 1908, only child of
Thomas Hume Wisdom, brewery clerk, and his English-born wife Jane, daughter of Dr Henry Oulton
of St Stephen's Green. The Cambridge language philosopher Arthur…...