Co. Kerry

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Ahern, Catherine Ita ('Kit')

Ahern, Catherine Ita ('Kit') (1915–2007), president of the Irish Countrywomen's Association, senator and TD, was born 13 January 1915 in Athea, Co. Limerick, eldest of eight children of Patrick Liston , a wheelwright and carpenter, and his wife Mary Ann (née McAuliffe). The family…

Aherne, Eugene (John)

Aherne, Eugene (John) (d. 1806), radical and officer in the French army, was born at Lixnaw, Co. Kerry, probably in the 1760s. According to an informant of the Irish government identified only as ‘Jones’, Aherne studied in France at the Collège de Navarre before going to Scotland…

Ashe, Nora (Honora)

Ashe, Nora (Honora) (1882–1970), teacher, nationalist, and Irish language enthusiast, was born 15 July 1882 in Kinard, Lispole, Co. Kerry, the third daughter in the family of ten of Gregory Ashe, a farmer, and Ellen (née Hanafin), of Tobar, Co. Kerry. Both her parents were native…

Ashe, Thomas (Tomás Ághas)

Ashe, Thomas (Tomás Ághas) (1885–1917), republican, was born 12 January 1885 at Kinard, Lispole, near Dingle, Co. Kerry, the fourth son in a family of seven boys and three girls born to Gregory Ashe, farmer, and his wife Ellen (née Hanafin). He attended Ardamore national school (…

Barrett, Edmond (‘Edward’)

Barrett, Edmond (‘Edward’) (1877–1932), Olympic athlete, wrestler, and hurler, was born 3 November 1877 in Rahela (also known as Rahealy or Rathella), Ballyduff, Co. Kerry, one of twelve surviving children of Thomas Barrett, farmer, and Bridget Barrett (née Whelan). He was educated…

Barrett, Joseph

Barrett, Joseph (1902–52), GAA footballer, was born 17 July 1902 at 67 Rock St., Tralee, Co. Kerry, seventh of ten children of John Barrett, Tralee livestock dealer, and Nora Barrett (née O'Mahony) of Ballyduff, Co. Kerry. Educated locally, at the age of 14 he took up the family…

Berry, Peter

Berry, Peter (1909–78), civil servant, was born 7 June 1909 at 41 New Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry, the son of Peter Berry, RIC sergeant, and his wife, Ellie Lucy (née Barry). The family later moved to Charleville, Co. Cork, where Berry was…

Blackburn, Helen

Blackburn, Helen (1842–1903), suffragist and writer, was born 22 May 1842 in Knightstown, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry, the only surviving daughter of Bewicke Blackburn, civil engineer and manager of a slate quarry, and Isabella Blackburn (née Lamb) of Ryton Hall, Durham. In 1859…

Blennerhassett, Sir Rowland

Blennerhassett, Sir Rowland (1839–1909), 4th baronet, politician, and author, was born 5 September 1839 at Blennerville, Co. Kerry, the only son among two children of Sir Arthur Blennerhassett (1794–1849), 3rd baronet, a catholic landowner and high sheriff of Co. Kerry (1820), and…

Breathnach, Cormac (Charlie Walsh)

Breathnach, Cormac (Charlie Walsh) (1885–1956), politician and president of the Gaelic League, was born in Iveragh, Co. Kerry, son of Seán Breathnach, farmer, and Cáit Breathnach (née Chonchubhair). Educated at the national school in Ballinakilla, Co. Kerry (where he was a monitor…

Brosnan, Cornelius (‘Con’)

Brosnan, Cornelius (‘Con’) (1900–75), Gaelic footballer, was born 27 December 1900 in Newtownsandes (now Moyvane), Co. Kerry, son of Jeremiah Brosnan, shopkeeper and creamery manager, and Ellie Brosnan (née Nolan). Educated at Newtonsandes N.S. and St. Michael's College, Listowel,…

Brosnan, Patrick (‘Paddy Bawn’)

Brosnan, Patrick (‘Paddy Bawn’) (1917–95), Gaelic footballer, was born 16 November 1917 at Strand St., Dingle, Co. Kerry, son of Timothy Brosnan, fisherman, and Ellie Brosnan (née Johnson). He was educated at Dingle national school and the local…

Browne, Thomas

Browne, Thomas (1726–95), 4th Viscount Kenmare , improving landlord, and catholic activist, was born in April 1726, second (and only surviving) son among two sons and a daughter of Valentine Browne (qv), 3rd viscount, and his first…

Browne, Valentine

Browne, Valentine (1754–1812), 5th Viscount and 1st earl of Kenmare , catholic activist, and landlord, was born in January 1754, only son of Thomas Browne (qv), 4th Viscount Kenmare, and his wife Anne, daughter of Thomas Cooke of…

Browne, Valentine Charles Edward

Browne, Valentine Charles Edward (1891–1943), Viscount Castlerosse , 6th earl of Kenmare , journalist and socialite, was born 29 May 1891 in Grosvenor Square, London, eldest son of Valentine Browne, 5th earl of Kenmare, and Elizabeth Browne (née Baring), eldest daughter of Lord…

Buckley, Timothy

Buckley, Timothy (1862–1945), tailor and storyteller, was born 23 December 1862 in Lounihan, Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry, seventh among thirteen children of Pádraig Buckley, farmer; his mother was one of the Healys Seamhrach of east Kerry. He attended Kilgarvan primary school, and at the…

Butler, Thomas O'Brien

Butler, Thomas O'Brien (1861–1915), composer, was born Thomas Whitwell in November 1861 in Cahirciveen, in the south-west of Co. Kerry. Details of his early life are scarce but he appears to have been a man of independent means who travelled extensively. His musical education was…

Byrne, John

Byrne, John (1919–2013), property developer and ballroom impresario, was born on 5 March 1919 in Upper Tullig, Kilflynn, near Tralee, Co. Kerry, the third child of seven sons and seven daughters of Michael Byrne, a farmer, and his wife Bridget (née Flaherty). After attending CBS…

Cahill, Patrick Joseph (‘Paddy’)

Cahill, Patrick Joseph (‘Paddy’) (1885?–1946), revolutionary and newspaper editor, was born at Caherina, Tralee, Co. Kerry, one of five children of bilingual parents, Timothy (‘Thady’) Cahill of Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry, and Mary Cahill (née Tangney) of Killorglin, Co. Kerry. His…

Cahill, Timothy J.

Cahill, Timothy J. (1912–91), civil servant and chairman of the Labour court, was born 3 April 1912 in Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry. Educated at St Brendan's College, Killarney, and UCG, where he was auditor (1933–4) of the Literary and…

Cantillon, Richard

Cantillon, Richard (1687?–1734?), financier and economist, was born between 1680 and 1690 (most likely in 1687) at Ballyronan, in the parish of Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry, second son of Richard Cantillon, a farmer whose ancestors had been dispossessed under Cromwell, and his wife Brigid…

Casey, John

Casey, John (1769/70–1861), priest and antiquary, was born in Castleshannon, Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry; his father was possibly a native of Ballyheigue, his mother a Lawlor from Ardfert. Educated at the college of Killarney, he was ordained in 1804, aged thirty-five. It is believed…

Casey, Stephen (‘Steve’; ‘Crusher’)

Casey, Stephen (‘Steve’; ‘Crusher’) (1908–87), world all-in wrestling champion, rower and tug-of-war champion, was born 4 December 1908 in Loughane, near Sneem, Co. Kerry, eldest among seven sons and three daughters of Michael Casey, stonemason, and Bridget Casey (née Sullivan) of…

Coffey, Denis Joseph

Coffey, Denis Joseph (1865–1945), academic, president of UCD, was born 21 January 1865 in Tralee, Co. Kerry, son of John Coffey, shopkeeper, and Mary Coffey (née McMahon). He was educated by the Christian Brothers and at Holy Cross, Tralee, before entering the Catholic University…

Connor, Jerome

Connor, Jerome (1874–1943), sculptor, craftworker, and graphic artist, was born 23 February 1874 in Coumduff, Anascaul, Co. Kerry, youngest among six surviving children (four sons, two daughters) of Patrick Connor, farmer and housebuilder, and his second wife, Margaret Connor (née…