Co. Kilkenny

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Agar, Charles

Agar, Charles (1735–1809), 1st earl of Normanton and Church of Ireland archbishop, was born 22 December 1735 at Gowran Castle, Co. Kilkenny, third son among four sons and a daughter of Henry Agar (1707–46), MP for Gowran, and his wife Anne (1707–65), daughter of Welbore Ellis (…

Agar, James

Agar, James (1713–69), of Ringwood, Co. Kilkenny, MP and landowner, was born 7 September 1713, younger son of James Agar (1672–1733) of Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, MP, and his second wife, Mary (née Wemys). He was educated at the Rev. Edmund Lewis's school, Kilkenny, before graduating…

Agar, James

Agar, James (1735–88), 1st Viscount Clifden , MP and landowner, was born 25 March 1735, eldest among four sons and one daughter of Henry Agar (1707–46) of Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, and his wife Anne, daughter of Welbore Ellis (qv), bishop of Meath 1732–4. He was…

Archdekin (Ardsdekin, MacGiolla Cuddy), Richard

Archdekin (Ardsdekin, MacGiolla Cuddy), Richard (1619–93), Jesuit priest and scholar, was born 16 March 1619 in Kilkenny city, son of Nicholas Archdekin and his wife Ann (née Sherlock). After being educated at the classical school in Kilkenny, he travelled to Antwerp (1637) to…

Archer, James

Archer, James (1550–1620), Jesuit priest and administrator, was born at Kilkenny and belonged, it can be deduced, to a patrician family prominent in that city. To prepare for an ecclesiastical career he went (c.1564) to the Spanish Netherlands, to Louvain, a hotbed of the…

Archer, James

Archer, James (c.1632–c.1680), military engineer and architect, was born in Kilkenny. His early life remains obscure, but he was a royalist, left Ireland at some point, and entered the French service; he later claimed to have served six years as a…

Aylward, Richard

Aylward, Richard (1872–1954), Celticist, priest, and professor of Irish, was born in Aylwardstown, Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny, son of Edmond Aylward, farmer, and Johanna Aylward (née Phelan). He was educated in the Old Classical College, Kilmacow, and at St Kieran's College, Kilkenny…

Bačík, Charles

Bačík, Charles (1910–91), co-founder of modern Waterford Glass, later Waterford Crystal, was born in Nová Říše, near Prague, Czechoslovakia, on 25 June 1910, the second son of Dr Karel Bačík and his wife, Milada, née Hora. He graduated from Charles University, Prague, with a science…

Banim, John

Banim, John (1798–1842), artist, novelist, playwright, and poet, was born 3 April 1798 in Kilkenny city, the eldest son of Michael Banim (perhaps originally Bannon), farmer and shopkeeper (he sold sporting goods), and Joannah or Judith Banim (née Carroll) from near the Slieve Bloom…

Banim, Michael

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Berkeley, George

Berkeley, George (1685–1753), philosopher and Church of Ireland bishop of Cloyne, was born 12 March 1685 in or near Kilkenny city, and spent his childhood at Dysart Castle, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Little is known of his parents other than that his father, William Berkeley, came to…

Bewley, Sir Edmund Thomas

Bewley, Sir Edmund Thomas (1837–1908), judge, genealogist, and professor of law, was born at the family home at Clara, King's Co. (Offaly), only son of Edward Bewley of Moate, Co. Westmeath, and Mary Bewley (née Mulock) of Kilnagarna, King's Co. He entered…

Birch, Peter

Birch, Peter (1911–81), catholic bishop of Ossory, was born 4 September 1911 in Tullowglass, Co. Kilkenny, eldest child of Martin Birch, farmer, and Alice Birch (née Downey). Educated at Clinstown national school and St Kieran's College, Kilkenny, he entered St Patrick's College,…

Boran, Nicholas (Nixie)

Boran, Nicholas (Nixie) (1903–72), trade unionist, was born in 1903 at Massford in the colliery district north of Castlecomer in Co. Kilkenny, the second in a family of four born to George Boran, a small farmer and coal carter, and his wife, Mary (née Maher). Nicholas attended…

Bourke, Francis Stephen (‘Freddie’)

Bourke, Francis Stephen (‘Freddie’) (1895–1959), medical doctor and bibliographer, was born 14/15 July 1895 in High St., Kilkenny, son of James Bourke, merchant tailor, and Kate Bourke (née Walshe). Educated at St Kieran's College, Kilkenny, he studied at the Royal College of Surgeons…

Brenan, John

Brenan, John (c.1625–1693), catholic archbishop of Cashel, was born in Kilkenny city and educated in the famous Jesuit School, formerly Peter White's Academy, the alma mater of Richard Stanihurst (qv),…

Brenan, Martin

Brenan, Martin (1901–82), priest and academic, was born 23 August 1901 at Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, one of five children of John Brenan, a labourer, and Kate Brenan (née Butler). After studying at Maynooth College he was ordained a priest of the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin in…

Brennan, Garrett (Gerald Brennan/O'Brennan; Gearóid Ó Braonáin/ Ó Breanáin)

Brennan, Garrett (Gerald Brennan/O'Brennan; Gearóid Ó Braonáin/ Ó Breanáin) (1894–1974), revolutionary and garda, was born 7 October 1894 in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, second of ten children of Cornelius Barrett, shopkeeper, and Margaret Brennan (née Boran). One of his brothers was…

Brown, George

Brown, George (1906–37), communist and trade unionist, was born 5 November 1906 in Ballyhale, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, son of Francis Brown, a farrier with the Manchester Railway Company and an active trade unionist, originally from Inistiogue, Co. Kilkenny, and Mary Brown (née…

Bryan, Daniel (‘Dan’)

Bryan, Daniel (‘Dan’) (1900–85), soldier and intelligence officer, was born at Dunbell, Co. Kilkenny, on 9 May 1900, the eldest of the twelve children of John Bryan, farmer, of Dunbell, and his wife, Margaret Mary (née Lanagan), of Maddoxstown, Co. Kilkenny. Educated at the…

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…

Burke (de Burgo), Thomas

Burke (de Burgo), Thomas (1709/10–1776), Dominican historian and bishop of Ossory 1759–76, was born in Dublin, a descendant of the Burkes of Cloghcroke, near Athenry, Co. Galway; no details of his parents are known. His grand uncle, Thomas Burke (c.1650–1724), was prior…

Bushe, Charles Kendal

Bushe, Charles Kendal (1767–1843), lawyer, judge, MP, and political writer, was born 13 January 1767 at Kilmurry, near Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, the only son of the Rev. Thomas Bushe of Kilmurry, rector of Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, and Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, and Catherine Bushe (née…

Bushe, Gervase Parker

Bushe, Gervase Parker (1744–93), politician and revenue commissioner, was born probably in December 1744, the only son of Amyas Bushe (d. 1773) of Kilfane, near Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter and heir of General Gervase Parker, commander-in-chief in…

Bushe, Letitia

Bushe, Letitia (c.1710–1757), watercolourist and miniature painter, was the youngest daughter of Arthur Bushe of Dangan, Co. Kilkenny, secretary to the commissioners of revenue, and his wife Mary, daughter of John Forth. She was a talented artist; there is no direct…