Co. Leitrim

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Clements, Henry Theophilus

Clements, Henry Theophilus (1734–95), financial administrator and MP, was second son of Nathaniel Clements (qv), treasury official and MP, and his wife Hannah, daughter of the Rev. William Gore, dean of Down. The younger brother of…

Conefrey, Peter

Conefrey, Peter (1880–1939), catholic priest and social critic, was born 9 June 1880 in Mohill, Co. Leitrim, son of James Conefrey, publican, and his wife Mary McGivney. There were many priests on both sides of the family. His uncle, Fr Thomas Conefrey, parish priest of Drumlish,…

Curran, Thomas

Curran, Thomas (1840–1913), MP and businessman, was born in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, and educated in the local national school. In 1868 he travelled to Australia, and founded a successful merchant company. He later opened a hotel in Sydney, ‘Pfhalert’s, became a…

Digges, Joseph Robert Garven

Digges, Joseph Robert Garven (1857–1933), anglican clergyman and beekeeper, was born 8 December 1857, probably in Dublin, youngest of the four sons and five daughters of Henry Digges and Eliza Stokes, who were married (7 June 1836) in the church of St Nicholas Within, Dublin. They…

Dod (Dodd), Charles Roger Phipps

Dod (Dodd), Charles Roger Phipps (1793–1855), journalist and author, was born 8 May 1793 in Drumlease, Co. Leitrim, the only son of Rev. Roger Dod, vicar of Drumlease, and his wife Margaret (née Phipps). He entered the King's Inns 30 July 1816, but abandoned his legal studies for…

Dolan, Charles Joseph

Dolan, Charles Joseph (1881–1963), politician and lawyer, was born 18 August 1881 in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, eldest of four sons of John Dolan, general merchant, and Bridget Dolan (née Fitzpatrick); he had at least one half-brother and one half-sister by his widowed father's…

Dolan, James Nicholas

Dolan, James Nicholas (1884–1955), politician, was born 16 October 1884 in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, third of four sons of John Dolan, general merchant, and Bridget Dolan (née Fitzpatrick); he had at least one half-brother and one half-sister by his widowed father's second…

Drummond, William Henry

Drummond, William Henry (1854–1907), poet and physician, was born 13 April 1854 in Currawn House, Mohill, Co. Leitrim, eldest of four sons of George Drumm (1812–65), officer in the Irish Constabulary, and Elizabeth Morris Drumm (née Soden). He was educated at Tawley national school…

Durnford, Anthony William

Durnford, Anthony William (1830–79), colonel of Royal Engineers, was born 24 May 1830 at Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, eldest son of Capt. (later Gen.) Edward William Durnford, RE, and Elizabeth Rebecca Durnford (née…

Geddes, Wilhelmina Margaret

Geddes, Wilhelmina Margaret (1887–1955), stained-glass artist, was born 25 May 1887 at her maternal grandparents’ home, Drumreilly, Co. Leitrim, eldest of four children of Belfast-born William Geddes, site engineer with the Sligo, Leitrim, and Northern Counties Railway, and Eliza…

Glass, (John) Basil Caldwell

Glass, (John) Basil Caldwell (1926–2005), politician, lawyer, and judge, was born 21 May 1926 in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, eldest of two sons and one daughter of John Glass (1894–1956), methodist minister, and his wife Muriel Florence (née Caldwell), whose father was also a methodist…

Gore, Sir Ralph

Gore, Sir Ralph (1675?–1733), 4th baronet, speaker of the Irish house of commons, was elder son of Sir William Gore, 3rd baronet, MP for Banagher 1661–66, and his wife Hannah, and was born at Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, which his mother had inherited from her father, James…

Gralton, James

Gralton, James (1886–1945), communist, was born 17 April 1886 at Effernagh, Gowel, Co. Leitrim, one of three sons and four daughters of Michael Gralton, an old Fenian and prominent supporter of the cooperative movement, who farmed 25 acres, and Alice Gralton (née Campbell). His…

Gray, Caroline Agnes (Carrie)

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Harland, Sir Edward James

Harland, Sir Edward James (1831–95), shipbuilder and politician, was born 15 May 1831 at Scarborough, Yorkshire, the third surviving son of Dr William Harland, a general medical practitioner, and his wife, Anne Harland (née Peirson). William Harland was a Unitarian with an inventive…

Haughery, Margaret

Haughery, Margaret (1813–82), philanthropist, was born on Christmas Day 1813 in Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim, fifth of six children to William Gaffney, tenant farmer, and his wife Margaret (née O’Rourke). In 1818 the Gaffneys moved with their three younger children to America, leaving the…

Kilfedder, Sir James

Kilfedder, Sir James (1928–95), politician, was born in Kinlough, Co. Leitrim, on 16 July 1928, fourth child and youngest son of Robert Kilfedder, a farmer and former member of the RIC, and his wife Elizabeth Johnston. Robert Kilfedder…

Logan, Joseph

Logan, Joseph (1914–1999), physician and medical administrator, was born 15 December 1914 at Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, son of John Logan, victualler, and Mary Logan (née Logan). His brother was the author Dr Patrick Logan. Educated first at St Mary's College, Dundalk, he then…

Mac Diarmada (MacDermott), Seán

Mac Diarmada (MacDermott), Seán (1883–1916), republican revolutionary, was born January 1883 (baptised 29 January) in Corranmore (Laghty Barr), Kiltyclogher, Co. Leitrim, eighth child and third son among five sons and five daughters of Donald McDermott (d. 1913), a carpenter, and…

MacManus, Michael Joseph (M. J.)

MacManus, Michael Joseph (M. J.) (1888–1951), author, journalist, humorist, and bibliophile, was born 10 February 1888 at Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, son of Patrick MacManus, a schoolmaster, and Maria MacManus (née Toole). Educated at the Presentation school in Carrick-on-…

Maguire, Rory (Roger)

Maguire, Rory (Roger) (1619–48), Irish rebel, was the second son of Brian Roe, Lord Maguire of Enniskillen, and Rose, daughter of Art mac Baron O'Neill. The Maguires had supported the government during the Nine Years War (1594–1603) and had been rewarded with land in the Ulster…

Maguire, Thomas

Maguire, Thomas (1792–1847), catholic priest, preacher, and polemicist, was born in February 1792 in the townland of Tiroogan in the part of the parish of Kinawley that lies in Co. Fermanagh, a son of Thomas Maguire, a local farmer. His mother, Judith, was a sister of a Franciscan…

Martin, (Thomas) Augustine (‘Gus’)

Martin, (Thomas) Augustine (‘Gus’) (1935–95), literary scholar, critic, and educationist, was born 14 November 1935 at Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, the youngest of three girls and four boys in the family of Patrick and Cissy Martin. He was educated at the national school, Ballinamore,…

McGirl, John Joe

McGirl, John Joe (1921–88), republican, was born 25 March 1921 in Drumany, Aughnasheelin, Co. Leitrim, son of Joseph McGirl, farmer, and Bridget McGirl (née Gallagher). He joined the IRA in 1937, and in 1938 attended as a delegate at its…

McGowan, Martin Bernard

McGowan, Martin Bernard (1890–1958), republican, was born 7 November 1890 at Aghamore, Ballyshannon, Co. Leitrim, eldest son among four sons and one daughter of James McGowan, national school principal, and Margaret Jane McGowan (née Gallagher). He was educated locally at Drummons…