Co. Roscommon

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Ashe, St George

Ashe, St George (1658–1718), scholar and Church of Ireland bishop, was born in Co. Roscommon, in 1658, the second of three sons of Thomas Ashe, a landowner of English extraction, and Jane White of Richerstown. He entered TCD in 1671,…

Atkinson, Sarah

Atkinson, Sarah (1823–93), philanthropist and author, was born 13 October 1823 in Athlone, Co. Roscommon, eldest of five daughters and one son of John Gaynor , gentleman, and Anna Gaynor. The family moved to Dublin for the sake of the children's education, but no details are known…

Bannon, John

Bannon, John (1829–1913), catholic priest and Confederate chaplain, was born 29 December 1829 at Rooskey, Co. Roscommon, son of James Bannon, a Dublin grain dealer, and his wife, Fanny (née O'Farrell). Bannon had a brother and at least one sister. He was educated locally in Dublin…

Boylan, Eugene

Boylan, Eugene (Richard Kevin) (1904–64), physicist, monk, and writer, was born 3 February 1904 in Bray, Co. Wicklow, and was baptised Richard Kevin Boylan, one of at least three sons and two daughters of Richard Joseph Boylan, manager of the Hibernian Bank, and Agnes Honoria…

Brennan, Stan (Stanislaus)

Brennan, Stan (Stanislaus) (1929–2012), Franciscan missionary, was born James (Seamus) Brennan on 1 December 1929 at Carrowkeel, Co. Roscommon, the seventh of ten children born to James Brennan and his wife Kate (née O'Dowd) who were farmers. He was initially educated at the local…

Carolan, Turlough (Ó Cearbhalláin), Toirdhealbhach

Carolan, Turlough (Ó Cearbhalláin, Toirdhealbhach ) (1670–1738), Irish harper and composer, was born near Nobber, Co. Meath, the son of John Carolan, a small farmer or blacksmith. In 1684 the family moved to Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon, where John Carolan was employed by the MacDermott…

Clifford, Sir Conyers

Clifford, Sir Conyers (d. 1599), soldier and administrator, was the eldest son of George Clifford and Ursula Clifford (née Finch) of Bobbing Court, Kent. He distinguished himself under the command of the earl of Essex (qv) in the…

Concanen, Richard Luke

Concanen, Richard Luke (1747–1810), catholic bishop of New York, was born in Kilbegnet, Co. Roscommon, son of Luke Concanen and Mary Concanen (née Corr), presumably of small farming stock. In 1764 he entered the Dominican order at the Irish college of Holy Cross, Louvain. Soon he…

Conry, Florence

Conry, Florence (Flaithrí Ó Maolchonaire) (c.1560–1629), catholic archbishop of Tuam and Franciscan minister provincial of the Irish province, was born at Cluain na hOíche near Elphin, Co. Roscommon, the son of Fíthil and Onóra Ó Maolchonaire. He belonged…

Cotter, Brigid Mary

Cotter, Brigid Mary (1921–78), chemist and barrister, was born 3 January 1921 in Roscommon, the eldest daughter in the family of twelve children of Nicholas Patrick Cotter, the chief agricultural officer for Roscommon, and his wife, Bridie, née O'Brien. Brigid was educated at the…

Cousins, Margaret (‘Gretta’) Elizabeth

Cousins, Margaret (‘Gretta’) Elizabeth (1878–1954), suffragist, educator, and theosophist, was born 7 November 1878 in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, eldest of fifteen children of Joseph Gillespie , petty sessions clerk, and Margaret Annie Gillespie (née Shera). Brought up in a unionist and…

Cox, Michael Francis

Cox, Michael Francis (1852–1926), physician, was born 20 September 1852 in Kilmore, Drumsna, Co. Roscommon, younger of at least two sons of Hugh Cox, farmer, and Anne Cox (née Kelly). Educated at St Mel's College, Longford, he subsequently graduated

Croker, Bithia Mary (‘B. M.’)

Croker, Bithia Mary (‘B. M.’) (née Sheppard ) (c.1849–1920), novelist and short-story writer, was born in Roscommon, the youngest daughter of the Rev. William Sheppard (d. 1856), Church of Ireland clergyman for the parish of Kilgeffin, Co. Roscommon. She was educated in…

Daly, Emily Lucy de Burgh

Daly, Emily Lucy de Burgh (1859–1935), traveller and writer, was born at her father's residence at Clooneyquin, Co. Roscommon, fourth daughter among nine children of Christopher French , JP, DL, and…

Deane, Anne (Duff)

Deane, Anne (Duff) (c.1834–1905), businesswoman, philanthropist, and nationalist, was born at Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon, the daughter of Joseph Duff and Monica Duff (née Dillon), a younger sister of the Young Irelander,

Digby, Simon

Digby, Simon (c.1645–1720), miniature-painter and bishop of Elphin, was born at Kilminchy, Queen's Co. (Laois), youngest son of Essex Digby and his wife Thomasine, daughter of Sir William Gilbert of Kilminchy, Queen's Co. Essex Digby became dean of Cashel in 1661 and…

Dillon, Arthur

Dillon, Arthur (1670–1733), Jacobite general in the French service, was born in Co. Roscommon, the third son of Theobald Dillon (qv), 7th Viscount Dillon of Loughglinn, Co. Roscommon, and lieutenant-colonel in the army of…

Dillon, James Mathew

Dillon, James Mathew (1902–86), politician, barrister, and businessman, was born 26 September 1902 at 2 North Great George's St., Dublin, fifth child among five sons and one daughter of John Dillon (qv), Nationalist MP for Mayo East, and his…

Dillon, John Blake

Dillon, John Blake (1814–66), nationalist and journalist, was born 5 May 1814 in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, fourth of seven children of Luke Dillon, farmer and shopkeeper, and Anne Dillon (née Blake), of Dunmacrina, Co. Mayo. Dillon was educated at St Patrick's College,…

Dillon, Theobald

Dillon, Theobald (d. 1691), 7th Viscount Dillon , Jacobite officer, was born at Lough Glynn, Co. Roscommon, eldest son of Capt. Robert Dillon and his wife Rose, one of the Dillon family of Streamstown, Co. Galway. In 1682 he succeeded as 7th Viscount Dillon on the death without…

Doherty, Sean

Doherty, Sean (1944–2005), politician and cabinet minister, was born 29 June 1944 in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon, one of three sons and three daughters of James Doherty, auctioneer and politician, whose family migrated from Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, earlier in the century, and his wife…

Doyle, Michael Anthony (‘Tony’)

Doyle, Michael Anthony (‘Tony’) (1935–2000), actor, was born 21 July 1935 in Ballyfarnan, near Boyle, Co. Roscommon, youngest among four children of James Doyle, garda, and his wife Nora. His father was later stationed in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon, and in the mid 1950s in Churchtown…

Eccles, Charlotte O'Conor

Eccles, Charlotte O'Conor (1864/5–1911), journalist and novelist, was born in Ballingard House, Co. Roscommon, fourth and oldest surviving daughter of Alexander O'Conor Eccles, JP and founder of the Roscommon Messenger (1848–1935…

Finlay, Peter

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Finlay, Thomas Aloysius

Finlay, Thomas Aloysius (1848–1940) and Peter (1851–1929), Jesuit priests, scholars, and teachers, were born at Lanesborough, Co. Roscommon, sons of William Finlay, engineer, and Maria Finlay (née Magan), who had four other children: three daughters, all of whom…