Co. Tipperary

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Allen, William Philip

Allen, William Philip (1848–67), Fenian and ‘Manchester martyr’, was born in April 1848 near Tipperary town but moved when aged about 3 to Bandon, Co. Cork, where his father, Thomas Allen (1814?–1909), was keeper of the bridewell (c.1850–1868). The Allen family was…

Anthony, Richard Sydney

Anthony, Richard Sydney (1875–1962), trade unionist and politician, was born 20 October 1875 in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, son of John Anthony, printer, and Mary Anthony (née Clancy or Clooney). Little is known about his early life or education except that the family moved to Cork when…

Bagwell, Harriet

Bagwell, Harriet (Philippa Jocelyn) (c.1853–1937), philanthropist and promoter of local industry, was born in Dunleckney Manor, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, eldest child of Phillip Jocelyn Newton (1818–95), DL,…

Bagwell, John Philip (‘Jack’)

Bagwell, John Philip (‘Jack’) (1874–1946), railway executive and politician, was born 11 August 1874, only son of the historian Richard Bagwell (qv), of Marlfield, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, and

Bagwell, Richard

Bagwell, Richard (1840–1918), barrister, historian, and political activist, was born 9 December 1840, eldest son of John Bagwell, MP, of Marlfield, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, and his wife the Hon. Frances, youngest daughter of Francis Aldborough Prittie,…

Baron (Barron), Bartholomew (Bonaventure)

Baron (Barron), Bartholomew (Bonaventure) (1610–96), Franciscan theologian and miscellaneous writer, was born 24 July 1610 at Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, the second son of Lawrence Baron (d. 1622), a merchant of Clonmel, and his first wife, Maria (d. 1616), sister of…

Bates, Daisy May

Bates, Daisy May (1859–1951), welfare worker for Aborigines, anthropologist, and eccentric, was born 21 October 1859 in Roscrea, Co. Tipperay, third among six children of James Dwyer , catholic tradesman and blacksmith, and Bridget Dwyer (née Hunt). Her twin brother, Francis, died…

Beary, Michael

Beary, Michael (1894–1956), jockey and trainer, was born 9 December 1894 at Anne St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, second son of John Beary, clerk of the Clonmel union, and Hannah Beary (née Skeahan). He began his apprenticeship as a jockey with Col.…

Bermingham, Peter (Piers, Feoras) de

Bermingham, Peter (Piers, Feoras) de (d. 1254), lord of Tethmoy , Dunmore, and Tireragh, was perhaps a son of Robert de Bermingham, who about 1172 was granted lands in Offaly by Strongbow (qv) (Richard…

Bernal, John Desmond

Bernal, John Desmond (1901–71), scientist, was born 10 May 1901 at Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, eldest of three sons and two daughters of Samuel George Bernal, farmer, of Brookwatson, Nenagh, and his wife Elizabeth Miller, daughter of a Presbyterian minister in San José, California.…

Blake, Lady Edith

Blake, Lady Edith (1845–1926), botanical illustrator and writer, was born in Newtown Anner, near Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, eldest daughter of the heiress Catherine Isabella Osborne (1819–80) of Newtown Anner, and Ralph Bernal Osborne…

Blomfield, Sara Louisa

Blomfield, Sara Louisa , Lady (1859–1939), Bahá'í pioneer and humanitarian, was born in Knockanevin, Borrisoleigh, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary, the daughter of Matthew (Matthias) John Ryan and his wife Emily (née Crowe). Religious tension between her catholic father and anglo-…

Boland, Henry Patrick

Boland, Henry Patrick (1876–1956), civil servant, was born 10 May 1876 in Clonmel, the son of Michael Boland, master of Clonmel workhouse, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Quirke). In 1895 he entered the civil service as a second division clerk. Later he served in the Treasury…

Bourke, Thomas Francis

Bourke, Thomas Francis (1840–89), Fenian, was born 10 December 1840 in Fethard, Co. Tipperary, second eldest of six children of Edmond Burke (d. 1859), house painter, and Mary Burke (née Dwyer). His father's business, which had been reasonably prosperous, was hit badly by the…

Bourne, Richard

Bourne, Richard (1770–1851), steamship owner and a founder of the P & O company, was born at Fethard Castle, Co. Tipperary, youngest of several sons. Entering the Royal Navy (1787), he was promoted lieutenant (1797) and commanded the Felix (1804); twice rewarded for…

Bracken, Brendan

Bracken, Brendan (1901–58), politician, was born 15 February 1901 in Church St., Templemore, Co. Tipperary, third child and second of three sons of Joseph Kevin (J. K.) Bracken (qv) and Hannah (née Ryan) Bracken. The family moved to…

Bracken, Joseph K.

Bracken, Joseph K. (1852–1904), monumental sculptor and builder, local politician, and a founder in 1884 of the ‘Gaelic Association for the Preservation and Cultivation of National Pastimes’ which evolved to become the Gaelic Athletic Association (…

Bradshaw, Robert George

Bradshaw, Robert George (1885–1951), republican, was born 6 June 1885 into a protestant family in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, eldest son of Robert Emmanuel Bradshaw, bank teller, and Mary Josephine Bradshaw (née Bentham). After spells as a tutor at Norton's College, Maguire's…

Bradstreet, Dudley

Bradstreet, Dudley (1711–63), spy and fortune-hunter, was born in Co. Tipperary, youngest son of John Bradstreet, a landowner whose family had received considerable Cromwellian land grants. Raised by a foster-family because of his father's high-living, Dudley later attributed his…

Bray, Thomas

Bray, Thomas (1746/7–1820), catholic archbishop of Cashel, was born at Fethard, Co. Tipperary, son of John Bray, a wine merchant, and his wife Margaret, daughter of Pierce Power (d. 1717), who had owned property at Glashy, Co. Waterford. The name ‘Bray’ occurs nearby at Clonmel…

Breen, Daniel (‘Dan’)

Breen, Daniel (‘Dan’) (1894–1969), IRA man and Fianna Fáil TD, was born 11 August 1894 near Donohill, Co. Tipperary, son of Daniel Breen, small farmer, of Donohill, and Honora Breen (née Moore), midwife, from Reenavana, Doon, Co. Limerick. Born seventh of eight children, he went to…

Brennan, William

Brennan, William (d. 1840), highwayman, was born at Raspberry Hill, Co. Waterford. In the late 1830s he was working at Kilmurry House, Co. Cork, the property of a Mr Grant. Caught while attempting to steal a watch, he became an outlaw, raised a gang, and based himself in the…

Browne, Maurice

Browne, Maurice (1892–1979), priest and novelist, was born in Grangemockler, Co. Tipperary, son of Maurice Browne, schoolteacher, and Catherine Browne (née Fitzgerald). Educated at Rockwell and then Clonliffe Colleges, he was ordained from Maynooth as a priest in the Dublin…

Browne, Michael (David)

Browne, Michael (David) (1887–1971), Dominican and cardinal, was born 6 May 1887 at Grangemockler, Co. Tipperary, son of Maurice Browne and Catherine Browne (née Fitzgerald), and was christened David. He attended the local school, of which his father was headmaster, and later…

Bryan, Sir Francis

Bryan, Sir Francis (a.1492–1550), poet, courtier, justiciar (lord justice), and lord marshal of Ireland, was son of Thomas Bryan, knight of the body to Henry VII and Henry VIII, and his wife Margaret, daughter of Humphrey Bourchier, and was possibly educated at Oxford,…