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Ballance, John

Ballance, John (1839–93), New Zealand politician, was born 27 March 1839, eldest among ten children surviving to adulthood of Samuel Ballance and Mary Ballance (née McNeice) of Ballypitmave near Glenavy, Co. Antrim; she was from a quaker background, while the Ballances were a…

Bulleid, Oliver Vaughan Snell

Bulleid, Oliver Vaughan Snell (1882–1970), railway engineer, was born 19 September 1882 at Invercargill, New Zealand, eldest child of William Bulleid (originally of North Taunton, Devon, England) and his wife, Marian, daughter of Oliver Vaughan Pugh of Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire,…

Cleary, Henry William

Cleary, Henry William (1859–1929), catholic bishop of Auckland, was born 15 January 1859 at Oulart, Co. Wexford; he was baptised William Henry. His catholic father, Robert Cleary, a farmer, came from the neighbouring county of Wicklow and settled in Wexford after marrying Susan…

Close, Leo St John

Close, Leo St John (1934–77), paraplegic athlete, was born 20 October 1934, the son of Leo Joseph Close, inspector of schools, and his wife, Kathleen Mary, née O'Connor, who lived at 16 Berea Terrace, Dublin. He was educated at Belvedere College, Dublin, Mount St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea,…

Creagh, John

Creagh, John (1870–1947), Redemptorist priest, was born 19 August 1870 in Thomondgate, Limerick, son of John Creagh, clerk, and Mary Creagh (née Tyrsonnon). Initially educated by the Christian Brothers, he joined the Redemptorist order at 14. In 1887 he was sent to Liverpool, where he…

Ferrar, Hartley Travers

Ferrar, Hartley Travers (1879–1932), geologist and explorer, was born 28 January 1879 at 3 Grosvenor Place, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, son of John Edgar Ferrar, bank clerk, and Mary Holmes Ferrar (née Hartley). While he was still a small child, his family moved to Holywood, Co. Down, where…

Gray, Moses Wilson

Gray, Moses Wilson (1813–75), lawyer and politician, was born 26 March 1813 in Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Known as Wilson Gray, he was the second son of John Gray of Claremorris, a farmer and excise officer, and his wife Elizabeth Wilson. He was an elder brother of Sir…

Hobson, William

Hobson, William (1793–1842), naval officer and first governor of New Zealand, was born 26 September 1793 in Newtown Lodge, Waterford city, third among five sons of Samuel Hobson, assistant barrister for Co. Cork, and his wife Martha Jones, who was a member of a family that had…

Jellett, Henry

Jellett, Henry (1872–1948), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born 29 May 1872 at Aghinagh, Killinardrish, Co. Cork, youngest among four sons and four daughters of the Rev. Henry Jellett (1821–1901), theologian and dean of St Patrick's cathedral, Dublin, and Elizabeth Rebecca…

Joyce, Margaret Alice (‘Poppie’; Sister Mary Gertrude)

Joyce, Margaret Alice (‘Poppie’; Sister Mary Gertrude) (1884–1964), Sister of Mercy and musician, was born 18 January 1884 at 41 Brighton Square West, Rathgar, Dublin, second eldest of ten surviving children (four sons and six daughters) of…

Kelly, James Joseph

Kelly, James Joseph (1877–1939), catholic priest and nationalist, was born 11 November 1877 at New Ross, Co. Wexford, the son of Mary Gannon of Arnestown, Co. Wexford, and Philip Kelly, a merchant from New Ross. He won scholarships to the local Augustinian school and later to St…

McCarthy, Mortimer

This is a co-subject for the entry on McCarthy, Timothy (‘Tim’). View the original entry.

O'Farrell, Patrick James

O'Farrell, Patrick James (1933–2003), historian, was born on 17 September 1933 in Greymouth, a small port in the Westland province of the South Island of New Zealand, youngest child of Patrick Vincent ('Paddy') O'Farrell (originally Farrell), tailor and labour activist, and his wife…

Ormsby, Sir Lambert Hepenstal

Ormsby, Sir Lambert Hepenstal (1849–1923), surgeon, was born 19 July 1849 at Onehunga Lodge, Auckland, New Zealand, the only son among five children of George Owen Ormsby (1814–61), civil engineer, and Selina Ormsby (née Hepenstal) (d. 1901), daughter of Revd Lambert Watson…

Rooke, Charles Vaughan (‘C. V.’)

Rooke, Charles Vaughan (‘C. V.’) (1869–1946), rugby player, was born 24 September 1869 at Summerhill, Dublin, son of Thomas Slator Rooke, gentleman and member of the Plymouth Brethren, from Dublin; and Adelaide Rooke (née Reid) originally of Rossbrook, Co. Armagh. Educated…

Ryan, Thady

Ryan, Thady (1923–2005), fox hunter and horse breeder, was born Thaddeus Francis Ryan in Hatch Street nursing home, Dublin, on 25 September 1923, the eldest son of John Ryan (see below), of Scarteen House, Knocklong, Co. Limerick, and his wife Anita (née Purcell). He was the sixth…

Sadleir, George Forster

Sadleir, George Forster (1789–1859), army officer and explorer, was born 19 January 1789 in Cork, third son of James Sadleir, cotton manufacturer and sheriff of Cork (1791), of Tipperary and later Shannon Vale House, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, and his wife Joanna, daughter of George Forster…

Supple, Gerald Henry

Supple, Gerald Henry (1823–98), journalist, lawyer, poet, and nationalist, was born in Cork city, eldest son among two sons and four daughters of Thomas Supple, of Bowling Green St., Cork city, and Letitia Anne Supple (née Sherlock), of Ballintemple, Co. Cork, a lineal descendant…