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Bartholomew, Freddie

Bartholomew was born in Dublin but abandoned by his parents to the care of an aunt, Millicent Mary Bartholomew. In 1930 he began his film career as a child star with Fascination, and... [more]

Casement, Roger David

Casement was born into a mixed-religion family near Dublin. While the children were young the family lived in Ireland (then still under British control), France, Italy and Jersey, but his m... [more]

Child Migrants

These are the children sent from Britain and Ireland to colonies and former colonies with the express intention of helping to culturally swamp the native peoples by increasing the white pop... [more]

Colden, Cadwallader

Colden was born in Ireland and after graduating from the University of Edinburgh (1705) he emigrated to the American colonies (1710). He spent the next half century in the colonial civil se... [more]

CuChulain

Setana was the son of the god Lugh and the mortal Dechtire, wife of Sualtam. He had seven pupils in each eye and 14 fingers and toes. He was sent to be fostered by the best men in Ulster, a... [more]

Douglas, Catherine

Douglas was born in Shannon, Ireland, orphaned as a young girl and then raised in a convent in Dublin. When she was 20 she emigrated to New Zealand, joining an uncle who was already living ... [more]

Finn Mac Cumhal

Finn was the last and greatest leader of the Fianna. He was born named Demna, the son of Cumhal Mac Baiscne, who was killed by the Sons of Morna. His mother, Muirne, sent him away to the ca... [more]

Leonard, Hugh

Leonard was born John Keyes Byrne in Dublin, to an unmarried woman named Annie Byrne. He was adopted as a baby by a gardener and his wife, Nicholas and Margaret Keyes and raised in Dalkey. ... [more]

McAuley, Catherine

McAuley was born to a happy, devout, wealthy Catholic family but her father died when she was seven. Her mother moved the three children from their country mansion to Dublin and converted t... [more]

McDaid, Desmond

McDaid was the son of a single mother in Ireland, who had to leave him in an orphanage when he was two. He stayed in Irish orphanages until he was nine, when he was shipped, without his mot... [more]

O'Connell, James F.

According to his story (first published 1836) O'Connell was a crewman on the ship John Bull, which was wrecked in the 1820s. He and a few fellow crewmen then sailed in an open boat, landing... [more]

Ponsonby, Sarah

Ponsonby was the orphaned daughter of an upper class family of the Irish Protestant Ascendancy. Her mother died when she was three; her father remarried, but himself died when she was seven... [more]

Swift, Jonathan

Swift's father died before he was born and his mother soon afterwards left him in Ireland to be raised by his uncle while she returned to England. (One version of his life states that his m... [more]

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