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    Thomas Moore

    Thomas Moore

    Thomas Moore (28 May 1779 – 25 February 1852) was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of The Minstrel Boy and The Last Rose of Summer. He was responsible, with John Murray, for burning Lord Byron's memoirs after his death. In his lifetime he was often referred to as Anacreon Moore. Thomas Moore was born at 12 Aungier-street in Dublin, Ireland, on 28 May 1779. over his father's grocery shop, his father being from an Irish speaking Gaeltacht in Kerry and his mother, Anastasia Codd, from Wexford. He had two younger sisters, Kate and Ellen. From a relatively early age Moore showed an interest in music and other performing arts. He sometimes appeared in plays with his friends, such as The Poor Soldier by John O'Keeffe, and at one stage had ambitions to become an actor. Moore attended several Dublin schools including Samuel Whyte's English Grammar School in Grafton Street where he learned the English accent with which he spoke for the rest of his life. From 1795 He was educated at Trinity College, which had recently allowed entry to Catholic students, in an effort to fulfil his mother's dream of his becoming a lawyer. Moore was initially
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    Owen Garvan

    Owen Garvan

    Owen Garvan (born 29 January 1988 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish footballer who currently plays for Crystal Palace. He previously played for the Irish schoolboy team Home Farm, before moving to England to join Ipswich Town. Garvan plays as a central midfielder. Garvan comes from a notable Irish footballing family. His maternal grandfather, Con Martin, was an international during the 1940s and 1950s and captained both Ireland teams – the FAI XI and the IFA XI. His uncle, Mick Martin, also played for both the Republic of Ireland and Manchester United. Another uncle Con Martin Jr. and his own father, Gerry Garvan, both played in the League of Ireland. Garvan was a member of the Home Farm U-14s team that played in the Dublin and District Schoolboy League. The team, which was coached by his father Gerry, went unbeaten for three years between 1999 and 2002. Along the way they won the Schoolboys FAI Cup twice. Garvan is just one of several players in the team who have since gone on to bigger things. Darren O'Dea, Diarmuid O'Carroll, Gary Walsh and Gareth Christie were all offered contracts by Celtic, while goalkeeper Shane Supple and defender Michael Synnott, like Garvan, were
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    McFadden Newell

    McFadden Newell

    McFadden Alexander Newell (1824–1894) commissioned and was the first principal of Maryland State Normal School (now Towson University). Newell was an Irish immigrant who graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. He also taught school in England before settling in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1865, Newell was asked to establish a state normal school and served as its principal from 1866 to 1890. During this time, he also served as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. As Principal at MSNS, he improved both teacher education and public school instruction, set admissions standards for the Normal School and refined the school's curriculum.
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    Michael Devaney

    Michael Devaney

    Not to be confused with Steve McQueen's character Michael Delaney, from the 1971 film Le Mans Michael Devaney (born November 29, 1984 in Dublin) is an Irish racing driver. Michael Devaney has been racing since 1997 when he had a successful stint in the Irish Junior Karting Championship winning the All-Ireland and National Championships. He moved into Irish Formula Ford in 2001 aged 16 winning many races, he then moved on to German Formula BMW in 2002 and won in just his second race ahead of Nico Rosberg. Devaney moved up to German Formula 3 in 2004 and became Ireland's youngest ever Formula 3 race winner, in 2005 he fought for the championship and finished 2nd overall despite missing the first two races due to lack of funding. The Dublin man then became the driver for A1 Team Ireland in the A1 Grand Prix series for the 2006-07 season after some strong showings in 2005 while substituting for Ralph Firman Jnr. After leaving his drive with Team Ireland, Devaney signed for newly formed Ultimate Motorsport to compete in the International British Formula 3 Championship with new Formula 3 constructor Mygale. He took the team's first two victories thanks to a double win at Snetterton. He
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    Brendan Gleeson

    Brendan Gleeson

    Brendan Gleeson (born 29 March 1955) is an Irish actor. His best-known films include Braveheart, Gangs of New York, In Bruges, 28 Days Later, Troy, the Harry Potter films, The Guard and the role of Michael Collins in The Treaty. He won an Emmy Award in 2009 for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the film Into the Storm. Gleeson was born in Dublin, the son of Pat and Frank Gleeson. Gleeson has described himself as having been an avid reader as a child. After training as an actor, he returned to Ireland and worked for several years as a secondary school teacher of Irish and English at the now defunct Catholic Belcamp College in North County Dublin, which closed in 2004. He was working simultaneously as an actor while teaching, doing semi-professional and professional productions in Dublin and surrounding areas. He left the teaching profession to commit full-time to acting in 1991. Gleeson started his film career at the age of 34. He first came to prominence in Ireland for his role as Michael Collins in The Treaty, a television film broadcast on RTÉ One, and for which he won a Jacob's Award in 1992. He has acted in such films as Braveheart, I Went Down, Michael Collins, Gangs of
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    Andy Reid

    Andy Reid

    Andrew Matthew "Andy" Reid (born 29 July 1982) is an Irish footballer who currently plays for Nottingham Forest in the Football League Championship. He plays as a midfielder and has also represented the Republic of Ireland. Reid was born in Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland. He went to school at Synge Street CBS, Dublin. Football was in his blood as his father Bill played for St Patrick's Athletic and his uncle Victor played for Shelbourne. He started his footballing career with Irish youth clubs – Lourdes Celtic and Cherry Orchard. He turned down Manchester United and Arsenal to sign for Nottingham Forest. He has often been criticised for being overweight, but Charlton manager Les Reed claimed that he was one of the fittest on show at a game against Everton, Reed said "He is fit. You have only got to look at the amount of running he was doing and how he was still going at the end to see that". Reid started his career with Nottingham Forest, in their youth academy, after joining from Cherry Orchard, meaning that Cherry Orchard received money from the move. Reid added "I choose Forest years ago because they made me feel wanted, because they had more time for me as a young kid that I felt at
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    James Muspratt

    James Muspratt

    James Muspratt (12 August 1793 – 4 May 1886) was a British chemical manufacturer who was the first to make alkali by the Leblanc process on a large scale in the United Kingdom. James Muspratt was born in Dublin of English parents, the youngest of three children. At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to a wholesale druggist, but his father died in 1810 and his mother soon afterwards. He left Dublin and in 1812 he went to Spain to take part in the Peninsular War. He followed the British army on foot into the interior, was laid up with fever at Madrid, and, narrowly escaping capture by the French, succeeded in making his way to Lisbon where he joined the navy. After taking part in the blockade of Brest he deserted because of the harshness of the discipline. Returning to Dublin in about 1814, he came into an inheritance and in 1818 established a chemical works in partnership with Thomas Abbott. Here he began to manufacture chemical products such as hydrochloric and acetic acids and turpentine, adding prussiate of potash a few years later. Sodium carbonate, also known as soda ash, is an effective industrial alkali. The manufacture of sodium carbonate from common salt was first
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    Richie Foran

    Richie Foran

    Richard 'Richie' Foran (born on 16 June 1980) is an Irish footballer who plays for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He has also played for St Patrick's Athletic, Shelbourne, Carlisle United, Oxford United, Motherwell, Southend United and Darlington. Born in Dublin, Foran started his career in Ireland with St Patrick's Athletic but failed to make a first team appearance and drifted out of League of Ireland football. In 2000, Foran signed for Shelbourne and finished his first season in the league by winning the PFAI Young Player of the Year award. During Foran's debut season with Shelbourne he scored home and away against Rosenborg in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, and made his debut for the Republic of Ireland under 21 international team in Cyprus. In 2001, manager Roddy Collins spent £120,000 to secure Foran's signature for Carlisle United F.C. in England. While at Brunton Park he scored 29 goals, with 16 of them coming in the 2001–2002 season, where he helped United to a respectable mid-table finish, when every season was a struggle to stay in The Football League. In next two seasons Carlisle struggled and Foran found it hard to score goals, he also had a
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    Pat Kenny

    Pat Kenny

    Patrick "Pat" Kenny (born 29 January 1948) is an Irish broadcaster and former disc jockey and continuity announcer. He is employed by Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) and is their highest paid presenter. He presents Today with Pat Kenny on RTÉ Radio 1 each weekday morning between 10:00 and midday. He has presented the RTÉ One current affairs programme, The Frontline, each Monday night since the demise of its predecessor Questions and Answers. He hosted The Late Late Show on RTÉ One from 1999 until 2009 when he submitted his resignation to those in a higher position of authority via a live on-air announcement. Kenny had a past career as a lecturer and has academic degrees in the fields of chemical engineering. As well as his ten-year stint as host of The Late Late Show during the 2000s, he has co-hosted Eurovision Song Contest 1988, as well as numerous other television shows, including Today Tonight, The Pat Kenny Show, Saturday Live and Kenny Live, and has worked for both RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ 2fm, sometimes simultaneously, in a career that has spanned four decades. He is the holder of a Jacob's Award and is perennially cited as the highest paid employee in RTÉ's possession. He was
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    James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont

    James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont

    James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont KP PC (Ire) (18 August 1728 – 4 August 1799) was an Irish statesman. The son of the 3rd Viscount Charlemont, he was born in Dublin, and succeeded his father as 4th Viscount in 1734. The title of Charlemont descended from Sir Toby Caulfeild (1565–1627) of Oxfordshire, England, who was given lands in Ireland, and created Baron Charlemont (the name of a fort on the Blackwater), for his services to King James I in 1620. The 1st Viscount was the 5th Baron (d. 1671), who was advanced by Charles II. Lord Charlemont was well known for his love of Classical art and culture and spent nine years on the Grand Tour in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt. He returned to Dublin and employed the Scottish architect Sir William Chambers to remodel his main residence Marino House, to design his town house Charlemont House and the unique Neo-Classical garden pavilion building, the Casino at Marino. Lord Charlemont is historically interesting for his political connection with Henry Flood and Henry Grattan; he was a cultivated man with literary and artistic tastes, and both in Dublin and in London he had considerable social influence. He was the first President of the
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    Jonathan Swift

    Jonathan Swift

    Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. He is remembered for works such as Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift originally published all of his works under pseudonyms – such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, MB Drapier – or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire: the Horatian and Juvenalian styles. Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin, Ireland. He was the second child and only son of Jonathan Swift (1640–67) and his wife Abigail Erick (or Herrick), of Frisby-on-the-Wreake. His father, a native of Goodrich, Herefordshire, accompanied his brothers to Ireland to seek their fortunes in law after their Royalist father's estate was brought to ruin during the English Civil War. Swift's father died at Dublin before he was born,
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    Ken Doherty

    Ken Doherty

    Ken Doherty (born 17 September 1969) is an Irish professional snooker player. He is the only player ever to have been world amateur (1989) and world professional champion (1997). He was also World Under-21 champion in 1989. After two semi-finals in the 1991/92 season (his second as a professional), Doherty reached the final of the 1992 Grand Prix, narrowly losing 10–9 to Jimmy White. In the same event a year later, he lost 6–9 to Peter Ebdon. His first ranking title was the 1993 Welsh Open, enough to take him into the top 16 in the world, where he remained until the 2007/08 season. In the 1994 World Championship he reached the quarter-finals, his only run past the first round before 1997. Doherty became only the third player from outside the United Kingdom (After Australian Horace Lindrum in 1952 and Canadian Cliff Thorburn in 1980) to win the World Championship when he beat Stephen Hendry 18–12 in the 1997 final. Ken also reached the World Championship final in 1998 (losing to John Higgins) and in 2003, losing narrowly to Mark Williams. The latter run was noted for some outstanding comebacks, including final-frame wins over Graeme Dott and Shaun Murphy, a 13–8 win over John
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    Dean Delaney

    Dean Delaney

    Dean Delany (born 15 September 1980 in Dublin) is an Irish football goalkeeper who plays for League of Ireland Premier Division club Shelbourne. Beginning his career in England with Everton in 1998, two years later he moved on to Port Vale, having never turned out for the first team at Everton despite winning caps for the Republic of Ireland under-21s and lifting the FA Youth Cup. He spent four years with Vale, and did make 39 first team appearances, though was never their first choice keeper. He also spent time on loan at Macclesfield Town, but never made it onto the field. He returned to Ireland in 2004 to sign a contract with Shelbourne, who he helped to the League of Ireland title in 2006. He spent 2007 with Waterford United, though returned to Shelbourne the following year. The "Shels" had been demoted in his absence, and he was the goalkeeper in the 2011 season, as they won promotion back into the top-flight. After securing a contract with English Premiership side Everton as a teenager, his first year saw him winning the FA Youth Cup. Delany only made one appearance for the "Toffees", and was unable to break into the first team. In the summer of 2000 he moved to the Second
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    Morton Stadium

    Morton Stadium

    Morton Stadium, or the National Athletics Stadium, is an athletics stadium in Santry, in the north of Dublin City. Often called Santry Stadium, it is the centre for athletics events in Ireland, and home track of Clonliffe Harriers. It was home to Sporting Fingal F.C.. The modern capacity of the ground is 4,000 with a single 800 seat, covered stand. The stadium was opened in 1958 with a cinder track. An inaugural series of meetings was held, and on 6 August 1958, Australian Herb Elliott shattered the world record for the mile run with a time of 3 minutes 54.5 seconds. This was the first race in which five athletes had run a four minute mile. In 1978 the stadium was resurfaced with a tartan track, the first such in the Republic of Ireland. In the early 1990s it was renamed after Billy Morton, the late administrator who had initiated the original track and who brought famous athletes to compete in the stadium. It hosted the athletics events of the Special Olympics World Games in 2003. The stadium consists of a small covered stand with 800 seats and three sides of open terracing, bringing the total capacity up to 4,000. The stand encompasses dressing rooms and other facilities; there
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    Sean T. O'Kelly

    Sean T. O'Kelly

    Seán Thomas O'Kelly (Irish: Seán Tomás Ó Ceallaigh; 25 August 1882 – 23 November 1966) was the second President of Ireland (1945–1959). He was a member of Dáil Éireann from 1918 until his election as President. During this time he served as Minister for Local Government (1932–1939) and Minister for Finance (1939–1945). He also served as deputy prime minister of Ireland from 1932 to 1945, under the title Vice-President of the Executive Council from 1932 until 1937 and Tánaiste from 1937 until 1945. O'Kelly was born in Dublin at 55 Wellington Street in the north inner-city Dublin. He was educated at O'Connell School in North Richmond Street, an Irish Christian Brothers school a short walk away. O'Kelly joined the National Library of Ireland in 1898 as a junior assistant. The same year, he joined the Gaelic League, becoming a member of the governing body in 1910 and General Secretary in 1915. O'Kelly joined Sinn Féin, then a small dual-monarchist, capitalist party, immediately at its inception in 1905. He became an honorary secretary of the movement from 1908, remaining in the post until 1925. In 1906 he was elected to Dublin Corporation, and retained the seat until 1924. In March
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    Richard John Griffith

    Richard John Griffith

    Sir Richard John Griffith Bt. FRS (20 September 1784 – 22 September 1878), was an Irish geologist, mining engineer and chairman of the Board of Works of Ireland, who completed the first complete geological map of Ireland and was author of the valuation of Ireland - known ever since as Griffith's Valuation. Griffith was born in Hume Street, Dublin, Ireland. In 1799 he obtained a commission in the Royal Irish Artillery, but a year later, when the corps was incorporated with that of England, he retired, and devoted his attention to civil engineering and mining. He studied chemistry, mineralogy and mining for two years in London under William Nicholson, and afterwards examined the mining districts in various parts of England, Wales and Scotland. While in Cornwall he discovered ores of nickel and cobalt in material that had been rejected as worthless. He completed his studies under Robert Jameson and others at Edinburgh, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1807, a member of the newly established Geological Society of London in 1808, and in the same year he returned to Ireland. In 1809, he was appointed by the commissioners to inquire into the nature and extent of
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    Jonathan Hayes

    Jonathan Hayes

    Jonathan "Jonny" Hayes (born 9 July 1987 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish footballer who currently plays as a left winger for Scottish Premier League club Aberdeen. Hayes started his career at Reading's Youth Academy, but with first team opportunities being limited, he went on loan to Forest Green Rovers in February 2006 and scored on his début in the FA Trophy against Dorchester Town. He spent a month on loan at Chesterfield in October 2006 without making an appearance, and then joined MK Dons on 10 January 2007 until the end of the 2006–07 season. On 6 June 2007, he was released by Reading at the end of his contract. He joined Leicester City on a three year deal on July 4, 2007, making his league debut against Blackpool on 11 August. He got his first start for the club on 1 December against Southampton on the left wing and showed his speed and determination in an under- performing Leicester side. On 20 July 2009, Hayes was released from his Leicester contract by mutual consent. On 7 January 2008, Hayes joined Northampton Town on loan until the end of the season. On 13 October, Hayes joined Cheltenham Town on a trial period, with a view to a loan move, a move which was confirmed on
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    Stephen Dawson

    Stephen Dawson

    Stephen John Dawson (born 4 December 1985) is an Irish footballer who plays for English Championship side Barnsley. He usually plays in central midfield, but has also occasionally played in a wider role on the right wing. Born in Dublin, Dawson began his professional football career as a trainee at Leicester City having joined from Dublin schoolboy team Portmarnock AFC, and although he became a regular in the reserve side, he did not graduate to the first team and rejected an offer of a new contract on reduced terms in May 2005. He joined Mansfield Town in the summer of 2005 and scored on his debut against Stockport in August 2005. He signed a new one-year contract in August 2007 and by the end of the 2007–08 season, had made over 125 appearances in all competitions for Mansfield Town. After Mansfield Town were relegated to the Football Conference at the end of the 2007–08 season, he was out of contract and joined Bury on a two-year contract. Dawson made his Bury debut on 9 August 2008 on the opening day of the season with a 1–0 win over Brentford at Gigg Lane. Dawson got his first goal for Bury on 18 October 2008 in a 3–1 win at Dagenham & Redbridge. On 4 June 2010 he signed for
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    John Gormley

    John Gormley

    John Gormley (born 4 August 1959) is a former Irish politician. He was the leader of the Irish Green Party from 2007 to 2011, and was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South–East constituency from 1997 to 2011. He served as Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government from 2007–11. He was previously the party spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Health and Children, and chairman of the party. Born in Dublin, Gormley was educated in St Munchin's College, Limerick, University College Dublin and the University of Freiburg. Prior to entering full-time politics he ran an academy of European languages. He has held many positions in the Green Party including Campaign Director for the successful anti-smog campaign in the 1980s. He contested his first general election in 1989, in the Dublin South–East constituency, but was not elected. He also unsuccessfully contested the 1989 Seanad election and 1992 general election. In 1990 he wrote The Green Guide For Ireland, containing advice on how to live and campaign environmentally. He lives in Ringsend with his wife, Penny, and their son and daughter. In 1991 he was elected to Dublin City Council and was Lord Mayor of
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    Ronan Tynan

    Ronan Tynan

    Ronan Tynan (born 14 May 1960) is a singer in the classical Irish style. Irish audiences recognise him as a member of The Irish Tenors, while American audiences consider him most famous for his renditions of "God Bless America" at Yankee Stadium during important New York Yankees games, such as Opening Day, nationally-televised games, the last game at the old Yankee Stadium, and playoff games. Additionally he occasionally sings for the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres and performed before 71,217 fans at the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic along with Sabres anthem singer Doug Allen, who performed the Canadian national anthem, on January 1, 2008, when the Sabres played the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tynan has not performed for the Sabres since Terrence Pegula purchased the team in 2011. He is also known for participating in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Paralympics. Tynan was a member of The Irish Tenors until he left to pursue his solo career in May 2004. In this same year, he sang "New York, New York" at Belmont Stakes and less than a week later he was at the Washington National Cathedral for former United States President Ronald Reagan's state funeral, where he sang "Amazing Grace" and
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    Darren O'Dea

    Darren O'Dea

    Darren O'Dea (born on 4 February 1987) is an Irish footballer who plays as a centre back. He currently plays for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer. O'Dea started his career with Celtic and broke into the first team during the 2006–07 season. Since then he has won the Scottish Premier League twice, in 2006–07 and 2007–08. He has also won both the Scottish Cup, in 2008, and Scottish League Cup, 2009, once. He moved on a six-month loan to English Championship side Reading for the first-half of the 2009–10 season. But returned to play in the first-team and become temporary captain of the club for the second season. Since then he has not been a part of Celtic's first team and has been loaned out to Championship sides Ipswich Town and Leeds United for the 2010–11 and 2011–12 season respectively. O'Dea has represented Ireland at under-21 level and at senior level. He was part of the team that secured qualification for Euro 2012. O'Dea started playing for Home Farm before being signed by Celtic as a teenager. After making his way through the reserves and academy side, he made his first team debut for Celtic in the Scottish League Cup against St. Mirren in September 2006. He made his first
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    Glen Hansard

    Glen Hansard

    Glen Hansard (born 21 April 1970 in Dublin, Ireland) is the Academy Award–winning principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for Irish group The Frames and one half of folk rock duo The Swell Season. He is also known for his acting, having appeared in the BAFTA winning film The Commitments, as well as starring in the film Once. His song, "Falling Slowly", from Once, co-written with his co-star Markéta Irglová, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007, and earned him ten other major awards or nominations between 2007-08. He currently owns a summer house in Wexford, Ireland. Hansard quit school at age 13 to begin busking on local Dublin streets. He formed The Frames in 1990, and they've been staples of the Irish music scene ever since. Their first album, Another Love Song, was released on Island Records in 1991, and their most recent, The Cost, was released in 2006. Hansard came to international attention as guitar player Outspan Foster in the 1991 Alan Parker film The Commitments, after attending the New York Film Academy School of Acting. He has often stated that he regretted taking the role, because he felt it distracted him from his music career. In 2003, he
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    Patrick Bergin

    Patrick Bergin

    Patrick Connolly Bergin (born February 4, 1951) is an Irish actor and singer. He may be best-known internationally for playing the menacing husband of Julia Roberts' character in the thriller Sleeping with the Enemy and is also known for his role as Irish terrorist Kevin O'Donnell in the film adaption of Patriot Games. Bergin also appeared as Robin Hood in a 1991 TV movie. He recently played the role of psychotic Provisional Irish Republican Army gunman in Johnny Was, opposite Vinnie Jones and Roger Daltrey. Currently, he leads Patrick Bergin and the Spirit Merchants. Bergin had a top 10 hit in Ireland with the song "The Knacker", which tells the story of a person who recycles horse carcases and turns them into glue. He also appeared in the video of DJ Steve Mac's song "Paddy's Revenge".
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    Rex Ingram

    Rex Ingram

    Rex Ingram (15 January 1892 – 21 July 1950) was an Irish film director, producer, writer and actor. Legendary director Erich von Stroheim once called him "the world's greatest director." Born Reginald Ingram Montgomery Hitchcock in Dublin, Ireland, the son of a clergyman. He was educated at Saint Columba's College, near Rathfarnam, County Dublin. He spent most of his adolescent life living in the Old Rectory, Kinnitty, Birr, County Offaly where his father was the Church of Ireland rector. He emigrated to the United States in 1911. His brother Francis Clere Hitchcock went on to join the British army and fought during World War I where he was awarded the Military Cross and rose to the rank of Colonel. Ingram studied sculpture at the Yale University School of Art, but soon moved into film, first taking acting work from 1913 and then writing, producing and directing. His first work as producer-director was in 1916 on the romantic drama The Great Problem. He worked for Edison Studios, Fox Film Corporation, Vitagraph Studios, and then MGM, directing mainly action or supernatural films. In 1920, he moved to Metro, where he was under supervision of executive June Mathis. Mathis and Ingram
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    Bridget Dowling

    Bridget Dowling

    Bridget Elizabeth Hitler, née Dowling (alternative Brigid) (3 July 1891 – 18 November 1969) was Adolf Hitler's sister-in-law via her marriage to Alois Hitler, Jr. She was the mother of Alois Hitler's son William Patrick Hitler. She was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. In 1909, she and her father, William Dowling, attended the Dublin Horse Show where they met Alois Hitler, Jr., who claimed to be a wealthy hotelier touring Europe when, in fact, he was a poor waiter at Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel. Alois courted Bridget at various Dublin locales and soon they were discussing marriage. On 3 June 1910, the couple eloped to London, living in Charing Cross Road for a while. Her father threatened to charge Alois with kidnapping but accepted the marriage after Bridget pleaded with him. The couple settled at 102 Upper Stanhope Street in Toxteth, Liverpool, and, in 1911 they had their only child, William Patrick Hitler. Ironically, the house was destroyed in the last German air raid of the Liverpool Blitz on 10 January 1942, and has remained a bomb site until recent years. Alois went to Germany in 1914 to establish himself in business but these plans were interrupted by the outbreak of World
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    Clontarf, Dublin

    Clontarf, Dublin

    Clontarf (Irish: Cluain Tarbh, meaning "meadow of the bull") is an coastal suburb on the northside of Dublin, in Ireland. It is most famous for the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, in which Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, defeated the Vikings of Dublin and their allies, the Irish of Leinster. This battle is seen as marking an end to the Irish-Viking Wars. Clontarf lacks a single "village centre" but has a range of commercial facilities in several locations, mainly centred around Vernon Avenue. Clontarf adjoins Fairview, Marino, Killester, Artane and Raheny, and is in the postal district Dublin 3. Clontarf's sea front is served by the No. 130 Dublin Bus route, and the inland parts can be reached from buses on the Howth Road, such as the 29A, 31 series and 32 series. The area's historic railway station, on the Howth Road, closed many years ago, but a new railway station, Clontarf Road railway station, a stop on the Dublin Area Rapid Transit system, is located between Clontarf and Fairview. Clontarf lies on one side of the estuary of one of Dublin's three main rivers, the River Tolka, and the Naniken River reaches the sea at the Raheny end of the district, its mouth marking a civil
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    Patrick Pearse

    Patrick Pearse

    Patrick Henry Pearse (also known as Pádraig Pearse; Irish: Pádraig Anraí Mac Piarais; An Piarsach; 10 November 1879 – 3 May 1916) was an Irish teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist and political activist who was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. He was declared "President of the Provisional Government" of the Irish Republic in one of the bulletins issued by the Rising's leaders, a status that was however disputed by others associated with the rebellion both then and later. Following the collapse of the Rising and the execution of Pearse, his brother (Willie Pearse), and fourteen other leaders, Pearse came to be seen by many as the embodiment of the rebellion. Patrick Pearse and his brother Willie were born at 27 Great Brunswick Street, the street that is named after them today. It was here that their father, James Pearse, established a stonemasonry business in the 1850s, a business which flourished and provided the Pearses with a comfortable middle-class upbringing. Pearse's father was a mason and monumental sculptor, and originally a Unitarian from Birmingham in England. The home life of Patrick Pearse was one where he was surrounded by books. His father had
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    William Butler Yeats

    William Butler Yeats

    William Butler Yeats ( /ˈjeɪts/ YAYTS; 13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honoured for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation." Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1929). Yeats was a very good friend of Indian Bengali poet Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Yeats was born and educated in Dublin, but spent his childhood in County Sligo. He studied poetry in his youth and from an early age was fascinated by both Irish legends and the occult. Those topics
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    Bairbre de Brún

    Bairbre de Brún

    Bairbre de Brún (born 10 January 1954) is an Irish politician and former Member of the European Parliament, representing Northern Ireland. Born in Terenure, Dublin on 10 January 1954, de Brún began her political career as a member of the National Committee Against the H-Blocks & Armagh Gaol in the late 1970s and early 1980s, focusing heavily on the treatment of women in Armagh Gaol. Bairbre de Brún became an early member of Sinn Féin's Ard Chomhairle (English: High Council) and in 1998 became an MLA in the regional government, representing West Belfast. She was Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. By profession, de Brún was a teacher and taught in the Irish-medium education sector in west Belfast. She was also a French and German teacher and is noted for her devotion to the Irish language. She has lived in the Andersonstown area of Belfast since the early 1980s. She is a fluent Irish speaker and an expert in human rights and equality issues. De Brún is also a member of the Sinn Féin negotiating team and traveled internationally on numerous occasions to promote the Irish peace process. She was a member of the Environment and Petitions Committee in the European
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    Diarmuid Martin

    Diarmuid Martin

    Diarmuid Martin (born 8 April 1945) is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland. He was born in Dublin. Diarmuid Martin was raised and educated in Dublin, at the Oblate school in Inchicore, the De La Salle School situated on the Ballyfermot Road in Ballyfermot and Marian College, Ballsbridge. Following that, he went to University College Dublin, where he studied philosophy, and then went to the Dublin Diocese's seminary at Clonliffe, where he studied theology. He entered Clonliffe seven days before the opening of the Second Vatican Council on 11 October 1962. He was ordained a priest on 25 May 1969 by Archbishop John Charles McQuaid. Following this he pursued further education at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, though, it appears, without attaining any degrees. The Archbishop's brother, Seamus Martin, is the retired International Editor of The Irish Times newspaper. In 1976, Martin began to work in the service of the Holy See for the Pontifical Council for the Family. He later worked on the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, being appointed the Under Secretary in 1986 and the Secretary in 1994. On 6 January 1999 he
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    Alan McCormack

    Alan McCormack

    Alan McCormack (born 10 January 1984, in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish professional footballer who currently plays as a central defender for Swindon Town. McCormack was born in Dublin. He signed after impressing on trial with Preston North End, but made his professional debut while on loan at Leyton Orient on 30 August 2003. McCormack finally made his Preston North End debut on 6 March 2004 against Burnley. In 2005 he had a loan spell at Southend United and the whole of the 2005–06 season with Motherwell. McCormack then went back on loan to Southend on 18 November 2006, with a view to a permanent move. After impressing in his second loan spell at Southend, in which he played five games and scored one goal, assistant manager Paul Brush confirmed on 11 December 2006 that McCormack would be making his move to Southend permanent. McCormack scored his first goal since returning to Southend against Southampton in a game Southend won 2–0. McCormack was on the scoresheet again against Leicester City after coming off the bench to level the scores at 2–2 in the fourth minute of added time. On 9 April 2007, he scored an 88th minute equaliser against his former employers, Preston North End,
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    Northside

    Northside

    The Northside (Irish: Taobh Ó Thuaidh) is the area in County Dublin, Ireland bounded to the south by the River Liffey to the east by Dublin Bay, to the north and west by the boundaries of County Dublin. The Northside, though not an official or administrative area, is an important cultural reference and well-known colloquial geographical expression. The Northside contains some of the most scenic and well-regarded areas of the city in both cultural and social terms and important areas such as Howth, Sutton, Clontarf, Glasnevin, Drumcondra, Malahide and Castleknock are located on the Northside of the city. James Joyce set several of the Dubliners stories on the Northside, reflecting his childhood sojourns in Drumcondra and Fairview. Other best selling authors who have written extensively about the Northside include Dermot Bolger and Booker Prize winning author Roddy Doyle, who set several novels in the fictional Northside area of Barrytown. The Northside includes Dublin city centre north of the Liffey, of whose many streets some are noted below, and districts such as Smithfield and Summerhill. Some older districts, such as Oxmantown, no longer exist. Beyond the centre, areas of the
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    Andy Keogh

    Andy Keogh

    Andrew Declan "Andy" Keogh (born 16 May 1986) is a Republic of Ireland International footballer who plays as a striker for Championship club Millwall. Keogh began his professional career at Leeds United but failed to break into their first team. Instead, he made his mark during a loan spell at Scunthorpe United which was later made into a permanent deal. His goalscoring partnership with Billy Sharp caught the attentions of Wolverhampton Wanderers to whom he moved in 2007. As a Wolves player he helped the club to promotion to the Premier League in 2009, but failed to make a strong impact in the top flight. Instead, he spent several seasons on loan at various lower league clubs before moving to Millwall in 2012. Born in south Dublin to Declan and Linda, he attended CBC Monkstown along with younger brother Kenny. Although a talented rugby player he chose soccer as his preferred sport in his mid teens. Keogh began his playing career at Cabinteely FC and Shankill Fc in South Dublin. Keogh moved to Leeds United at the age of sixteen. He failed to break into their first team though and was subsequently loaned out to then League Two side Scunthorpe United at the beginning of the 2004–05
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    Bono

    Bono

    • Web Link(s): http://www.discogs.com/artist/Bono
    Paul David Hewson (born 10 May 1960), most commonly known by his stage name Bono (/ˈbɒnoʊ/ BON-oh), is an Irish singer, musician, and humanitarian best known for being the main vocalist of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his future wife, Alison Stewart, and the future members of U2. Bono writes almost all U2 lyrics, often using political, social, and religious themes. During their early years, Bono's lyrics contributed to U2's rebellious and spiritual tone. As the band matured, his lyrics became inspired more by personal experiences shared with members of U2. Outside the band, he has collaborated and recorded with numerous artists, is managing director and a managing partner of Elevation Partners, and has refurbished and owns The Clarence Hotel in Dublin with The Edge. Bono is also widely known for his activism concerning Africa, for which he co-founded DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign and Product Red. He has organised and played in several benefit concerts and has met with influential politicians. Bono has been praised and criticised for his activism and involvement with U2. He has
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    George Bryan

    George Bryan

    George Bryan (1731–1791) was a Pennsylvania businessman, statesman and politician of the Revolutionary era. He served as the first Vice-President of Pennsylvania (analogous to Lieutenant Governor) and its second President (Governor) following the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. He was an early abolitionist and a judge of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Bryan was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1731. He emigrated to Philadelphia in 1752 in order to join a business partnership arranged by his father. That partnership soon came to an end, but Bryan went on to become a successful businessman, both as a retailer and as an importer and exporter. He married Elizabeth Smith in 1757. Their family would number ten children. His son, Samuel Bryan (1759–1821) was a Pennsylvanian Anti-Federalist author. Bryan was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and during the late 1750s and early 1760s tried to mediate a conflict that had arisen between two opposing factions of that denomination during the Great Awakening. That experience led to his involvement in local and provincial politics. After Britain’s passage of the Stamp Act in 1765, Bryan took an active role in the American
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    Sean Dillon

    Sean Dillon

    Seán Dillon (born July 30, 1983 in Dublin) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League. Dillon was a youth player with Aston Villa but moved back to Ireland in 2002 with Longford Town, where he won two FAI Cups and a League of Ireland Cup during his four years at Flancare Park. In 2006, he moved to Shelbourne and helped them to their thirteenth league championship win, also scoring the only goal of the game in Shel's Intertoto Cup win in Lithuania over FK Vėtra. In January 2007, Dillon moved to Scottish side Dundee United for an undisclosed fee. Dillon is a former Republic of Ireland under-21 international who represented his country at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, appearing as a substitute in the second round exit. Dillon also represented the Republic of Ireland under-21 team on one occasion and played alongside United teammate Noel Hunt for the Ireland B team in October 2007 in a match against Scotland who included team mate Darren Dods. On 15 May 2010, he was part of the Dundee United team who defeated Ross County 3–0 to lift the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park.
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    Robbie Murray

    Robbie Murray

    "The Flurry" Robbie Murray (aka Robert "Casper" Murray) born in Dublin, Ireland is an Irish professional boxer in the welterweight division. Murray has now moved to the welterweight but all of his fights as a professional were fought in the welterweight division. Murray was born into a large family from Palmerstown, west County Dublin in 1976. Robbie Murray is a cousin of Irish hip-hop artist Ste V Roc and Irish Middleweight champion Jim Rock. Murray is promoted by Brian Peters and although a native Dubliner, Murray, like his cousin Rock, is trained by Jim Breen and fights out of the Breen Gym in Belfast along with Eamonn Magee and Neil Sinclair. Murray is also an author who has penned novel. Murray boxed as an amateur at local, national and represented the Irish national boxing team at an international competition. He also enjoyed victory professional James Moore. After seeing the success of his cousin and after coming through a good experience sparring with "Shamrock" Shea Neary this convinced Murray that he had the skills to become a professional. Murray then turned professional in November 2001, winning his first fight at the National Boxing Arena in Dublin, in which Murray
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    Wicklow

    Wicklow

    Wicklow (Irish: Cill Mhantáin, meaning "church of the toothless one") is the county town of County Wicklow and the capital of the Mid-East Region in Ireland. Located south of Dublin on the east coast of the island, it has a population of 10,356 according to the 2011 census. The town is to the east of the N11 route between Dublin and Wexford. Wicklow is also linked to the rail network, with Dublin commuter services now extending to the town. Additional services connect with Arklow, Wexford and Rosslare Europort, a main ferry port. There is also a commercial port, mainly importing timber and textiles. Local history contends that the town of Wicklow was founded by the Vikings, probably around 795 AD. However, given the area's natural harbour and fertile hinterland, it is likely that a small settlement existed before the Vikings landed. The Norman influence can still be seen today in some of the town's place and family names. After the Norman invasion, Wicklow was granted to Maurice FitzGerald who set about building the 'Black Castle', a land-facing fortification that lies ruined on the coast immediately south of the harbour. The castle was briefly held by the local O'Byrne, the
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    Stephen Cluxton

    Stephen Cluxton

    Stephen "Clucko" Cluxton (born 18 decsember 1981 in Coolock, County Dublin) is a Gaelic football goalkeeper with Dublin. He plays his club football for Parnells. Cluxton is unusual for a goalkeeper as he often opts to take frees during games. He is an intensely private individual, known for his great mental ability in front of goal and is regarded as the most influential goalkeeper of his generation. After years of failure to reach the promised land, Cluxton won an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 2011. He played an important role in securing Dublin's first All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title since 1995 when he scored the winning point in stoppage time at the end of the 2011 final. He is the only goalkeeper in the history of the game to have done so. Cluxton was also part of the Dublin side that won the Leinster Senior Football Championship title in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 2009 and 2011. In 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2011 he received an All Star Award. Cluxton was born into a soccer background. His father Pat Cluxton won a lot of medals with Postal Celtic. Stephen played soccer at St David's primary school in Artane, Co. Dublin, and played at left back or on
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    Caitlin R. Kiernan

    Caitlin R. Kiernan

    Caitlín Rebekah Kiernan (born May 26, 1964) is the author of many science fiction and dark fantasy works, including eight novels; many comic books; more than two hundred published short stories, novellas, and vignettes; and numerous scientific papers. Born in Dublin, Ireland, she moved to the United States as a small child with her mother. Much of her childhood was spent in the small town of Leeds, Alabama, and her early interests included herpetology, paleontology, and fiction writing. As a teenager, she lived in Trussville, Alabama, and, in high school, began doing volunteer work at the Red Mountain Museum in Birmingham, Alabama and spending summers on her first archaeological and paleontological digs. Kiernan attended college at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying geology and vertebrate paleontology, and she held both museum and teaching positions before finally turning to fiction writing in 1992. In 1988, she co-authored a paper describing the new genus and species of mosasaur, Selmasaurus russelli. Her first novel, The Five of Cups, was written between June '92 and early '93, though it wasn't published until 2003. In 1998
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    City Hall, Dublin

    City Hall, Dublin

    The City Hall, Dublin (Irish: Halla na Cathrach, Baile Átha Cliath), originally the Royal Exchange, is a civic building in Dublin, Ireland. It was built between 1769 and 1779 to the designs of architect Thomas Cooley and is a notable example of 18th-century architecture in the city. Located at the top of Parliament Street on the city's southern side, it stands next to Dublin Castle, the centre of British government in Ireland until 1922. The street had been built in 1753, providing a continuation of Capel Street on the north bank of the Liffey, across the newly widened Essex Bridge, and so the exchange ended (and still ends) a long streetscape. The large size and fine fittings of the Royal exchange, with carved capitals by Simon Vierpyl, and plasterwork by the leading stuccodore Charles Thorpe, reflect the standing and prestige of Dublin in the 18th Century. The neo-classical building contains a central entrance hall or Rotunda, with a large dome supported by twelve columns which is surrounded by an ambulatory where the merchants strolled and discussed business meetings. The function of the building was to provide a meeting place for Dublin's businessmen, where they could buy and
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    Karl Bermingham

    Karl Bermingham

    Karl Bermingham (born 6 October 1985 in Clondalkin) is an Irish footballer who currently plays for League of Ireland First Division club Longford Town. He has also represented the Republic of Ireland at schoolboy level. Bermingham is a product of the Belvedere youth system. He played for the Irish based club until moving to Manchester City's youth system. He made his league debut, however, for Lincoln City, where he spent three months on loan at the end of the 2004–05 season. At the start of the 2005–06 season he made a number of appearances in first team friendlies for Manchester City but did not play any competitive matches. During Autumn 2005 he was loaned out to Burnley, and was released by Manchester City at the end of the 2005-06 season. He had an unsuccessful trial with Dunfermline Athletic in July 2006 before signing with Newry City in October, scoring on his debut against Coleraine. In early 2007, he was invited to join Derry City on trial prior to the impending kick-off of the 2007 League of Ireland season. Impressing in pre-season, he earned a one year contract with the Candystripes on 2 February 2007. In July 2007 Bermingham joined Waterford United and made his first
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    Richmond Park

    Richmond Park

    Richmond Park is a football stadium in Dublin, Ireland. Situated in the Dublin suburb of Inchicore, it is the home ground of League of Ireland side St Patrick's Athletic F.C. (also known as St Pat's). The area where the ground now stands was formerly used as a recreational area by the British Army, who were stationed at the nearby Richmond Barracks, hence the name Richmond Park. After the creation of the Irish Free State, and therefore the removal of the British Army, the ground lay idle for 3 years before League of Ireland club Brideville began using the ground in 1925. In 1930 Brideville were forced to move to Harolds Cross Greyhound Stadium to accommodate St Patrick's Athletic moving in. St. Pats continues to use and develop the ground until 1951 when they entered the League of Ireland. The league deemed the ground unsuitable and St. Pats were forced to use a variety of grounds in Dublin as they fought to upgrade Richmond Park. In 1960, after serious development, the ground played host to St Pats first home league game in Inchicore. The ground closed for redevelopment in May 1989, however due to St Pats hitting financially difficulties they did not return until 5 December 1993.
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    Robert O'Connor

    Robert O'Connor

    Robert O'Connor (born January 22, 1986) is an Irish singer-songwriter. On April 14, 2008, Robert released his dᅢᄅbut album, Distance, in the UK and Ireland, including the singles "Spend The Night"/"Ten Years Time" and "How Many Times (Can We Say Goodbye?)". The album was recorded in Dublin and Amsterdam and produced by O'Connor together with Billy Farrell, Steve Hogan and Mourad Bouchiba. All tracks were written by O'Connor except "Ten Years Time" (written by UK singer Gabrielle) and "Killing Kind" (written by US singer Shelby Lynne). The latter is featured as a duet with Moroccan singer-songwriter, Aziza el Messaoudi. The album received favourable reviews from HMV, who said: "Robert describes his dᅢᄅbut album as ¬タワ35-minutes of questions about life and love¬タン. His honesty does not stop in his press statements but continues all through this album. Ranging from the tongue-in-cheek to the sorrowfully beautiful, it's no surprise to hear he's been tipped as Dublin's next big thing in songwriting". During November 2007 through April 2008, O'Connor performed a series of acoustic gigs in Dublin with guitarist Kevin Whyms to promote the album. Performing at venues such as the The
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    Amanda Byram

    Amanda Byram

    Amanda Byram (born 16 June 1973) is an Irish television presenter, from Castleknock in Dublin. Formerly a model, Byram started her career on television in 1999 presenting the TV3 morning show Ireland AM with Mark Cagney, during which time she met her then boyfriend comedian Patrick Kielty. Soon afterwards she began appearing on British television, initially as a host on The Big Breakfast on Channel 4 in 2001 and subsequently appeared as a guest host on Liquid News on BBC Three in 2002. She also presented the UK edition of Entertainment Tonight, which aired on Sky One. Having broken up with Kielty, she relocated to the United States, choosing to base herself in Los Angeles. Numerous TV presenting roles followed including the reality television series Paradise Hotel, in 2003 and 2008. In 2007 she co-hosted, along with Dennis Miller, the Game Show Network programme Grand Slam, a US version of the British quiz format. She has also worked on The Swan, a beauty show following 3 supposedly unattractive women who turn their life around by having an extreme makeover. She also appeared as a special guest on Anonymous in 2009. She hosted the Meteor Music Awards at the RDS, Dublin on 17 March
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    Brian Downey

    Brian Downey

    Brian Michael Downey (27 January 1951, in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish drummer, best known as the drummer and a founding member of the rock band Thin Lizzy. Along with Phil Lynott, Downey was the only constant member of the pioneering hard rock group until their break-up in 1984. Downey also co-wrote several Thin Lizzy songs. Allmusic critic Eduardo Rivadavia has argued that Downey is "certainly one of the most underrated rock drummers of his generation". In his youth, Downey met friend, co-founder and bass guitarist Phil Lynott, who attended the same school. Before forming Thin Lizzy, Downey had been in numerous school bands, beginning with The Liffey Beats, and briefly The Black Eagles (with Lynott). He moved on to performing in a local band, Sugar Shack, and then was persuaded by Lynott to join him in another band, Orphanage. Upon meeting guitarist Eric Bell, the trio formed Thin Lizzy. Although the line-up of musicians within the band changed over the years, with the exception of Lynott, for the next thirteen years Downey remained the only other permanent member of the band, as well as drumming on Lynott's solo albums. After Lynott's death in 1986, Downey played in the tribute
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    James Clarence Mangan

    James Clarence Mangan

    James Clarence Mangan, born James Mangan (1 May 1803, Dublin – 20 June 1849), was an Irish poet. Mangan was the son of a former hedge school teacher who took over a grocery business and eventually became bankrupt. Born in Dublin, he was educated at a Jesuit school where he learned the rudiments of Latin, Spanish, French, and Italian. He attended three different schools until the age of fifteen. Obliged to find a job in order to support his family, he became a lawyer's clerk, and was later an employee of the Ordnance Survey and an assistant in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin. Mangan began submitting verses to various Dublin publications, the first being published in 1818. From 1820 onwards he adopted the middle name Clarence. In 1830 he began producing translations from German, a language he had taught himself.Of interest are his translations of Goethe. From 1834 his contributions began appearing in the Dublin University Magazine. His translations from the German were generally free interpretations rather than strict transliterations. In 1840 he began producing translations from Turkish, Persian, Arabic, and Irish. Although his early poetry was often apolitical, after the
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    Gavin Friday

    Gavin Friday

    Gavin Friday (born Fionán Martin Hanvey, 8 October 1959) is an Irish singer and songwriter, composer, actor and painter. Gavin was born in Dublin and grew up in Ballygall a neighbourhood located on Dublin's Northside located between Finglas and Glasnevin where he went to school. He was a founding member of the post-punk group The Virgin Prunes and has recorded several solo albums and soundtracks. In 1986, after the demise of Virgin Prunes, Gavin devoted himself to painting for a while, sharing a studio with Bono, Guggi and Charlie Whisker. This resulted in the exhibition Four Artists - Many Wednesdays (1988) at Dublin’s Hendricks Gallery. Friday, Guggi and Whisker showed paintings, while Bono opted to exhibit photos taken in Ethiopia. Gavin's part of the show was entitled I didn’t come up the Liffey in a bubble, an expression often used by Friday's father. He has maintained a close friendship with U2's Bono since both were children, and they collaborated on the soundtrack for the Jim Sheridan film In the Name of the Father, including the title track "In the name of the father", "Billy Boola" and "You made me the thief of your heart", which was sung by Sinéad O'Connor and nominated
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    James Plunkett

    James Plunkett

    James Plunkett Kelly, or James Plunkett (21 May 1920 - 28 May 2003), was an Irish writer. He was educated at Synge Street CBS. Plunkett grew up among the Dublin working class and they, along with the petty bourgeoisie and lower intelligentsia, make up the bulk of the dramatis personae of his oeuvre. His best-known works are the novel Strumpet City, set in Dublin in the years leading up to the lockout of 1913 and during the course of the strike, and the short stories in the collection The Trusting and the Maimed. His other works include a radio play on James Larkin, who figures prominently in his work. During the 1960s, Plunkett worked as a producer at Telefís Éireann. He won two Jacob's Awards, in 1965 and 1969, for his TV productions. He was a member of Aosdana.
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    Dublin Area Rapid Transit

    Dublin Area Rapid Transit

    The Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) is part of the suburban railway network in Ireland, running along the coastline of Dublin Bay on the Trans-Dublin route, from Greystones in County Wicklow through Dublin to Howth and Malahide in County Dublin. Trains are powered by 1500V DC overhead catenary. The national rail operator, Iarnród Éireann (IE), administers the DART system. On its inception in 1984, the DART was operated by Coras Iompair Éireann (CIÉ), of which IE is now a subsidiary. Part of the DART route, from the city centre to Dún Laoghaire, was the first railway in Ireland, opening as the Dublin and Kingstown Railway on 17 December 1834. The original DART service ran from Howth north-east of Dublin, through the city centre stations of Connolly, Tara Street, and Pearse, and south to Bray in County Wicklow. This remained the route for some 15 years, until the extension by one stop further south to the town of Greystones, and north from Howth Junction & Donaghmede by two stops further along the Belfast main line to Portmarnock and Malahide. Through south Dublin, from Pearse Station to Dun Laoghaire, the DART runs over Ireland's oldest railway, dating from 1834. For most of its
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    Lorcan Cranitch

    Lorcan Cranitch

    Lorcan Cranitch (born 28 August 1959) is an Irish actor. Born in Dublin, Lorcan Cranitch became involved in drama while a student, and in 1980, he moved to London where he trained at RADA. His first major role on British television was as Tim Healy in the 1991 BBC drama series, Parnell and the Englishwoman. However, it was as the troubled DS Jimmy Beck in Cracker (1993-1995) that he became a familiar face to viewers. When he informed the producers of his intention to leave the show following the second season, his character was killed off in a spectacular suicide scene in October 1995. Following Cracker, he returned to the BBC in a part specially written for him, as Sean Dillon in Ballykissangel. In 2001, he starred in the short-lived drama series McCready and Daughter, taking on a role originally intended for his former Ballykissangel co-star, Tony Doyle, who died shortly before the series was due to be filmed. He appeared in several other British television dramas, including Deacon Brodie (with Billy Connolly), Shackleton (as Frank Wild), Omagh, Hornblower (with Ioan Gruffudd), The Street, Waking the Dead, Spooks, Silent Witness and New Tricks. In 2005, he took a villainous role
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    Sid Ryan

    Sid Ryan

    Patrick Cyril "Sid" Ryan (born 1952, in Dublin, Ireland) is president of the Ontario Federation of Labour and a longtime Canadian labour union leader and politician. Sid Ryan is well known for his political and social activism both locally and internationally. Born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, and third eldest of ten children, Ryan immigrated to Canada at age 23. He and his wife Sheila have three daughters: Lisa, Susan, and Amanda. Ryan helped to organize a United Steelworkers of America (USWA) local where he worked shortly after arriving in Canada. He has been a Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) activist since he went to work for Ontario Hydro in 1976. He served as CUPE Ontario president from 1992 to 2009, representing 225,000 workers in the public sector. CUPE is the Canada's largest and fastest growing union with nearly 600,000 members. CUPE Ontario is the largest provincial division. Ryan also served as general vice-president of CUPE National until 2009. Under Sid Ryan’s leadership, CUPE Ontario focused on issues such as privatization, forced mergers, cutbacks, and restructuring. Ryan continues to lead major campaigns and proactively influence policy and legislative
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    Tara Street railway station

    Tara Street railway station

    Tara Street (Irish: Sráid na Teamhrach) is a railway station in central Dublin, Ireland. It is adjacent to the river Liffey on George's Quay. It is on the 'Loop Line' which was constructed towards the end of the 19th century by the City of Dublin Junction Railway, connecting the Dublin & Kingstown terminus at Westland Row (now Pearse Station) and Amiens St (now Connolly Station) on the Great Northern Railway (Ireland), and linked into the Midland Great Western freight line, thus joining up all the main railways in Dublin. The station opened on 1 May 1891. The station has two through platforms above street level with ticket areas and retail outlets at street level. The platform retaining walls, the stairwells and canopies were originally timber planking but upgraded to include escalators and fibreglass panels in the 1970s and 1980s. More recent changes have seen new stairwells installed and platforms lengthened to reflect the increasing throughput. There are proposals to build in the airspace above the station and adjacent property has been acquired for this purpose. It deals with mainly DART trains, although longer distance trains for Arklow and Rosslare Europort also call as do
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    Brendan Behan

    Brendan Behan

    Brendan Francis Behan ( /ˈbiːən/ BEE-ən; Irish: Breandán Ó Beacháin; 9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. Born in Dublin into a republican family, he became a member of the IRA's youth organisation Fianna Éireann at the age of fourteen. However, there was also a strong emphasis on Irish history and culture in the home, which meant he was steeped in literature and patriotic ballads from a tender age. Behan eventually joined the IRA at sixteen, which led to him serving time in a borstal youth prison in the United Kingdom and was also imprisoned in Ireland. During this time, he took it upon himself to study and he became a fluent speaker of the Irish language. Subsequently released from prison as part of a general amnesty given by the Fianna Fáil government in 1946, Behan moved between homes in Dublin, Kerry and Connemara and also resided in Paris for a period. In 1954, Behan's first play The Quare Fellow was produced in Dublin. It was well received; however, it was the 1956 production at Joan Littlewood's
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    Colin Farrell

    Colin Farrell

    Colin James Farrell (born 31 May 1976) is an Irish actor, who has appeared in such films as Tigerland, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth, The Recruit, Alexander, S.W.A.T., and the 2012 Total Recall remake. In 2008, he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his role in In Bruges. Farrell was born in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Rita (née Monaghan), a housewife, and Eamon Farrell, a footballer who played for Shamrock Rovers F.C. and owned a company that imported and exported canned goods in Dublin. His uncle Tommy Farrell also played for Rovers. Farrell was raised a Roman Catholic. Farrell has an older brother, Eamon, Jr., and two sisters; one sister, Claudine, works as his personal assistant. When Colin was ten, the Farrells moved to Castleknock, a Dublin suburb. Farrell was educated at St. Brigid's National School, followed by Castleknock College and Gormanston College. Farrell unsuccessfully auditioned for the Irish music group Boyzone around this time. Farrell attended the Gaiety School of Acting and dropped out when he was cast in the part of Danny Byrne on Ballykissangel, a BBC television drama that centers around a young
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    Peter Snow

    Peter Snow

    Peter Snow, CBE (born 20 April 1938) is a British television and radio presenter. He is the grandson of First World War general Sir Thomas D'Oyly Snow, and cousin of Jon Snow, the main presenter of Channel 4 News, nephew of schoolmaster and bishop George D'Oyly Snow, and the brother-in-law of historian-writer Margaret MacMillan. He is also the father of fellow TV presenter Dan Snow. Snow was born in Dublin where he lived at 77 Leeson Street, he then spent part of his early childhood in Benghazi, Libya, where his father was a British Army Officer. Snow was educated at Wellington College, an independent school in the village of Crowthorne in Berkshire, and subsequently read Greats at Balliol College, Oxford University, where he was taught by R. M. Hare. Snow was a foreign correspondent, Defence and Diplomatic Correspondent, Diplomatic Editor and occasional newscaster for Britain's Independent Television News (ITN). He also appeared as an election analyst and co-presenter of ITN's General Election programmes throughout the late 1960s and 1970s. He joined the organisation in1962.He gained a much higher profile after he was recruited in 1979 to be the main presenter of the new late
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    Anthony Gale

    Anthony Gale

    Anthony Gale was the fourth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and the only one ever fired. Fewer records survive concerning him than any other Commandant. He is the only Commandant for whom the Marines neither know his burial location nor have a portrait or likeness. His date of birth is in dispute. It is variously reported to be in 1761 or on September 17, 1782 in Dublin, Ireland. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant on July 26, 1798. According to a transcript of a 23 October 1838 letter to President Martin Van Buren, Anthony Gale writes (in part): “as a military man that I embraced in my nineteenth year”, which would place his birth in 1779-1780. Born in Ireland to Anthony Gale and Ann Delany, Gale declared his intent to become a United States citizen on June 15, 1798, and completed the naturalization process on November 27, 1801. Ireland land records involving his mother Ann Delany suggest Gale was born in Queen’s County, Ireland, subsequently renamed County Laois. Gale married Catherine Swope on January 4, 1800, in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. The couple settled in Philadelphia and had three children – Amelia, who died after four weeks; a son, Washington
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    Mike Nolan

    Mike Nolan

    Mike Nolan (born Michael Nolan, 7 December 1954) is a singer and was one of the four original members of the British pop group, Bucks Fizz. He was born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, but raised in the UK, where he still resides. After a series of dead end jobs, Mike Nolan began performing in the mid-1970s in pubs around London, playing the guitar and singing mostly old Irish ballads. He was also auditioning for a variety of groups as a vocalist. It was in 1976 that he successfully auditioned for his first serious band. This group went under the name Brooks and were put together by Freya Miller, who went on to manage Shakin' Stevens. The group was a four piece boyband, consisting of Nolan, Ben Ellison (who replaced Ricky Gallahad), John Humphreys and Peter Pereira. They were designed to be a 1970s version of The Monkees. Originally the group also included Chris Hamill, who went on to become famous as Limahl. Despite multiple TV appearances, magazine interviews and several singles, the group never had a hit and eventually disbanded three years later. As Nolan later reasoned, the idea of the group was 'dated'. In 1980, Nolan was contacted by composer/manager Nichola Martin. She had a
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    Paul Noonan

    Paul Noonan

    Paul Noonan is an Irish singer from Lucan, County Dublin, and lead vocalist of the band Bell X1. During the early 90s, while attending Salesian College secondary school in Celbridge, Noonan joined the band Juniper as drummer. He later attended university at Trinity College, Dublin and completed a degree in computer engineering. Juniper had by this time gained a significant following and signed a multi-album deal with Polygram in 1997. Two singles were recorded before frontman Damien Rice left the band and moved to Tuscany, Italy to work on solo material. The remaining band members continued to play together and eventually formed Bell X1 with Noonan as their vocalist. Rice, meanwhile, has released solo albums including O and 9. Noonan plays drums on all of Bell X1's studio recordings and has been known to occasionally play drums at live performances if a session drummer is not available. Currently, Tim O'Donovan (who also fronts electro-pop act NeoSuperVital) is the band's live drummer. Noonan most commonly plays guitar, percussion and kazoo. Noonan has also appeared, and was among the producers on the 2006 charity album, The Cake Sale. In October 2007, he played drums as part of
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    60
    Christy Brown

    Christy Brown

    Christy Brown (5 June 1932 – 7 September 1981) was an Irish author, painter and poet who had cerebral palsy and was only able to write or type with the toes of one foot. His most recognised work is his autobiography; titled My Left Foot, it was later made into an Academy Award-winning film of the same name. Christy Brown was born to a working-class Irish family at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin in June 1932. After his birth, doctors discovered that he had severe cerebral palsy, a serious neurological disorder which left him almost entirely paralysed by spasticity in his limbs. Though urged to commit him to a convalescent hospital, Brown's parents were unswayed and subsequently determined to raise him at home with their other children. During Brown's adolescence, social worker Katrina Delahunt became aware of his story and began to visit the Brown family regularly, while bringing Christy books and painting materials as, over the years, he had shown a keen interest in the arts and literature. He had also demonstrated extremely impressive physical dexterity since, soon after discovering several household books, Christy had learned to both write and draw himself with the only limb over
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    Damien Duff

    Damien Duff

    Damien Anthony Duff (born 2 March 1979) is an Irish footballer who plays for Premier League team Fulham. He played international football for Ireland for 14 years and participated in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012 competition, during which he captained the team. He is a member of the FIFA Century Club, having filed his papers to that effect during his final international appearance against Italy at UEFA Euro 2012. Duff has previously played for Blackburn Rovers, with whom he won the Football League Cup; Chelsea, where he won two Premier League titles and another League Cup; and Newcastle United where he won the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup. With Fulham he has played in the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final. Born in Ballyboden, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Duff joined Blackburn Rovers as a trainee in 1996 after playing for Leicester Celtic, Lourdes Celtic and St. Kevin's Boys as a schoolboy in Dublin. He made his Blackburn debut at the age of 18 against Leicester City on the final day of the 1996–97 season for which he won the Man of the match award. In his first full season (1997–98) he scored four goals. Blackburn were relegated the following season. Duff helped
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    Ger O’Brien

    Ger O’Brien

    Ger O'Brien (born 2 July 1984) is an Irish football defender, who currently plays for St Patrick's Athletic in the League of Ireland. Ger O'Brien was signed by Eric Hannigan before the start of the 2004 season from Athlone Town. He was the first player to represent the Republic of Ireland at any level while playing with Kildare County. He represented the Eircom League International squad in Aberdeen for the quadrangular tournament with England, Scotland and Wales in 2004. Ger O' Brien made 39 appearances for Kildare County in the 2005 season and was also awarded the clubs player of the season award. Ger left Kildare County for Shamrock Rovers to become one of the country's best full backs. He missed most of the pre-season campaign in his first year with Shamrock Rovers but once the season began he became a first team regular pretty quickly. He revealed himself to be a tough and uncompromising defender and although he suffered an injury setback in early June he made a quick recovery and picked up where he left off. On the 11th Of November 2007 Ger was voted Shamrock Rovers Player of the Year for the 2007 season and on the 13th he also represented his country in an Under 23
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    John Fitzgerald

    John Fitzgerald

    John Fitzgerald (born 10 February 1984 Cabinteely, Dublin) is an Irish football player who currently plays for Southern Stars. Fitzgerald started his career with Park Celtic. He later moved to St. Josephs Boys and then Blackburn Rovers. He represented Republic of Ireland Under-20 team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. He joined Galway United from Bury. Fitzgerald captained Galway United on several occasions.
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    Seán Ardagh

    Seán Ardagh

    Seán Ardagh (born 25 November 1947) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South–Central constituency from 1997 to 2011. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Ardagh was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1997 general election and retained his seat at the 2002 and 2007 general elections. Ardagh replaced Ben Briscoe as the TD and main candidate for Fianna Fáil in Dublin South–Central in 2002. He has served as Chairman of a number of Dáil committees. He was first elected to Dublin County Council in 1985 and remained a member until 1999. He was elected to Dublin City Council in 1999 and remained a councillor until 2003. On 9 December 2010, he announced he would not be standing at the 2011 general election. He resigned as a TD on 28 January 2011, in advance of the 2011 general election.
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    Sheamus O'Shaunessy

    Sheamus O'Shaunessy

    Stephen Farrelly (Irish: Stíofán Ó Fearghaile) (born 28 January 1978) is an Irish professional wrestler and actor, best known by his ring name Sheamus, pronunciation: /ˈʃeɪməs/. He is signed with WWE and competes on the SmackDown brand as the reigning World Heavyweight Champion. Prior to joining WWE, Farrelly was also a two-time International Heavyweight Champion during his tenure in Irish Whip Wrestling. He is a three-time World Champion, having held the WWE Championship on two occasions and is the current World Heavyweight Champion in his first reign. He also won the King of the Ring in 2010 and the Royal Rumble in 2012, as well as the WWE United States Championship once. Farrelly was born in Cabra, Dublin and was raised within the city. His father, Martin, was an amateur bodybuilder. Farrelly speaks fluent Gaelic, having attended Scoil Caoimhin Primary and Secondary School, a Gaelscoil During his school years he sang in the Palestrina Choir until the age of thirteen, as part of which he appeared on the Late Late Show and Live at Three television programmes. He played Gaelic football for the Erin's Isle team where he was declared sports star of the month. He also played rugby for
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    Croke Park

    Croke Park

    Croke Park (Irish: Páirc an Chrócaigh, IPA: [ˈpaːɾʲc ən̪ˠ ˈxɾˠoːkˠə]) is a sports stadium located in Dublin, Ireland. It is the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Since 1884 the site has been used primarily by the GAA to host Gaelic games, most notably the annual finals of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and Senior Hurling Championship. Music concerts by major international acts have also been held in "Croker", as it is often called by Dubliners, and it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2003 Special Olympics. During the construction of the Aviva Stadium, the stadium also hosted the Ireland rugby union team and the Republic of Ireland soccer team. In June 2012, the stadium was used to host the closing ceremony of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress during which Pope Benedict gave an address to approximately eighty thousand people. Following a redevelopment programme started in the 1990s, Croke Park has a capacity of 82,300, making it the fourth largest stadium in Europe, and the largest not primarily used for association football. The area now known as Croke Park was originally an Athletics Course known
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    David O'Doherty

    David O'Doherty

    David Nicholas O'Doherty (born 18 December 1975 in Dublin, Ireland) is a Perrier Award winning Irish stand-up comedian, author, musician, actor and playwright. His stand-up has won two awards at the Edinburgh Fringe, Best Newcomer first of all and the if.comedy award in 2008 for his show Let's Comedy. He has been nominated twice more for his work at the festival. O'Doherty has also written a children's book, composed two plays and released two comedy CDs, the first of which Giggle Me Timbers (Jokes Ahoy) was recorded at his home in front of 35 people. O'Doherty's second CD release called Let's David O'Doherty was recorded in Whelans of Dublin and released in December 2009. His television series The Modest Adventures of David O'Doherty was broadcast on RTÉ Television in 2007. In 2006 he claimed that it took him "about three years to get a decent hour together and seven years to achieve this level of fame where (he is) the number three ranked person called David O'Doherty on Google". O'Doherty is well known for combining his comedic performance with tunes played on his miniature electronic keyboard. O'Doherty describes his own style of comedy in his song "FAQ for the DOD" as "very
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    Joe Kendrick

    Joe Kendrick

    Joe Kendrick (born 26 June 1983 in Dublin, Ireland) is a professional footballer, currently at Blyth Spartans, who can play Left back or Centre back and is a Republic of Ireland under 21 international. Kendrick started his career at Newcastle United as a promising young player and played youth and reserve team football and spent 4 years at St James Park before moving on to TSV 1860 München in the summer of 2004. Kendrick started brightly at 1860 Munich before a foot injury halted his progress. Kendrick returned to England and played for Darlington at the end of the 2005-06 season and 2006–07 and went on to make fifty appearances for the Quakers. Kendrick joined Torquay United on a short-term deal earlier in the summer of 2006 but left Plainmoor before even kicking a ball due to a problem gaining international clearance to play. In September 2006 Kendrick joined Conference National side Tamworth, but left due to travelling problems from his home in Newcastle in January 2007 after only making 15 appearances for the club. In January 2007, Kendrick joined Workington and quickly became a firm fans favourite in which Workington had lost the services of two left backs during the 2006/07
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    Patrick McCarthy

    Patrick McCarthy

    Patrick Richard "Paddy" McCarthy (born May 31, 1983) is an Irish footballer, currently playing for Crystal Palace, where he is the club captain. McCarthy joined Leicester City in March 2005 for a fee of £100,000 from Manchester City, signing a three-year contract. He had never played for Manchester City's first team but had enjoyed loan spells at Boston United and Notts County during 2002 and 2003. Boston had made a bid to sign McCarthy on a permanent basis in February 2003. McCarthy became a favourite with the Leicester fans, due to his no-nonsense style of play, and in July 2006 was named club captain for the 2006–07 season. His season was cut short when he dislocated his shoulder in a training accident in February 2007. Nonetheless, McCarthy expressed his wish to leave Leicester before the start of next season, despite being offered a new contract. He moved to Charlton Athletic for a fee of £650,000 in June 2007. He spent only a year at The Valley, moving across south-east London to sign for Crystal Palace in the summer of 2008, in a deal that saw Mark Hudson travel in the opposite direction. Since joining the Eagles, McCarthy has proved himself to be a strong and reliable
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    70
    Stephen Gately

    Stephen Gately

    Stephen Patrick David Gately (17 March 1976 – 10 October 2009) was an Irish pop singer–songwriter, actor, dancer, musician and author, who, with Ronan Keating, was one of two lead singers of the pop group Boyzone. All of Boyzone's studio albums hit number one in the United Kingdom, their third being their most successful internationally. With Boyzone, Gately had a record-breaking sixteen consecutive singles enter the top five of the UK Singles Chart. He performed for millions of fans globally. He released a solo album in 2000, after the group's initial breakup, which charted in the UK top ten and yielded three UK hit singles, including the top three hit "New Beginning". Gately went on to appear variously in stage productions and on television programmes as well as contributing songs to various projects. In 2008, he rejoined his colleagues as Boyzone reformed for a series of concerts and recordings. Gately wed Andrew Cowles, first in a commitment ceremony in Las Vegas in 2003 and more formally in a civil partnership ceremony in London in 2006. Gately made his sexuality known in 1999 and came out in a blaze of publicity. Upon Boyzone's reformation, Gately featured as part of the
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    Brian Lenihan, Jr.

    Brian Lenihan, Jr.

    Brian Joseph Lenihan (21 May 1959 – 10 June 2011) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and barrister who served in the government of Ireland as Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform from 2007 to 2008 and as Minister for Finance from 2008 to 2011. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin West constituency from 1996 to 2011, and he served as Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil for a brief period in 2011 until his death from pancreatic cancer. Born in Dublin in 1959, Lenihan grew up in Athlone, County Westmeath until the age of 12, attending the local Marist Brothers primary school. He was then educated at Belvedere College, where he was School Captain (i.e. Head Prefect), Trinity College, Dublin (Foundation Scholar, LL.B. (First Class)), Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (LL.M. (First Class)) and was called to the Irish Bar by the Honorable Society of King's Inns. He began lecturing in law at Trinity College, Dublin in 1984 and in the same year was called to the Irish Bar. From 1992 to 1995 he was a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal and the Garda Síochána Complaints Appeal Board, and in 1997 he became a Senior Counsel. Lenihan was married to Circuit Court judge
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    Fairview, Dublin

    Fairview, Dublin

    Fairview (Irish: Fionnradharc) is a coastal suburb of Dublin in Ireland, in the jurisdiction of Dublin City Council. Part of the area forms Fairview Park on land reclaimed from the sea. Fairview is reached on a main road artery from Dublin city via North Strand, which continues on as the Malahide, Howth and Clontarf Roads. It is served by the Clontarf Road DART station. The area can also be reached by way of several Dublin Bus routes from the city centre, including 14, 15, 27/ABNX, 29A/N, 31/B, 32/ABX, 42/N, 43, 123, and 130. Neighbouring districts include Marino to the north, North Strand and Ballybough to the west, East Wall to the southwest, and Clontarf to the east. The Irish name seen on street signs opposite Fairview Park, as well as on Fairview Avenue and Fairview Terrace, is Baile Bocht, rather than the current Fionnradharc, which shows that this area was originally part of Ballybough, the neighbouring community on the far side of the river Tolka. Fairview began to grow after the building of Annesley Bridge in 1797 opened up easy access to the land; there was since 1488 no crossing of the River Tolka below Ballybough Bridge. Administratively, Fairview and Marino were part
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    James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde

    James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde

    James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde KG KT (29 April 1665 – 16 November 1745) was an Irish statesman and soldier. He was the third of the Kilcash branch of the family to inherit the earldom of Ormonde. Like his grandfather the 1st Duke, he was raised as a Protestant, unlike his extended family who held to the old religion. He served in the campaign to put down the Monmouth Rebellion, in the Williamite War in Ireland, in the Nine Years' War and in the War of the Spanish Succession but was accused of treason and went into exile after the Jacobite rising of 1715. Born the son of Thomas Butler, 6th Earl of Ossory and his wife Emilia Butler, Countess of Ossory, and grandson of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, Butler was born in Dublin and was educated in France and afterwards at Christ Church, Oxford. On the death of his father on 30 July 1680 he became Baron Butler in the English peerage and Earl of Ossory by courtesy. He obtained command of a cavalry regiment in Ireland in 1683, and having received an appointment at court on the accession of James II, he served against the Duke of Monmouth at the Battle of Sedgemoor in July 1685. Having succeeded his grandfather as Duke of Ormonde on
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    74
    Mark Kennedy

    Mark Kennedy

    Mark John Kennedy (born 15 May 1976 in Clonsilla, Dublin) is an Irish former professional footballer who is part of the coaching staff at Football League Championship side Ipswich Town. As a player he was a left back and left winger from 1992 to 2012. He notably featured in the Premier League with Liverpool, Wimbledon, Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, as well as in the Football League for Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town. He has been capped 34 times by Ireland, scoring 4 goals. Kennedy began his professional career at Millwall, making his senior debut on 24 April 1993 in a 1–0 win over Charlton, when still only 16. He developed over his three-year stay at The Den, and broke into the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side. He particularly gained attention for a powerful run and goal at Highbury that eliminated Arsenal from the FA Cup in 1995. He eventually left to join Liverpool in March 1995 for an initial £1.5 million fee (potentially rising to £2.3 m), making him then the most expensive teenage footballer in British history. However, opportunities at Anfield were scarce, and he managed just 18 appearances over three seasons,
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    Oliver Goldsmith

    Oliver Goldsmith

    Oliver Goldsmith (10 November 1730 – 4 April 1774) was an Anglo-Irish writer and poet, who is best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770), and his plays The Good-Natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1771, first performed in 1773). He also wrote An History of the Earth and Animated Nature. He is thought to have written the classic children's tale The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, the source of the phrase "goody two-shoes". Goldsmith's birth date and year are not known with certainty. According to the Library of Congress authority file, he told a biographer that he was born on 10 November 1728. The location of his birthplace is also uncertain. He was born either in the townland of Pallas, near Ballymahon, County Longford, Ireland, where his father was the Anglican curate of the parish of Forgney, or at the residence of his maternal grandparents, at the Smith Hill House in the diocese of Elphin, County Roscommon where his grandfather Oliver Jones was a clergyman and master of the Elphin diocesan school. When he was two years old, Goldsmith's father was appointed the rector of the parish of "Kilkenny West" in
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    Pat Byrne

    Pat Byrne

    Pat Byrne (born 15 May 1956, in Dublin) is a former Irish football player and manager. A central midfielder, Byrne's playing career started with Bohemians, his debut coming against St Patricks Athletic on 25 August 1974. He made 162 appearances in all competitions for Bohs (98 in the league, 10 in European competition) and won 2 League of Ireland titles and 1 FAI Cup before he moved to the USA in 1978, for a year with the Philadelphia Fury of the North American Soccer League where he played alongside fellow Irishmen Fran O'Brien (footballer) and Eddie Byrne (footballer). He played in eighteen matches plus one play-off game and scored three goals . Pat's team mates included Alan Ball, Peter Osgood and Johnny Giles. He played against the likes of Rodney Marsh, Carlos Alberto, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Bobby Moore. He returned to Europe in 1979, playing for Leicester City until 1981, then Heart of Midlothian until 1983 . While playing for the Tynecastle side he was based in Dublin, and would regularly commute for weekend fixtures. When this became too much of a burden, he was granted a free transfer and joined League of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers. At Glenmalure Park,
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    Patrick Cregg

    Patrick Cregg

    Patrick Anthony Cregg (born 21 February 1986 in Dublin) is an Irish footballer, currently playing for St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premier League. Cregg has previous played for Arsenal, Falkirk, Hibernian, Greenock Morton, St. Mirren and Bury. He also represented Ireland at youth international levels. Cregg started his senior career at Arsenal; his first senior appearance was in a 3-1 victory against Everton in the League Cup on 9 November 2004, as an 89th minute substitute for Arturo Lupoli. In all he made three appearances, all of them being in the League Cup. Cregg joined Scottish Premier League club Falkirk in January 2006 and made over 100 Scottish Premier League appearances for the club. He was released in the summer of 2009, having made his last appearance for the club in the 2009 Scottish Cup Final. After his release by Falkirk, Cregg signed for Hibernian. Cregg followed manager John Hughes in making that move. Cregg left Hibs at the end of the season. Cregg then played in a reserve team friendly match for Shamrock Rovers against Manchester United. Cregg then played as a trialist for Greenock Morton in a Scottish First Division match against Ross County on 25 September
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    Theobald Wolfe Tone

    Theobald Wolfe Tone

    Theobald Wolfe Tone or Wolfe Tone (20 June 1763 – 19 November 1798), was a leading Irish revolutionary figure and one of the founding members of the United Irishmen and is regarded as the father of Irish Republicanism. He was captured by British forces at Lough Swilly in Donegal and taken prisoner. Before he was to be executed, Wolfe Tone attempted suicide and subsequently died from his wounds eight days after the attempt, thus avoiding being hanged as a convicted traitor to the Irish Crown for his involvement in the 1798 Irish Rebellion. Theobald was born in Dublin, the son of a Church of Ireland coach-maker, Peter Tone, who had a farm near Sallins, County Kildare. He was baptised as Theobald Wolfe Tone in honour of his godfather, Theobald Wolfe of Blackhall, County Kildare, a first cousin of Arthur Wolfe, 1st Viscount Kilwarden. However, it was widely believed that Tone was the natural son of Theobald Wolfe. In 1783 Wolfe found work as a tutor to Anthony and Robert, younger half-brothers of Richard Martin (M.P.) of Galway, a prominent supporter of Catholic Emancipation. He had an affair with Martin's wife, in his townhouse in Galway, now Tigh Neachtain Pub, and narrowly escaped a
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    Frances Black

    Frances Black

    Frances Black (born 25 June 1960) is an award-winning Irish singer. A pure vocal tone and an energetic stage presence has made Frances one of Ireland’s most popular singers. She came to prominence in the 1980s when she began to play with her family's band, The Black Family, performing a mix of traditional and contemporary Irish music. Frances was born in the Ranelagh area of Dublin in 1960 into a very musical family. Her father Kevin was a keen fiddle player and mandolinist, a plasterer by trade and a native of Rathlin Island, County Antrim. Her mother Patty (from Dublin) used to sing in local dancehalls. Frances is the youngest of five children, she has three brothers Shay, Michael and Martin, and one sister, Mary Black, who is also a very well known singer. Frances's musical career began at 17, when she began singing with her siblings, in her family group, known as The Black Family. She gained confidence in her singing abilities and enhanced her performing skills through joining the band Arcady in 1988, (with former De Dannan member Johnny McDonagh, and Brendan Larrissey, Patsy Broderick, Seán Keane, Cathal Hayden, Sharon Shannon, and Paul Doyle). The group toured in Europe, Iraq
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    Luke Fitzgerald

    Luke Fitzgerald

    Luke Matthew Fitzgerald (born 13 September 1987) is a Rugby Union footballer. He currently plays at winger or centre for Leinster. Having previously studied at Blackrock College he won two Leinster Schools Senior Cups, in 2004 and 2006. He won his first cap for Ireland in November 2006. Fitzgerald has earned the nickname "Pivot" from Leinster and Irish rugby fans due to his exciting runs and sidesteps from broken play. An Irish speaker, Fitzgerald has a particular interest in the language. He played hurling at underage level. In Gaelic football, he is a fan of the Dublin senior football team. He played Gaelic Football while he was growing up at Naomh Olafs GAA Club. Fitzgerald's father Des also played international rugby for Ireland, earning 34 caps at prop between 1984 and 1992. Fitzgerald played for the Blackrock College Senior Cup Team from 2004–2006, winning two Leinster Senior Cup Medals, in 2004 and 2006. He also won a Leinster Junior Cup Medal in 2003, beating Gonzaga College in the final. He was the 2005 Irish Examiner Young Rugby Player of the Year. After leaving school, Fitzgerald joined renowned south Dublin club Blackrock College RFC, a natural transition from schools
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    Eoin Morgan

    Eoin Morgan

    Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan (born 10 September 1986) is an Irish cricketer who plays for the England national cricket team. A left-handed batsman, he plays county cricket for Middlesex and has been selected for England's Test, ODI and Twenty20 squads. He originally represented his native Ireland at international level before switching to play for England. He is the only player in history to score an ODI hundred for two nations and is particularly noted for his end of innings hitting ability, seeing him labelled as a 'finisher'. He is also noted as being a skilful player of the reverse sweep shot, which has been influenced by the Irish game of hurling. Morgan was born in Dublin and educated at the Catholic University School on Leeson Street, where he won three senior cup titles for the school. In his early teens Morgan played hurling twice a week and this helped develop his skills as a batsman, particularly as the grip for hurling is the same as for the reverse sweep. During this time he also briefly attended Dulwich College to further his cricketing education and it was here that his ambition to play for England began. Morgan represented Ireland's youth teams and was capped at
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    Gerard Brennan

    Gerard Brennan

    Ger Brennan is an Irish Gaelic footballer who plays for Dublin and St Vincents. He won the 2007 O'Byrne Cup for Dublin against Laois at O'Connor Park in Offaly. The game finished on a scoreline of 1-18 to 2-13 against Laois. He finished the tournament with a total of 0-04. Brennan will make his first national league debut for Dublin against Tyrone on February 3, 2007. Ger won his first Dublin Senior Football Championship medal with St Vincents in 2007 in the final against St Brigids at Parnell Park. Ger then went on to win the Leinster Senior Club Football Championship final against Tyrrellspass of Westmeath. Ger was awarded the honour of being chosen as the Leinster club player of the year for his performances in the Leinster club championship with St Vincents. He is a graduate of Maynooth College and works as a post-primary school teacher at St. Kevins College, Ballygall. Ger won the 2008 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship with St Vincents in a hard fought game. Ger Played as part of a victorious Dublin squad to win the All Ireland Senior Football Championship in a rousing match against Kerry. Dublin defeated Kerry by 1-12 to 1-11. It is Brennan's biggest
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    Henry John Stephen Smith

    Henry John Stephen Smith

    Henry John Stephen Smith (2 November 1826 Dublin, Ireland – 9 February 1883 Oxford, Oxfordshire, England ) was a mathematician remembered for his work in elementary divisors, quadratic forms, and Smith–Minkowski–Siegel mass formula in number theory. In matrix theory he is visible today in having his name on the Smith Normal Form of a matrix. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, the fourth child of John Smith, a barrister, who died when Henry was two. His mother very soon afterward moved the family to England. He lived in several places in England as a boy, and had private tutors for his education. His mother did not send him to school but educated him herself until age 6, at which point she hired private tutors. At age 15 Smith was admitted in 1841 to Rugby School in Warwickshire, where Thomas Arnold was the school's headmaster. This came about because his tutor Henry Highton took up a housemaster position there. At 19 he won an entrance scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford. He graduated in 1849 with high honours in both mathematics and classics. Smith was fluent in French having spent holidays in France, and he took classes in mathematics at the Sorbonne in Paris during the 1846-1847
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    Nelson's Pillar

    Nelson's Pillar

    The Nelson Pillar (Irish: Colún Nelson), known locally as Nelson's Pillar or simply The Pillar, was a large granite pillar topped by a statue of Horatio Nelson in the middle of O'Connell Street (formerly Sackville Street) in Dublin. It was built in 1808-1809 and was destroyed by a bomb planted by Irish republicans in 1966. The pillar was a Doric column that rose 121 feet (36.9 m) from the ground and was topped by a 13 feet (4.0 m) tall statue in Portland stone by Cork sculptor Thomas Kirk, RHA (1781–1845), giving it a total height of 134 feet (40.8 m) – some 35 feet (10.7 m) shorter than Nelson's Column in London. The diameter of the column was 13 feet (4.0 m) at the bottom and 10 feet (3.0 m) at the top. All the outer and visible parts of the pillar were of granite, from the quarry of Gold Hill, Kilbride, County Wicklow. The interior was of black limestone. A contemporary account of the pillar described it in the following terms: "In Sackville Street is a very noble monument to the memory of the immortal Nelson: it consists of a pedestal, column, and capital of the Tuscan order, the whole being surmounted by a well executed statue of the hero, leaning on the capstan of his ship."
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    Veronica Guerin

    Veronica Guerin

    Veronica Guerin (5 July 1958 – 26 June 1996) was an Irish crime reporter who was murdered on 26 June 1996 by drug lords, an event which helped establish the Criminal Assets Bureau. The daughter of accountant Christopher and his wife Bernadette, Veronica was nicknamed "Ronnie." She and her four siblings were born and brought up in Artane, Dublin, and attended Catholic school where she excelled in athletics. Besides basketball and camogie, aged 15 she played in the all-Ireland football finals with a slipped disc. Guerin studied accountancy at Trinity College, Dublin. Guerin married Graham Turley, and the couple had a son Cathal. A big fan of Manchester United football team, her prized possession was a photo of her and Eric Cantona taken on a visit to Old Trafford. After graduation, her father hired her at his company. But after his death three years later, she changed professions and started a public relations firm in 1983, which she ran for seven years. In 1983–84, she served as secretary to the Fianna Fáil group at the New Ireland Forum. She served as Charles Haughey's personal assistant, and became a family friend, taking holidays with his children. In 1987 she served as election
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    Bram Stoker

    Bram Stoker

    Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned. Stoker was born on 8 November 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent, Clontarf, on the northside of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker (1799–1876), from Dublin, and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley (1818–1901), who came from Ballyshannon, County Donegal. Stoker was the third of seven children. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Church of Ireland Parish of Clontarf and attended the parish church with their children, who were baptised there. Stoker was bed-ridden until he started school at the age of seven, when he made a complete recovery. Of this time, Stoker wrote, "I was naturally thoughtful, and the leisure of long illness gave opportunity for many thoughts which were fruitful according to their kind in later years." He was educated in a private school run by the Rev. William Woods. After his recovery, he grew up without further major health issues, even
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    Ken Oman

    Ken Oman

    Kenneth "Ken" Oman (born 29 July 1982 in Finglas, Dublin) is an Irish footballer, currently playing for Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland. Oman began his league career at bohemians when Pete Mahon signed him in the summer of 2001. He made his debut as a substitute in a 5-1 win away to Galway United on 31 August 2001. The defender was released by the bohs in the close season between the 2005 and 2006 seasons and was immediately signed by former mentor Stephen Kenny. Oman relocated to Derry in an attempt to secure regular first team football. He had an impressive competitive debut for the club because hes a tank against Linfield in the 2006 Setanta Cup and also played in Derry City's 2006 UEFA Cup games against high quality European opposition. With the appointment of Pat Fenlon as his team's manager for the 2007 season, Oman was paired with Darren Kelly as Derry City's first choice partnership in central defense. As a result of his performances in the 2007 season, Oman received an unofficial Player of the Season Award from one of Derry City's supporters clubs. On 22 November, Oman was re-signed by Bohemians after he expressed his desire to return home to Dublin. He struggled
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    Mark Yeates

    Mark Yeates

    Mark Stephen Anthony Yeates (born 11 January 1985) is an Irish footballer who plays for Watford. He operates primarily as a winger. He has three under-21 caps for the Republic of Ireland. Yeates started his career at Tottenham Hotspur, but first played professional football in loan spells with Brighton & Hove Albion and Swindon Town during the 2003–04 season. Loaned to Swindon as part of the transfer to Spurs of Swindon player Leigh Mills, Yeates only played four games before being returned to White Hart Lane after a disagreement with then manager Andy King. He made his Spurs debut against Wolves on the final day of the 2003–04 Premier League season, setting up a goal for Robbie Keane. He made three first team appearances for Spurs. During the 2005–06 season Yeates played on long term loan at Colchester United scoring five league goals as they achieved promotion from League One. Prior to 2006–07 Yeates signed a two-year contract extension with Spurs. He joined Championship team Hull City on a season-long loan, but hardly featured for them before returning to his parent club midway through the season. He then signed a loan contract until the end of the 2006–07 season with another
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    Sheridan Le Fanu

    Sheridan Le Fanu

    Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (28 August 1814 – 7 February 1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels. He was the leading ghost-story writer of the nineteenth century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era. Three of his best known works are Uncle Silas, Carmilla and The House by the Churchyard. Sheridan Le Fanu was born at 45 Lower Dominick Street, Dublin, into a literary family of Huguenot origins. Both his grandmother Alicia Sheridan Le Fanu and his great-uncle Richard Brinsley Sheridan were playwrights (his niece Rhoda Broughton would become a successful novelist). Within a year of his birth his family moved to the Royal Hibernian Military School in the Phoenix Park, where his father, a Church of Ireland clergyman, was appointed to the chaplaincy of the establishment. The Phoenix Park and the adjacent village and parish church of Chapelizod would appear in Le Fanu's later stories. In 1826 the family moved to Abington, County Limerick, where Le Fanu's father Thomas took up his second rectorship in southern Ireland. Although he had a tutor, Le Fanu also used his father's library to educate himself. His father was a stern Protestant
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    Stephen Carr

    Stephen Carr

    Stephen Carr (born 29 August 1976 in Dublin) is an Irish footballer who plays for and captains Birmingham City. He previously played for the Premier League teams Tottenham Hotspur and, for a shorter spell, Newcastle United. He is a former international player with the Republic of Ireland. His position is right back, but had been known to deputise at left back or centre back when required. As a fifteen year old, Carr went on trial from Stella Maris Football Club where he played his schoolboy football to Tottenham Hotspur and was signed up by then manager Ossie Ardiles. He made his debut for the club on 29 September 1993 away to Ipswich Town in the 1993–94 Premier League season. However he had to wait until the 1996–97 season to establish himself as a regular first-team player, when he made 28 appearances that campaign. He picked up a League Cup medal with Spurs in 1999 after contributing to a 1–0 win over Leicester City in the final. The 1999-00 Premier League season was arguably his best ever as far as his performances are concerned, as well as scoring a fantastic 35-yard screamer against champions Manchester United. His reputation continued to grow throughout the 2000–01 Premier
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    Steve Hanley

    Steve Hanley

    Steve Hanley (born 29 May 1959) is an Irish-born English musician, based in Manchester. He is best known for playing bass guitar in The Fall from 1979 to 1998, and afterwards in The Lovers. Hanley's distinctive basslines—at once propulsive and melodic—were a signature part of The Fall. He is described by critic Dave Simpson as "one of British music's greatest bassists". Second only to founding vocalist Mark E. Smith in longevity in the group, Hanley co-wrote over 100 songs on more than a dozen albums. Smith spoke publicly of his admiration for Hanley, telling Melody Maker in 1983 "The most original aspect of The Fall is Steve...I've never heard a bass player like him...I don't have to tell him what to play, he just knows. He is The Fall sound." 1976 he played in The Sirens alongside Marc Riley and Craig Scanlon. When Riley left to join The Fall, they became Staff 9, but disbanded when Hanley and Scanlon joined The Fall themselves in 1979. During the first half of the 1980s, Hanley's brother Paul was also a member of The Fall playing drums and keyboards. Hanley left The Fall in April 1998 following an onstage altercation in New York, which also resulted in the departures of longtime
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    Raheny

    Raheny

    Raheny (Ráth Eanaigh in Irish) is a northern suburb of Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. It is an old area, centred around an old village, and is referenced back to 570 AD (Mervyn Archdall) but after years of light settlement, with a main village and a coastal hamlet, grew rapidly in the 20th century, and is now a mid-density Northside suburb with a village core. Raheny is situated on the coast of County Dublin, about 8 km from Dublin city centre and 7 km from Dublin Airport, and has been for centuries within the jurisdiction of Dublin City Council, formerly Dublin Corporation. The historic county (now Fingal County Council) boundary lies close by. Nearby areas include Killester, Clontarf, Artane, Kilbarrack, Coolock, Donaghmede, and the skyline is dominated by Howth Head. Raheny is bisected by the Howth Road (R105) and the R809 (coming from Bull Island, in turn Watermill Road, Main Street, Station Road) and is also accessed from the Malahide Road (R107), the coastal James Larkin Road (R807) and the R104 (including the Oscar Traynor Road and Kilbarrack Road). Raheny railway station, opened on 25 May 1844, overlooking the village centre, serves the DART suburban railway system
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    Robert Mallet

    Robert Mallet

    Robert Mallet FRS (3 June 1810–5 November 1881), Irish geophysicist, civil engineer, and inventor who distinguished himself in research on earthquakes and is sometimes called the father of seismology. Mallet was born in Dublin, on 3 June 1810, the son of factory owner John Mallet. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, entering it at the age of 16 and graduating in science and mathematics in 1830 at the age of 20. Following his graduation, he joined his father's iron foundry business and helped build the firm into one of the most important engineering works in Ireland, supplying ironwork for railway companies, the Fastnet Rock lighthouse, and a swing bridge over the River Shannon at Athlone. He also helped manufacture the characteristic iron railings that surround Trinity College and which bear his family name at the base. Mallet was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 1832 at the early age of 22. He also enrolled in the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1835 which helped finance much of his research in seismology. In 1838 he became a life member of the Royal Geological Society of Ireland, and acted as its President from 1846–48. From 1848-1849 he
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    Drew McConnell

    Drew McConnell

    Drew McConnell (born 10 November 1978 in Dublin, Ireland) is the bass guitarist and backing vocalist with Babyshambles, the band formed and fronted by frontman of The Libertines, Pete Doherty. He lived in Tenerife, Spain, for much of his childhood, and he speaks Spanish fluently. Formerly in the band Elviss, McConnell participates in a number of side-projects, such as The Phoenix Drive and playing double bass and piano with Irish singer/songwriter Fionn Regan as well as writing and recording solo material. McConnell organises a musical collective named Helsinki, with which he performs solo material as well as versions of songs by Babyshambles, such as a swing version of their single "Delivery". Among the members of this collective are Stephen Large of Squeeze and Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes., the drummer Seb Rochford of Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland, drummer Jamie Morrison (of the Noisettes), guitarist Matt Parks, Jonnie Fielding (violin), Larrikin Love and Fionn Regan. McConnell completed a bass degree at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP). He also appears in the video "Police On My Back" by UK grime artist Lethal Bizzle, playing bass. McConnell is
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    Dublin Connolly railway station

    Dublin Connolly railway station

    Dublin Connolly, commonly called Connolly station (Irish: Stáisiún Uí Chonghaile), is one of the main railway stations in Dublin, Ireland, and is a focal point in the Irish route network. Opened in 1844 as Amiens Street Station, the ornate facade has a distinctive Italianate tower at its centre. On the north side of the River Liffey, it provides intercity and commuter services to the north, north-west and south-east. The north-south Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) service also passes through the station. The station offices are the headquarters of Irish Rail, Iarnród Éireann. The station opened on 29 November 1844 by the Dublin and Drogheda Railway Company as Dublin Station, but was renamed Amiens Street Station ten years later after the street on which it is located. Originally the station served only a single mainline to Drogheda, and in 1853 through services to Belfast commenced. In 1891, the City of Dublin Junction Railway connected the station with Westland Row Station (now Pearse Station) on the city's south side. The C of D Jctn had a separate station known as Amiens St Junction consisting of the present platforms 5, 6, and 7 (currently used by the DART) with a separate
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    Frederick Augustus Smith

    Frederick Augustus Smith

    Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Augustus Smith VC (Dublin 18 November 1826 – County Meath 22 July 1887) was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Smith entered the British Army in 1849 and saw action during the Crimean War at Alma, Inkerman and Sebastopol. Smith was 37 years old, and a captain in the 43rd (Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot (later the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry), British Army during the Waikato-Hauhau Maori War, New Zealand when the following deed took place on 21 June 1864 at Tauranga for which he was awarded the VC. He later achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He commanded the 43rd Foot in the late 1870s and retired in February 1878. He died in Duleek, Co Meath, 22 July 1887. His grave (unmarked) is in Duleek (Church of Ireland) Churchyard, Co Meath. A memorial plaque to him, originally in Duleek Church, is now situated in Kilmore Church, standing in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Co Down.
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    James Joyce

    James Joyce

    James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominently the stream of consciousness technique he perfected. Other major works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His complete oeuvre includes three books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism, and his published letters. Joyce was born to a middle class family in Dublin, where he excelled as a student at the Jesuit schools Clongowes and Belvedere, then at University College Dublin. In his early twenties he emigrated permanently to continental Europe, living in Trieste, Paris and Zurich. Though most of his adult life was spent abroad, Joyce's fictional universe does not extend beyond Dublin, and is populated largely by characters who closely resemble family members, enemies and friends from his time there;
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    James Joyce Tower & Museum

    James Joyce Tower & Museum

    The James Joyce Tower and Museum is a Martello tower in Sandycove, Dublin, where James Joyce spent six nights in 1904. The tower was leased from the British War Office by Joyce's university friend Oliver St. John Gogarty, with the purpose of "Hellenising" Ireland. Joyce left after an incident in which Gogarty fired a gun in his direction. The opening scenes of Ulysses are set the morning after this incident. Gogarty is immortalised as "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan" (the opening words of the novel). The tower now contains a museum dedicated to Joyce and displays some of his possessions and other ephemera associated with Ulysses (e.g. an empty pot of "Plumtree's Potted Meat"). The living space is set up to resemble its 1904 appearance (with a ceramic panther to represent one seen in a dream by a resident). It is a place of pilgrimage for Joyce enthusiasts, especially on Bloomsday. The Tower became a museum through the efforts of the Dublin artist, John Ryan. Ryan also rescued the front door to 7 Eccles Street (now at the James Joyce Centre) from demolition and organised, with Brian O'Nolan, the first Bloomsday Celebration in 1954.
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    Joe Kinnear

    Joe Kinnear

    Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kinnear (born 27 December 1946) is an Irish football manager and former player. He was most recently the manager of Newcastle United. Kinnear played as a defender, spending the majority of his career — ten seasons — with Tottenham Hotspur. With Tottenham he won the FA Cup, the Football League Cup twice, the FA Community Shield and the UEFA Cup. Kinnear was born in Dublin, moving to Watford, England at the age of seven. He was capped 26 times for the Republic of Ireland national football team. Joe Kinnear moved to England at the age of seven. His father died when he was young and his mother brought up five children on a council estate in Watford. Kinnear first made an impression as a player with St Albans City and North Watford Youth Football Club (Manager Charlie Pinnington). His talent as a defender was quickly recognised and in 1963 he moved to Tottenham Hotspur where he spent ten years, playing in the 1967 FA Cup final against Chelsea, a game Tottenham won 2–1. Kinnear made almost 200 league appearances for Tottenham, chipping in with two league goals. He won four major honours during his time at the club: the FA Cup in 1967; the UEFA Cup in 1972 and the
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    John Connolly

    John Connolly

    John Connolly (born May 31, 1968, Dublin) is an Irish writer who is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker. Connolly graduated with a B.A. in English from Trinity College, Dublin, and a M.A. in Journalism from Dublin City University. Before becoming a full-time novelist, Connolly worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a gofer at Harrods department store in London. After five years as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, Connolly became frustrated with the profession, and began to write his first novel, Every Dead Thing, in his spare time. (Connolly continues to contribute articles to the paper, most notable of which have been a series of interviews with other established authors.) Every Dead Thing introduced readers to the anti-hero Charlie Parker, a former police officer hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. The book was met with critical acclaim; it was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and went on to win the 2000 Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel. (Connolly is the first author outside of the US to have won the award.) Connolly has since written
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    Kevin O'Brien

    Kevin O'Brien

    Kevin Joseph O'Brien (born 4 March 1984) is an Irish cricketer who plays for Railway Union Cricket Club and Somerset County Cricket Club. He holds the world record for the fastest century ever scored at a World Cup, coming from 50 balls against England on 2 March 2011. An all-rounder, O'Brien is an aggressive right-handed middle to lower order batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut in 2006 in Ireland's inaugural match. O'Brien played for Nottinghamshire in 2009, and in 2010 was awarded a contract with Cricket Ireland, making him one of six players with a full-time contract with the board. He has been Ireland's vice-captain since January 2012. Kevin O'Brien was educated in Marian College, Ballsbridge. He has a degree in marketing and advertising. His brother Niall is also a member of the Irish team. Their father Brendan played 52 times for Ireland. His sister, Ciara, played for the Irish women's hockey team. Kevin also runs his own Cricket Academy. Based in Dublin, O'Brien provides one to one coaching, coaching seminars to teams throughout Ireland, and also Schools, University and Club Camps. http://www.kevinobriencricket.com is the
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    Adam Rooney

    Adam Rooney

    Adam Rooney (born 21 April 1988) is an Irish footballer, who plays as a striker for Swindon Town on loan from Birmingham City. He previously played for Stoke City, spent spells on loan at Yeovil Town, Chesterfield and Bury, and was a regular first-team member for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Rooney signed for Stoke City in the summer of 2005. In his first season at Stoke, Rooney made his debut at academy and reserves levels, before making his first team debut as a second-half substitute against Tamworth in the FA Cup. Rooney scored his first goal for Stoke against Reading on 17 April 2006. In only his second full start for Stoke City, he scored a hat-trick against already relegated Brighton & Hove Albion in the final fixture of the 2005–06 season to become Stoke's youngest ever hat-trick scorer. On 16 March 2007, it was announced that Rooney had joined Yeovil Town on loan for a month. The loan was later extended until the end of the season. However he returned to Stoke on 9 May 2007, after making 1 start and 2 substitute appearances for Yeovil. In August 2007 he joined League Two side Chesterfield on a four-month loan. On 19 July 2008, it was announced that Rooney had joined
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    Edmond Malone

    Edmond Malone

    Edmond Malone (4 October 1741 – 25 April 1812) was an Irish Shakespearean scholar and editor of the works of William Shakespeare. Assured of an income after the death of his father in 1774, Malone was able to give up his law practice for at first political and then more congenial literary pursuits. He went to London, where he frequented literary and artistic circles. He regularly visited Samuel Johnson and was of great assistance to James Boswell in revising and proofreading his Life, four of the later editions of which he annotated. He was friendly with Sir Joshua Reynolds, and sat for a portrait now in the National Portrait Gallery. He was one of Reynolds' executors, and published a posthumous collection of his works (1798) with a memoir. Horace Walpole, Edmund Burke, George Canning, Oliver Goldsmith, Lord Charlemont, and, at first, George Steevens, were among Malone's friends. Encouraged by Charlemont and Steevens, he devoted himself to the study of Shakespearean chronology, and the results of his "An Attempt to Ascertain the Order in Which the Plays Attributed to Shakspeare Were Written" (1778), which finally made it conceivable to try to patch together a biography of
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    Matt Talbot

    Matt Talbot

    The Venerable Matt Talbot (2 May 1856 – 7 June 1925) was an Irish ascetic who is revered by many Catholics for his piety, charity and mortification of the flesh. Talbot was an unskilled labourer. Though he lived alone for most of his life, Talbot did live with his mother for a time. His life would have gone unnoticed were it not for the cords and chains discovered on his body when he died suddenly on a Dublin street in 1925. Though he has not been formally recognized as a Saint, American Catholics have listed him as a patron saint for alcoholics. Talbot was born the second eldest of twelve children of Charles and Elizabeth Talbot, a poor family in the North Strand area of Dublin, Ireland. His father and all but the oldest of his brothers were heavy drinkers. Matt left school at the age of twelve and went to work in a wine merchant's store. He very soon began "sampling their wares." He then went to the Port & Docks Board where he worked in the whiskey stores. Before long he was a confirmed alcoholic. He frequented pubs in the city with his brothers and friends, spending most or all of his wages and running up debts. On one occasion, he stole a fiddle from a street entertainer and
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    Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry

    Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry

    Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry KG, GCB, GCH, PC (18 May 1778 – 6 March 1854), styled The Honourable Charles Stewart from 1789 until 1813 and The Honourable Sir Charles Stewart from 1813 to 1814 and known as The Lord Stewart from 1814 to 1822, was a British soldier, politician and nobleman. He was the only son of Robert Stewart, 1st Marquess of Londonderry, by his second wife Lady Frances, daughter of Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden. Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, was his half-brother. Through his daughter Lady Frances, Lord Londonderry was the great-grandfather of Winston Churchill. Born in Dublin, Charles Stewart (as he then was) was educated at Eton, and at the age of 16 was commissioned into the British Army as a Lieutenant. He saw service in Flanders in 1794, and was Lieutenant Colonel of the 5th Royal Irish Dragoons by the time he helped put down the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Two years later he was elected to the Irish House of Commons as Tory representative for Thomastown, County Kilkenny, and after only two months exchanged this seat for that of Londonderry County. He sat for the latter constituency until the Act of Union in 1801, and represented then
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    Edward Carson, Baron Carson

    Edward Carson, Baron Carson

    Edward Henry Carson, Baron Carson PC, PC (Ire.), Kt, QC (9 February 1854, Dublin, Ireland – 22 October 1935, Kent, England), often known as Sir Edward Carson or Lord Carson, was an Irish barrister, judge and unionist politician. He was leader of the Irish Unionist Alliance and Ulster Unionist Party between 1910 and 1921, held numerous positions in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom and served as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. He was one of the few non-monarchs to receive a British state funeral. Historian John Brown says, "His larger than life-size statue, erected in his own lifetime in front of the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont, symbolizes the widely held perception that Northern Ireland is Carson's creation." Edward Carson was born at 4 Harcourt Street, in Dublin. He was from a wealthy Anglican family; his father was an architect. The Carsons were of Scottish origin, Edward's grandfather having originally moved to Dublin from Dumfries in 1815. Carson's mother was Isabella Lambert, the daughter of Captain Peter Lambert, part of an old Anglo-Irish family, the Lamberts of Castle Ellen, County Galway. Carson spent holidays at Castle Ellen, which was owned by his uncle. He was
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    Mark Kelly

    Mark Kelly

    Mark Kelly (born Mark Colbert Kelly, 9 April 1961, Dublin, Ireland) is the keyboardist of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion. He was raised in Ireland until he moved to England with his parents in 1969. Kelly was an electronics student while performing part-time in the progressive/psychedelic band Chemical Alice, who released their EP Curiouser and Curiouser in 1981. He was invited to join Marillion when Chemical Alice supported the band, replacing previous keyboardist Brian Jelliman. His first performance with the band was at the Great Northern at Cambridge on 1 December 1981. Kelly has appeared on every Marillion studio album. He also appeared on John Wesley's album Under the Red and White Sky in 1994 and on Jump's album Myth of Independence in 1995 on production and keyboards. He has also played keyboards with Travis for their headlining set at the Isle of Wight Festival (10–12 June 2005), at T in the park in 2005, and at the Live8 set in Edinburgh (6 July 2005). Mark Kelly also played Keyboards for Edison's Children's new album "In The Last Waking Moments..." (featuring fellow Marillion member Pete Trewavas and Eric Blackwood), for the song The "Other" Other Dimension as
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    Pat Fenlon

    Pat Fenlon

    Patrick "Pat" Fenlon (born 15 March 1969) is an Irish former footballer and manager. He is currently in charge of Scottish Premier League club Hibernian. Fenlon previously managed Shelbourne, Derry City, the Republic of Ireland under-23s and Bohemians. He won five League of Ireland titles with Shelbourne and Bohemians between 2003 and 2009. His 2004 season with Shelbourne saw Fenlon lead his squad past Icelandic champions KR Reykjavík and Croatian high-flyers Hajduk Split to a meeting with Spanish giants Deportivo la Coruña in the UEFA Champions League, becoming the first manager to reach the third qualifying round with an Irish club. During his time with Bohemians Fenlon also won the FAI Cup in 2008, the League of Ireland Cup in 2009 and the Setanta Sports Cup in 2010. After Dundee United's attempt to poach him was unsuccessful another Scottish team, Hibernian eventually did. Born in Dublin, Fenlon was with London club Chelsea as a young trainee. He signed for St Patrick's Athletic in 1987 and made his League of Ireland debut on 13 September 1987, against Shelbourne at Harold's Cross Stadium. Fenlon won the League of Ireland championship with St Pats in 1989–90. In September 1990
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    Peter Hynes

    Peter Hynes

    Peter Hynes (born November 28, 1983 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish footballer. He also works as a lorry driver. Hynes began his career as a trainee with Aston Villa where he played in Villa's 2002 FA Youth Cup winning side and turned professional in November 2000. In need of first-team experience, he joined Doncaster Rovers on loan in December 2003, making his league debut on 13 December 2003 when he came on as a late substitute for Gregg Blundell in Rovers' 3-1 defeat away to Cheltenham Town. He played in four further games for Rovers, all as a substitute, with his only goal coming in his final game, a 5-0 win at home to Leyton Orient on 10 January 2004. Later that month he joined Cheltenham Town on a month's loan, playing four times before returning to Villa. He was released at the end of the season, joining Conference side Tamworth in June 2004 but left in July without playing a single game for the Lambs. Hynes joined Dublin City as John Gill's last signing before relinquishing managerial duties at Dublin City and was deployed primarily as a striker by Gill's successors Roddy Collins and Dermot Keely. Despite scoring the late winner which consummated Dublin City's memorable
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    Barry Roche

    Barry Roche

    Barry Christopher Roche (born 6 April 1982, Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish footballer who plays for Morecambe as a goalkeeper. He is a former Irish Under-21 international. Born in Dublin, Roche started his career at Leeds United, before following Paul Hart to Nottingham Forest in 2001. During his time at the club he was mainly an understudy to Darren Ward and Paul Gerrard and made just 10 first team starts. He was released at the end of the 2004–05 season. Roche signed for Chesterfield on 26 July 2005 after an impressive trial at the club. He established himself as the club's first choice goalkeeper, although he briefly lost his place due to a dip in form during the 2006–07 season. In May 2007 he signed a new two year contract with Chesterfield, who had just been relegated from League One. In June 2008 Chesterfield allowed Roche to move to fellow League Two side Morecambe despite him having another year remaining on his contract. He signed a two-year contract with his new club. Roche kept his first clean sheet for Morecambe in their 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town on 6 September 2008. He has since made a name for himself with the Morecambe faithful with some inspired performances and
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    Denis Hickie

    Denis Hickie

    Denis Anthony Hickie (Irish name: Donnacadh Antoine Ó hIceadh ) born 13 February 1976 in Dublin, Ireland is a retired professional rugby union footballer employed by the Irish Rugby Football Union. He played his club rugby for Leinster. His primary position was on the wing. He is also known as Disco Denis as a result of his quick feet. Other names include Le Hique, Tickets, and DenDen. Hickie was educated at St Marys College in Rathmines and led them to the Leinster Schools Senior Cup title in 1994. He went on to university in UCD, where he completed a commerce degree. At UCD Denis was on a dual scholarship for rugby union and athletics. He made his senior debut for Leinster on the 6 September 1996 in a friendly match away to a Genoa President's XV and his senior Irish debut on 1 February 1997 against Wales. He earned 51 caps for Ireland, scoring 29 tries for Ireland and held the Irish try-scoring record until his friend and Leinster colleague Brian O'Driscoll broke it in 2008. He was a little unfortunate to miss out on selection to the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia. He overcame a ruptured Achilles tendon sustained during the 2003 World Cup and forced his way back
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    Eamonn Andrews

    Eamonn Andrews

    Eamonn Andrews, CBE (19 December 1922 – 5 November 1987), was an Irish radio and television presenter, based in the United Kingdom from the 1950s. From 1960 to 1964, he chaired the Radio Éireann Authority (now the RTÉ Authority), responsible for the introduction of state television to Ireland. Andrews (his first name could also be spelled as Éamonn, with a fada on the E, as in 'É') was born on Synge Street, Dublin, Ireland, the same street as playwright George Bernard Shaw. He was educated at the local school, Synge Street CBS. He began his career as a clerk in an insurance office. He was a keen amateur boxer and won the Irish junior middleweight title in 1944. In 1946, he became a full-time freelance sports commentator, working for Radio Éireann, Ireland's national broadcaster. In 1950, he began presenting programmes for the BBC, being particularly well known for boxing commentaries, and soon became one of television's most popular presenters. In 1955, Andrews made a brief appearance on Celluloid, appearing on camera as the narrator who introduces the unrelated segments that comprise the portmanteau film, Three Cases of Murder. Throughout the 1950s, he commentated on the major
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    Ed Joyce

    Ed Joyce

    Edmund Christopher Joyce (born 22 September 1978) is an Irish cricketer who has played for both the Irish and English national cricket teams. After beginning his career with Middlesex, he moved to Sussex in 2009. A left-handed batsman and occasional right-arm bowler of medium pace, Joyce is widely regarded as one of the best cricketers produced by Ireland. After qualifying to play for England, Joyce was a member of the squad in the 2006–07 Ashes series and 2007 World Cup. Since dropping down the pecking order for selection with England Joyce got special dispensation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to play for Ireland in the 2011 World Cup. Joyce was born in Dublin and educated at Aravon school, Bray, County Wicklow, and at Presentation College Bray, County Wicklow and Trinity College, Dublin. Joyce made his Middlesex debut in 1999 and won the NBC Denis Compton Award in 2000. He has been a regular member of the first team since 2002, in which year he averaged 51 and scored four hundreds. Joyce replaced Owais Shah as acting county captain midway through the 2004 season, but was not appointed for the 2005 season. Joyce captained the Middlesex team to victory in the 2008
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    National University of Ireland

    National University of Ireland

    The National University of Ireland (NUI), (Irish: Ollscoil na hÉireann), is a federal university system of constituent universities, previously called constituent colleges, and recognised colleges set up under the Irish Universities Act, 1908, and significantly amended by the Universities Act, 1997. The constituent universities are for all essential purposes independent universities, except that the degrees and diplomas are those of the National University of Ireland with its seat in Dublin. Queen's Colleges at Belfast, Cork, and Galway were established in 1845; in 1849 teaching commenced and a year later they were united under the Queen's University of Ireland. The Catholic University of Ireland was created as an independent university on November 3, 1854 for the education of Catholics, this university however was neither a recognised university nor offered recognised degrees. In 1880 the Royal University of Ireland took over the degree awarding functions of the two former universities and offered recognised degrees to the graduates of the new University College Dublin and St Patrick's College, Maynooth, previously awarded under the Catholic University. The Catholic University
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    Robert Pilkington

    Robert Pilkington

    Robert Rivington Pilkington (8 February 1870–30 June 1942) was an Irish politician who sat in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly and the British House of Commons. Robert Pilkington was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1870. He was educated at Uppingham and Pembroke College, Cambridge, attaining a Bachelor of Arts before being called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1893. In 1894, Pilkington emigrated to Western Australia. He practiced law initially at York in 1895, and then at Perth. He returned to Ireland in 1899, marrying Ethel Longworth-Dames there on 13 December; they would have one daughter before her death in 1920. After returning to Perth, Pilkington was made a King's Counsel in 1906, and practiced in partnership with Walter James from 1907. On 22 July 1917, Pilkington was elected to the Legislative Assembly seat of Perth in a by-election occasioned by the resignation of James Connolly, who had been appointed Agent-General for Western Australia in London. He held the seat until the election of 12 March 1921, when he did not contest the seat. Victor Courtney somewhat uncharitably described him as "a tall, austere, aloof English lawyer... quite out of touch with public
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    Ronnie Whelan

    Ronnie Whelan

    Ronald Andrew "Ronnie" Whelan ( /ˈrɒniː ˈhwiːlən/; born 25 September 1961 in Dublin) is a former Irish association football midfielder, and sometimes defender, who was an integral part of the dominant Liverpool side of the 1980s. He was at the club from 1979 until 1994. In 100 Players Who Shook The Kop, a poll of 110,000 Liverpool fans conducted by the official Liverpool Football Club web-site, Whelan was in 30th position. Whelan finished his career at Southend United, where he was also player-manager. He has also managed in Greece and Cyprus, with Panionios, Olympiakos Nicosia and Apollon Limassol. Whelan played for the Republic of Ireland national football team at one UEFA European Football Championship (1988) and two World Cups (1990 and 1994), turning out a total of 53 times for the national side between 1981 and 1995. Since retirement he has begun a media career, and is a regular contributor to RTÉ Sport in Ireland. Whelan was born into a family of footballers from Dublin, Ireland; his father, Ronnie Whelan Senior, was an Irish international and a key member of the successful St Patrick's Athletic side of the late 1950s and early 1960s. His brother Paul Whelan played for
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    Stephen Kenny

    Stephen Kenny

    Stephen Kenny (born 30 October 1971 in Dublin) is a former Irish footballer and manager of Bohemians, Longford Town, Derry City, Dunfermline Athletic and Shamrock Rovers. During his playing career, Kenny spent two years at Belvedere as a schoolboy before signing for St Patrick's Athletic. Without making an appearance he then transferred to Home Farm, playing just 4 games in the League of Ireland First Division making his League of Ireland debut on 13 March 1994. Kenny began his managerial career with St Patrick's Athletic when he took charge of the Dublin side's Under 21 side in the Athletic Union League. His first year was successful as St. Pats won the league and in the summer of 1998, Kenny became the youngest manager in National League history when he took over Longford Town at the age of 27. He led Longford to huge success during his three year tenure as they won promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division, reached an FAI Cup final and subsequently, qualified for the UEFA Cup. In December 2001, Kenny left the midlands club and became manager of Bohemians. Taking over at Dalymount Park. Bohemians were then the champions of the Eircom League, having won the Double the
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    William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne

    William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne

    William Petty-FitzMaurice, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne, KG, PC (2 May 1737 – 7 May 1805), known as The Earl of Shelburne between 1761 and 1784, by which title he is generally known to history, was an Irish-born British Whig statesman who was the first Home Secretary in 1782 and then Prime Minister 1782–1783 during the final months of the American War of Independence. He succeeded in securing peace with America and this feat remains his legacy. Lord Shelburne was born in Dublin in 1737 and spent his formative years in Ireland. After attending Oxford University he served in the British army during the Seven Years War taking part in the Raid on Rochefort and the Battle of Minden. As a reward for his conduct at the Battle of Kloster Kampen Shelburne was appointed an aide-de-camp to George III. He became involved in politics, becoming a Member of Parliament in 1760. After his father's death in 1761 he inherited his title and was elevated to the House of Lords and took an active role in politics. He served as President of the Board of Trade in the Grenville Ministry but resigned this position after only a few months and began to associate with the opposition leader William Pitt. When Pitt
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    Dublin Zoo

    Dublin Zoo

    Dublin Zoo (Irish: Zú Bhaile Átha Cliath), in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland is the largest zoo in Ireland and one of Dublin's most popular attractions. Opened in 1831, the zoo describes its role as conservation, study, and education. Its stated mission is to "work in partnership with zoos worldwide to make a significant contribution to the conservation of the endangered species on Earth". Covering over 28 hectares (69 acres) of Phoenix Park, it is divided into areas named World of Cats, World of Primates, The Kaziranga Forest Trail, Fringes of the Arctic, African Plains, Birds, Reptiles, Plants, City Farm and Endangered Species. The Royal Zoological Society of Dublin was established at a meeting held at the Rotunda Hospital on 10 May 1830 and the zoo, then called the Zoological Gardens Dublin, was opened on 1 September 1831. The animals, 46 mammals and 72 birds, were donated by London Zoo. It is no coincidence that the founders of Dublin Zoo were members of the medical profession. Their interest was in studying the animals while they were alive and more particularly getting hold of them when they were dead. In the 1830s the laws concerning cadavers for medical use changed. Up until
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    Ian Ryan

    Ian Ryan

    Ian Ryan (born 9 June 1987 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland) is an Irish footballer currently playing for League of Ireland Premier Division club Shelbourne. Ryan plays as a central defender. Ryan began his senior career with Shamrock Rovers in 2005 and made his League of Ireland debut on the 24th of March 2006 in a season where he helped the Hoops to the First Division title and was voted their Young Player of the Year. He remained at Shamrock Rovers for their 2007 Premier Division campaign but first team opportunities were difficult to come by and he joined Longford Town midway through the 2007 season on loan. Ryan made 10 appearances for Longford Town and scored his first Longford goal against Drogheda United. Following the conclusion of the 2007 season Ryan did not have his contract renewed by Shamrock Rovers and became a free agent. In his time at the Hoops he made a total of 38 competitive appearances scoring once. Ryan was signed up by Dundalk in December 2007 for their 2008 First Division campaign. In what was another successful season Ryan won his second First Division winners medal as Dundalk pipped Shelbourne to the title in dying seconds of the season. As Dundalk were
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    Kevin Boland

    Kevin Boland

    Kevin Boland (15 October 1917 – 23 September 2001) was an Irish politician. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1957 as a Teachta Dála (TD) for Fianna Fáil. He served as Minister for Defence (1957–1961), Minister for Social Welfare (1961–1965) and Minister for Local Government (1965–1970). He holds the distinction of being one of only five TDs to be appointed Minister on their first day in the Dáil. Born in Dublin in 1917, Kevin Boland was the son of Gerald Boland, a founder-member of Fianna Fáil, and the nephew of Harry Boland. Despite this, the young Boland failed to get elected to Dáil Éireann on his first two attempts, standing in the Dublin County constituency at the 1951 general election and again at the 1954 election. It was third time lucky at the 1957 general election, when he was not only elected to the 16th Dáil but was appointed to the cabinet as Minister for Defence on his very first day in the Dáil. This was due to the retirement of his father who had served in every Fianna Fáil government since 1932. The Defence portfolio was largely considered a safe and uncontroversial position, so Boland made only a small impact. As a minister he proudly displayed a fáinne
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    O'Connell Street

    O'Connell Street

    O'Connell Street (Irish: Sráid Uí Chonaill) is Dublin's main thoroughfare. It measures 49 m (160 ft) in width at its southern end, 46 m (150 ft) at the north, and is 500 m (1650 ft) in length. Known as 'Sackville Street' until 1924, it was renamed in honour of Daniel O'Connell, a nationalist leader of the early nineteenth century whose statue stands at the lower end of the street, facing O'Connell Bridge. Located in the heart of Dublin city, O'Connell Street forms part of a grand thoroughfare created in the 18th century that runs through the centre of the capital, O'Connell Bridge, Westmoreland Street, College Green and Dame Street, terminating at City Hall and Dublin Castle. Situated just north of the River Liffey, the street has a fine axial positioning, running close to a north-south orientation. Lined with many handsome buildings, O'Connell Street is the most monumental of Dublin's commercial streets, having been largely rebuilt in the early 20th century following extensive destruction in the struggle for Irish independence and subsequent civil war. It has the air of an imposing 1920s boulevard, with signature stone-faced neoclassical buildings such as Clerys department store
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    Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams and plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment which was followed by his early death. Wilde's parents were successful Dublin intellectuals. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life. At university Wilde read Greats; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin. After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles. As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the United States and Canada on the new "English Renaissance in Art", and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde had become one of the most well-known
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    Alan Gordon Cunningham

    Alan Gordon Cunningham

    General Sir Alan Gordon Cunningham, GCMG, KCB, DSO, MC (1 May 1887 – 30 January 1983) was a British Army officer, noted for victories over Italian forces in the East African Campaign during the Second World War. Later he was the seventh and last High Commissioner of Palestine. He was the younger brother of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Cunningham of Hyndhope. Cunningham was born in Dublin, Ireland. He was educated at Cheltenham College and the Royal Military Academy before taking a commission in the Royal Artillery in 1906. During World War I, he served with the Royal Horse Artillery, and was awarded a Military Cross in 1915 and the DSO in 1918. For two years after the war he served as a staff officer in the Straits Settlements. In 1937 Cunningham became the Commander Royal Artillery of the 1st Infantry Division. This was followed in 1938 by promotion to major-general and appointment as commander of the 5th Anti-Aircraft Division. After the beginning of World War II, Cunningham held a number of short appointments commanding infantry divisions in the United Kingdom (66th Division, 9th Division and 51st Division) before being promoted to lieutenant-general to take command of the East
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    Alan Moore

    Alan Moore

    Alan Moore, born November 25, 1974 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland is a retired Irish footballer. Moore moved to Derry City after a short spell without a club as he had left Shelbourne in January, 2007 over pay disputes. His previous clubs included Burnley, Barnsley and Middlesbrough. During his time at Middlesbrough, he was once described as "the Ryan Giggs of the north-east". Moore returned home to Ireland during the summer of 2004 and signed for Shelbourne where he had an immediate impact on the team. In the UEFA Champions League qualifiers he scored away to KR Reykjavik to help secure a 2–2 draw that would see the team progress on away goals and in the Second Round he scored a hat trick at home and scored away against Hajduk Split who Shelbourne knocked out 4–3 on aggregate. Shelbourne were eventually knocked out by Deportivo La Coruña in the last round before the group stages. By the end of 2004, Moore had helped Shelbourne retain the League of Ireland Premier Division title for the first time. In 2006, Moore won another League of Ireland championship medal as the Dublin side pipped Derry City to the title on goal difference. Despite this, however, on the 5 March 2007, Moore
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    Anne Enright

    Anne Enright

    Anne Enright (born 11 October 1962) is an Irish author. She graduated from University of East Anglia's Creative Writing Course. She lives in Bray, County Wicklow, with her husband and children. She has published essays, short stories, a non-fiction book and four novels. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her novel The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She has also won the 1991 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the 2001 Encore Award and the 2008 Irish Novel of the Year. Before winning the Man Booker Prize, Enright had a low profile in Ireland and the United Kingdom, although her books were favourably reviewed and widely praised. Her writing explores themes such as family relationships, love and sex, Ireland's difficult past and its modern zeitgeist. Enright won an international scholarship to Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia, where she studied for an International Baccalaureate for two years. She received an English and philosophy degree from Trinity College, Dublin. She began writing in earnest when her family gave her an electric typewriter for her 21st birthday. She won a scholarship to the University of East
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    Anthony Stokes

    Anthony Stokes

    Anthony Stokes (born 25 July 1988) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish Premier League club Celtic and the Republic of Ireland national football team. Stokes began his senior career with Arsenal, but established himself with a successful loan spell with Falkirk in 2006, scoring 14 goals in 16 SPL games. Stokes then signed for Sunderland in a £2 million deal, but he struggled to hold down a place in the Sunderland first team. He moved back to Scottish football when Hibernian signed him for £500,000 in August 2009. He again enjoyed success in the SPL, scoring over 20 goals in his only full season with Hibs. Stokes moved to boyhood heroes Celtic shortly after the start of the following season, for a fee of around £1.2 million. Stokes was born Anthony Byrne, but was adopted by his aunt and uncle Joan and John Stokes at three years old. His adoptive parents paid for him to attend a private school (Terenure College). Stokes played for Kilnamanagh, Cherry Orchard and Shelbourne youth teams, before signing for Arsenal. Stokes broke into the Arsenal reserve team at only 15 years old. He made his first-team debut as a substitute in Arsenal's League Cup tie
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    Barry Fitzgerald

    Barry Fitzgerald

    Barry Fitzgerald (10 March 1888 – 14 January 1961) was an Irish stage, film, and television actor. He was born William Joseph Shields in Walworth Road, Portobello, Dublin, Ireland. He is the older brother of Irish actor Arthur Shields. He went to Skerry's College, Dublin, before going on to work in the civil service, while also working at the Abbey Theatre. By 1929, he turned to acting full-time. He was briefly a roommate of famed playwright Sean O'Casey and starred in such plays as O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock and the premiere of The Silver Tassie. Fitzgerald went to Hollywood to star in another O'Casey work, The Plough and the Stars (1936), directed by John Ford. He had a successful Hollywood career in such films as The Long Voyage Home (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), And Then There Were None (1945), The Naked City (1948), and The Quiet Man (1952). Fitzgerald achieved a feat unmatched in the history of the Academy Awards: he was nominated for both the Best Actor Oscar and the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the same performance, as "Father Fitzgibbon" in Going My Way (1944). (Academy Award rules have since been changed to prevent this.) He won the Best Supporting Actor
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    Brenda Fricker

    Brenda Fricker

    Brenda Fricker (born February 17, 1945) is an Irish actress of theatre, film and television. She has appeared in more than 30 films and television roles. In 1990, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for My Left Foot. Fricker was born in Dublin. Her mother, "Bina" (née Murphy), was a teacher at Stratford College, and her father, Desmond Frederick Fricker, was an officer in the Department of Agriculture and a journalist for The Irish Times. In her teens, she aspired to follow her parent's footsteps into journalism. Fricker has an older sister, Nora Ann Grania Fricker. Before becoming an actress, Fricker was assistant to the art editor of the Irish Times, with hopes to become a reporter. At age 19, she became an actress "by chance", her feature film career began with a small uncredited part in the 1964 film Of Human Bondage, based on the 1915 novel by W. Somerset Maugham. She also appeared in Tolka Row, Ireland's first ever soap opera. Fricker first came to wider public attention in the United Kingdom for her role as Megan Roach in the BBC One television drama series Casualty. Fricker bowed out as Megan in December 1990, after playing the character in 65 episodes,
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    Bryan O'Loghlen

    Bryan O'Loghlen

    Sir Bryan O'Loghlen, 3rd Baronet (pronounced and sometimes spelt Brian O'Lochlen) (27 June 1828–31 October 1905), Australian colonial politician, was the 13th Premier of Victoria. O'Loghlen was born in County Clare, Ireland, a son of the distinguished Irish judge Sir Michael O'Loghlen, 1st Baronet, and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and was admitted to the Irish Bar in 1856. In 1862 he emigrated to Victoria and was appointed a Crown Prosecutor in 1863. He succeeded to his father's baronetcy in 1877 on the death of his brother, Colman, and in the same year he was elected, in absentia, to the House of Commons for County Clare, replacing his brother, but did not take his seat. In 1878 O'Loghlen, a recognised leader of the Irish Catholic community in Victoria, was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly for West Melbourne. In 1880 he transferred to West Bourke, which he held until 1883. O'Loghlen was a radical liberal in Victorian politics: he favoured breaking up the estates of the landowning class (who were mainly English and Scottish Protestants) to provide land for small farmers, and ending the power of the landowner-dominated Victorian Legislative Council. He also
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    Dublin Pearse railway station

    Dublin Pearse railway station

    Dublin Pearse, referred to on all station signage as Pearse Station (Irish: Stáisiún na bPiarsach, is on Westland Row in the Southside in Dublin, Ireland. It is the terminus of the Northern Commuter to Balbriggan/Dundalk and Western Commuter to Maynooth/Longford. DART and South Eastern Commuter (Dublin Connolly to Arklow) services also serve the station, as do InterCity services from Dublin Connolly to Rosslare Europort. The station has two through platforms, 1 and 2. Until 2007, terminal Platform 3 was occasionally used for special services. A fourth platform also existed, but was unsuitable for modern trains and was used as a siding. This platform (and platform 5, which had been closed for some years and later converted into a car park) has been used as a set for movies including Michael Collins, Angela's Ashes, Nora and the 2005 remake Lassie. In summer 2008, Platform 3 was filled in as part of the station's partial renovation while the disused Platform 4 was shortened. The station also has a café on the southbound platform. This was closed during autumn 2006, and reopened as SoBo Café in February 2007. A Spar convenience store, which had been operational in the station for many
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    Dunsink Observatory

    Dunsink Observatory

    The Dunsink Observatory is an astronomical observatory established in 1785 in the townland of Dunsink near the city of Dublin, Ireland. Its most famous director was William Rowan Hamilton, who, amongst other things, discovered quaternions, the first non-commutative algebra, while strolling from the observatory into the centre of the city with some friends and his wife. He is also renowned for his Hamiltonian formulation of dynamics. In the late 20th century, the city encroached ever more on the observatory, which compromised the seeing. The telescope, then no longer state of the art, was used mainly for public 'open nights'. The site was established on the south slope of a low hill in the townland of Dunsink, 84m above sea level. The South Telescope or 12 inch Grubb, is a refracting (uses lens) telescope built by Grubb Parsons, completed in 1868. The achromatic lens, actually about 11.75 or 11.8 inches, was donated by Sir James South in 1862, who had purchased the lens from Cauchoix of Paris 30 years earlier. He had intended it for a large but troubled equatorial that came to fruition in the 1830s, but was dismantled around 1838. (See also Great refractors) The entry for the
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    Eamon Ryan

    Eamon Ryan

    Eamon Ryan (born 28 July 1963) is an Irish politician and leader of the Irish Green Party. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South constituency from 2002 to 2011, and served as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from 2007 to 2011. Ryan was born in Dublin and raised in Dundrum where he continues to live. He was educated at Gonzaga College and University College Dublin where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. After a period of unemployment in the mid 1980s, he worked as a tour operator. He was the founder of Irish Cycling Safaris, a company which organises cycling holidays in Ireland and Europe. He married the author and journalist Victoria White in 1996. He first became involved in politics in 1998 when he was co-opted to Dublin City Council. He topped the poll at the 1999 local elections in the Rathmines electoral area. From 1995 to 2002 he served on the advisory committee of the Dublin Transport Office. At the 2002 general election he was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a TD for Dublin South. He served as Green Party spokesperson for Transport, Enterprise, Trade and Employment and Communications, Marine and Natural Resources during the
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    John Drew

    John Drew

    John Drew (September 3, 1827 – May 21, 1862) was an Irish-American stage actor and theatre manager. Born Jonathan Henry Drewland in Dublin, Ireland, to Thomas L. Drew and Louise Kanten, he was the fifth of six children. He lived in Templeogue, a poor Irish village in County Dublin during the 19th century. In 1832, John Drew emigrated to the United States with his family to Boston, Massachusetts. As a child he spent most of his life living in Boston. This is where he first got into acting. After moving to the United States, Drew got a job in the theatrical company of Joseph J. Johlen (the theatre manager). He appeared in a number of Johlen's plays, including Uncle Mutch, The Barber Man, Canterbury of Livingston and also The Progrist. Drew made his first New York appearance in 1846. He played Irish and light comedy parts with success in many American cities, and was the manager of the Arch Street Theatre. John married Louisa Lane in 1848 this being her third marriage and his first. They had three children, Louisa (b.1852-1888), John Jr. (b. 1853-1927), and Georgiana (b. 1856-1893), the latter two of whom were accomplished actors. (Georgiana married Maurice Barrymore in 1876,
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    Ray Cosgrove

    Ray Cosgrove

    Ray "Cossy" Cosgrove is an Irish Gaelic footballer, born in Dublin. He attended St. Benildus College in Kilmacud. He plays his club football for Kilmacud Crokes and played for the Dublin senior football team between 1999 and 2008. He will be most remembered for his incredible performances in the 2002 scoring an amazing 6–23 in a season which saw Dublin lift their first Leinster title since 1995. At club level, Cosgrove's performance were at a high level. In 2002 when he won the 2002 Adult FL Division 1 title with Kilmacud Crokes, although he received a red card 12 minutes into the second half. This incident did not affect the score, and Kilmacud Crokes turned out winners against a resilient Ballyboden St. Enda's side. Cosgrove was also part of Kilmacuds team in 2004 when they won the Dublin Senior Club Football Championship and 2005 when they also won the Leinster Senior Club Football Championship. He was man of the match in the 2005 county final scoring 0–5 from play and scored 1–10 in the first round of the Leinster Club Championship against St. Peters Dunboyne in Navan. He received the 2005 award for AIB Leinster player of the year. Cosgrove won his first Dublin Senior
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    Bertie Ahern

    Bertie Ahern

    Patrick Bartholomew "Bertie" Ahern (born 12 September 1951) is a former Irish politician who served as Taoiseach of Ireland from 26 June 1997 to 7 May 2008. Ahern served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1977 to 2011 and he represented the constituency of Dublin Central. Before he became Taoiseach, he served in the governments of Charles Haughey and Albert Reynolds as Minister for Labour (1987–91) and Minister for Finance (1991–94). He also served briefly as Tánaiste after the break-up of Albert Reynolds' coalition government. In 1994, Ahern was elected sixth leader of Fianna Fáil. Under Ahern's leadership Fianna Fáil led three coalition governments. After Éamon de Valera, Bertie Ahern's term as Taoiseach is the longest. Ahern resigned as Taoiseach on 6 May 2008, in the wake of revelations made in Mahon Tribunal, and was succeeded by the then Minister for Finance Brian Cowen. The Mahon Tribunal in 2012 found that Ahern, while not judged corrupt, had received monies from developers and the Tribunal disbelieved his explanations of those payments. Fianna Fáil proposed to expel politicians censured by the tribunal, but Ahern resigned from the party, that he had been a leader of, prior to the
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    Broadstone

    Broadstone

    Broadstone (Irish: An Clochán Leathan), is an area of the inner city on Northside Dublin, Ireland. The area is triangular, bounded roughly by Phibsborough Road and Constitution Hill to the West, North Circular Road to the north, and Dorset Street and Bolton Street to the south-east. The postal district for the area is Dublin 7. Broadstone is one of the older parts of the city, being known in earlier times as Glasmanogue. The name 'Broadstone' is descriptive of a crossing of a stream, the Bradogue, located here. The Bradogue rises in Cabra to the north-west and runs to the Liffey at Ormond Quay, but has long been culverted and now runs almost wholly underground. In earlier times the stream was traversed by means of a large oblong stepping stone - the Broadstone, located near to the present-day site of Constitution Hill. Although small it is home to a number of well-known landmarks such as the Black Church (St. Mary's Chapel of Ease), King's Inns, Broadstone Station, the Blessington Basin, Berkeley Road Church (St.Joseph), and Royal Canal Bank. Much of the area was originally part of the Grangegorman estate, a grand house and grounds owned by the Monck family, amongst others. Monck
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    Cecelia Ahern

    Cecelia Ahern

    Cecelia Ahern (Irish: Cecelia Ní hEachthairn; born 30 September 1981) is an Irish novelist since 2004. She has published several novels and contributed a number of short stories to various anthologies. Ahern also created and produced the ABC comedy Samantha Who? starring Christina Applegate. Her writings can be compared to the work of Jessica Adams, Susie Boyt and Jenny Colgan. She is a face of Littlewoods Ireland. Ahern is the daughter of the former Taoiseach of Ireland, Bertie Ahern. Her older sister, Georgina Ahern, is married to Nicky Byrne of Irish pop group Westlife. In 2000, she was part of the Irish pop group Shimma, who finished third in the Irish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. Before starting her writing and producing career, she obtained a degree in Journalism and Media Communications from Griffith College Dublin. On 14 December 2009, it was announced that Cecelia had given birth to her first child with partner David Keoghan, a girl named Robin. One of her spokeswomen confirmed in March 2012 that she was pregnant with second child. It was revealed by Nicky on his twitter that Cecelia had given birth to her second child a boy named Sonny on 23rd July
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    Dublin

    Dublin

    Dublin ( /ˈdʌblɨn/; locally /ˈdʊbᵊlən/; Irish: Baile Átha Cliath, meaning "town of the hurdled ford", pronounced [blʲaˈklʲiə] or Áth Cliath, [aː klʲiə], occasionally Duibhlinn) is the capital and most populous city of Ireland. The English name for the city is derived from the Irish name Dubhlinn, meaning "black pool". Dublin is situated near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and the centre of the Dublin Region. Originally founded as a Viking settlement, it evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the island's principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century; it was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire and the fifth largest in Europe. Dublin entered a period of stagnation following the Act of Union of 1800, but it remained the economic centre for most of the island. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, the new parliament, the Oireachtas, was located in Leinster House. Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland. Similar to the cities of Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford—Dublin is administered separately from its respective County
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    Jim Sheridan

    Jim Sheridan

    Jim Sheridan (born 6 February 1949) is an Irish film director. A six-time Academy Award nominee, Sheridan is perhaps best known for his films My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, The Field and In America. Sheridan was born in Wicklow, the son of Anne and Pete Sheridan, an actor and railway worker. Sheridan was initially educated by the Irish Christian Brothers and later graduated from University College Dublin. He emigrated to Canada and then New York City in 1981. In 1989 Jim, or Shay Sheridan wrote five plays. The first, an Irish beggar's opera called "The Ha'penny Place", was staged in the Project Arts Centre, and the second, a piece of agitprop theatre called "The Last Post", was staged nearby in Connolly Hall. Interestingly, an actor called Jer O'Leary, a long time friend and political associate of Jim's, appeared in both these plays, and went on to appear in small parts in almost all of Sheridan's pictures. In 1989, he directed My Right Foot, which became a critical and commercial success and won Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker Academy Awards. He followed that with The Field (with Richard Harris) in 2002; then with In the Name of the Father in 1993, a fictionalized
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    Kyran Bracken

    Kyran Bracken

    Kyran Paul Patrick Bracken MBE (born 22 November 1974 in Dublin, Ireland) is a former rugby union footballer who played at scrum-half for Saracens, Bristol and Waterloo He won a total of 51 England caps and captained the team on three occasions, retiring from international rugby in 2004. Bracken's father was a dentist and his mother had played hockey for Ireland. They originally lived in Skerries in north County Dublin but moved to England when Kyran was four. He was brought up in Liverpool and was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers at St. Edward's College, and later by the Jesuits at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, where he was coached by former England Rugby Union Head Coach, Brian Ashton. He attended a trial for Liverpool FC and scored three goals. He also flirted with the idea of playing rugby league for St Helens. After school he read Law at the University of Bristol whom he represented at rugby union and later qualified as a solicitor. He was turned down by Ireland as 'not good enough' but signed up by Bristol. Bracken made his England debut in November 1993 against the All Blacks. However, a stamp from Jamie Joseph seriously injured his ankle, putting him out of
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    Trevor Joyce

    Trevor Joyce

    Trevor Joyce (born 26 October 1947) is an Irish poet, born in Dublin. He co-founded New Writers' Press in Dublin in 1967 and was a founding editor of NWP's The Lace Curtain; A Magazine of Poetry and Criticism in 1968. Joyce was the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Poetry Fellow at Cambridge University in 2009/10 and he had residencies at Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry and at the University of Galway. He is also co-founder and director of the annual SoundEye Festival that is held in Cork City. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1947, Joyce was brought up between Mary Street, in the city centre, and the Galway Gaeltacht. Galway is the ancestral home of both his mother's and father's families, and Patrick Weston Joyce, historian, writer and collector of Irish music, and Robert Dwyer Joyce, poet, writer and fellow collector of music, are numbered among his great-granduncles. Recent poems such as "Trem Neul" see Joyce appropriate elements of the folk music gathered by Patrick Weston Joyce and engage ideas of lineage and transmission. In Dublin and Oxford, in the early eighties, he conducted seminars and lectured on classical Chinese poetry and in 1983 he visited the People's Republic of China as a poet at
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    Annie Mac

    Annie Mac

    Annie Mac (born Annie MacManus on 18 July 1978) is an Irish DJ and television presenter who hosts an eponymous electronic dance music show on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom that airs at 7:00 pm on Friday evenings, as well as a Sunday evening show. Annie Mac was born in Dublin, Ireland. She studied English Literature at Queens University, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Annie resides in Queen's Park, London, with her long-term boyfriend, fellow club and Radio 1 DJ, Toddla T. Her brother, Davey McManus, was the lead singer and guitarist in The Crocketts. Annie currently hosts a number of shows on Radio 1. Her main show, Annie Mac's Mash Up, airs 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday nights. She also hosted BBC Switch with Nick Grimshaw on Sunday evenings from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm until 21 March 2010. After this date they moved to 10:00pm - midnight with a new show simply called Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac. She is currently one of only two presenters on the station to present shows in both the specialist and entertainment sector, the other being Huw Stephens. A popular feature of Annie Mac's Mash Up is the Annie Mac Mini Mix, an opportunity to showcase various DJs ability to produce a five
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    Anthony Clare

    Anthony Clare

    Anthony Ward Clare (24 December 1942 – 28 October 2007) was an Irish psychiatrist well known in the UK and Ireland as a presenter of radio and TV programmes. Clare was born in Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland and educated at Gonzaga College. In 1966, he graduated from University College, Dublin (UCD) where he was an auditor of the Literary and Historical Society. During his time in UCD, he won the 1964 Observer Mace debating competition, speaking in a team with Patrick Cosgrave. Following initial training in psychiatry at St Patrick's Hospital, Dublin, he moved to the Institute of Psychiatry at The Maudsley Hospital, in London where he studied under Professor Michael Shepherd. Clare held a doctorate in medicine and a master's degree in philosophy, and was a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Author of several popular books on psychiatry, Clare held the positions of Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin and Medical Director of St. Patrick's Hospital, Dublin. He was due to retire from his current post as Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist at St. Edmundsbury Hospital in Lucan, County Dublin when he died suddenly of a heart attack in Paris at the
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    Garret FitzGerald

    Garret FitzGerald

    Garret FitzGerald (9 February 1926 – 19 May 2011) was an Irish politician who was twice Taoiseach of Ireland, serving in office from July 1981 to February 1982 and again from December 1982 to March 1987. FitzGerald was elected to Seanad Éireann in 1965 and was subsequently elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fine Gael TD in 1969. He served as Foreign Affairs Minister from 1973 to 1977. FitzGerald was the leader of Fine Gael between 1977 and 1987. He was the son of Desmond FitzGerald, the first Minister for External Affairs of the nascent Irish state following independence from the United Kingdom in 1922. At the time of his death, FitzGerald was the President of the Institute of International and European Affairs, had a column in The Irish Times and made occasional appearances on television programmes. Garret FitzGerald was born in Dublin in 1926 into a very politically active family. His mother Mabel McConnell had worked for Under-Secretary for Ireland, James Macmahon decoding messages sent from London. Each day between 2:30 and 3:30 she would pass any information acquired to either Joe McGrath, Liam Tobin or Garret's father, Desmond. Desmond FitzGerald was the London-born and raised. He
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    Gay Mitchell

    Gay Mitchell

    Gabriel "Gay" Mitchell (born 30 December 1951) is an Irish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Dublin constituency since 2004. He is a member of Fine Gael, part of the European People's Party, and a former Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South–Central constituency from 1981–2007. He was defeated by Enda Kenny in the 2002 Fine Gael leadership election. Mitchell was the Fine Gael candidate at the 2011 Irish presidential election. Gabriel "Gay" Mitchell was born in Inchicore, Dublin in 1951. Gay Mitchell’s mother, Eileen, was left a widow with nine children whom she supported by working as an office cleaner. He was educated at St. Michael's Congregation of Christian Brothers, Emmet Road Vocational School, Dublin Institute of Technology, College of Commerce, Queen's University Belfast. His brother, Jim Mitchell, was a long-serving Fine Gael TD and former government minister. He first became involved in politics in 1979 as a member of Dublin City Council. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Fine Gael TD in the 1981 general election for the Dublin South–Central constituency. Since then he has served as a Minister of State at the Department of the
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    Griffith College Dublin

    Griffith College Dublin

    Griffith College Dublin (GCD) – Irish: Coláiste Uí Ghríofa – is a private third level college in the Republic of Ireland. It is based in and named after the former Griffith Barracks on the South Circular Road in Dublin. It offers courses accredited by a number of institutions and bodies in Ireland and Britain. In 2008 it had 8,500 students studying on a full- or part-time basis. The college was established in 1974 by Diarmuid Hegarty and incorporated in 1978 as the Business and Accounting Training (BAT). Originally located on Morehamption Road, in 1991 the Business and Accounting College moved from Milltown Park, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, to the Griffith Barracks site changed its name to Griffith College Dublin. ACA courses were delivered since 1974 and CPA courses shortly after that. In 1983 BAT commenced delivering ACCA courses and has done so ever since, delivering courses not only in Dublin but in Cork, Limerick, Drogheda, Moscow and as of 2008 in Naas, students achieving 268 placings/prize-winners within the last few years. Griffith have run CPA courses in Dublin, Cork and Ennis, Chartered Accountants Ireland (ACA) courses in Dublin, Limerick, Kilkenny and Waterford, in the past
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    Royal College of Science for Ireland

    Royal College of Science for Ireland

    The Royal College of Science for Ireland (Irish: Coláiste Ríoga Eolaíocht Éireann) was created as a result of a decision of HM Treasury in 1865 to merge a number of science-oriented education bodies including the Museum of Irish Industry and Government School of Science applied to Mining and the Arts. It was originally based at 51 St. Stephen's Green but moved in the early twentieth century to a new building, the Royal College of Science in Merrion Street, designed by Sir Aston Webb, who also designed the new facade for Buckingham Palace. The creation of the RCSI resulted from a report in 1864 of a Parliamentary Select Committee, which had recommended that a College of Science should be founded for Ireland. The Rosse Commission of 1866 outlined the scope and functions of the proposed college. On 11 September 1867 its mission statement was outlined as Its role was later extended to include “Mining, Engineering, and Manufactures, and in Physics and Natural Science” (RCSI Directory…for the Session 1898–99, RCSI/254). The RCSI had chairs of Mining and Mineralogy, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Geology, Applied Mathematics and Mechanism, Descriptive Geometry and Engineering. In
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    Danny O'Connor

    Danny O'Connor

    Danny O'Connor (born September 28, 1980 in Dublin) is an Irish footballer player currently playing for Bray Wanderers. O'Connor primarily plays as a central defender and can play in central midfield. His brother James O'Connor plays for Orlando City. O'Connor began his senior career at Bray Wanderers but his most notable spell came during his time with Drogheda United. On 8 February 2003 he scored the winning goal in the relegation playoff against Galway United to keep Drogheda in the top division. His extra time goal at United Park was Drogheda's third of the match, which overturned the 2-0 defeat they had suffered in the first leg. He then moved to Longford Town where he had a very successful few seasons winning an FAI Cup and League Cup in 2004. He scored a wonder goal in an amazing comeback against Cork City in the First Round of the FAI Cup in 2006. Longford would later bow out in the Quarter Finals against St Pats, on a scoreline of 4-1. O'Connor departed Longford Town at the end of the 2006 season to join newly promoted Shamrock Rovers.He made his Rovers debut at UCD on the opening day of the 2007 season. O'Connor scored his first Rovers goal in a 2-0 derby win. He departed
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    George Berkeley

    George Berkeley

    George Berkeley ( /ˈbɑrkliː/; 12 March 1685 – 14 January 1753), also known as Bishop Berkeley (Bishop of Cloyne), was an Anglo-Irish philosopher whose primary achievement was the advancement of a theory he called "immaterialism" (later referred to as "subjective idealism" by others). This theory denies the existence of material substance and instead contends that familiar objects like tables and chairs are only ideas in the minds of perceivers, and as a result cannot exist without being perceived. Thus, as Berkeley famously put it, for physical objects "esse est percipi" ("to be is to be perceived"). Berkeley is also known for his critique of abstraction, an important premise in his argument for immaterialism. In 1709, Berkeley published his first major work, An Essay towards a New Theory of Vision, in which he discussed the limitations of human vision and advanced the theory that the proper objects of sight are not material objects, but light and colour. This foreshadowed his chief philosophical work A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge in 1710 which, after its poor reception, he rewrote in dialogue form and published under the title Three Dialogues between
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    Hugh O'Conor

    Hugh O'Conor

    Hugh O'Conor (born April 19, 1975) is an Irish actor. His first film appearance was opposite Liam Neeson in the 1985 movie Lamb. Currently, he has two upcoming projects: Finding Fate and Operation H²O. In 2012 he appeared in the docudrama Saving The Titanic as the ship's 2nd Engineer Jonathan Shepherd. Hugh Charles O'Conor was born April 19, 1975 in Dublin, Ireland. His father is the concert pianist John O'Conor. He has one younger brother, named Keith. O'Conor studied at Trinity College in Dublin, and received a scholarship to attend the NYU Film School. Hugh is represented as a director by Sweet Media in Ireland.
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    Michael Gambon

    Michael Gambon

    Sir Michael John Gambon, CBE (born 19 October 1940) is an English actor who has worked in theatre, television and film. A highly respected theatre actor, Gambon is recognised for his roles as Philip Marlow in the BBC television serial The Singing Detective, as Jules Maigret in the 1990s ITV serial Maigret, and as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the last six Harry Potter films (following the death of actor Richard Harris). Gambon was born in Cabra, Dublin, during World War II. His father, Edward Gambon, was an engineer, and his mother, Mary (née Hoare), was a seamstress. His father decided to seek work in the rebuilding of London, and so the family moved to Mornington Crescent in North London, when Gambon was five. His father had him made a British citizen, a decision that would later allow Gambon to receive an actual, rather than honorary, knighthood and CBE. Brought up as a strict Roman Catholic, he attended St Aloysius Boys' School in Somers Town and served at the altar. He then moved to St Aloysius' College in Hornsey Lane, Highgate, London, whose former pupils include Peter Sellers and Joe Cole. He later attended a school in Kent, before leaving with no qualifications at
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    National Gallery of Ireland

    National Gallery of Ireland

    The National Gallery of Ireland (Irish: Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann) houses the Irish national collection of Irish and European art. It is located in the centre of Dublin with one entrance on Merrion Square, beside Leinster House, and another on Clare Street. Due to ongoing renovations, the Clare Street entrance is the only one currently open. It was founded in 1854 and opened its doors ten years later. The Gallery has an extensive, representative collection of Irish painting and is also notable for its Italian Baroque and Dutch masters painting. The current director of the gallery is Sean Rainbird. Entry to the gallery is free. In 1853 an exhibition, the Great Industrial Exhibition, was held on the lawns of Leinster House in Dublin. Among the most popular exhibits was a substantial display of works of art organized and underwritten by the railway magnate William Dargan. The enthusiasm of the visiting crowds demonstrated a public for art and it was decided to establish a permanent public art collection as a lasting monument of gratitude to Dargan. The façade of the National Gallery copies the Natural History building of the National Museum of Ireland which was already planned
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    Sarimah Ibrahim

    Sarimah Ibrahim

    Sarimah binti Ibrahim (born February 19, 1978) is a Malaysian television host, actress and singer. She is of Irish-Malay descent and was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her highest academic qualification is the O Levels and A Levels. She received her early education in Malaysia, Ireland, Abu Dhabi and at the Emirates International School, Dubai. She is currently doing a BPsych degree. Sarimah is able to converse in Malay and English. She is the oldest and only girl of four siblings. She resides in Malaysia and Ireland. Sarimah is a 1st Dan black belt holder in Karate. Sarimah was the host for the first season of The Biggest Loser Asia, on The Hallmark Channel (Asia). Sarimah Ibrahim has hosted several television programmes, on both terrestrial and satellite television. Selected Emcee Experience Commercials and endorsements " THEATRE" Achievements ttp://www.hmetro.com.my/myMetro/articles/Penyeri15babak/Article
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    Trevor Molloy

    Trevor Molloy

    Trevor Molloy (born 14 April 1977 in Dublin) is an Irish football player who is currently playing for Bluebell United in the Leinster Senior League. Molloy started his league career with Shamrock Rovers at 18 making his League of Ireland debut at St Mel's Park on the 7th of January 1996 but after only a handful of appearances he moved to First Division club Athlone Town in 1996. He immediately hit his stride and ended up the division's second top scorer in 1996/97 season earning him a move to St Patrick's Athletic and a shock call up by Brian Kerr to the Ireland squad for the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championships. Molloy played every game and was Ireland's top scorer (3) as they reached the semi final stage only to lose to eventual winners Argentina. Ireland won bronze medals after beating Ghana in the 3rd/4th place play off game. At St. Pats he linked up with Ireland team mates Colin Hawkins and Thomas Morgan, who had been added to the nucleus of the squad that had won the 1995–96 League of Ireland, and a lot was expected of the obviously talented squad. All 3 players made an immediate impact with Molloy enjoying a terrific partnership with Scottish striker Ian Gilzean as St. Pats
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    Bob Geldof

    Bob Geldof

    Robert Frederick Zenon "Bob" Geldof, KBE, (born 5 October 1951) is an Irish singer, songwriter, author, occasional actor and political activist. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s and early 1980s alongside the punk rock movement. The band had hits with his compositions "Rat Trap" and "I Don't Like Mondays". He co-wrote "Do They Know It's Christmas?", one of the best-selling singles of all time, and starred in Pink Floyd's 1982 film Pink Floyd The Wall. Geldof is widely recognised for his activism, especially anti-poverty efforts concerning Africa. In 1984 he and Midge Ure founded the charity supergroup Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. They went on to organise the charity super-concert Live Aid the following year and the Live 8 concerts in 2005. Geldof currently serves as an adviser to the ONE Campaign, founded by fellow Irish humanitarian Bono. A single father, Geldof has also been outspoken for the fathers' rights movement. Geldof has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, and is a recipient of the Man of Peace title which recognises
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    Edmund Burke

    Edmund Burke

    Edmund Burke PC (12 January [NS] 1729– 9 July 1797) was an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher who, after moving to England, served for many years in the House of Commons of Great Britain as a member of the Whig party. He is mainly remembered for his support of the cause of the American Revolutionaries, and for his later opposition to the French Revolution. The latter led to his becoming the leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig party, which he dubbed the "Old Whigs", in opposition to the pro–French Revolution "New Whigs", led by Charles James Fox. Burke was praised by both conservatives and liberals in the 19th century. Since the 20th century, he has generally been viewed as the philosophical founder of modern conservatism, as well as a representative of classical liberalism. Burke was born in Dublin, Ireland, to a prosperous solicitor father (Richard; d. 1761) of the Church of Ireland. It is unclear if this is the same Richard Burke who converted from Catholicism. His mother Mary (c. 1702–1770), whose maiden name was Nagle, was a Roman Catholic and came from an impoverished but genteel County Cork family. The Burke dynasty
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    James O'Connor

    James O'Connor

    James Kevin Matthew O'Connor (born 1 September 1979) is an Irish professional footballer currently playing for Orlando City in USL Pro as a midfielder. He has played for the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level. O'Connor began his career at Stoke City, where he won the Player of the Year award in the 2002–03 season and scoring in the 2001 Potteries derby at the Britannia Stadium. He moved to West Bromwich Albion in summer 2003 for a fee of £250,000 and made his debut in the 4–1 defeat to Walsall. He spent a successful three-month loan spell with Burnley in 2004–05. That season he made only two substitute appearances for West Bromwich Albion and moved to Burnley permanently in order to pursue first-team football, signing on transfer deadline day in 2005 for a £175,000 fee where he became a popular player with the fans. His form at the start of the 2006–07 season at Burnley was among the best of his career. However, by the start of the 2007–08 season he seemed to be relegated to a squad player's role. The departure of Steve Cotterill as Burnley manager brought Owen Coyle in and he immediately restored O'Connor to the starting eleven. O'Connor responded by resuming his previous good
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    John Millington Synge

    John Millington Synge

    Edmund John Millington Synge (/sɪŋ/; 16 April 1871 – 24 March 1909) was an Irish playwright, poet, prose writer, travel writer and collector of folklore. He was a key figure in the Irish Literary Revival and was one of the cofounders of the Abbey Theatre. He is best known for his play The Playboy of the Western World, which caused riots in Dublin during its opening run at the Abbey Theatre. Although he came from an Anglo-Irish background, Synge's writings are mainly concerned with the world of the Roman Catholic peasants of rural Ireland and with what he saw as the essential paganism of their world view. Synge suffered from Hodgkin's disease, a form of cancer at the time untreatable. He died just weeks short of his 38th birthday and was at the time trying to complete his last play, Deirdre of the Sorrows. Synge was born in Newtown Villas, Rathfarnham, County Dublin on 16 April 1871. He was the youngest son in a family of eight children. His parents were part of the Protestant middle and upper class: his family on his father's side were landed gentry from Glanmore Castle, County Wicklow and his maternal grandfather, Robert Traill, had been a Church of Ireland rector in Schull,
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    Mansion House, Dublin

    Mansion House, Dublin

    The Mansion House (Irish: Teach an Ard-Mhéara) on Dawson Street, Dublin, is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin since 1715. The Mansion House's most famous features include the "Round Room", where the First Dáil assembled on 21 January 1919 to proclaim the Irish Declaration of Independence. On 21 January 1969 a special fiftieth anniversary joint session of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann assembled there and was addressed by the then President of Ireland, Éamon de Valera. Also notable is the large dining room, where the cabinet of the Irish Republic met on occasion under President Éamon de Valera. Externally, the distinctive metal portico over the main door was erected for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1900. Its most famous occupants included Lord Mayors: Famous visitors to the mayoral residence include: The Mansion House was built in 1710 by the merchant and property developer Joshua Dawson, for whom Dawson Street is named. Dublin Corporation purchased the house in 1715 for assignment as the official residence of the Lord Mayor. It retains this purpose to this day. In the 1930s and 1940s, plans were made to demolish the building, and all other buildings on the block
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    Richard Graves MacDonnell

    Richard Graves MacDonnell

    Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell KCMG CB (Chinese name: 麥當奴) (3 September 1814 – 5 February 1881) was an Anglo-Irish lawyer, judge and colonial governor. His posts as governor included Governor of the British Settlements in West Africa, Governor of Saint Vincent, Governor of South Australia, Governor of Nova Scotia and Governor of Hong Kong. Richard Graves MacDonnell was born in Dublin, 8 September 1814, the second son of the Richard MacDonnell, Provost of Trinity College, Dublin, and Jane Graves (1793–1882), second daughter of Richard Graves, Dean of Ardagh. He was a nephew of Robert James Graves and the brother of Major-General Arthur Robert MacDonnell. His first cousins included Lady Valentine Blake of Menlough, Sir William Collis Meredith, Edmund Allen Meredith, John Dawson Mayne and Francis Brinkley. MacDonnell entered Trinity College, Dublin in 1830, was elected a scholar in 1833, and graduated B.A. (1835), M.A., (1836), LL.B., (1845), and LL.D.., (1862) MacDonnell was called to the Irish bar in 1838, and to the English bar, at Lincoln’s Inn, 25 January 1841. On 20 July 1843, he was appointed to the new post of Chief Justice of The Gambia. After four years there, amidst long
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    Wellington Monument, Dublin

    Wellington Monument, Dublin

    The Wellington Monument (or more correctly the Wellington Testimonial; Irish: Teistiméireacht Wellington) is an obelisk located in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland. The testimonial is situated at the southeast end of the Park, overlooking Kilmainham and the River Liffey. The structure is 62 metres (203 ft) tall, making it the largest obelisk in Europe. The Wellington Testimonial was built to commemorate the victories of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Wellington, an Irishman, also known as the 'Iron Duke', was born in Dublin. Originally planned to be located in Merrion Square, it was built in the Phoenix Park after opposition from the square's residents. The Testimonial was designed by the architect Sir Robert Smirke and the foundation stone was laid in 1817. However, in 1820 it ran out of construction funds and therefore remained unfinished until 18 June 1861 when it was opened to the public. There were also plans for a statue of Wellesley on horseback but the shortage of funds ruled that out. There are four bronze plaques cast from cannons captured at Waterloo - three of which have pictorial representations of his career while the fourth has an inscription. The plaques
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    Eric McGill

    Eric McGill

    Eric McGill (born 16 October 1987 in Dublin) is an Irish professional footballer currently playing for Drogheda United. He made his professional debut for Shamrock Rovers as a late substitute in the FAI cup game against Castlebar Celtic. Eric signed for Drogheda United on 31 July 2009 .
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    Graham Coughlan

    Graham Coughlan

    Graham Coughlan (born 18 November 1974) is an Irish footballer who plays as a centre back for Southend United, while also acting as a player-assistant manager. He began his career in his native Ireland with Bray Wanderers before being signed by Blackburn Rovers. He joined Livingston in 1999 and his performances for the Scottish club led to a transfer to Plymouth Argyle two years later. He was an integral member of the squad that won two Football League championships between 2002 and 2004, and was a favourite among supporters for his uncompromising style of play at the heart of their defence. Coughlan joined Sheffield Wednesday in 2005 before dropping down to League Two to play for Rotherham United. He moved on to Shrewsbury Town a year later and combined playing duties with coaching their young players. He signed for Southend United in July 2010. Coughlan started his playing career at Leinster Senior League side Cherry Orchard, he then briefly moved to League of Ireland club Bray Wanderers. At 21 he was brought to England by then Blackburn Rovers manager Ray Harford but struggled to earn a place in the Premier League Champions' first team. Loan spells at Swindon Town and Livingston
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    Arthur Guinness

    Arthur Guinness

    Arthur Guinness (1724 or 1725 – 23 January 1803) was an Irish brewer and the founder of the Guinness brewery business and family. He was also an entrepreneur, visionary and philanthropist. At 27, in 1752, Guinness's godfather Arthur Price, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Cashel, bequeathed him £100 in his will. Guinness invested the money and in 1755 had a brewery at Leixlip, just 17 km from Dublin. In 1759, Guinness went to the city and set up his own business. He took a 9,000 year lease on the 4-acre (16,000 m) brewery at St. James's Gate from Sir Mark Rainsford for an annual rent of £45. Arthur Guinness was born into the Irish Protestant Guinness family, claimed to descend from the Gaelic Magennis clan of County Down. Recent DNA evidence however suggests descent from the McCartans, another County Down clan, whose spiritual home lay in the townland of Guinness near Ballynahinch, County Down. Guinness's place and date of birth are the subject of speculation. His gravestone in Oughterard, County Kildare says he died on 23 January 1803, at age 78, indicating that he was born some time in 1724 or very early in 1725. This contradicts the date of 28 September 1725 chosen by the
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    Dublin Airport

    Dublin Airport

    Dublin Airport, (Irish: Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath) (IATA: DUB, ICAO: EIDW), is an international airport serving Dublin, Ireland and is operated by the Dublin Airport Authority. It is located in Collinstown, in the county of Fingal, Ireland. In 2011, 18.7 million passengers passed through the airport, making it the busiest of the state's airports by total passenger traffic, followed by Cork Airport and Shannon Airport. It also has the greatest traffic levels on the island of Ireland followed by Belfast International Airport, George Best Belfast City Airport, Cork and Shannon. The airport is located 5.4 NM (10.0 km; 6.2 mi) north of Dublin city in a once-rural area near Swords. It is served by buses and taxis. Plans to connect the airport to Swords and Dublin city centre via a rapid transit line (Metro North), have been postponed by the Government. Dublin Airport is the headquarters of Ireland's flag carrier (Aer Lingus), Europe's largest low-cost carrier (Ryanair) and Ireland's regional airline (Aer Arann). Ireland's fourth airline, CityJet, operates flights from the airport and its HQ is located in the nearby town of Swords. The airport has an extensive short and medium haul
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    Eamonn Coghlan

    Eamonn Coghlan

    Eamonn Christopher Coghlan (born 21 November 1952) is an Irish Senator and former athlete, who specialised in middle distance track events and the 5000 metres. He is a 3-time Olympian and former world champion in the 5000 m. Born in Drimnagh, a successful amateur running career in Ireland led to a scholarship in the United States, where he won four NCAA titles in track running and ran a sub-four minute mile to set an Irish record at 22 years of age. He soon set the European record over the distance. His speciality was the indoor mile run – he gained his nickname, "The Chairman of the Boards", as a result of being the seven-time champion of the Wanamaker Mile. He broke the indoor mile world record on four occasions, and also set the world record over 1500 m. He finished fourth in the 1500 m at the 1976 Summer Olympics, finished fourth again in the 5000 m at the 1980 Summer Olympics, and made the 5000 m semi-final in his last Olympic appearance at the 1988 Summer Games. He experienced greater success in the 1500 m at the European Athletics Championships: he won the 1500 m at the 1979 European Athletics Indoor Championships, and outdoors took silver in the event at the 1978 European
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    Mary Black

    Mary Black

    Mary Black (born 22 May 1955) is an Irish singer. She is well known as an interpreter of both folk and contemporary material which has made her a major recording artist in her native Ireland, and in many other parts of the world. Mary Black was born into a musical family. Her father was a fiddler, her mother a singer, and her brothers had their own musical group called The Black Brothers and her younger sister Frances would go on to achieve great success as a singer in the 90s. From this musical background, Mary began singing traditional Irish songs at the age of eight. As she grew older, she began to perform with her siblings (Shay, Michael and Martin Black) in small clubs around Dublin. Black joined a small folk band in 1975 called General Humbert, with whom she toured Europe and released two albums, in 1975 and 1978. In 1982 she developed a professional relationship with musician/producer Declan Sinnott and recorded her first solo album, Mary Black. The album performed well in the Irish charts and it went gold. In 1983 it was honoured by the Irish Independent and it is still referred to as one of the best Irish albums of the 1980s. Black ventured into the traditional Irish music
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    Matthew Lyon

    Matthew Lyon

    Matthew Lyon (July 14, 1749 – August 1, 1822), father of Chittenden Lyon and great-grandfather of William Peters Hepburn, was a printer, farmer, soldier and politician, serving as a United States Representative from both Vermont and Kentucky. Lyon attended school in Dublin, having been born in nearby County Wicklow, Ireland. He began to learn the printer's trade in 1763, but emigrated to Connecticut in 1764. Lyon landed as a redemptioner and worked on a farm in Woodbury, where he continued his education. In 1774, Lyon moved to Wallingford, Vermont (then known as the New Hampshire Grants), and organized a company of militia. He served as adjutant in Colonel Seth Warner's regiment in Canada in 1775, and was then commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the regiment known as the Green Mountain Boys in July 1776. He moved to Arlington, Vermont, in 1777. Lyon served briefly during the Revolution, ending his service when General Horatio Gates court martialed him for cowardice. Lyon was reportedly ordered to carry a wooden sword to represent his shame. Lyon became a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, serving from 1779 to 1783. He founded Fair Haven, Vermont in 1779 and returned to
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    Rebecca Knox

    Rebecca Knox

    Rebecca Quin (born 30 January 1987) is a retired Irish professional wrestler, better known by her ring name Rebecca Knox. Quin began training as a professional wrestler under Fergal Devitt and Paul Tracey in June 2002, and made her debut five months later. Initially working in Ireland and occasionally teaming with her brother, she soon expanded her career into the rest of Europe. She wrestled regularly for the France-based Queens of Chaos promotion, and won the World Queens of Chaos Championship in 2006. She also wrestled for England's One Pro Wrestling and Germany's German Stampede Wrestling. In 2005, she began wrestling in North America, and competed for the SuperGirls Wrestling promotion, an off-shoot of Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling. She was the promotion's inaugural SuperGirls Champion and held the championship for 10 months and two days. She also appeared at ChickFight III, where she made it to the second round of the tournament. In 2006, she debuted for the all-female Shimmer Women Athletes promotion, and was involved in a series of matches with Daizee Haze, including an acclaimed two out of three falls match. In September 2006, Knox suffered a head injury during a
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    Ruairi Quinn

    Ruairi Quinn

    Ruairi Quinn (born 2 April 1946) is an Irish Labour Party politician who has been Minister for Education and Skills since March 2011. He is currently a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South–East constituency. He was Minister for Finance from 1994 to 1997, and leader of the Labour Party from 1997 to 2002. Quinn was born on 2 April 1946. His family were prominent republicans in the South Down area in the 1920s, taking an active part in the IRA during the War of Independence and the Civil War. The Quinns were prosperous merchants in Newry, County Down, but were forced to move south to Dublin in the 1930s where Quinn's father built a successful business career. Quinn was educated at St. Michael's College, Dublin and Blackrock College where he was academically successful and an outstanding athlete and a member of the Senior Cup rugby team. From an early age, he was interested in art and won the all-Ireland Texaco Children's Art competition. This led him to study architecture at University College Dublin (UCD) in 1964 and later at the School of Ekistics in Athens. In 1965, Quinn joined the Labour Party working for Michael O'Leary's successful campaign in Dublin North–Central. In the
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    Seán O'Casey

    Seán O'Casey

    Seán O'Casey (Irish: Seán Ó Cathasaigh, Irish pronunciation: [ˈʃaːn̪ˠoːˈkahəsˠiː]; born John Casey, 30 March 1880 – 18 September 1964) was an Irish dramatist and memoirist. A committed socialist, he was the first Irish playwright of note to write about the Dublin working classes. O'Casey was born in Dublin, Ireland, as John Casey or John Cassidy to Michael and Susan Archer Casey in a house at 85 Upper Dorset Street, in the northern inner-city area of Dublin. It is commonly thought that he grew up in the working class society in which many of his plays are set. In fact, his family were considered as "shabby genteel". He was a member of the Church of Ireland, baptised on July 28, 1880 in St. Mary's parish, confirmed at St John the Baptist Church in Clontarf, and an active member of Saint Barnabas until his mid-twenties, when he drifted away from the church. O'Casey's father died when Seán was just six years of age, leaving a family of thirteen. The family lived a peripatetic life thereafter, moving from house to house around north Dublin. As a child, he suffered from poor eyesight, which interfered somewhat with his early education, but O'Casey taught himself to read and write by
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    Shane Supple

    Shane Supple

    Shane Supple (born 4 May 1987) is an Irish former professional association football player and current Gaelic football player with the Dublin senior football team and with his home club St Brigids, in Castleknock. As a footballer he was a goalkeeper from 2005 to 2009 who and spent his career mainly with Ipswich Town, having been a graduate of Ipswich's youth system. He also played for Falkirk and Oldham Athletic and was capped once by the Republic of Ireland U21 side. In the 2004–05 season, he was part of the FA Youth Cup-winning Ipswich team. On 13 August 2005 he made his first appearance for the Ipswich first team, when an injury to first-choice goalkeeper Lewis Price forced Supple to play for an hour of the match against Leicester City; Supple kept a clean sheet. He retained the number one spot for Ipswich Town, and in the summer of 2006, Charlton made a number of bids for the Republic of Ireland player, but Ipswich manager Jim Magilton rejected all them. Leeds also showed interest but Ipswich informed the public that no bid had been made. He mainly featured among the Ipswich substitutes during the 2006–07 season with Lewis Price being first-choice keeper. In the summer of 2007,
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    Spire of Dublin

    Spire of Dublin

    The Spire of Dublin, officially titled the Monument of Light (Irish: An Túr Solais), is a large, stainless steel, pin-like monument 121.2 metres (398 ft) in height, located on the site of the former Nelson's Pillar on O'Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland. The spire was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects, who sought an "Elegant and dynamic simplicity bridging art and technology". The contract was awarded to SIAC-Radley JV and it was manufactured by Radley Engineering of Dungarvan, County Waterford, and erected by SIAC Construction Ltd. The first section was installed on 18 December 2002. Five additional 20m sections were added with the last one installed on 21 January 2003. The spire is an elongated cone of diameter 3 m (9.8 ft) at the base, narrowing to 15 cm (5.9 in) at the top. Construction of the world's tallest sculpture was delayed because of difficulty in obtaining planning permission and environmental regulations. It is constructed from eight hollow tubes of stainless steel and features a tuned mass damper, designed by engineers Arup, to counteract sway. The steel underwent shot peening in order to subtly reflect the light falling on it. During the day it maintains its steel
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    Craig Doyle

    Craig Doyle

    Craig Doyle (born 17 December 1970 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish television and radio presenter. To British viewers he is recognisable as working for the BBC and ITV. To Irish viewers he is recognisable as working for Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), and as the host of RTÉ One chat show Tonight with Craig Doyle and RTÉ Two's The Social, now titled Craig Doyle Live and broadcast twice a week. Doyle grew up in the south Dublin suburb of Stillorgan. While he was being educated in Roman Catholic schools, the priests wanted Doyle to take to a religious career, but he originally wanted to be a veterinary surgeon. He studied sociology and history at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, followed by the London College of Printing, where he earned a diploma in broadcast journalism. After graduation, Doyle worked on local radio with BBC Radio Suffolk based in Ipswich, before moving on to ITV to present the children's show Disney Club having been head hunted following a chance meeting with a producer from the show at a visit to Alton Towers. Moving to London, he presented Tomorrow's World, Fasten Your Seatbelt and Innovation Nation, and spent six years hosting BBC One's Holiday. He also had a live
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    George FitzGerald

    George FitzGerald

    George Francis FitzGerald (3 August 1851 – 22 February 1901) was an Irish professor of "natural and experimental philosophy" (i.e., physics) at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, during the last quarter of the 19th century. FitzGerald was born at No. 19, Lower Mount Street in Dublin on 3 August 1851 to the Reverend William FitzGerald and his wife Anne Francis Stoney (sister of George Johnstone Stoney). Professor of Moral Philosophy in Trinity and vicar of St Anne's, Dawson Street, at the time of his son's birth, William FitzGerald was consecrated Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross in 1857 and translated to Killaloe and Clonfert in 1862. George returned to Dublin and entered Trinity as a student at the age of 16. He became a Fellow of Trinity in 1877 and spent the rest of his career at this college. Along with Oliver Lodge, Oliver Heaviside and Heinrich Hertz, FitzGerald was a leading figure among the group of "Maxwellians" who revised, extended, clarified, and confirmed James Clerk Maxwell's mathematical theories of the electromagnetic field during the late 1870s and the 1880s. In 1883, following from Maxwell's equations, FitzGerald suggested a device for producing rapidly
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    Keith Andrews

    Keith Andrews

    Keith Joseph Andrews (born 13 September 1980 in Dublin) is an Irish association footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Bolton Wanderers. He also plays for the Republic of Ireland national football team. Andrews began his career at Wolves, where he was their youngest captain for more than a century. His club career has also involved stints at Hull City and Milton Keynes Dons, as well as loan spells at Oxford United, Stoke City and Walsall while he was at Wolves. While at Milton Keynes Dons he was club captain, helped secure promotion for his team with a vital goal, helped win his team the Football League Trophy by scoring in the final at Wembley and was named in the PFA Team of the Year. He played for Ireland in the 2012 UEFA European Championship. Andrews began his career as a trainee at Wolves, progressing from their academy to the first team. He made his senior debut on 18 March 2000 in a 2–1 win at Swindon. He continued his progress with the First Division club in the 2000–01 season, becoming a regular player as Dave Jones took over midway through. He went on a loan spell at Oxford United, scoring once against Swansea City. Back at Wolves, the final match of that
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    Kenny Cunningham

    Kenny Cunningham

    Kenneth Edward "Kenny" Cunningham (born 28 June 1971) is an Irish former footballer who played as a defender. He played international football for the Republic of Ireland until his retirement in 2005. He spent his entire professional club career, from 1989 to 2007, in England, making more than 500 appearances in the Football League and Premier League playing for Millwall, Wimbledon, Birmingham City and Sunderland. After retirement as a player, he worked as a pundit for RTÉ Sport, and successfully completed the UEFA Pro Licence coaching qualification. Cunningham was born in Dublin. He attended O'Connell's Boys primary school and St. Vincent's C.B.S. secondary school in the Glasnevin district. At school, he played more Gaelic football than soccer: he played for O'Connell's at Croke Park alongside future Gaelic star Dessie Farrell in a schools' final, and played for Na Fianna and Dublin Minors. At association football, he played for the Home Farm club from under-9s to under-17s, before moving on to amateur club Tolka Rovers. On 18 September 1989, the 18-year-old Cunningham signed a one-year contract with Millwall of the English First Division. His expectations, to play out the season
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    Maeve Binchy

    Maeve Binchy

    Maeve Binchy Snell (28 May 1940 – 30 July 2012), known as Maeve Binchy, was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, columnist, and speaker best known for her humorous take on small-town life in Ireland, her descriptive characters, her interest in human nature and her often clever surprise endings. Her novels, which were translated into 37 languages, sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and her death, announced by Vincent Browne on Irish television late on 30 July 2012, was mourned as the passing of Ireland's best-loved and most recognisable writer. Her books have outsold those of other Irish writers such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Edna O'Brien and Roddy Doyle. She cracked the U.S. market, featuring on The New York Times bestseller list and in Oprah's Book Club. Recognised for her "total absence of malice" and generosity to other writers, she finished ahead of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Stephen King in a 2000 poll for World Book Day. Binchy was born on 28 May 1940 in Dalkey, County Dublin (modern-day Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown), Ireland, the eldest child of four. Her siblings include one brother William Binchy, Regius
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    Parnell Park

    Parnell Park

    Parnell Park is a Gaelic Athletic Association stadium in Donnycarney, Dublin, Ireland with a capacity of about 11,500. It is the home of the Dublin GAA hurling, football, camogie and ladies' football teams at all levels of competition. Parnell Park is nicknamed The Nell . The ground is used by Dublin's inter-county teams mainly during home National Football League matches and as a training ground, with major NFL and All-Ireland Championship games normally played in Croke Park. However, All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, Railway Cup Dublin Club Championships and other competitions also take place in Parnell Park every year. Parnell Park also serves as the headquarters of the Dublin County Board. Parnell Park follows the standard four-sided design of most stadia. The Ground has a main stand on the north side of the pitch which can seat about 2,800. The main stand is covered and has one tier. The stand includes facilities and shops under the stand. The rest of the ground is terraced with the majority of it covered, although some of the main terrace on the south side is not covered. The terrace on the west side of the ground is known as
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    Pat Burke

    Pat Burke

    Patrick (Pat) John Burke (born December 14, 1973 in Dublin, Ireland) is a former Irish professional basketball player, who last played with the Polish club Asseco Prokom Sopot. He was a co-captain of the Irish national basketball team and also represented his country at the World University Games. Undrafted out of Auburn University in 1997, he became the first Irish player in NBA history when he signed a contract with the Orlando Magic in 2002 and played 62 games for them, averaging 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds. He did not play in the NBA during the 2003-04 NBA season or the 2004-05 NBA season. On his return, he played for the Phoenix Suns for two seasons and was in training camp with the Golden State Warriors in 2007 before being released. Burke was a Euroleague champion with Panathinaikos in 2000, and also helped the Greens to win three consecutive Greek League titles from 1999 to 2001. In Europe, Burke has also played for Tau Ceramica, Gran Canaria and Real Madrid in Spain and Maroussi in Greece. He helped Real to the final of the ULEB Cup in 2004 and the Spanish League title in 2005. In November 2007, Burke signed with the Russian team Khimki BC. Burke helped the Khimki BC win
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    Robbie Keane

    Robbie Keane

    Robert David "Robbie" Keane (Irish: Roibeárd Ó Catháin; born 8 July 1980) is an Irish footballer who plays as a striker for the Los Angeles Galaxy and captains the Republic of Ireland national football team. A talented striker who also "doubles as a playmaker, drifting deep into midfield to help ease pressure and start attacks" when he plays for the national team. Keane has scored 53 goals for his national side making him the all-time record Irish goalscorer, having become the first Irish player to score 50 international goals in June 2011. He is ranked the 25th highest international scorer in the world. Keane was Ireland's top scorer at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan, with three goals plus a converted penalty in the shoot-out with Spain. With 115 full caps, he is Ireland's second most capped player of all time and is a member of the FIFA Century Club. He is the eleventh highest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League with 125 goals (as of 21 January 2012), (Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is tenth with 127) and is the ninth highest goalscorer in Tottenham Hotspur history. Keane began his professional career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, scoring twice in his first
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    Roddy Doyle

    Roddy Doyle

    Roddy Doyle (Irish: Ruaidhrí Ó Dúill; born 8 May 1958) is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. Several of his books have been made into successful films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991. He was awarded the Booker Prize in 1993. Doyle was born in Dublin and grew up in Kilbarrack. His mother, Ita Bolger Doyle, was first cousin of the short story writer Maeve Brennan. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from University College Dublin. He spent several years as an English and geography teacher before becoming a full-time writer in 1993. He established a creative writing centre, "Fighting Words", which opened in Dublin in January 2009. It was inspired by a visit to his friend Dave Eggers' 826 Valencia project in San Francisco. His personal notes and work books reside at the National Library of Ireland. He is an atheist. He signed a petition supporting journalist Suzanne Breen, who faced gaol for refusing to divulge her sources in court. He joined thousands of angry people from Clontarf to protest against an attempt by Dublin City Council to construct 9ft-high barriers which would interfere with one of his favourite views. In the television series Father Ted, the
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    Steve Collins

    Steve Collins

    Stephen Collins, more commonly known as Steve Collins, (born 21 July 1964, Cabra, Dublin, Ireland) is a former professional boxer. Known as the "The Celtic Warrior", Collins is the former WBO middleweight and super middleweight champion. Collins began his professional career in America, and lost two world title fights on points. It was not until Collins reached his 30's that he fulfilled his potential. Having competed against the best boxers on both sides of the Atlantic, Collins tends to be linked more to the era in the UK when there was a great rivalry between British boxers Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn. He fought and beat both, twice. He is the brother of former footballer and manager, Roddy Collins. Collins won 26 Irish titles at middleweight, light-heavyweight and cruiserweight as an amateur before turning professional in Massachusetts, U.S. in October 1986. His debut fight was against Julio Mercado on the undercard of a bill that featured his future trainer Freddie Roach and the future Fight of the Year winner Micky Ward. Collin's beat Mercado by way of knockout in the third round. In Boston, Massachusetts in 1988, he defeated Sam Storey to win the Irish middleweight title,
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    The Dubliners

    The Dubliners

    The Dubliners are an Irish folk band founded in Dublin in 1962. The band started off as The Ronnie Drew Ballad Group, named in honour of its founding member, they subsequently renamed themselves as The Dubliners. The group line-up has seen many changes over their fifty year career. However, the group's success was centred around lead singers Luke Kelly and Ronnie Drew, both of whom are now deceased. The band garnered international success with their lively Irish folk songs, traditional street ballads and instrumentals. The band were regulars on the folk scenes in both Dublin and London in the early 1960s, until they were signed to the Minor Major label in 1965 after backing from Dominic Behan. They went on to receive extensive airplay on Radio Caroline, and eventually appeared on Top of the Pops in 1967 with hits "Seven Drunken Nights" and "Black Velvet Band". Often performing songs considered controversial at the time, they drew criticism from some folk purists and Ireland’s national broadcaster RTÉ had placed an unofficial ban on their music from 1967-71. During this time the band’s popularity began to spread across mainland Europe and they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in the
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    Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey

    Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey

    Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey PC (10 July 1614 – 6 April 1686) was an Anglo-Irish royalist statesman. After short periods as President of the Council of State and Treasurer of the Navy, he served as Lord Privy Seal between 1673 and 1682 for Charles II. He succeeded his father as 2nd Viscount Valentia in 1660, and he was created Earl of Anglesey in 1661. Annesley was born in Dublin, Ireland to Francis Annesley, 1st Viscount Valentia and Dorothy, daughter of Sir John Philipps, Bt, of Picton Castle. He was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1634 as a Bachelor of Arts; that year, he was admitted into Lincoln's Inn. Having made the grand tour he returned to Ireland; and being employed by Parliament on a mission to the Duke of Ormonde, now reduced to the last extremities, he succeeded in concluding a treaty with him on 19 June 1647, thus securing the country from complete subjection to the rebels. In April 1647 he was returned for Radnorshire to the House of Commons. He supported the parliamentarians against the republican or army party, and appears to have been one of the members excluded in 1648. He sat in Richard Cromwell's parliament for Member
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    Barry Murphy

    Barry Murphy

    Barry Murphy (born 8 June 1985 in Dublin) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for League of Ireland club, St Patrick's Athletic. He made his League of Ireland debut on 20 May 2005, keeping a clean sheet against Waterford, after the departure of Russell Payne. Having come through the club's youth system in 2004, where he was U21 Player of the Year, he made rapid progress to become the club's Young Player of the Year and Player of the Year for 2005. He played a total of 25 league games in his first season keeping seven clean sheets. Murphy kept 24 clean sheets from 35 games during the 2006 campaign as Rovers won the First Division. He made his 100th competitive appearance for The Hoops on 2 October 2007 at Bray Wanderers where for the first time in his Rovers career, he was not only booked but sent off. For the 2007 season he kept 16 clean sheets in 29 league games as Rovers finished fifth in the league. Midway through the 2009 season, Murphy was dropped as first choice goalkeeper by Michael O'Neill and replaced by new signing, Alan Mannus who held on to the position for the remainder of the campaign. Having reportedly turned down a new contract at Shamrock Rovers, no press
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    Chloë Agnew

    Chloë Agnew

    Chloë Agnew (born 9 June 1989 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish singer who is one of the current members of the Celtic music group Celtic Woman as the youngest member. She comes from Knocklyon, County Dublin where she lived with her mother Adele "Twink" King and younger sister Naomi. She sings in English, Irish, Latin, Italian and German. Agnew was born to Irish entertainer Adele "Twink" King and Irish oboist David Agnew. She made her first television appearance on her mother's programme aged four weeks old, and later sang on the show at the age of six. She attended Notre Dame des Missions Junior School for her primary school education, followed by Alexandra College girls' school. In 1998, Agnew represented Ireland and was the winner of the Grand Prix at the First International Children's Song Competition in Cairo with a song called The Friendship Tree. She then began to perform pantomime at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin and continued in that role for four years. In 1999, she appeared in The Young Messiah, a modern adaptation of Handel's Messiah. In this production, she played one of the children and performed sign language. In 2000, aged 11, Agnew approached director David Downes
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    Donaghmede

    Donaghmede

    Donaghmede (Irish: Domhnach Mide, meaning "St. Mide's Church") is a residential suburb of Dublin, in the province of Leinster, Ireland. Donaghmede is situated approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the north east of the Dublin city centre, and is in the constituency of Dublin North–East. It lies within the jurisdiction of Dublin City Council and the postal district Dublin 13. Donaghmede lies north of Raheny, west of Baldoyle from which it was largely formed, east of Coolock and Balgriffin and south of Portmarnock. Donaghmede is served by Grange Road (to Baldoyle and Howth) and N32 from the Malahide Road and M50 and M1, to the north, and the Tonlegee Road to the south. In the south eastern corner of Donaghmede is Howth Junction & Donaghmede railway station, situated on the Dublin–Belfast railway line and served by Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) and occasional InterCity (Iarnród Éireann) trains, while in the northern part is Clongriffin railway station. Dublin Bus provides services on routes 29A (from the city centre), 43 (from city centre to Swords Business Park), 17A (from Kilbarrack Industrial Estate to Finglas), 128 (from Donaghamede Roundabout to Palmerston Park, Rathmines
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    Éamon Ó Cuív

    Éamon Ó Cuív

    Éamon Ó Cuív (Irish pronunciation: [ˈeːmˠənˠ oː ˈkiːvʲ]; born 23 June 1950) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway West constituency since 1992 and was previously a member of Seanad Éireann. He has had several ministerial portfolios in this time, including Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Minister for Social Protection. He was briefly Minister for Defence and Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government alongside the Ministry for Social Protection portfolio in early 2011; this came about due to the resignations of Tony Killeen and John Gormley respectively. He unsuccessfully contested the leadership of Fianna Fáil after the resignation of Brian Cowen, but lost to Micheál Martin. Martin appointed Ó Cuív Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil after Brian Lenihan, Jnr's death. However, Ó Cuív ceased to be Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil on 29 February 2012 in opposition to his party's stance on the European Fiscal Compact. Ó Cuív is the son of Brian Ó Cuív, professor of Celtic Studies at University College Dublin, and Emer de Valera,
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    Keith Gleeson

    Keith Gleeson

    Keith Gleeson (born 21 June 1976) is a retired Irish rugby union football player. Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, before moving to Australia with his family as a child after attending St. Michaels College, Ailesbury Road, Dublin 4 for several years. Raised in Sydney, Australia, Gleeson attended Catholic Jesuit school St Aloysius' College representing the schools 1st XV rugby union team over 2 years and as captain in the latter and playing for the CAS 1st XV and the New South Wales 2nd XV. He went on to represent Australia at u/19 and u/21 (Captain). Gleeson has enjoyed a distinct career, representing Northern Suburbs in the Sydney competition, the NSW Waratahs in the Super 12, Leinster in Ireland and finally most notably Ireland. His preferred position is as an openside flanker. Perhaps the highlight of his career was representing Ireland in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He stands 1.86 m and his playing weight is 98 kg. On numerous occasions George Hook has stated that Gleeson should start for Ireland as he feels he is their best openside flanker. Gleeson retired from professional rugby at the end of the 07/08 season with a Magners League winners medal
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    Mary Lou McDonald

    Mary Lou McDonald

    Mary Lou McDonald (born 1 May 1969 in Dublin) is an Irish politician, the Vice President of Sinn Féin and a Teachta Dála (TD) for Dublin Central. McDonald was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), from 2004–2009 representing the Dublin constituency. Mary Lou McDonald was educated at Notre Dame Des Missions in Churchtown, Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Limerick and Dublin City University studying English Literature, European Integration Studies and Human Resource Management. Her career to date has her involved in diverse roles, including consultant for the Irish Productivity Centre, Institute of European Affairs researcher and trainer in the Partnership Unit of the Educational and Training Services Trust. Originally a member of Fianna Fáil, she left the party in 1998 in opposition to its economic and social policies. Her sister, Joanne, is a member of the republican group éirígí. McDonald first ran for office when she unsuccessfully contested the Dublin West constituency for Sinn Féin at the 2002 general election polling 8.02% of first preference votes. She was an unsuccessful candidate in the Dublin Central constituency at the 2007 general election. She contested
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    Samuel Beckett

    Samuel Beckett

    Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour. Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Strongly influenced by James Joyce, he is considered one of the last modernists. As an inspiration to many later writers, he is also sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists. He is one of the key writers in what Martin Esslin called the "Theatre of the Absurd". His work became increasingly minimalist in his later career. Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation". He was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1984. The Becketts were members of the Anglican Church of Ireland. The family home, Cooldrinagh in the Dublin suburb of Foxrock, was a large house and garden complete with tennis court built in 1903 by Samuel's father, William. The house and
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    Andrew Cunningham, 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope

    Andrew Cunningham, 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope

    Admiral of the Fleet Andrew Browne Cunningham, 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope, KT, GCB, OM, DSO and two Bars (7 January 1883 – 12 June 1963), was a British admiral of the Second World War. Cunningham was widely known by his nickname, "ABC". Cunningham was born in Rathmines in the southside of Dublin on 7 January 1883. After starting his schooling in Dublin and Edinburgh, he enrolled at Stubbington House School, at the age of ten, beginning his association with the Royal Navy. After passing out of Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in 1898, he progressed rapidly in rank. He commanded a destroyer during the First World War and through most of the interwar period. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and two Bars, for his performance during this time, specifically for his actions in the Dardanelles and in the Baltics. In the Second World War, as Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet, Cunningham led British naval forces to victory in several critical Mediterranean naval battles. These included the attack on Taranto in 1940, the first completely all-aircraft naval attack in history, and the Battle of Cape Matapan in 1941. Cunningham controlled the defence of the
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    Ciaran O'Toole

    Ciaran O'Toole

    Ciaran O'Toole is an Irish radio broadcaster and businessman based in Glasgow. Ciarán was born in Dublin, Ireland. He initially started out as a local DJ for bars and nightclubs and through this was introduced to various radio presenters who encouraged him to get involved with radio. Ciarán was already involved in broadcasting at this stage with numerous pirate radio stations based in and around Dublin. In the mid-1990s he started working for his local heritage station East Coast Radio as a producer then turned to presenting full-time. Over the next few years Ciarán spent time with other stations on a freelance basis before moving into management with East Coast Radio as Operations Manager. He moved to Glasgow, Scotland in 2005 to take up the position of Programme Controller with Q96, a station recently purchased by UTV as part of their Wireless Group takeover. After a year with this station it was sold to GMG Radio where it was rebranded as 96.3 Rock Radio. During 2007, with O'Toole as Head of Presentation, Real Radio achieved a notable milestone when it recorded 31% market share, which was the first time any regional radio station has surpassed 30% in commercial radio
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    Francis Kenrick

    Francis Kenrick

    Francis Patrick Kenrick (3 December 1796 – 8 July 1863) was an Irish-born clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the third Bishop of Philadelphia (1842–1851) and the sixth Archbishop of Baltimore (1851–1863). Francis Kenrick was born in Dublin to Thomas and Jane (née Eustace) Kenrick. His younger brother, Peter Richard Kenrick, would later become the first Archbishop of St. Louis. His uncle was the pastor of St. Nicholas of Myra Church in Dublin, and took an active role in his education. At the age of eighteen, he was selected to study at the Urban College of Propaganda in Rome, where he became a distinguished student. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Candido Maria Frattini on 7 April 1821. Shortly after his ordination, Kenrick accepted an invitation from Bishop Benedict Joseph Flaget, P.S.S., to join the Diocese of Bardstown, Kentucky, in the United States. He then held the chair of theology at St. Thomas Seminary for nine years, in addition to teaching Greek and history at St. Joseph's College. Apart from his academic duties, he also engaged in missionary work; he facilitated several conversions and publicly debated with Protestant ministers. He
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    Gay Byrne

    Gay Byrne

    Gabriel Mary "Gay" Byrne (born 5 August 1934; affectionately known as Uncle Gay, Gaybo or Uncle Gaybo) is a veteran Irish presenter of radio and television. His most notable role was first host of The Late Late Show over a 37-year period spanning 1962 until 1999. The Late Late Show is the world's longest-running chat show. His time working in Britain with Granada Television saw him become the first person to introduce The Beatles on screen. From 1973 until 1998, Byrne presented The Gay Byrne Hour—later The Gay Byrne Show when it expanded to two hours—on RTÉ Radio 1 each weekday morning. Since "retiring" from his long-running radio and television shows Byrne has presented several other shows, including Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, The Meaning of Life and For One Night Only on RTÉ One and Sunday Serenade/Sunday with Gay Byrne on RTÉ lyric fm. In 2006 he was elected Chairman of Ireland's Road Safety Authority. Since retiring he has become the "Elder Lemon of Irish broadcasting". In 2010, The Irish Times said Byrne was "unquestionably the most influential radio and television man in the history of the Irish State". In 2011, he was approached to become President of Ireland but
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    Glenn Whelan

    Glenn Whelan

    Glenn David Whelan (born 13 January 1984) is an Irish footballer who plays as a centre midfielder from Premier League club Stoke City and the Republic of Ireland national team. Whelan started his career at Manchester City but only made one appearance which came in the UEFA Cup and after a loan spell at Bury he moved on to play for Sheffield Wednesday, with whom he won promotion to the Championship in May 2005. In January 2008 Whelan joined Stoke City for a fee of £500,000 with whom he helped gain promotion to the Premier League. He took a while to establish himself in Tony Pulis' first team plans in the top flight but by 2009 he became a regular and went on to play in the 2011 FA Cup Final, his but old club Manchester City beat Stoke 1–0. Whelan started his career with Manchester City joining from Irish feeder club Cherry Orchard in 2001. He made one solitary appearance in the UEFA Cup coming on as a substitute for Paul Bosvelt against Total Network Solutions in August 2003, before joining Bury on a one-month loan the following month. After appearing in the Republic of Ireland's World Youth Cup campaign in November and December, he returned to Bury on another one-month loan on 24
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    Bernard Dunne

    Bernard Dunne

    Bernard Dunne (born 6 February 1980) is a former Irish professional boxer and a former WBA, and European super bantamweight champion. On Saturday 21 March 2009, Dunne waged the war that he would be best remembered for and defeated Ricardo Cordoba in the 11th round to become the WBA super bantamweight champion in a fight that won ESPN's 2009 Fight of The Year with 6 knockdowns occurring in the fight between the two fighters (4 for Dunne and 2 for Cordoba). Dunne lost his title on 26 September 2009 in the 02 Dublin. Dunne retired on 19 February 2010. In November 2009, Irish publishers Liberties Press released the first biography of Dunne. Entitled Bernard Dunne: The Ecstasy and the Agony, it is an up-to-date account of Dunne's beginnings until his defeat to Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym. In 2012, Dunne was an analyst on the 2012 Olympics boxing coverage on RTE Sport. Dunne was born in Neilstown, Clondalkin, County Dublin, Ireland). He boxed at amateur level for Ireland where he had a record of 119-11, captured 13 Irish titles but did not qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Dunne was also never beaten by an Irishman in his amateur career. Dunne began his
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    Hugh Talbot Burgoyne

    Hugh Talbot Burgoyne

    Captain Hugh Talbot Burgoyne VC RN (17 July 1833 – 7 September 1870) was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross. Born in Dublin, he was the son of John Fox Burgoyne and the grandson of John Burgoyne. Burgoyne was a 21-year-old Royal Navy lieutenant, serving in the Crimean War when he performed the following deed for which he was awarded the VC. On 29 May 1855, in the Sea of Azov, Crimea, Lieutenant Burgoyne of HMS Swallow, with Lieutenant Cecil William Buckley from HMS Miranda and Gunner John Robarts from HMS Ardent, volunteered to land at a beach where the Russian army were in strength. They were out of covering gunshot range of the ships offshore and met considerable enemy opposition, but managed to set fire to corn stores and ammunition dumps and destroy enemy equipment before embarking again. Burgoyne was Commander on HMS Ganges under Captain John Fulford during that vessel's service in the waters of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia during the fledgling years of the latter colony's establishment. "When the American merchant ship Northern Eagle was burned in Esquimalt Harbour, Captain Burgoyne was highly commended for his efforts to save everything
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    Keith Fahey

    Keith Fahey

    Keith Declan Fahey (born 15 January 1983 in Dublin) is a Republic of Ireland international footballer who plays for English club Birmingham City. With Ireland he was part of the team that secured qualification for UEFA Euro 2012. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni called Fahey into the Irish squad for the tournament, but was later sent home due to injury. Fahey started his professional career as a trainee with Arsenal. He played for Aston Villa, Bluebell United, St Patrick's Athletic and Drogheda United before his transfer to Birmingham City. With Birmingham City he has won the 2011 League Cup in England. Fahey started his professional career as a trainee with Arsenal before signing for Aston Villa in April 2000 for a fee of £250,000. He played for Villa's youth and reserve teams, but never made a first-team appearance. Having failed to settle in England, Fahey returned home in 2003. He initially played a few games in non-League football for Bluebell United before a six-week trial at St Patrick's Athletic led to a contract. He made his League of Ireland debut and had a goal disallowed at Waterford United on 21 April. He contributed to St Pats's victory in the League of Ireland Cup and
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    Paul McGinley

    Paul McGinley

    Paul McGinley (born 16 December 1966) is an Irish golfer who plays on the European Tour. He is most famous for holing a 10 foot on the 18th hole to defeat Jim Furyk at the The Belfry which won the Ryder Cup for Europe at the 2002 Ryder Cup. He currently resides in Sunningdale, England. McGinley was born in Dublin. He turned professional in 1991. He has won four events on the European Tour and won the World Cup of Golf for Ireland with Pádraig Harrington (who attended the same secondary school, Coláiste Éanna, as McGinley) in 1997. His best finish on the European Tour Order of Merit is third in 2005 and he has featured in the top twenty of the Official World Golf Rankings. McGinley famously offered a handshake to J. J. Henry as Henry lined up a long putt to half their 2006 Ryder Cup match at the K Club, an action prompted by the incursion of a streaker on the final green. In August 2012, European Ryder Cup captain José María Olazábal named McGinley as one of his vice-captains to face the United States in their defence of the Ryder Cup. He had previously acted in this capacity for Colin Montgomerie at the 2010 Ryder Cup. DNP = Did not play CUT = missed the half-way cut "T" =
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    Richard Brinsley Sheridan

    Richard Brinsley Sheridan

    Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan (30 October 1751 – 7 July 1816) was an Irish-born playwright and poet and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. For thirty-two years he was also a Whig Member of the British House of Commons for Stafford (1780–1806), Westminster (1806–1807) and Ilchester (1807–1812). Such was the esteem he was held in by his contemporaries when he died that he was buried at Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. He is known for his plays such as The Rivals, The School for Scandal and A Trip to Scarborough. R. B. Sheridan was born in 1751 in Dublin, Ireland, where his family had a house on then-fashionable Dorset Street. While in Dublin Sheridan attended the English Grammar School in Grafton Street. The family moved permanently to England in 1758 when he was age seven. He was a pupil at Harrow School outside London from 1762 to 1768. His mother, Frances Sheridan, was a playwright and novelist. She had two plays produced in London in the early 1760s, though she is best known for her novel The Memoirs of Sidney Biddulph (1761). His father, Thomas Sheridan, was for a while an actor-manager at the Smock Alley Theatre but, following his move to England in
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    Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh

    Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh

    Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry, KG, GCH, PC, PC (Ire) (18 June 1769 – 12 August 1822), usually known as Lord Castlereagh ( /ˈkɑːsəlreɪ/ KAR-sul-RAY), was an Irish and British statesman. As British Foreign Secretary, from 1812 he was central to the management of the coalition that defeated Napoléon and was the principal British diplomat at the Congress of Vienna. Castlereagh was also leader of the British House of Commons in the Liverpool government from 1812 until his death by suicide in August 1822. Early in his career, as Chief Secretary for Ireland, he was involved in putting down the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and was instrumental in securing the passage of the controversial Irish Act of Union of 1800. His foreign policy from 1814 was to work with the leaders represented at the Congress of Vienna to provide a peace in Europe consistent with the conservative mood of the day. Much more than prime minister Lord Liverpool, he was responsible for the repressive domestic measures. Historian Charles Webster concludes: Robert Stewart acquired the courtesy title Viscount Castlereagh in 1796 when his father was created Earl of Londonderry in the Irish peerage. Upon his father's
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    William Rowan Hamilton

    William Rowan Hamilton

    Sir William Rowan Hamilton (4 August 1805–2 September 1865) was an Irish physicist, astronomer, and mathematician, who made important contributions to classical mechanics, optics, and algebra. His studies of mechanical and optical systems led him to discover new mathematical concepts and techniques. His greatest contribution is perhaps the reformulation of Newtonian mechanics, now called Hamiltonian mechanics. This work has proven central to the modern study of classical field theories such as electromagnetism, and to the development of quantum mechanics. In mathematics, he is perhaps best known as the inventor of quaternions. Hamilton is said to have shown immense talent at a very early age. Astronomer Bishop Dr. John Brinkley remarked of the 18-year-old Hamilton, 'This young man, I do not say will be, but is, the first mathematician of his age.' William Rowan Hamilton's scientific career included the study of geometrical optics, classical mechanics, adaptation of dynamic methods in optical systems, applying quaternion and vector methods to problems in mechanics and in geometry, development of theories of conjugate algebraic couple functions (in which complex numbers are
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    Lansdowne Road

    Lansdowne Road

    Lansdowne Road (Irish: Bóthar Lansdúin, IPA: [ˈbˠoːhəɾˠ ˈl̪ˠan̪ˠsˠd̪ˠuːn̪ˠ]) was a stadium in Dublin owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) that has been the location of a number of sports stadiums. It was used primarily for rugby union and for association football matches as well as some music concerts. The stadium was demolished in 2007 to make way for the construction of the Aviva Stadium, which opened in 2010. Lansdowne Road took its name from the adjacent street. The stadium was situated in the neighbourhood of Ballsbridge in the city's Dublin 4 area. The stadium had convenient public transport links as the Lansdowne Road station of the Dublin Area Rapid Transit rail system is adjacent to the site and passed directly underneath the West Stand. The stadium was named after the nearby road, which in turn was named after William Petty-FitzMaurice, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne. The Marquis was also the Earl of Shelburne, and nearby Shelbourne Road is also named after him. The stadium had a total capacity of 49,250, with 25,000 seats. However, competitive international football matches could not use the entire capacity because the stands at both ends of the ground (North and
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    Aidan Price

    Aidan Price

    Aidan Price (born December 8, 1981 in Dublin) is an Irish footballer who currently plays for St Patrick's Athletic in the League of Ireland Premier Division. Price played for Kilkenny City until the start of 2006 when he switched to Shamrock Rovers. He scored his first goal for the club on 7 June 2008 against Sligo Rovers and scored his first league goal in July 2009 against the same opposition. He spent five seasons with the club, winning promotion in his first and the League of Ireland title in his last. He scored two goals in 148 total appearances which included four in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League. After spending time on trial at Derry City, Price signed for Bohemians just in time for the 2011 season. He made his league debut for his new club against Bray Wanderers on March 4 at the Carlisle Grounds. Price signed for Dublin rivals St.Patrick's Athltetic for the 2012 season after a very impressive season with Bohemians. Price was injured for the entire of pre-season as he recovered from an operation on his foot for an injury sustained in his last game for Bohemians away to Derry City, so he spent up until May regaining his fitness. Price played his first game for Pats on the
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    Ian Clarke

    Ian Clarke

    Ian Clarke (born 16 February 1977) is the original designer and lead developer of Freenet. Clarke grew up in Navan, County Meath, Ireland. Clarke was educated at Dundalk Grammar School and while there twice came first in the Senior Chemical, Physical, and Mathematical section of the Young Scientist Exhibition. The first time, in 1993, was with a project entitled "The C Neural Network Construction Kit". The second time, the following year, was with a project entitled "Mapping Internal Variations in Translucency within a Translucent Object using Beams of Light". In 1995 Clarke left Dundalk to study Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. While at Edinburgh Clarke became president of the then dormant Artificial Intelligence Society, resulting in its revival. In Clarke's final year at Edinburgh, he completed his "final year project", entitled "A Distributed, Decentralised Information Storage and Retrieval System". In July 1999, after receiving a 'B' grade for his paper, Clarke decided to release it to the Internet and invited volunteers to help implement his design. The resulting free software project became known as Freenet, and attracted
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    John Field

    John Field

    John Field (26 July 1782 [?], baptized 5 September 1782 – 23 January 1837) was an Irish pianist, composer, and teacher. He was born in Dublin into a musical family, and received his early education there. The Fields soon moved to London, where Field studied under Muzio Clementi. Under his tutelage, Field quickly became a famous and sought-after concert pianist; together, master and pupil visited Paris, Vienna, and St. Petersburg. The Russian capital impressed Field so much that he eventually decided to stay behind when Clementi left, and from about 1804 was particularly active in Russia. Field was very highly regarded by his contemporaries and his playing and compositions influenced many major composers, including Frédéric Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, and Franz Liszt. He is best known today for originating the piano nocturne, a form later made famous by Chopin, as well as for his substantial contribution, through concerts and teaching, to the development of the Russian piano school. Field was born in Golden Lane, Dublin in 1782, the eldest son of Irish parents who were members of the Church of Ireland. His father, Robert Field, earned his living by playing the violin
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    Larry Mullen, Jr.

    Larry Mullen, Jr.

    Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Mullen, Jr. (born 31 October 1961) is an Irish musician best known as the drummer for the Irish rock band U2. He is the founder of U2, which he later described as "'The Larry Mullen Band' for about ten minutes, then Bono walked in and blew any chance I had of being in charge." He has worked on numerous side projects during his career, including a collaboration with Michael Stipe and Mike Mills of R.E.M. to form Automatic Baby in 1993 and working with bandmate Adam Clayton on the re-recording of the theme to Mission: Impossible, in 1996. He and U2 have won many awards, including 22 Grammy awards. Mullen, the middle child and only son of Larry and Maureen Mullen, was born 31 October 1961 in Artane, Dublin, Ireland. Mullen began drumming in 1970, at the age of 9, under the instruction of Irish drummer Joe Bonnie and, later, Bonnie's daughter Monica. His mother died in a car accident in November 1978, two years after U2 was founded. Before founding U2, Mullen was involved in a Dublin marching band called the Artane Boys Band (now known as the Artane Band), contributing to the martial beats common in Mullen's work, such as the song "Sunday Bloody Sunday". Mullen
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    Luke Kelly

    Luke Kelly

    Luke Kelly (Irish: Lúc Ó Ceallaigh; 17 November 1940 - 30 January 1984) was an Irish singer and folk musician from Dublin, Ireland, notable as a founding member of the band The Dubliners. Luke Kelly was born into a labouring class family in Latter McDonald from Scotland, lived with the family until her death in 1953. His father worked all his life in Jacob's biscuit factory and enjoyed playing football. Both Luke and his brother Paddy played club Gaelic football and Association football as children. He attended the Laurence O'Toole School as a child, and achieved very good grades in most subjects. In 1953 the Dublin Corporation moved the family to Larkhill near Whitehall when their flat was destroyed in a fire, but he continued to attend O'Toole's by taking a bus there every day. Luke left school at thirteen and after four years of odd-jobbing, he went to England in 1958. Working at steel fixing with his brother Paddy on a building site in Wolverhampton, he was sacked after asking for more money. He worked odd jobs from oil barrel cleaning to vacuum salesman. The first folk club he came across was in The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne in early 1960. Having already acquired the
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    Michael McDowell

    Michael McDowell

    Michael McDowell (born 1 May 1951) is a Senior Counsel in the Bar Council of Ireland and a former politician. A grandson of Irish revolutionary Eoin MacNeill, McDowell was a founding member of the Progressive Democrats political party in the mid-1980s. On three occasions he was elected as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South–East constituency, serving in the 25th Dáil (1987–89), the 27th Dáil (1992–97), and the 29th Dáil (2002–07). He lost his Dáil seat at the general elections of 1989, 1997, and 2007. During his years in public life, McDowell also served as Attorney General of Ireland (1999–2002), as Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (2002–07), as leader of the Progressive Democrats (2006–07), and as Tánaiste (2006–07). McDowell led the Progressive Democrats to a disastrous performance in the 2007 general election, in which the party lost six of its eight seats in Dáil Éireann, including his own. After conceding his seat to John Gormley at the RDS count centre in Dublin, McDowell abruptly resigned as party leader and announced his immediate retirement from public life. He has since resumed his private legal career. Born in Dublin, he was educated at the Jesuit
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    Paul Heffernan

    Paul Heffernan

    Paul Heffernan (born 29 December 1981 in Dublin, County Dublin) is an Irish professional footballer, currently playing for Scottish side Kilmarnock after being released by Sheffield Wednesday. This has followed a stop and start career at Notts County and Bristol City. Bristol City paid £150,000 for him in 2004, but due to the form of Steve Brooker and Leroy Lita, his chances in the first team were limited. He joined Doncaster Rovers in the summer of 2005 for £125,000, which was then a new record transfer paid by Rovers. Since joining Doncaster, the Irishman has weighed in with some key goals, including 2 in each leg of the Football League Trophy Semi-Final against Crewe Alexandra, goals which ultimately sent Rovers to the final of that competition. Heffernan also scored the second goal in the final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff against Bristol Rovers, which Doncaster won 3–2. Heffernan sparked a moment of controversy in the 2008 League One Play-off semi-final when playing for Doncaster against Southend United, when he headbutted an opponent due to frustration in the final minute of the match. Heffernan was subsequently sent-off and was unable to play in the second leg, or
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    Gabriel Byrne

    Gabriel Byrne

    Gabriel James Byrne (born 12 May 1950) is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London's Royal Court Theatre in 1979. Byrne's screen debut came in the Irish soap opera The Riordans and the spin-off show Bracken. He has now starred in over 35 feature films, such as The Usual Suspects, Miller's Crossing, Stigmata and End of Days, in addition to writing two. Byrne's producing credits include the Academy Award-nominated In the Name of the Father. More recently, he has received much critical acclaim for his role as Dr. Paul Weston in the HBO drama In Treatment. Byrne, the first of six children, was born in Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland, the son of a cooper and soldier, Dan, and a hospital nurse from Galway, Eileen (née Gannon). He has four siblings: Donal, Thomas, Breda, and Margaret; another, Marian, died at a young age. Byrne was raised a strict Roman Catholic and educated in Ardscoil Éanna in Crumlin, where he later taught Spanish and History. About his early training to become a priest, he said in an interview, "I spent five years in the seminary and I suppose it was
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    U2 Tower

    U2 Tower

    The U2 Tower was a proposed landmark skyscraper to be constructed in Dublin. The site was in the South Docklands (SODO) campshires, at the corner of Sir John Rogerson's Quay and Britain Quay, by the confluence of the River Liffey, the River Dodder, and the Grand Canal. The design announced on 12 October 2007 was by Foster and Partners. Its height had been reported at 120 metres, "well over 120 metres", and 180 metres, any of which would have made it the tallest building on the island of Ireland. The building would have been an apartment building, with a recording studio owned by the rock group U2 in a "pod" at the top. Construction was to begin in 2008 and end in 2011, at a cost of €200m. In October 2008, the project was suspended indefinitely because of the economic downturn. The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) was established in 1997 to regenerate the brownfield sites and underused warehouses in the Docklands at the mouth of the River Liffey in Dublin. In 2000, the DDDA proposed a landmark tower for the Britain Quay site. The involvement of U2 was part of a deal in 2001 when the DDDA had acquired by compulsory purchase the site of U2's previous studio on Hanover
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    Arthur Griffith

    Arthur Griffith

    Arthur Griffith (Irish: Art Ó Gríobhtha; 31 March 1872 – 12 August 1922) was an Irish politician and writer, who founded and later led the political party Sinn Féin. He served as President of Dáil Éireann from January to August 1922, and was head of the Irish delegation at the negotiations in London that produced the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, attending with Michael Collins. Arthur Griffith was born at 61 Upper Dominick Street, Dublin, Ireland on 31 March 1872, of distant Welsh lineage, and was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. He worked for a time as a printer before joining the Gaelic League, which was aimed at promoting the restoration of the Irish language. His father had been a printer on The Nation newspaper—Griffith was one of several employees locked out in the early 1890s due to a dispute with a new owner of the paper. The young Griffith was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB). He visited South Africa from 1897 to 1898, after the defeat and death of Charles Stewart Parnell whose more moderate views he had initially supported, while recovering from tuberculosis. There he supported the Boers against British expansionism and was a strong admirer of
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    Conor Sammon

    Conor Sammon

    Conor Sammon (born 6 November 1986) is an Irish footballer who currently plays as a striker for English Championship club Derby County. Sammon started his career at League of Ireland Premier Division side University College Dublin. In 2008 he signed for Derry City and one season later he moved to Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock. In January 2011 Premier League side Wigan Atheltic signed him for £600,000. In August 2012, Championship side Derby County signed him for £1.2 million. Sammon started his career with Cherry Orchard. He then signed a scholarship deal with U.C.D. ahead of the 2005 season. The club's fans humorously dubbed him Sammon of college, before a number of impressive performances saw him snapped up by fellow League of Ireland side Derry City in December 2007. His single goal knocked Derry City out of the 2007 FAI Cup with a deft near post finish at the Brandywell. Despite not being able to hold down a regular first-team place at the Brandywell, Sammon attracted interest from a number of Scottish clubs who had been made aware of his potential by former Candystripes manger John Robertson. After a short trial, Sammon signed a three-year deal with Kilmarnock in
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    Graham Ward

    Graham Ward

    Graham Ward (born 6 August 1985 in Dublin, Ireland) is a professional footballer, who plays for Conference North side Worcester City, where he plays as a Defender. Ward played his youth football with St Josephs Boys AFC football club based in south Dublin. Ward began his career as a trainee with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2002, despite being the Republic of Ireland Under 20s captain, he failed to land himself a place in the first team. With the club reaching the Premiership, Ward was released by manager Dave Jones. Ward moved to Kidderminster Harriers just prior to the start of the 2003–04 season on a one-year contract, but he never really made the grade and was released at the end of the season. During his time with Kidderminster Harriers, Ward made 21 appearances, but failed to find the net during this time. On 1 August 2004, Ward joined Cheltenham Town. His time with the club again only lasted one season playing just two games. He spent the latter part on loan with Burton Albion where he played three games and scored one goal. On 13 May 2005, Ward joined Conference National club Tamworth, where he teamed up with former Cheltenham Town team mate Bob Taylor. On 27 November 2006,
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    Jim Rock

    Jim Rock

    Jim Rock, nicknamed the Pink Panther, (born 12 March 1972 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish professional boxer and current IBC middleweight and Irish super middleweight champion. Although a natural middleweight, Rock holds a record of being the only boxer to ever hold the Irish professional title at four different weights - light middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight. Rock was born into a large family in the Blanchardstown area of west Dublin. Rock is a brother of Irish hip-hop artist Ste V Roc and a cousin of former Irish welterweight champion Robbie Murray. Rock is now married with a young family. Out of the ring, Rock is a successful businessman and entrepreneur and runs a car dealership in Dublin, dealing in high class motor vehicles such as Mercedes, Ferrari and BMW. Rock has said that fights for the love of the sport and not the money and has been known to donate the earnings from his fights to charity. In 2003, Rock trained Irish-American actor Matthew McConaughey in preparation for his role in the film Reign of Fire. In return, McConaughey worked Rock's corner during victory over Jason Collins. In March 2007, Rock fought a five-round exhibition
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    Richard Todd

    Richard Todd

    Richard Todd OBE (11 June 1919 – 3 December 2009) was an Irish-born British stage and film actor and soldier. Richard Todd was born as Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd in Dublin, Ireland. His father, Andrew William Palethorpe Todd, was an Irish physician and an international Irish rugby player who gained three caps for his country. Richard spent a few of his childhood years in India, where his father, a British officer, served as an army physician. Later his family moved to West Devon and Todd attended Shrewsbury School. Upon leaving school, Todd trained for a potential military career at Sandhurst before inaugurating his acting training at the Italia Conti Academy. This change in career led to estrangement from his mother. When he learned, aged 19, she had committed suicide, he admitted in later life that he had not grieved long for her. He first appeared professionally as an actor at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in 1936 in a production of Twelfth Night. He played in regional theatres and then co-founded the Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1939. During the Second World War, Todd joined the British Army, receiving a commission in 1941. Initially, he served in the King's Own
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    Eamon Dunphy

    Eamon Dunphy

    Eamon Martin Dunphy (born 3 August 1945) is an Irish media personality, broadcaster, author, sports pundit and former professional footballer. Since retiring from the sport, he has become recognisable to Irish television audiences as a football analyst during coverage of the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and international football on Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). As well as his slot with RTÉ, Dunphy has worked for its rival television station, TV3 (for which he has presented a chat show and a game show), and rival radio stations Today FM and Newstalk. He was the original presenter of The Last Word on Today FM. Between 2004 and 2006, Dunphy presented the breakfast programme on Dublin's local Newstalk 106 radio station before it became a national broadcaster. Later he moved to RTÉ Radio 1, where he presented a weekly programme, Conversations with Eamon Dunphy until 2009. He then returned to Newstalk, now broadcasting nationwide, only to leave again in 2011. Dunphy continues to write a column on football for the Irish Daily Star newspaper. Dunphy grew up in Drumcondra, Dublin. He attended Saint Patrick's National School, Drumcondra. In later years, future Taoiseach Bertie
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    Graham Norton

    Graham Norton

    Graham William Walker, known by his stage name Graham Norton (born 4 April 1963), is an Irish comedian, television presenter and columnist. He is the host of comedy chat programme The Graham Norton Show on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US. Hot Press has described him as "the 21st century's answer to Terry Wogan", with both men sharing an Irish background and the common link of being a BBC Radio 2 presenter and the BBC television commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest. Norton has won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Performance on five occasions. Norton was born in Clondalkin, a suburb of Dublin, but grew up in Bandon, County Cork, Ireland. His father's family were from County Wexford, while his mother is an Ulsterwoman, being from Belfast. He was educated at Bandon Grammar School, in West Cork, and then University College, Cork (U.C.C.), but did not complete his studies. In 1992 his stand-up comedy drag act in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a tea-towel clad Mother Teresa of Calcutta made the press when Scottish Television's religious affairs department mistakenly thought he represented the real Mother Teresa. His first appearances in broadcasting were in
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    James Ussher

    James Ussher

    James Ussher (sometimes spelled Usher, 4 January 1581 – 21 March 1656) was Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland between 1625 and 1656. He was a prolific scholar, who most famously published a chronology that purported to establish the time and date of the creation as the night preceding Sunday, 23 October 4004 BC, according to the proleptic Julian calendar. Ussher was born in Dublin, Ireland, into a well-to-do Anglo-Irish family. His maternal grandfather, James Stanihurst, had been speaker of the Irish parliament, and his father Arnold Ussher was a clerk in chancery who married Margaret Stanihurst. Ussher's younger, and only surviving, brother, Ambrose, became a distinguished scholar of Arabic and Hebrew. According to his chaplain and biographer, Nicholas Bernard, the elder brother was taught to read by two blind, spinster aunts. Ussher was a gifted polyglot, entering Dublin Free School and then the newly-founded (1591) Trinity College, Dublin on 9 January 1594, at the age of thirteen (not an unusual age at the time). He had received his Bachelor of Arts degree by 1598, and was a fellow and MA by 1600 (though Bernard claims he did not gain his MA till
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    Mary Tighe

    Mary Tighe

    Mary Tighe (née Blackford or Blanchford) (October 9, 1772 – March 24, 1810), was an Anglo-Irish poet. She was born in Dublin to Theodosia Tighe, a Methodist leader, and William Blachford (d.1773?), a Church of Ireland clergyman and librarian. She had a strict religious upbringing, and when she was twenty-one she married Henry Tighe (1768–1836), her first cousin and a member of the Parliament of Ireland for Inistioge, County Kilkenny. The marriage is said to have been unhappy, though little is known. The couple moved to London in the early nineteenth century. Tighe became acquainted with Thomas Moore, an early admirer of her writing, and others interested in literature. Although she had written since girlhood, she published nothing until Psyche (1805), a six-canto allegorical poem in Spenserian stanzas. Psyche was admired by many and praised by Thomas Moore in his poem, 'To Mrs. Henry Tighe on reading her Psyche'. Having suffered for at least a year, Mary Tighe endured a serious attack of tuberculosis in 1805. In February 1805 Thomas Moore states that she had 'a very serious struggle for life' and in August of the same year that she was 'ordered to the Madeiras'. Moore also claimed
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    Pat Cox

    Pat Cox

    Pat Cox (born 28 November 1952) is an Irish politician and former television current affairs presenter. He was President of the European Parliament from 2002 to 2004 and served as a member of the European Parliament from 1989–2004. Before this Cox was a journalist and presenter with RTÉ's Today Tonight and then a Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork South–Central. He is now the President of the European Movement International. Born in Dublin but raised in Limerick, Cox was educated at Ardscoil Rís in Limerick, the University of Limerick and Trinity College, Dublin. Cox is married to Cathy, and lived at Ashboro, Shanakiel in the Cork northside suburb of Sunday's Well for 16 years. Cox first came to prominence as a journalist, then a presenter, with RTÉ's Today Tonight, a four nights a week current affairs programme which dominated the Irish television schedules in the 1980s. He stood as a Fianna Fáil candidate at the 1979 local elections. Cox left the programme to become a political candidate. He was elected an MEP in 1989 for the constituency of Munster, representing the Progressive Democrats (PDs). At the 1992 general election he was also elected to Dáil Éireann as a Teachta Dála (TD) for
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    Phil Lynott

    Phil Lynott

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    Philip Parris "Phil" Lynott ( /ˈlaɪnət/; 20 August 1949 – 4 January 1986) was an Irish musician who first came to prominence as a founding member, principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist of the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. As the leader of the band, Lynott's vocals and bass guitar were a key element in the commercial success of a string of hit songs, notably "Whiskey in the Jar", "The Boys are Back in Town", "Jailbreak" and "Waiting for an Alibi". Lynott also embarked upon a solo career, published two books of poetry, and after Thin Lizzy disbanded, he assembled and fronted the band Grand Slam, of which he was the leader until it folded in 1984. In the period before his death, he had major UK success with Gary Moore with the song “Out in the Fields”, followed by a minor hit "Nineteen". Lynott was born in Hallam Hospital (now Sandwell General Hospital) in West Bromwich (then in Staffordshire), England, and christened at St. Edwards Church in Selly Park, Birmingham. His mother, Philomena (or Phyllis) Lynott (b. 22 October 1930), is Irish, and his father was Cecil Parris, an Afro-Guyanese. Some news and fan-site sources said that he was an Afro-Brazilian, but in an August 2009
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    Ronnie Drew

    Ronnie Drew

    Joseph Ronald "Ronnie" Drew (Irish: Ránall Ó Draoi IPA: [ˈɾˠaːnəl̪ˠ oː dɾˠiː]) (16 September 1934 – 16 August 2008) was an Irish singer and folk musician who achieved international fame during a fifty-year career recording with The Dubliners. He was born in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. He was best known for his long beard and his voice, which was once described by Nathan Joseph as being "like the sound of coke being crushed under a door". Ronnie Drew was born in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin in 1934. Ironically with Drew being so intimately associated with being "a Dubliner" he would somewhat tongue-in-cheek say that; "I was born and grew up in Dun Laoghaire, and no true Dubliner would accept that at all!". He was educated by the Christian Brothers. Drew used to "mitch" and cycle up to Leopardstown Racecourse. Despite an aversion to education on the part of Drew, he was considered the most intelligent in his class by schoolfriend and future Irish film censor, Sheamus Smith. Drew was a boy soprano before his voice broke. In the 1950s, Drew moved to Spain to teach English and learn Spanish and flamenco guitar. His interest in folk music began at the age of 19. When he returned to
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    Stephen Roche

    Stephen Roche

    Stephen Roche (born 28 November 1959 in Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland) is a retired professional road racing cyclist. In a 13-year professional career, he peaked in 1987, becoming only the second cyclist to win the Triple Crown of victories in the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia stage races, plus the World road race championship. Roche's rise coincided with that of fellow Irishman Sean Kelly. Although one of the finest cyclists of his generation and admired for his pedalling style, he struggled with knee injuries and never contended in the Grand Tours post-1987. He had 58 professional career wins. On completion of his apprenticeship as a machinist in a Dublin dairy and following a successful amateur career in Ireland with the "Orwell Wheelers" club coached by Noel O'Neill of Dundrum (including a win in the Rás Tailteann in 1979), Roche joined the Athletic Club de Boulogne-Billancourt amateur team in Paris to prepare for the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow. Soon after his arrival Roche won the amateur Paris–Roubaix, escaping with Dirk Demol and sprinting to victory on the track at Roubaix. Roche was told by his directeur sportif that if he did not win he "would be sent home to Ireland
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    Tony McDonnell

    Tony McDonnell

    Anthony "Tony" McDonnell (born 10 February 1976 in Dublin) was a footballer for Irish side, UCD. A former St Kevin's Boys player McDonnell made his League of Ireland debut on the 27th of March 1994 at Abbeycartron in a 2-1 win over Longford Town. He went on to represent College until 2007, and is second on the all-time appearances list for the Dublin club as well as the club's sixth highest league goal scorer. He was also the club captain for the best part of a decade. He played as a right- or centre-back, but in later seasons he was deployed as a central midfielder. He made 308 league appearances for UCD, scoring 28 league goals, before deciding to call time on his career on 6 December 2007. The latter period of career was blighted by hamstring injuries, a major factor in his retirement. Asked about this in an interview, he replied that his hamstrings were "[t]ighter than a camels ass in a sand storm. They say all the lightning quick players have trouble with them……so no idea why I do!" He was a nominee for the League of Ireland player of the year in the 2005 season, and was appointed chairman of the PFAI in August 2006. He has also worked as a pundit on RTÉ's Monday Night Soccer
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    W.T. Cosgrave

    W.T. Cosgrave

    William Thomas "W. T." Cosgrave (Irish: Liam Tomás Mac Cosgair; 6 June 1880 – 16 November 1965), was an Irish politician who succeeded Michael Collins as Chairman of the Irish Provisional Government from August to December 1922. He served as the first President of the Executive Council (prime minister) of the Irish Free State from 1922 to 1932. William Thomas Cosgrave, W. T., or Liam as he was generally known, was born at 174 James's Street, Dublin in 1880. He was educated at the Christian Brothers School at Malahide Road, Marino, before entering his father's publican business. Cosgrave first became politically active when he attended the first Sinn Féin convention in 1905. He was a Sinn Féin councillor on Dublin Corporation from 1909 until 1922 and joined the Irish Volunteers in 1913. Cosgrave played an active role in the Easter Rising of 1916 serving under Eamonn Ceannt at the South Dublin Union. Following the rebellion Cosgrave was sentenced to death, however this was later commuted to penal servitude for life and he was interned in Frongoch, Wales. While in prison Cosgrave won a seat for Sinn Féin in the 1917 Kilkenny by-election. He again won an Irish seat in the 1918 general
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    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

    Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS (1 May 1769 – 14 September 1852), was a British soldier and statesman, a native of Ireland from the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy, and one of the leading military and political figures of the 19th century. He is often referred to as "the Duke of Wellington", even after his death, when there have been subsequent Dukes of Wellington. Wellesley was commissioned as an ensign in the British Army in 1787. Serving in Ireland as aide-de-camp to two successive Lords Lieutenant of Ireland he was also elected as a Member of Parliament in the Irish House of Commons. A colonel by 1796, Wellesley saw action in the Netherlands and later in India, where he fought in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War at the Battle of Seringapatam. He was appointed governor of Seringapatam and Mysore in 1799, and as a newly appointed major-general won a decisive victory over the Maratha Confederacy at the Battle of Assaye in 1803. Wellesley rose to prominence as a general during the Peninsular campaign of the Napoleonic Wars, and was promoted to the rank of field marshal after leading the allied forces to victory against the French at the Battle of
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    Dermot Morgan

    Dermot Morgan

    Dermot John Morgan (31 March 1952 – 28 February 1998) was an Irish comedian, actor and previously a schoolteacher, who achieved international renown for his role as Father Ted Crilly in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted. Morgan was married to Suzanne, with whom he had two sons; Don (born 1978/79) and Rob (born 1980/81). They then divorced. He soon began a relationship with Fiona Clarke, with whom he had another son, Ben (born 1993/94). Born in Dublin and educated at Oatlands College, Stillorgan, and University College, Dublin (U.C.D.), Morgan first came to prominence as part of the team of the highly successful RTÉ television show The Live Mike, presented by Mike Murphy. Between 1979 and 1984 Morgan, previously a full-time teacher at St. Michael's College, Ailesbury Road, played a range of comic characters, who would appear between segments, including Father Trendy, an unctuous trying-to-be-cool Catholic priest given to drawing ludicrous parallels with non-religious life in two-minute 'chats' to camera. He also played (among other characters) an intolerant GAA bigot, who would wave his hurley around aggressively while verbally attacking his pet hates. He lampooned The Wolfe Tones'
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    George Bernard Shaw

    George Bernard Shaw

    George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. He was also an essayist, novelist and short story writer. Nearly all his writings address prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy which makes their stark themes more palatable. Issues which engaged Shaw's attention included education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege. He was most angered by what he perceived as the exploitation of the working class. An ardent socialist, Shaw wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society. He became an accomplished orator in the furtherance of its causes, which included gaining equal rights for men and women, alleviating abuses of the working class, rescinding private ownership of productive land, and promoting healthy lifestyles. For a short time he was active in local politics, serving on the London County Council. In 1898, Shaw married Charlotte
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    Michael Moran

    Michael Moran

    Michael J. Moran (b. ca. 1794; d. 3 April 1846), popularly known as Zozimus, was an Irish street rhymer. He was a resident of Dublin and also known as the "Blind Bard of the Liberties" and the "Last of the Gleemen". Michael J. Moran was born circa 1794 in Faddle Alley off the Black Pits in Dublin's historic Liberties and lived in Dublin all his life. At two weeks old he was blinded by illness. However, he developed an astounding memory for verse and he made his living reciting poems, many of which he had composed himself, in his own lively, though semi-literate, manner. He was described by the song writer P.J. McCall as the last gleeman of the Pale. Many of his rhymes had religious themes, whereas others were political or recounted recent events. He is said to have worn " "a long, coarse, dark, frieze coat with a cape, the lower parts of the skirts being scalloped, an old soft, greasy, brown beaver hat, corduroy trousers and Francis Street brogues, and he carried a long blackthorn stick secured to his wrist with a strap." He performed all over Dublin including at Essex Bridge, Wood Quay, Church Street, Dame Street, Capel Street, Sackville Street, Grafton Street, Henry Street, and
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    William Plunket, 5th Baron Plunket

    William Plunket, 5th Baron Plunket

    William Lee Plunket, 5th Baron Plunket, GCMG, KCVO, KBE (19 December 1864 – 24 January 1920) was a British diplomat and administrator. He was Governor of New Zealand from 1904 to 1910. Born in Dublin, he was educated at Harrow and Trinity College Dublin. His parents were William, 4th Lord Plunket, the archbishop of Dublin in 1884-97, and his wife Anne, the daughter of Sir Benjamin Guinness. He entered the Diplomatic Service and was sent to Rome in 1889 as an attaché to the British Embassy there. In 1892, he was appointed in the same position to the embassy in Constantinople, and finally retired two years later. In 1894, he also married Lady Victoria Alexandrina, youngest daughter of the 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, by whom he was to have eight children. Victoria gave her name to Plunket Society, a New Zealand society promoting the health and well-being of mothers and children. Having succeeded his father as fifth Baron Plunket in 1897, Plunket three years later became private secretary to Lord Cadogan, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland at the time, and fulfilled the same role for his successor, Lord Dudley. He was appointed CVO and KCVO in 1900 and 1903 respectively, and in 1904 he
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    Barry Ferguson

    Barry Ferguson

    Barry Ferguson (born 7 September 1979 in Dublin) is a former Irish professional football player and currently a development officer with the Football Association of Ireland . Barry began his football career with Home Farm before moving to Coventry City. While there he played at the FIFA World Youth Championship finals in Nigeria in 1999. Although he never made a competitive first team appearance for City, Barry did have brief spells in the lower divisions with Colchester United, Hartlepool United and Northampton Town. Barry came back to Ireland to link up with Longford Town in the summer of 2002. He captained FAI Cup and League Cup winning teams during his three years at the midlands club. Ferguson scored in a 2004–05 UEFA Cup tie against FC Vaduz . As Longford's penalty taker he missed the chance for an equaliser in the last minute of the 2003 FAI League Cup Final . He made his Rovers debut on the opening day of the 2007 League of Ireland season at UCD . He signed for the club from city rivals Bohemians in January 2007, having spent just one season with the Dalymount outfit. Ferguson was forced to retire in February 2009 due to a serious hip injury.
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    Edward Sabine

    Edward Sabine

    General Sir Edward Sabine KCB FRS (14 October 1788 – 26 June 1883) was an Anglo-Irish astronomer, geophysicist, ornithologist, explorer and the 30th President of the Royal Society. Two branches of Sabine's work are notable: Determination of the length of the seconds pendulum, a simple pendulum whose time period on the surface of the Earth is two seconds, that is, one second in each direction; and his research on the Earth's magnetic field. He led the effort to establish a system of magnetic observatories in various parts of British territory all over the globe, and much of his life was devoted to their direction, and to analyzing their observations. While most of his research bears on the subjects just mentioned, other research deals with the birds of Greenland (Sabine's Gull is named for him), ocean temperatures, the Gulf Stream, barometric measurement of heights, arc of the meridian, glacial transport of rocks, the volcanoes of the Hawaiian Islands, and various points of meteorology. Edward Sabine was born on Great Britain Street, Dublin to Joseph Sabine, a member of a prominent Anglo-Irish family whose connections with the country can be traced back to the seventeenth century.
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    Frank Gavan Duffy

    Frank Gavan Duffy

    Sir Frank Gavan Duffy, KCMG, PC, KC (29 February 1852 – 29 July 1936), Australian judge, was the fourth Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, sitting on the bench of the High Court from 1913 to 1935. Duffy was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 29 February 1852, the son of Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, who was later to become a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, and the eighth Premier of Victoria. He travelled to Australia with his family in 1856, but later went to England to study at Stonyhurst College. In 1869 Duffy returned to Australia and attended the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1872 with a Bachelor of Arts. At this time, he began to work in the public service, and started to study law. In 1874, Duffy was called to the Victorian Bar, and began practising as a barrister in 1875. Over the next few years, Duffy contributed to the second edition of Casey's Justices Manual, published in 1879, and in the same year founded the Australian Law Times. He edited this publication until 1883. Over the next twenty years, Duffy published many more works on various pieces of legislation. Duffy was caught up in the financial crisis of 1893, but over time paid back his debts.
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    Glenn Quinn

    Glenn Quinn

    Glenn Martin Christopher Francis Quinn (28 May 1970 – 3 December 2002) was an Irish actor in television and film, known for playing Mark Healy in the American sitcom Roseanne, and Doyle, a half-demon, on the 1999–2004 television series Angel, a spin-off series of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Quinn was born in Dublin, Ireland. He spent his childhood in America and his teenage years in Cabinteely, County Dublin Ireland. As a teenager, he played drums in a rock band called Revival (who peaked at supporting Irish AOR Band Winter's Reign and also had a demo played on the radio 'How could I know'-Rock with BOC - BLB Radio). He also acted in productions at small local theaters. Quinn attended Clonkeen College and moved to the Long Beach area of California in 1988 with his mother, Bernadette, and two sisters, Sonya and Louisa. His older brother Ciaran, whose existence he was unaware of, lives in Donabate, Ireland, and was recently reunited with his mother and two sisters. Glenn worked odd jobs at power plants, restaurants, and more before deciding to pursue an acting career. Quinn did commercials for Pepsi and Ray-Ban, appeared in the music video for the Richard Marx
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    James Field

    James Field

    James Field (c.1714 – 11 February 1751) was a sailor and boxer in England in the 18th century who was hanged for robbery. He was born in Dublin, and spent most of his early life involved in petty crime. His criminal record meant that in Ireland he spent most of his time on the run, so he moved to London. There he continued his life of crime, becoming well known in the underworld. Wanted for various robberies he avoided capture by going to sea, working as a sailor on merchantmen and as a privateer. When he returned in London, he became renowned as a boxer. He lived and worked at a pub called The Fox in Drury Lane. He returned to Ireland briefly when things became too hot for him in London, but returned soon afterwards. Although there were several warrants for his arrest, the constables were afraid of him, and rather than acting on the warrants when they saw him, they would pretend not to recognize him and pass by. He was eventually surprised at The Fox, overwhelmed, and arrested for theft with violence and highway robbery. He was tried before Henry Fielding on 16 January 1751. He and three other men were accused of beating and robbing a man and his wife on 24 May 1750 and, despite a
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    Jim Stynes

    Jim Stynes

    James "Jim" Stynes OAM (23 April 1966 – 20 March 2012) was a prominent Irish footballer who was best known for his career as a professional Australian rules football player and administrator. He was also a philanthropist, charity worker and writer. During his 264-game career with the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) between 1987 and 1998, Stynes become the only non-Australian-born VFL/AFL player to win the prestigious Brownlow Medal, which he achieved in 1991. After his retirement he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. Stynes had a high profile in both Australia and Ireland as a result of his involvement in the Melbourne Football Club's ambitious international recruitment program (now known as the "Irish experiment"). Born in Dublin Ireland, where he was a promising Gaelic footballer, Stynes made an ambitious move to Australia at the age of 18 following his side's win in the 1984 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship. Debuting in the Australian Football League in 1987, he played a league record 244 consecutive games between 1987 and 1998. Playing as a mobile ruckman, Stynes is credited as having changed the way that the position
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    John Thompson

    John Thompson

    John Paul Thompson (born 12 October 1981) is an Irish footballer who plays for Mansfield Town. He is a tough-tackling versatile defender, although he is equally comfortable in midfield. He is a full Irish International who has also played for Nottingham Forest, Tranmere Rovers, Oldham Athletic, and latterly, Notts County. Born in Dublin, Thompson started his career playing for his local team Rivervalley Rangers. At 14 he joined top Dublin schoolboy club Home Farm. While at the Dublin club he represented the Republic of Ireland Under-15 team on 15 occasions. He progressed to the Republic Under-16 team and won the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in Scotland in 1998, playing right-back against Italy in the final. He signed for Nottingham Forest at the age of 17 and progressed through the Forest Youth Academy under the guidance of Paul Hart and captained the Nottingham Forest Under-19 team to the Premier Academy League Title in 2000. It was a youth side which was also made up of Andy Reid, Jermaine Jenas and Michael Dawson. He made his full debut for Nottingham Forest against Sheffield United in 2002 at Bramall Lane in a 0–0 draw, with a man of the match performance . The
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    Richard Dunne

    Richard Dunne

    Richard Patrick Dunne (born 21 September 1979) is an Irish footballer who plays as a defender for Aston Villa and the Republic of Ireland national football team. With Ireland he was a member of the 2002 FIFA World Cup squad and played in UEFA Euro 2012, notably after almost single-handedly stopping a Russian team which totally dominated midfield and created wave after wave of attacks during a qualifier in Moscow. Dunne began his professional career at Everton. He later spent nearly a decade at Manchester City before joining Aston Villa in 2009. Having played schoolboy football in Dublin for Home Farm, Dunne joined Everton as a 15-year-old schoolboy in the 1994–95 season. The next season, he started to play for Everton reserves and in early 1997, Dunne signed a 5-year professional contract. He was part of the successful 1996 FA Youth Cup squad along with Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman. Dunne made his debut under then manager Joe Royle in 1997, at the age of seventeen. In the autumn of 2000, he was signed by Manchester City for a fee of £3 million. City had signed both Dunne and Laurent Charvet as replacements for right back Richard Edghill who had suffered from a dip in form. It was in
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    Robert Todd

    Robert Todd

    Robert Bentley Todd (1809 – 1860) was an Irish-born physician who is best known for describing the condition postictal paralysis in his Lumleian Lectures in 1849 now known as Todd's palsy. He was the younger brother of noted writer and minister James Henthorn Todd. He was the son of physician Charles Hawkes Todd and Eliza Bentley. He attended day school and was tutored by the Rev. W. Higgin, who was afterwards the bishop of Derry. Todd entered Trinity College in 1825, intending to study for the bar. When his father died the next year, he switched to medicine and became a resident pupil at a hospital in Dublin. He was a student of Robert Graves, and graduated B.A. at Trinity in 1829. He became licensed at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland two years later. He then moved to London, where he practiced medicine and lectured. He received a M.S. at Pembroke College, Oxford in 1832, a B.M. the following year, and a D.M. in 1836. He travelled widely in Europe, lecturing and becoming acquainted with a number of eminent men in his field. He took the license of the Royal College of Physicians in 1833, became a Fellow in 1837, and a Censor in 1839-40. He was made a Fellow of the Royal
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    Samantha Mumba

    Samantha Mumba

    Samantha Tamania Anne Cecilia Mumba (born 18 January 1983) is an Irish singer and actress. She shot to fame in 2000 with the release of her debut single "Gotta Tell You", which reached the Top 10 in Ireland, UK and US. After a relatively short music career, she starred in numerous films, most notably in the 2002 film The Time Machine. She has also appeared in a number of Irish independent films. She returned to public attention when she appeared in the 2008 series of Dancing On Ice. In 2011 Mumba confirmed her retirement from music and to focus mainly on her acting career. Mumba was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her father, Peter Mumba, is from Zambia and was formerly an aircraft engineer, her mother is Irish. Mumba attended Dublin's Billie Barry Stage School from the age of three to fifteen. When Mumba was 15 she was discovered on an RTÉ TV talent show Let Me Entertain You by Irish music Svengali Louis Walsh (manager of Boyzone and Westlife). Walsh was impressed by her talent and she was signed to Polydor Records. She subsequently spent several months moving between Denmark, Sweden, the UK and Ireland, where she co-wrote and recorded her debut album, Gotta Tell You. She eventually
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    Sara Allgood

    Sara Allgood

    Sara Allgood (October 15, 1879 – September 13, 1950; also known as Sally Allgood) was an Irish actress. Allgood was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her sister was actress Maire O'Neill. Allgood began her acting career at the Abbey Theatre and was in the opening of the Irish National Theatre Society, appearing in many of their plays all over Britain. She was frequently featured in early Hitchcock films, such as Blackmail (1929), Juno and the Paycock (1930) and Sabotage (1936). Allgood was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 1941 for her role as Beth Morgan in the 1941 film How Green Was My Valley, but lost to Mary Astor. She also had memorable roles in the 1941 retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, It Happened in Flatbush (1942), Jane Eyre (1943), The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Spiral Staircase (1946), The Fabulous Dorseys (1947) and the original Cheaper by the Dozen (1950). She was married for a short time to British stage actor Gerald Henson. Both Henson and their newborn daughter died of influenza in the outbreak of 1917. After becoming a United States citizen in 1945, Allgood died of a heart attack in 1950 at the age of 70, in Woodland Hills, California.
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    Stephen Maher

    Stephen Maher

    Stephen Maher (born: 3 March 1988 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish professional footballer who currently plays for Dundalk in the League of Ireland. A former Republic of Ireland U21 international, Maher is a box-to-box central midfielder who has also played at right-back and on the right side of midfield. Maher spent time at Home Farm, Cherry Orchard, Shelbourne and Dublin City, where he first tasted the League of Ireland experience, featuring a number of times on the bench towards the end of the season as they eventually secured promotion from the First Division. Having had the opportunity to stay on for the Premier Division campaign, Maher had trials at Portsmouth and Reading. In June 2006, he signed his first professional contract when penning a two-year deal with English League One club Yeovil Town. The following January, he made his debut against Nottingham Forest, as a late substitute at the City Ground. Shortly after, he had a two-month loan spell at Shamrock Rovers. After exploring the possibility of leaving Huish Park, Maher returned to the first team in March 2008. However, having been influential in their final games of the season, he was surprisingly released. After
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    Thomas E. Corcoran

    Thomas E. Corcoran

    Thomas E. Corcoran (October 12, 1839 – March 12, 1904) was a Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Siege of Vicksburg. He was awarded the medal for rescuing his crewmates during the sinking of his ship, the USS Cincinnati, in the Mississippi River. Under heavy fire from a Confederate artillery battery, Corcoran and three other men swam back and forth between the riverbank and the sinking ship, helping crewmen who could not swim reach shore. The four men then towed a small boat, carrying wounded sailors and the ship's commander, to the safety of Union forces. Corcoran was born in Dublin, Ireland, October 12, 1839. He enlisted from New York for a three-year term of service in the U.S. Navy on May 12, 1861, one month after the start of the American Civil War. Assigned first as a landsman to the USS North Carolina, he later transferred to the USS Santee and reached the rank of able seaman. Because the crew of the Santee began to fall ill with scurvy, Corcoran was discharged from the Navy on September 10, 1862, less than half-way through his enlistment. He re-enlisted
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    Tolka Park

    Tolka Park

    Tolka Park (Irish: Páirc an Tulcha) is an Irish football ground located in the north Dublin suburb of Drumcondra, on the northern banks of the River Tolka. It is currently the home ground of League of Ireland club Shelbourne. The stadium used to hold 9,680 though the safe capacity is now set at 6,000 by the Dublin Fire Brigade Health and Safety Unit. Tolka Park has hosted national cup finals along with international matches, Champions League qualifiers, UEFA Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and was a venue for the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. Its future is currently uncertain due to the sale of the ground by Shelbourne to businessman Ossie Kilkenny in 2006. Over the years, seven different League of Ireland clubs have used Tolka Park for home league matches on a regular basis. They are Drumcondra, Shelbourne, Dolphin, Home Farm, Dublin City, Shamrock Rovers and St James Gate F.C.. Tolka Park was originally home to Drumcondra, who in the 1950s and 1960s were one of the most popular teams in Dublin. The ground hosted its first floodlit game on the 30th of March 1953. However "Drums" merged with local team Home Farm in 1972, After the demise of Drumcondra, Home Farm]] moved into the ground.
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    University of Dublin

    University of Dublin

    The University of Dublin (Irish: Ollscoil Átha Cliath), corporately designated the Chancellor, Doctors and Masters of the University of Dublin, is a university located in Dublin, Ireland. It was founded in 1592 when Queen Elizabeth I issued a charter for Trinity College, as "the mother of a university", thereby making it Ireland's oldest operating university. It was modelled after the collegiate universities of Oxford and of Cambridge, but unlike these only one college was established; as such, the designations "Trinity College" and "University of Dublin" are usually synonymous for practical purposes. The University of Dublin is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland. It is a member of the Irish Universities Association, Universities Ireland, and the Coimbra Group. The University of Dublin was modelled on University of Oxford and University of Cambridge in the form of a collegiate university, Trinity College being named by the Queen as the mater universitas ("mother of the university"). As no other college was ever established, Trinity is the sole constituent college of the university and so Trinity College and the University of Dublin are for most practical
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