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Brugha, Cathal [formerly Charles William St John Burgess] (1874–1922), president of Dáil Éireann, was born on 18 July 1874 at 13 Richmond Avenue, Dublin, one of fourteen children born to Thomas Burgess (1827–1899), an importer of works of art, and his wife, ...

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Childers, Erskine Hamilton (1905–1974), president of Éire (Ireland), was born at 13 Embankment Gardens, London, on 11 December 1905, the eldest child and first of the two sons born to (Robert) Erskine Childers (1870–1922), author and politician, and Mary Alden Osgood (1878–1964), formerly of ...

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Collins, Michael (1890–1922), Irish revolutionary and chairman of the provisional government of the Irish Free State, was born on 16 October 1890 at Woodfield, co. Cork, the third son and youngest of eight children of Michael John Collins (1815–1896) and Mary Anne O'Brien (1855–1907)...

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Michael Collins (1890–1922) by Keogh Brothers, 1916 Getty Images

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Cosgrave, William Thomas (1880–1965), president of the executive council of the Irish Free State, was born at 174 James Street, Dublin, on 5 June 1880, the second son and second child of Thomas Cosgrave, licensed vintner, of 174 James Street, and his wife, ...

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William Thomas Cosgrave (1880–1965) by Sir John Lavery, 1923 by courtesy of Felix Rosenstiel's Widow & Son Ltd., London, on behalf of the Estate of Sir John Lavery; courtesy the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin

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Costello, John Aloysius (1891–1976), taoiseach, was born in Rathdown Road, North Circular Road, Dublin, on 20 June 1891, the second of the three children (he had an elder brother and a younger sister) of John Costello, Land Registry clerk, of Rathdown Road, and his wife, ...

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Griffith, Arthur (1871–1922), political journalist and president of Dáil Éireann, was born on 31 March 1871 at 61 Upper Dominick Street, Dublin, the second son of Arthur Griffith, printer, and his wife, Mary Phelan. He was educated at the Christian Brothers' schools in ...

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Arthur Griffith (1871–1922) by Sir John Lavery, 1921 by courtesy of Felix Rosenstiel's Widow & Son Ltd., London, on behalf of the Estate of Sir John Lavery; courtesy the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin

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Hyde, Douglas (1860–1949), writer and president of Éire (Ireland), was born near Castlerea, co. Roscommon, on 17 January 1860, the third son and fourth child of the Revd Arthur Hyde (c.1820–1905), rector of Kilnactranny, co. Sligo, and his wife, Elizabeth (1834–1886)...