Sheil, Richard Lalor
- Brian Jenkins
Sheil, Richard Lalor (1791–1851), playwright and politician, was born on 17 August 1791 at Drumdowney, co. Kilkenny, the eldest of the four sons of Edward Sheil and Catherine McCarthy of Spring House, co. Tipperary. Edward Sheil was one of a burgeoning and successful Irish Catholic mercantile middle class. He purchased an estate and married into a family with aristocratic connections. For his eldest son he planned a professional career. As ...