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Aikenhead, Mary Frances (1787–1858), Roman Catholic nun, was born on 19 January 1787, in the house adjoining the Aikenhead and Dupont apothecary premises on the corner of Grand Parade and Castle Street in Cork. She was the eldest of four children of Dr David Aikenhead...

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Mary Frances Aikenhead (1787–1858) by unknown artist, c. 1807 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alexander [née Humphreys], Cecil Frances [Fanny] (1818–1895), hymn writer and poet, was born at 25 Eccles Street, Dublin. She was the second daughter of John Humphreys, a second lieutenant in the Royal Marines and later brigade major in the Tyrone yeomanry, and his wife, ...

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Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895) by Charles Napier Kennedy, 1894 photograph © Ulster Museum. Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Trustees of the National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland

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Barber, Mary (c. 1685–1755), poet, is of unknown parentage. She married Rupert Barber (d. 1777?), a Dublin woollen draper, and lived in Werburgh Street, Dublin, from at least 1705 to at least 1724. In 1719 her husband acquired rights to property at ...

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Barlow, Jane (1857–1917), poet and writer, was born on 17 April 1857 at Clontarf, Dublin, the eldest daughter of the Revd James William Barlow (d. 1913), later vice-provost of Trinity College, Dublin, and his wife, Mary Louisa (d. 1893/4). Barlow was educated at home and was said to have been 'frail in body and slight in build' (...

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Barr [née Moyles], (Sarah) Venie (1875–1947), political activist and philanthropist, was born at Abbeyleix, Queen's county, on 3 October 1875, the daughter of James Moyles, a trader, and his wife, Eliza Jane Pratt. On 2 July 1901 she married Ainsworth Barr (...

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Barton, Rose (1856–1929), watercolour painter, was born at Rochestown, co. Tipperary, on 21 April 1856, the second daughter of Augustine Barton (d. 1874), solicitor. She was of the Anglo-Irish gentry, educated privately, and presented at Dublin Castle in 1872. She first exhibited in ...

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Bates [née Dwyer], Daisy May (1859–1951), anthropologist and social worker among Aboriginal Australians, was born around 16 October 1859, at Roscrea, co. Tipperary, Ireland, the third of four children of Edward Dwyer, shopkeeper and small farmer, and his wife Bridget, née Hunt...

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Battier [née Fleming], Henrietta (c. 1751–1813), poet and satirist, was the daughter of John Fleming of Staholmock, co. Meath, Ireland. She later wrote that 'strangers possess my paternal acres' (Battier, preface). By the age of eleven she was writing poetry; she thought well enough of a poem written that year (for Good Friday) to publish it in her collected volume. Her husband was the son of a ...

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Blachford [née Tighe], Theodosia (c. 1745–c. 1817), philanthropist, was the only daughter of four children born to William Tighe MP and his first wife, Lady Mary Bligh, granddaughter of the first earl of Darnley, of Rosanna, co. Wicklow, Ireland. Her mother died while she was young, and ...

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Blackburn, Helen (1842–1903), campaigner for women's rights, was born at Knightstown, Valentia Island, co. Kerry, Ireland, on 25 May 1842. She had one brother, and was the only surviving daughter of Bewicke Blackburn (1811–1897), civil engineer and manager of the knight of Kerry's...

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Helen Blackburn (1842–1903) by Elizabeth S. Guinness The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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See Boole [née Everest], Mary

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Booth, Eva Selina Gore- (1870–1926), suffragist and poet, was born on 22 May 1870 at Lissadell, co. Sligo, Ireland, the second of three daughters and the third of the five children of Sir Henry William Gore-Booth, fifth baronet (1843–1900), Anglo-Irish landlord and Arctic...

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Bowen [married name Cameron], Elizabeth Dorothea Cole (1899–1973), writer, was born on 7 June 1899 at 15 Herbert Place, Dublin, the only child of Henry Charles Cole Bowen (1862–1930), barrister, of Bowen's Court, Kildorrery, co. Cork, and his wife, Florence Isabella Pomeroy (...

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Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen (1899–1973) by unknown photographer © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brooke, Charlotte (c. 1740–1793), writer, was born in Rantavan, co. Cavan, one of the many children of the author Henry Brooke (c. 1703–1783) and his wife, Catherine Meares (1712/13–1773), of Meares Court, co. Westmeath, and one of only two, with her brother Arthur...

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Selina Bunbury (1802–1882) by Harriet Bunbury National Gallery of Ireland

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Bunbury, Selina (1802–1882), novelist, was born at Kilsaran House, near Castlebellingham, co. Louth, Ireland, one of the fifteen children of the Revd Henry Bunbury and Henrietta Eleanor Shirley. Through her father she descended from a landed gentry family in co. Carlow, while on her mother's side she was related to the ...