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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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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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Blachford [née Tighe], Theodosia (c. 1745–c. 1817), philanthropist, was the only daughter of four children born to William Tighe (1710—1766), MP for Clonmines (1734—1760) and Wicklow (1761—6) and his first wife, Lady Mary Bligh (d. ...

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

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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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Cousins [née Gillespie], Margaret Elizabeth (1878–1954), social reformer and women's activist, was born on 7 November 1878 at Boyle, co. Roscommon, Ireland, the first child of Margaret Shera and her husband, Joseph Gillespie (d. 1930). Her father was the clerk of petty sessions in the ...

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Denny [née Fitzmaurice], Lady Arbella (1707–1792), philanthropist, was the second daughter of Thomas Fitzmaurice (d. 1741), twenty-first lord of Kerry, and his wife, Anne (d. 1737), the daughter of Sir William Petty. She grew up at Lixnaw Castle, Tralee, becoming ...

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King, Lady Isabella Lettice (1772–1845), philanthropist, was born in September 1772 at the family's town house, 15–16 Henrietta Street, Dublin, the third daughter and sixth of the seven children of Edward King, first earl of Kingston (1726–1797), before his elevation to the peerage MP for ...

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Lynn, Kathleen (1874–1955), physician and political activist, was born on 28 January 1874 at Mullafarry, near Killala, co. Mayo, Ireland, the second of four children of Robert Lynn (d. 1923), an Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Katharine Wynne (d. 1915). By 1886 the family had moved to ...

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Magee [née Stewart], Martha Maria (d. 1846), benefactor, was born, of parents named Stewart, at Lurgan, co. Armagh, where her family had been long settled. She married in 1780 William Magee, who on 12 September of that year had been ordained Presbyterian minister of ...

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Martin, Mary Letitia (1815–1850), philanthropist, was born on 28 August 1815 at Ballinahinch Castle, co. Galway, the only child of Thomas Barnewall Martin (1786–1847), MP for the county, and his wife, Julia Kirwan. Richard Martin (1754–1834), the well-known philanthropist and founder of the ...

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Meredith [née Lloyd], Susanna (1823–1901), philanthropist, was born in southern Ireland, the eldest of four daughters of the governor of Cork county gaol. Her early life is obscure. Her physician husband died of cholera a few years after they married, leaving her a childless widow; she never remarried. At about this time she was teaching local poor women to earn a living by crocheting lace. In 1860 her father died and she went with her mother and sister, ...

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Oldham, Alice (1850–1907), promoter of women's education, born at 15 Percy Place, Dublin, on 24 June 1850, was the second of twelve children of Eldred Oldham (1816–1880), linen draper, and his wife, Anne Alker. Her brother Charles Hubert Oldham was professor of national economics at ...

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Simon [née Harvey], Dame Kathleen Rochard, Viscountess Simon (1863/4–1955), slavery abolitionist, was born in Kyle, co. Wexford, Ireland, the elder of the two daughters of Francis Eugene Harvey of Kyle and his wife, Frances Elizabeth, daughter of John Pollock. In later years she ascribed her love of liberty and hatred of servitude to her parents' influence. She was educated privately and at various schools in ...

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Smyly [née Franks], Ellen (1815–1901), philanthropist, was probably born in Dublin, the third daughter of Matthew Franks of Merrion Square, Dublin, and Jerpoint Hill, Thomastown, co. Kilkenny. Little is known of her early life. In 1834 she married Josiah Smyly (1804–1864), a surgeon at the ...

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Wright, Lucy Olivia (1845–1896), philanthropist, was born on 3 November 1845 at Foulksrath Castle, co. Kilkenny, Ireland, the eighth of the nine children of Thomas Wright (d. 1854), agent to Lord Carrick, and his wife, formerly a Miss Ball (d. 1869)...