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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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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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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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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)...

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Lemass, Seán Francis [formerly John Francis] (1899–1971), taoiseach, was born John Francis Lemass in Ballybrack, co. Dublin, on 15 July 1899, the second of the seven children of John Timothy Lemass, a Dublin hatter, and his wife, Frances Phelan, of Kilkenny. A scholarship student at the ...

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Valera, Eamon De (1882–1975), taoiseach and president of Éire, was born on 14 October 1882 at the Nursery and Child's Hospital, Lexington Avenue, New York. There is dispute about the details of his birth. He was the son of a Spanish father, Juan Vivion De Valera (1864/5?–1885?)...