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Joseph Cahill (1920–2004) by Paul Faith, 2003 PA Photos

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Cahill, Joseph [Joe] (1920–2004), Irish republican activist, was born on 19 May 1920 at 60 Divis Street, Belfast, the eldest son and first of the eleven children of Joseph Cahill, printer, and his wife, Josephine, née Mulholland. A Roman Catholic, he attended St Mary's Christian Brothers School...

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Czira [née Gifford], Sidney [pseud. John Brennan] (1889–1974), journalist and Irish republican activist, was born at 8 Temple Villas, Palmerston Road, Rathmines, Dublin, on 3 August 1889, the youngest daughter and youngest of the twelve children (six boys and six girls) of ...

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David Walter Ervine (1953–2007) by Ross Wilson, 2008 Ross Wilson / photograph © Alice Burns

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Ervine, David Walter (1953–2007), paramilitary and politician, was born on 21 July 1953 at 11 Chamberlain Street, Belfast, the third son and youngest of the five children of Walter Ervine, engineering worker, and his wife, Elizabeth (Dolly), née Tate. As a boy he attended Sunday school at the local Presbyterian church but gradually drifted away from formal religious observance. He was educated at ...

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Grace Evelyn Mary Vandeleur Gifford (1888–1955) by Sean O'Sullivan, 1933 © courtesy of the Artist's Estate; National Gallery of Ireland

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Gifford [married name Plunkett], Grace Evelyn Mary Vandeleur (1888–1955), artist and Irish nationalist, was born at 8 Temple Villas, Palmerston Road, Rathmines, Dublin, on 4 March 1888, one of the twelve children of Frederick Gifford (d. 1917), a solicitor, and his wife, ...

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Brian Paschal Keenan (1941–2008) by Martin McCullough, 1999 Martin McCullough / Rex Features

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Keenan, Brian Paschal (1941–2008), Irish republican activist, was born on 17 July 1941 in Dysert, Draperstown, co. Londonderry, the son of Henry Keenan, an accountant then serving as a warrant officer in the RAF and stationed at RAF Pocklington, Yorkshire, and his wife, ...

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Maguire, Samuel [Sam] (1877–1927), Irish republican and promoter of Gaelic sports, was born on 11 March 1877 at Malabracca, Dunmanway, co. Cork, the third son and fourth of the eight children of John Maguire (1840–1908), farmer, and his wife, Jane, née Kingston (1851–1917)...

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McGrath, Joseph Laurence (1888–1966), Irish republican and entrepreneur, was born, probably in Dublin, on 21 August 1888, the youngest of five children (three sons and two daughters) of George McGrath, labourer, and his wife, Bridget, née Bolger. Having left school at fourteen, he qualified as an accountant in his twenties. Aged nineteen he joined ...

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Liam Joseph Mellows (1892–1922) by Walshe, 1922 Getty Images – Walshe

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Mellows, Liam Joseph [William Joseph] (1892–1922), Irish revolutionary, was born in a barracks in Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, on 23 May 1892, the son of William Joseph Mellows (d. 1920), a sergeant in the army, and his wife, Sarah Jordan (b...

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Margaret Mary Pearse (1878–1968) by Thomas D. Mcavoy, 1952 Getty Images – Thomas D. Mcavoy

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Pearse, Margaret Mary (1878–1968), teacher and politician, was born at 27 Great Brunswick Street (later Pearse Street), Dublin, on 4 August 1878, the eldest child of the two daughters and two sons of James Pearse (1839–1900), stone carver and sometime pamphleteer, and his second wife, ...

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Spence, Augustus Andrew [Gusty] (1933–2011), paramilitary leader and politician, was born on 28 June 1933 at 66 Joseph Street in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, the sixth of seven children of William Edward (Ned) Spence, a labourer and former soldier, and his wife, ...