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Devlin, Joseph (1871–1934), Irish nationalist and politician, was born at 10 Hamill Street, in the lower Falls area of Belfast, on 13 February 1871. He was the fifth child of Charles Devlin (d. 1906), a jarvey (hackney cab owner), and his wife, ...

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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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John Martin (1812–1875) by Henry O'Neill, pubd 1848 (after Leon Gluckman) by courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Martin, John (1812–1875), Young Irelander and politician, was born at Loughorne, in the parish of Donaghmore, near Newry, co. Down, on 8 September 1812. He was the second of nine children of Samuel Martin (d. 1831), a gentleman farmer and linen manufacturer, and his wife, ...