Cork's Famous People
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Aikenhead, Mary: Born in Cork on 19th January 1787. Her father was Dr. David Aikenhead, a protestant who became a Roman Catholic on his death bed. Mary founded the first congregation of sisters of charity, at the request of Dr. Murray the archbishop of Dublin. Mary went to train in York and then returned to Dublin where they opened the orders first house in Ireland at North William Street, Dublin. She also founded St. Vincent's hospital. She died on 22nd July 1858.

Allman, George James: Born in Cork in 1812 and educated at RBAI and TCD, graduating in medicine, he devoted much of his life to the study of marine zoology. He conducted an investigation into the classification and morphology of the coelenterata and polyzoa. he received medals from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Linnean Society and the RIA for his work on hydroids. He died at Parkstone, Dorset on 24th November 1898.

Barry, James: Born at Water Lane in Cork on 11th October 1741. His father was a shipmaster, but James having spent a short time at sea went to study painting at West's academy in Dublin. His paintings include "St. Patrick baptizing the king of cashel", "Philoctes on the isle of Lemnos", "Adam and Eve" and six pictures illustrating the "culture and progress of human knowledge" He died on the 22nd February 1806 and is buried in St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

Barry, Tom: Born in Ross Carbery, Co. Cork on 1stJuly 1897. He joined the British army in 1915 and served in Iraq during the first world war. Upon his return to Ireland he joined the IRA and began the organization and training of the West Cork column. In 1920 he commanded the ambush of auxiliary forces at Kilmichael and in 1921 defeated a superior force from the Essex regiment at Crossbarry. During the civil war he joined the republican side and was imprisoned by free state forces at the Curragh. He resigned from the IRA in 1938 as he would not support a planned bombing campaign in England. His book "Guerilla days in Ireland" was published in 1949. He died on 2nd July 1980.

Barter, Richard: Born in 1802 at Cooldaniel, Co. Cork, he became convinced of the curative powers of water during the cholera epidemic of 1832. Ten years later he set up St. Anne's water cure establishment at Blarney. He also set up a modern hot-air bath and Turkish baths. He died at Blarney on 3rd October 1870.

Bennett, Edward Hallaran: Born at Charlotte Quay, Cork on the 9th April 1837, became an authority on bone fractures. He made a collection of fractures and dislocations for the pathological museum at the University of Dublin. A form of fracture at  the base of the metacarpal bone of the thumb is named in his honour. He died on 21st June 1907 in Dublin.

Bergin, Osborn Joseph: Born in Cork on 26th November 1873 and educated at Cork Grammar school and Queens College Cork where, in 1897,  he was appointed lecturer in celtic studies. After studying Early Irish in Berlin he was appointed as the first professor of Early and Medieval Irish at UCD. A post he occupied from 1909 - 1940. He was general editor of the Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of the Irish Language. He died on 6th October 1950, in Dublin.

Binchy, Daniel: Born in 1909 at Charleville, Co. Cork, Daniel was called to the bar in 1921. In 1929 he was appointed as Ireland's first minister to Germany. He devoted much of his life to the study of old Irish legal texts and produced a six volume transcript of the surviving material entitled Corpus Juris Hibernica. He died on 4th May 1989 in Dublin.