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Florence MacCarthy:

Finnian or Fínghin mac Donnchadh Mac Cárthaigh (1560–1640), known to the English as Florence MacCarthy, was an Irish prince of the late 16th century and the last credible claimant to the MacCarthy Mór title before its suppression by English authority. MacCarthy's involvement in the Nine Years War (1595-1603) led to his arrest by the crown government, and he spent the last 40 years of his life in custody in London. His lands were distributed among his relatives and English colonists.

Early life

MacCarthy was born in 1560 at Kilbrittain Castle near Kinsale in the province of Munster in Ireland, into the MacCarthy Reagh dynasty, rulers of Carbery, the son of Donogh MacCarthy Reagh, 11th Prince of Carbery. His grandfather was Donal MacCarthy Reagh, 9th Prince of Carbery.

The significance of MacCarthy's career lies in his command of territories in west Munster, at a time when the Tudor conquest of Ireland was underway. Southwest Munster was the area most open to Spanish intervention, which had been mooted from the late 1570s to aid Catholic rebellions in Ireland. The overlord of much of this area, but excluding Carbery, was the MacCarthy Mór of Desmond, whose lands were located in modern west Cork and Kerry. There were, in addition, three more princely branches of the MacCarthy dynasty, the MacCarthys of Muskerry, the MacCarthys of Duhallow, and finally the most wealthy: the MacCarthys Reagh of independent Carbery, of whom Florence's father had been a (semi-)sovereign prince. It was into a complex interplay between the crown government and these opposing branches that Florence found himself pitched.

 

Cormac MacCarthy:

Another famous Cormac MacCarthy, Cormac Laidir Lord of Muskerry, built Blarney Castle, famed for its Blarney Stone, around 1446. The MacCarthys hold that the Blarney Stone is a piece of the "Stone of Destiny" used in the inauguration ceremonies of the Scottish kings. Legend has it that Robert the Bruce sent the stone to Ireland to be used by his brother Edward in securing his status as High King of Ireland. How the custom of kissing the Blarney Stone came about is unknown. However, the word blarney entered the English language during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Dermot McCarthy, then ruler of the castle, was ordered to surrender his fortress as proof of his allegiance to the queen. Dermot's excuses were so eloquent and plausible that the official demanding the castle became a joke at court. When Dermot's "fair words and soft speech" were repeated to the Queen she said, "Odds bodkins, more Blarney talk."

 

Joseph McCarthy:

Joseph Raymond "Joe" McCarthy (November 14, 1908 – May 2, 1957) was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957. Beginning in 1950, McCarthy became the most visible public face of a period in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion.[1] He was noted for making claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the United States federal government and elsewhere. Ultimately, McCarthy's tactics and his inability to substantiate his claims led him to be censured by the United States Senate.

The term McCarthyism, coined in 1950 in reference to McCarthy's practices, was soon applied to similar anti-communist activities. Today the term is used more generally in reference to demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character and/or patriotism of political opponents.

 

Mick McCarthy:

Michael Joseph "Mick" McCarthy (born 7 February 1959) is an English-born former Irish international footballer who was most recently the manager of Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

McCarthy began his playing career at Barnsley in 1977, and he later had spells at Manchester City, Celtic, Lyon, and finally Millwall, retiring in 1992. He also played internationally, representing the Republic of Ireland on 57 occasions.

After his 1992 retirement, he managed Millwall, and then the Republic of Ireland. He guided Ireland to the knockout stage of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan. He later managed Sunderland, and most recently Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has also worked as a television pundit and commentator, most recently in South Africa as part of the BBC's 2010 World Cup coverage.