Famous People

The Carroll Clan has always had a strong influence within Irish shores given the powerful and rich legacy of the Ely O’Carroll Clan. But our impact has been felt further afield in countries all over the world. Here, we take a look at some of the most famous members of the clan down through the centuries:

From Wikipedia –
Daniel Carroll USA IndependanceDaniel Carroll (July 22, 1730 – July 5, 1796) was a politician and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a prominent member of one of the United States’ great colonial Catholic families, whose members included his younger brother Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in the United States and founder of Georgetown University; and their cousin Charles Carroll of Carrollton, who signed the Declaration of Independence. Daniel Carroll was one of only five men to sign both the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States.
Carroll was a planter who supported the cause of American independence, risking his social and economic position for the Patriot cause. As a friend and staunch ally of George Washington, he worked for a strong central government that could secure the achievements and fulfill the hopes of the Revolution. Carroll fought in the Convention for a government responsible directly to the people of the country.
Carroll Street in Madison, Wisconsin is named in his honor.

John CarrollJohn Carroll, (January 8, 1735 – December 3, 1815) was the first Roman Catholic bishop and archbishop in the United States — serving as the ordinary of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He is also known as the founder of Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic university in the United States, and St. John the Evangelist Parish of Rock Creek (now Forest Glen), the first secular parish in the country. In his role as the representative of Roman Catholics in the United States, Carroll often penned articles for publications defending the Catholic tradition against demagogues who furthered the popular cause of anti-Catholicism in the United States. He fought notions of state establishment of Protestantism as the official religion, but he always treated non-Catholics with respect, insisting that Catholics and Protestants should work together to build up the new nation. An early advocate of Christian Unity, Carroll put forward the idea that the chief obstacles to unity among Christians in the United States were the lack of clarity on the boundaries of Papal Primacy and the use of Latin in the liturgy

William Henry Carroll (1810 – May 3, 1868) was a wealthy plantation owner, a postmaster, and a General in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.
William Henry Carroll

.Owen Carroll BaseballOwen Thomas “Ownie” Carroll, (November 11, 1902 – June 8, 1975) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played nine seasons in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers (1925–1930), New York Yankees (1930), Cincinnati Reds (1930–1932), and Brooklyn Dodgers (1933–1934)
Carroll holds the record for having been traded for future Hall of Famers. He was traded to the Yankees for Waite Hoyt, to the Cards for Jim Bottomley, and to the Dodgers for Dazzy Vance.
Brendan O’Carroll (born 15 September 1955) is an Irish comedian, author, actor and director.[1] Best known for portraying the foul-mouthed Irish matriarchMrs. Brown, O’Carroll has been a popular comedian in Ireland since the early 1990s.[2]

Mella Elizabeth Laurie Carroll (6 March 1934 – 15 January 2006) was a judge of the High Court in the Republic of Ireland.
Mella Carroll was born in Dublin, her parents were Patrick Carroll (Commissioner of the Garda Síochána from May 1967 until his retirement in September 1968) and Agnes Mary Caulfield. Carroll attended Sacred Heart Convent School of Lower Leeson Street and then University College, Dublin where she graduated in French and German. Then she studied at King’s Inns and was called to the Bar in 1957, and in 1976 was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland. In 1977 she became a Senior Counsel in the Republic of Ireland. She became the first woman to serve on the High Court of Ireland, called on October 6, 1980.

Edith Madeleine Carroll (26 February 1906 – 2 October 1987) was an English actress, popular in the 1930s and 1940s.
Carroll attracted the attention of Alfred Hitchcock and, in 1935, starred as one of the director’s earliest prototypical cool, glib, intelligent blondes in The 39 Steps based on the espionage novel by John Buchan.
She starred opposite Gary Cooper in the adventure The General Died at Dawn and with Ronald Colman in the 1937 box-office success The Prisoner of Zenda. She tried a big musical On the Avenue (1937) opposite Dick Powell, but others of her films, including One Night in Lisbon (1941), and My Favorite Blonde (1942) with Bob Hope, were less prestigious. She made her final film for director Otto Preminger, The Fan, adapted from Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, in 1949.
For her contribution to the film industry, Madeleine Carroll has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6707 Hollywood Blvd. A commemorative monument and plaques were unveiled in her birthplace, West Bromwich, to mark the centenary of her birth. Her story is also of her rare courage and dedication when at the height of her career, she “gave it all up” during World War II after her sister was killed by a German air raid, to work in the line of fire on troop trains for the Red Cross in Italy – for which she was awarded the American Medal of Freedom. She was also awarded the Legion of Honour by France, for her tireless work in fostering relations after the war between France and the USA.

P.J. Carroll & Company Limited, often called Carroll’s, is a tobacco company in Ireland, now a subsidiary of British American Tobacco.[1] Its cigarette brands were among the best selling in Ireland in the twentieth century. Its factory was for decades the largest employer in Dundalk.
Patrick James Carroll (b.1803) completed his apprenticeship as a tobacconist in 1824 and opened a shop in Dundalk, later also manufacturing cigars.[2]Patrick James moved to Liverpool in the 1850s.[2] His son Vincent Stannus Carroll expanded the firm in the later 19th century.[2] His son James Marmion Carroll moved to a house outside Dundalk.[2] A second factory was opened, in Liverpool, in 1923.[2] The company went public in 1934.[2]
A purpose-built factory opened in 1970. Designed by Ronnie Tallon of Michael Scott and Partners, it was described by Frank McDonald as “way ahead of anything else in Ireland at the time”.[3]
Carroll’s was acquired by Rothmans in 1990; Rothmans was acquired by British American Tobacco in 1998. The company’s share of the Irish tobacco market fell from 50% in 1984 to 19% in 2003.[4] Business and Finance magazine blamed the decline in part on expansion outside its core business and reluctance to introduce king size cigarettes and update packaging.[4] In 2002 the Dundalk site was sold for €16.4m[4] to the Department of Education and repurposed for the campus of Dundalk Institute of Technology.[2][3] Carroll’s rents back a small section for its remaining factory operations.[4]

John Carroll VC (16 August 1891 – 4 October 1971) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Joining the Australian 3rd Division, Carroll was originally a reinforcement for the West Australian 44th Battalion before moving to the New South Wales 33rd Battalion in November 1916.
On 7–12 June 1917 at St. Yves, Belgium, during the Battle of Messines, Private Carroll rushed the enemy’s trench and bayoneted four of the occupants. He then noticed a comrade in difficulty and went to his assistance, killing another of the enemy. Next, he single-handedly attacked a machine-gun team, killing three of them and capturing the gun. Later, two of his comrades were buried by a shell; in spite of heavy shelling and machine-gun fire, he managed to rescue them.
It has been claimed that Carroll failed on three occasions to appear at Buckingham Palace for his Victoria Cross award ceremony and when he did turn up on the fourth occasion he took advantage of one of the entitlements of VC recipients to call out the Palace Guard.[2][3] These stories first appeared in the Perth Daily News on 2 November 1927 and the source of the story would seem to be Carroll himself. He was in hospital after an industrial accident in which one of his feet was amputated. Just out of surgery and still in pain he was interviewed by a reporter who does not seem to have checked the veracity of the stories.[4] Carroll was severely wounded at Passchendaele in October 1917. His rehabilitation was successful but after briefly returning to his unit, the Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes, then in England, arranged for furlough to Australia for Victoria Cross recipients to help recruiting in Australia.

Charles Carroll of Carrollton (September 19, 1737 – November 14, 1832) was a wealthy Maryland planter and an early advocate of independence from Great Britain. He served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and later as first United States Senator for Maryland. He was the only Catholic and the longest-lived (and last surviving) signatory of the Declaration of Independence, dying at the age of 95.