Famous and Infamous Smiddys

His Excellency the Right Honourable Timothy A. Smiddy (born 1875 - died 1962)

Personal life

Timothy "Audo" Smiddy was born in Kilbarry, Co. Cork in 1875 . He was educated at St. Finbar's College Cork, before attending University College Cork, graduating with a B.A. (1905) and an M.A. (1907).  Later he attended universities in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany. At one point, he considered the priesthood. However in 1900, he married Lillian "Muddie" O'Connell, also from Cork.
They had six children including five daughters Pearl (Binny), Muriel, Cecil, Ita and Ethna, and a son Sarsfield.

Timothy "Audo" Smiddy was a 2nd cousin of My Grand Father William Smiddy.

Role in Independence

A contemporary and friend of Michael Collins, the Irish revolutionary, Smiddy was appointed by Collins to be his Economic Adviser for the Treaty Negotiations following the War of Independence. This was at a time when Michael Collins was the Minister for Finance in the putative Republic.

Professor of Economics, UCC

Smiddy was first and foremost an academic and an economist. In the College at Cork in the newly constituted National University of Ireland, which replaced the Royal University of Ireland, Smiddy was holder of the Professorship of Economics. He served in this post from 1909 to 1924, one of only six to have held the post since the formation of the Department of Mental and Moral Science at the College in 1849. In 1952, he was awarded the Honorary Degree of DEconSc by University College, Cork.

Minister Plenipotentiary

Smiddy was initially appointed as the Irish Free State's Representative in Washington in 1922. Following representations by the Free State's government to London and Washington, and in particular to tackle the problem of anti-Treaty propaganda, this role was officially recognized in 1924. From then until 1929, Smiddy served as Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to the United States of America for the Irish Free State.
This was, in effect, not only Ireland's first diplomatic relations with another country since independence, but also the first attempt by any British dominion or colony to appoint what would these days be regarded as an Ambassador to a third country.

Later life

Smiddy also served as High Commissioner to London (1929-30) and was a member of the Tariff Commission (1930-33). Thereafter, he served on various Boards, and was head of Combined Purchasing Section at the Department of Local Government and Public Health from 1933 to 1945. He was also Director of the Irish Central Bank.
Throughout the late 1930s and the 1940s, Smiddy advised the de Valera government on economic matters. In particular, he was instrumental in bringing about a universal child allowance. He died in 1962.
Professor of Economics and Commerce at University College Cork (UCC) (1903 - 1924). He acted as Economic Advisor to Plenipotentiaries during the Treaty negotiations from Oct. to Dec. 1921 (Dictionary of Irish History since 1880 by D. J. Hickey and J. E. Doherty). Became known as Ireland's First Ambassador/Overseas Minister for the Irish Free State (I.F.S.) to Washington (1924 - 1929). Then was High Commissioner for the Irish Free State (I.F.S.) to London (1929 - 1930). Was on the Tariff Committee (1930 - 1933) and then became chairman of the Commission on Agriculture (1939 - 1945). (New Century Encyclopedia of Names). 
In 1924, Dublin became the first among the members of the Commonwealth to send an envoy, the UCC Professor of Economics, T.A. Smiddy, to Washington. In 1924 Timothy Smiddy was accredited as Ireland’s first Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to the United States of America.  The following volume covers the negotiations surrounding his accreditation and his subsequent role as Irish Minister to the United States.
Documents on Irish Foreign Policy Volume II, 1923 – 1926 (Dublin, 2000)
A project of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Irish Academy

He married Lillian (Lily) O'CONNELL (born 1879approx.)
 Pictured in 1926 in picture above were -
Ethna, Pearl, Cecelia and their Mother Mrs. Lily Smiddy (wife of Prof. Timothy A. Smiddy.

Their children were - 
(i) Pearl (?Binny) Anne Maria SMIDDY (1903 - 2004) approx married  Francis 'Frank'  LOUIS.
(ii) Cecelia Maria SMIDDY (born 1904) approx. married Kevin O'SHIEL
(iii) Sarsfield Vincent SMIDDY (born 1905-1978) approx, went to Mexico.
(iv) Muriel Miriam SMIDDY (born 1908-2008) approx married Gerald O'BRIEN
    (v) Ita SMIDDY (born 1910-15/8/2002) married Dr. Harry O'FLANAGAN (b.1917; d. August 2000)
(vi) Ethna SMIDDY (1918 -2003) approx. married Daniel Joseph McSORLEY (1902-1985)

Pearl (?Binny) Anne Maria SMIDDY (1903 - 2004) approx married Francis 'Frank'  LEWIS
Their Children are - 
Charles LEWIS married Unknown
Roisin LOUIS married John Penley BURREE

Cecelia Maria SMIDDY (born 1904) approx. married Kevin O'SHIEL
Their Children are -  Clodagh O'SHIEL married William FORSHAW
Syra  O'SHIEL N.M.
Moira O'SHIEL married John MORGAN (Psychiatrist)
Eda O'SHIEL married Albert SAGARRA

 Muriel Miriam SMIDDY (born 1908-2008) approx married Gerald O'BRIEN
Their Children are -  Mark O'BRIEN  married Unknown
Eoin O'BRIEN married Tona O'SULLIVAN
Hugh O'BRIEN  married Birgit Unknown
Berna O'BRIEN  married George CLARK
Marie Jo O'BRIEN married Unknown
Geraldine O'BRIEN  married Bose Unknown

 Ita SMIDDY (born 1910-15/8/2002) married Dr. Harry O'FLANAGAN (b.1917; d. August 2000)
Their Children are - 
Brian O'FLANAGAN married Carmel ?
Ann O'FLANAGAN married Unknown VALENTI
Grand Children are
Mark, Kerry, Tara, Fionn, Liam, Aisling, Conor, Geraldine, Eileen, Paolo, 
no picture available:
O'FLANAGAN (Reengaroga, Baltimore and Dublin):  
On August 15, 2002, ITA, daughter of the late Prof Timothy A.  SMIDDY and Lilian (nee O'Connell), beloved wife of the late Dr Harry O'Flanagan. Deeply loved, respected and admired by her sons Brian and Denis, daughter Ann, her grandchildren Mark, Kerry, Tara, Fionn, Liam, Aisling, Conor, Geraldine, Eileen, Paolo, sisters Perl and Ethna. May she rest in peace. Removal on tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7pm from Deerpark House, Seafield, Bantry, arriving at Sacred Heart Church, Rath at 8pm approx. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to Tullagh Cemetery.

Ethna SMIDDY (1918 -2003) approx. married Daniel Joseph McSORLEY (1902-1985)
Their Children are -  Aileen McSORLEY married Gabriel Patrick LYONS
Donal McSORLEY married Grainne O'REILLY
Deirdre McSORLEY married Brian CAWLEY

Smiddy's life and times

Madam, - I am a history research student attached to NUI, Maynooth. I am currently researching the life and times of Prof Timothy A. Smiddy, who was UCC's first professor of economics, adviser to Michael Collins during the Treaty negotiations, and Ireland's first officially recognized diplomat to the United States.

Prof Smiddy also held many other positions up the late 1950s. These these included chairman of the tariff commission, director of the Central Bank and chairman of the Summer Time Committee. He was also a director of Arklow Pottery.

I would be extremely interested in hearing information from people who have information on Smiddy, or who had a first-hand acquaintance with him. - Yours, etc,

PAUL GAFFEY, Department of History, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

Co. Kildare.
31st October, 2006
Dear Sir/Madam,
I am a research student attached to the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. I am currently in the second year of a two year research of literature masters.
My research concentrates on a Professor Timothy A. SMIDDY, of Cork. Timothy witnessed and was involved in some of the most important issues of Irish history, with regard to the founding of the State.
So far I have discovered that he was the first Professor of Economics at UCC, Economic Advisor to Michael Collins during the Treaty negotiations. Irelands first Diplomatic representative to the USA, High Commissioner in London, Economic Advisor to De Valera, while he also served on a number of Economic Boards and Commissions. With such a C.V. it is astonishing that little or no research has been carried out on him to date. He passed away in Dublin in 1962.
My research has been going on for the past twelve months. I have discovered some interesting and varied information on his work, mostly in the National Archives in Dublin. At present I am lacking family and personal information. I was wondering if you were any relation to Timothy, and if so, if you may have any information on him. I am looking for such details as family backround etc., photos, memories, diaries; in fact anything at all would be most helpful.

Timothy, has thus far been omitted from Irish history and it is this that I am trying to rectify.
I would be most grateful for any information at all.
Any information or materials supplied would be treated in confidence and with the utmost respect.
Thank you for taking the time to read this,

Yours Faithfully, Paul Gaffey

He became a priest and was ordained in Paris in 1837. He ministered in Killeagh (1838), Glountane (1839), Youghal (1840), Charleville (1851), Mallow (1853), Aghada as Parish Priest (1857-1878).
From his ordination in 1838, until the time his Mother (Hanora) died in 1875, he kept a diary. The original is in the Diocesan Archives in Cobh but a transcript has been made.  
Wrote 'An Essay on The Druids, The Ancient Churches, and the Round Towers of Ireland'. It was published in July 22nd 1871 by W.B. Kelly, 8 Grafton Street, Dublin and Simpkin, Marshall & Co., London.
no picture available:

Harold F. Smiddy
General Electric Co.
17th President
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Researching Harold F. SMIDDY, help needed.

I am writer in Los Angeles, who is looking to track down information on
Harold F. Smiddy, the former General Electric executive, for a book I am
Is there a relative who could give me some insight into his
Many thanks. Rick Wartzman.

Anthony J Smiddy (my 2nd cousin)
An Irish national, Smiddy trained in Ireland and Switzerland, moving to the United States in 1996, working at several hotels in the Cape Cod area before returning to Ireland as food and beverage duty manager at the Imperial Hotel Cork.
In charge of food and beverage operations at the new 154-room Safir Deira hotel is Anthony J Smiddy, who moves to Dubai from the Swissotel, Boston where he was director of restaurants.

His colleague and executive chef, Jonathan Pratt is a fellow Irishman whose most recent posting was as senior sous chef on the Norwegian Sun cruise ship, based in the Caribbean.

On board, Pratt was in charge of speciality restaurants, including French, Italian, Japanese, sushi, tapas and healthy-eating outlets, and also performed weekly cooking demonstrations for passengers.

Trained in Dublin, he worked in a variety of restaurants in Ireland, moving to the Shelbourne Meridien in 1997 as sous chef and later to Le Meridien Penina, Portugal, mastering Portuguese as well as looking after the dietary requirements of visiting football teams in training.

Heading up the sales and marketing department at the Safir Deira is Wael El Behi, hailing from Tunisia and fluent in Arabic, English, French and Italian.

Four years with the Corinthia Hotels group in Tunisia, El Bedi was responsible as sales and marketing manager for the launch of three new resort hotels in Sousse, Hammamet and Gammarth.

Prior to this, he spent five years with the Abou Nawas group in that country, training in sales, food and beverage, finance, guest accounting and purchasing.

Honorary Masters at University College, Cork
38 years after he left primary school aged 14 years of age, Patrick J Smiddy officially returned to formal education today (Friday 29 September 2000) at University College, Cork to receive one of two prestigious honorary masters degrees which were conferred at the university's final Autumn 2000 graduation ceremony.
In his citation to the honorary graduates for their outstanding contributions to Irish society, UCC President Prof Gerard Wrixon said:
"UCC was pleased and privileged to award Patrick Smiddy, Cork-based conservation ranger and naturalist with an MSc Honoris Causa, an honorary Master of Science degree. We salute Patrick Smiddy's pioneering spirit, his valuable research work in the natural sciences and for making Natural History live on so effectively".
While working as a cabinet-maker until 1980 Patrick Smiddy was trained and awarded a permit to ring birds by the British Trust for Ornithology. Early interests in bird- ringing skills led him into identifying rare birds and documenting their occurrence. By 1982 Patrick Smiddy secured his first scientific publication which led to national recognition when he was appointed National Secretary of the Irish Rare Birds Panel.
His meticulous field skills and recording have not been exclusive to birds as he has published works on plants, whales, bats, bank voles and badgers. In total, his scientific publication portfolio currently runs to over 130 published articles, many of those undertaken with Zoology staff at the NUI, Galway, The Natural History Museum of Ireland and at UCC where he is an honorary member and valued researcher in the Faculty of Science.
Patrick Smiddy was honoured by the Royal Irish Academy when he was appointed to its Praeger Committee. He's a life member of the British Ornithologists Union and the British Trust for Ornithology.
"In the development and implementation of an effective conservation strategy in the late 20th and 21st centuries in Ireland, the role of amateur naturalists like Patrick Smiddy has been crucial, though often unrecognised", stated Prof Wrixon who added:
"While the names of Ussher, Warren, Barrington, Praeger and Hutchinson dominate in the documentation of the nation's natural history, none were professional, university-educated biologists. Continuing in this remarkable tradition of amateur naturalists contributing to our Natural Heritage is Patrick J Smiddy who has combined the role of the traditional natural historian with that of the modern quantitative ecologist".

Former senior surgeon Leeds General Infirmary, prolific author, and long time examiner for the court of examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons (England) (b Kendal 1922; q Leeds 1944; ChM, MD, FRCS), d Saturday 8 March 2003.

Jamie Smiddy
Class of 1995
Inducted in 2002
 - All-Ohio in football
 - D.H.S. career scoring leader and TD's scored
 - W.B.L. champion in track in long jump and 200 and 400 meter
 - M.V.P. of N.A.I.A. championship game while playing football at the University of Findley

Specialty: Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Macular Diseases, Vitreoretinal Diseases and  Surgery.
Research Interests: Complications of cataract.

Position: President and Publisher, The Record Searchlight, Redding
Civic involvement: Redding Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year for 2001; board of directors and board of governors for United Way of Northern California (will be president in 2004); member of Redding East Rotary, Nor Cal Center on Deafness and on the Shasta Library Foundation Board

Smile for Smiddy in park
ADAM Smiddy will always be a part of Milton.
Brisbane City Council has renamed Park Rd Park, Adam Smiddy Park, in memory of the triathlete and Princess Alexandra Hospital physiotherapist who died at just 26 in August 2006 of a melanoma.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised in his name for medical research since.
Smiddy and coach Mark Smoothy had spoken of doing a bike ride from Brisbane to Townsville, where his parents lived.
Although he never realised his dream before he died, Mr Smoothy started a bike ride called Smiling for Smiddy in his memory.
The 1600km ride, raising money for cancer research at the Mater Foundation, initiated in 2006, with Mr Smoothy and two friends raising $25,000.
Over $600,000 has been raised for the cause in the two charity rides held since.
The renaming of the park follows a call for ideas in Westside News last July.
“I’m so, so excited,” Mr Smoothy said.
“I can’t wait to tell Adam’s parents that there’s going to be a permanent reminder of Adam in Brisbane. I know the members of the tri club will have a lot of picnics and barbecues and people who knew Adam can go there and have quiet time.
“It’s a wonderful tribute to a good mate.”
Local councillor and parks chairman Peter Matic said it was an important gesture.
“It certainly is one of the most satisfying things that I have done in my time as a local councillor.”
The new name became official on March 14 with the unveiling of a park sign.

Coach Jim Smiddy stands alone as the winningest basketball coach at any level in the history of the sport. Going into the 1992-93 season Coach Smiddy had won an amazing 1,189 games and lost only 200. As head coach of the Bradley Central  High School, Cleveland, TN, Bearettes, Smiddy won five state champion- ships (1962, 1970, 1973, 1975, and 1976) and two national titles in 1975 and 1976. He appeared in the state tournament twenty-one times.
James Smiddy, the nation’s winningest high school basketball coach with 1,216 victories in 44 years. July 19th 1995,  Age 71. Heart attack.

Vermont Law School Professor Linda Smiddy Awarded Honorary University of Paris Degree
First Woman to Receive Prestigious Award from the University of Paris 13
South Royalton, VT (February 12, 2002) - Linda O. Smiddy, professor of law and director of international programs at Vermont Law School, is the first woman to receive a doctorat honoris causa (honorary doctorate) degree from the University of Paris 13.

Deputy Gary E. Smiddy
Deputy Smiddy, a 1994 graduate of Bluffton College, began at the Defiance County Sheriff's Office in August of 1996 and continued until June of 2000 in the capacity as a road officer and member of the Dive Team. In June of 2000 Deputy Smiddy began to pursue a teaching career and in December of 2001 received his teaching certification in Integrated Social Studies (grades 7-12) from Bowling Green State University. Deputy Smiddy substitute taught in grades K-12 at eight schools in Defiance and Henry Counties from December 2001 until June 2002 at which time Deputy Smiddy then rejoined the Defiance County Sheriff's Office and is currently working in the capacity as a road officer.

Instructor of Biology
M.S.Teaching - 1972
Tarleton State University

Joe Smiddy, chancellor emeritus of University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVA WISE).

January 23, 1992
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Smiddy, Wise, Va., announce the engagement of her daughter, Cathy Jo Graham, Orlando, to Dr. David A. Kinsler, Roanoke, Va., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harvey A. Kinsler. She is the daughter of the late Edward Graham. The wedding is in February. She graduated from Jonesville High School, Jonesville, Va., and Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Va. He graduated from Jonesville High School, Jonesville, Va., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, and University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville.

Papa Joe Smiddy & The Reedy Creek Band
"Joseph C. Smiddy MD...is a renaissance man and a mountain legend. As comfortable in the rotunda in Charlottesville as he is at the Carter Fold in Hiltons. "Papa Joe" is at once a scholar, educator, politician, orator, storyteller, and top-notch claw-hammer banjo picker."

of Sugar Creek, Missouri, U.S.A. were chosen as Sugar Creek's "Family of the Year" for 2002.
Sugar Creek's "Family of the Year" Cares for the Children of Many in the Community

Gary and Jean Smiddy are deeply involved in evangelism to the unreached people of Mombasa. The east African coast has many peoples of religions which have not heard or accepted that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.  In the city of Mombasa alone, it is estimated that 70% are the unreached and followers of traditional tribal religions. Evangelists, pastors and staff share their faith in Jesus Christ in a loving and friendly way through the clinic, the churches, in the streets, and in homes.

Strachur Smiddy Museum and Craftshop

Red Smiddy - A smooth ale with a reddish hue and a citrus, fruity aftertaste.

A smooth ale with a reddish hue and a citrus, fruity aftertaste.
Named after a local blacksmiths, this beer is complex in character as is fitting for a championship winning ale. Red Smiddy is a smooth, dry ale with a unique spicy aroma and flavour. Its reddish hue, warm glow and tight head gives it a presence that makes it stand out against its competitors.



Jeremiah Smiddy, of Lafollete, ?Tennessee
Spc., Army
Hometown: Lafollete
Stationed in South Korea

Terri Smiddy of Tinley Park, Illinois
April 27, 2002
  Chicagoland Speedway Ceremonial Car Raffle
Congratulations to Terri Smiddy of Tinley Park, Illinois who drove away with her Grand Prize Thursday afternoon - The 2002 Chicagoland Speedway Ceremonial Car! Chicagoland Speedway and the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet, Illinois would like to thank all of you who participated in the raffle this year. Proceeds from the raffle have gone to support the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet, Illinois, the official charity of Chicagoland Speedway.

The first CD release by Detour is self-titled. They are a blues-influenced rock band that is an unexpected DETOUR from mainstream rock. The band was born in New York City after a tireless search for musicians that could create it's distinctive sound. Now they are finally able to express their music through their combined talents.
Steve Berman fills out the band in three ways. His fascination with the blues pushed him onto the stage. His prior musical experiences helped him to develop the angst-ridden sexuality that is so evident in his singing, while his blues background turned him into a rock-steady rhythm guitarist, a passionate harmonica player, and a soulful composer..
The lead guitarist, Mike Smiddy, has a playing style that is very much rooted in the blues. One reviewer from the Musician's Exchange described his solos as 'vibrant'. His talents don't end there, though; he is also the primary composer, as well as the producer of the album.
Chris Lewis is the bassist, and occasionally does some lead singing for the band. His experiences, spanning many years and many musical styles, have given his playing and singing an arrogant assurance that asserts itself well onstage.
Neil Kirby, the drummer, is the most experienced of the four musicians. His enormous talent and jazz training puts an innovative spin on traditional rock and blues drumming patterns. He was fortunate enough to have backed up some notable musicians, including Meat Loaf and Jimmy Webb.
The three composers' writing styles are just as diverse as their playing techniques. Mike's style of writing is exemplified in 'Broken Box', a song that is engaging and forceful, but never typical. Chris' music, on the other hand, seems to vibrate from within. In his two songs, 'T-Square' and 'The Loner', he uses unusual melodies to put over his insightful lyrics. Steve writes about the wrecks and raptures of the heart. His song, 'Let It Ride', expresses the melancholy anger that everyone has felt at some time, though they may never admit it to themselves. Others of his songs, such as 'High Cost', explore the lust and fantasy that is found in love. These three writers' efforts, in combination, make the band's music unique because they make it possible to have a cohesive unit without anyone having to sacrifice his individuality.

Daughter of Shiloh
Author(s)  - Smiddy, Ilene Shepard
Released  - 01/12/2000 Genre  - Modern fiction

Previous Winners of The Governor's Cup
The oldest Steeplechase still in existence in Ulster.
Year  Horse Owner
1984 Mr Smiddy Wilson Logan