Leo Varadkar

Place of Birth: Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland

Date of Birth: 18 January, 1979

Ethnicity:
*Marathi Indian (father)
*Irish (mother)

Leo Varadkar is an Irish politician. He has served as Taoiseach of Ireland, from 14 June, 2017 to 27 June, 2020, and again, from 17 December, 2022 to 9 April, 2024. He has also been Leader of Fine Gael, from 2 June, 2017 to 20 March, 2024, Minister for Defence, from 14 June, 2017 to 27 June, 2020, and T√°naiste, and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, both, from 27 June, 2020 to 17 December, 2022, among other duties. He is Ireland’s first openly gay leader, and the first to be of non-European background. At the time when Leo was Taoiseach, the leaders of England/the U.K. and Scotland, Rishi Sunak and Humza Yousaf, respectively, were also of Indian origin.

His father, Ashok V. Varadkar, is an Indian-born doctor, from Bombay, with Marathi ancestry. He has family in Varad, Maharashtra. His mother, Mary R. (Howell), is an Irish nurse, from Dungarvan, County Waterford. The two met in Slough, England.

Leo’s paternal grandfather was named Vitthal Varadkar.

Leo’s maternal grandfather was Thomas “Tom” Howell (the son of Patrick Howell and Margaret “Maggie” Barry). Thomas was born in Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland. Patrick was the son of Thomas Howell and Mary Power. Margaret was the daughter of James Barry and Johanna Mahony.

Leo’s maternal grandmother was Catherine “Kate” Walsh (also known as Catherine Walsh, the daughter of John Walsh and Bridget McGrath). Catherine was born in Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland. John was the son of William Walsh and Catherine Condon. Bridget was the daughter of John McGrath and Mary Donahue.

Sources: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Genealogy of Leo Varadkar – https://www.geni.com

Marriage record of Leo’s parents – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Leo’s maternal grandparents, Thomas Howell and Catherine “Kate” Walsh – https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie

Birth record of Leo’s maternal grandfather, Thomas Howell – https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie

Marriage record of Leo’s maternal great-grandparents, Patrick Howell and Margaret Barry – https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie

Birth record of Leo’s maternal great-grandfather, Patrick Howell – https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie

Birth record of Leo’s maternal great-grandmother, Margaret Barry – https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie

Birth record of Leo’s maternal grandmother, Catherine “Kate” Walsh – https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.iepdf

Marriage record of Leo’s maternal great-grandparents, John Walsh and Bridget McGrath – https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie

10 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    He was replaced by Simon Harris.

  2. suburbanwinemom2020 says:

    Change “Indian” to “Marathi.” Varadkar is a Marathi name, and Bombay is in Maharashtra, which is where the Marathi are native to.

  3. Manila says:

    Tag Taoiseach, along with √Čamon de Valera, Enda Kenny, and Bertie Ahern.

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