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The Dictionary of Irish Biography, a collaborative project between Cambridge University Press and the Royal Irish Academy, is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland. It contains over 9,000 signed biographical articles which describe and assess the careers of subjects in all fields of endeavour, including politics, law, religion, literature, journalism, architecture, painting, music, the stage, science, medicine, engineering, entertainment and sport.
The following lives were added to the Dictionary of Irish Biography Online in July 2014.
- Ahern, Catherine Ita (Kay) (19152007), president of the Irish Countrywomens Association, senator and TD
- Barnes, Michael James (19322008), festival director
- Black, Robert Denis (R. D.) Collison (Bob) (19222008), politician and government minister
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Hastings, Francis Rawdon (1754–1826), 2nd earl of Moira, 1st marquess of Hastings, soldier, whig politician, and viceroy of India, was born 7 December 1754 in Dublin, eldest son of John Rawdon (qv), 1st earl of Moira (1723/4–1793), and his third wife, Elizabeth (qv) (1731–1808), daughter of Theophilus Hastings, 9th earl of Huntingdon. Rawdon was educated at Harrow and then matriculated at Oxford (University College) 23 October 1771, although he did not graduate but embarked on a grand tour of Au...