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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 December 2016.
- Armstrong, Florence (1928–2010), pioneer of multi-denominational education
- Boyle, Kevin (1943–2010), lawyer, academic and human rights activist
- Brady, Rory (1935–2009), barrister and attorney general
Biography of the Day
McCann, John (1905–80), politician and playwright, was born 17 June 1905 at 28 Raymond St., Dublin, son of Francis McCann, painter, and Margaret McCann (née Mernagh). Educated at Synge St. CBS and Kevin St. and Bolton St. technical colleges, he helped organise a Fianna Éireann company in the latter institutions. He entered the post office and studied electrical engineering, but was dismissed in the mid 1920s for republican activities. Working subsequently as a journalist, he also wrote short sto...