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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 2014.
- Adams, Michael (19372009), publisher and catholic activist
- Blease, William John (Billy) (19142008), trade unionist and politician
- Burke, Patrick (Thomas; Tom) (19232008), priest and scientist
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Bourke, Dermot Robert Wyndham- (1851–1927), 7th earl of Mayo, landowner, politician, and patron of the arts, was born 2 July 1851, the son of Richard Southwell Bourke (qv), 6th earl of Mayo in the peerage of Ireland, and his wife, Blanche Julia (née Wyndham), daughter of the 1st Baron Leconfield. He was educated at Eton, joined the 10th Hussars as a cornet in 1870, and transferred to the Grenadier Guards before retiring as a lieutenant in 1876, having succeeded his father as earl of Mayo in 1872...