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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 June 2016.
- Bresnihan, Barry (1944–2010), rheumatologist and rugby player
- Cahill, Harry (1930–2009), international hockey player
- Caldwell, John (‘Johnny’) (1938–2009), boxer
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Greer, Thomas (1875–1949), entomologist and pioneer motorcyclist, was born 24 April 1875, elder son among two sons and two daughters of Frederick Greer, a landowner of independent means, and Cecilia Greer (née Staples), of Tullylaggan, Co. Tyrone. The family was connected to many of the gentry families in the area; his maternal grandfather was Sir Nathaniel Staples of Lissan, 10th baronet. He was educated at Bath, and worked as a land surveyor (1890–94) and an electrical engineer (1899–1900). Th...