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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
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McGonigal, Richard (1902–64), barrister and senior counsel, was born at 8 Mount Street Crescent, Dublin, on 14 February 1902, the eldest son of John McGonigal KC, county court judge for Co. Tyrone (1939–43), and his wife Margaret Davoren, daughter of Richard Davoren, solicitor, of Friarsland, Roebuck, Co. Dublin. One of three sons and four daughters, he was educated at Belvedere College, Dublin, and Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare. At Clongowes he showed early promise as a mathematician when...