Welcome to the Dictionary of Irish Biography
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
Biography of the Day
Morgan, Dermot (1952–98), comedian, was born 31 March 1952 in a nursing home at 7 Herbert Place, Dublin, third child and elder son among two sons and two daughters of Donnchadh Morgan (d. 1974, suddenly in his early 50s), a civil servant, native of Thurles, Co. Tipperary, and Hildegarde Mary (‘Holly’) Morgan (née Stokes) (d. 1991), from Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Reared in the family home, Knocknagow, a bungalow on Wilson Road, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin, he received primary education at St Lawre...