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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 2015.
- Bennis, Elizabeth (Eliza) (1725–1802), methodist activist and diarist
- Bibby, Father Albert (1877–1925), Capuchin priest and republican
- Boyd, Robert (1805–31), soldier and revolutionary
Biography of the Day
Kearney, Mother Kevin (1875–1957), pioneer Ugandan missionary sister and foundress of Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa, was born 28 April 1875 in Knockenrahan, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, the third and youngest daughter of Michael Kearney, a farmer, and Teresa Kearney (née Grennell); she was baptised Mary Teresa. Her father died before her birth and, after her mother died in 1885, she was reared by her maternal grandmother in Curranstown, Arklow. She attended the local convent school in Arklow ...