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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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Foley, John Henry (1818–74), sculptor, was born 24 May 1818 at 6 Montgomery St., Dublin, second son and second among four children of Jesse Foley, glassblower, and Eliza Foley (née Byrne). His father later ran a grocer's shop on Mecklenburg St. His paternal step-grandfather, Benjamin Shrowder (d. 1826), originally of Winchelsea, Kent, had come to Dublin to carve sculptures for the Custom House under the direction of Edward Smyth (qv). Foley entered the Dublin Society schools in 1831, where, desp...