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 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
Cowley, John Ultan (1923–98) actor and animal welfare activist, was born 8 September 1923 in Ardbraccan, Navan, Co. Meath, the third child of Patrick Cowley, a small farmer, and his wife Margaret. Educated at the local national school, he left at the age of thirteen to work on the family farm. He also worked with a horse and cart drawing stones from a local quarry. He was also an enthusiastic amateur actor and learned his trade in the fit-ups of the forties and fifties. Moving to England, he got...