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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 June 2015.
- Baird, Mary (19072009), nurse and health service administrator
- Barbour, William Pirrie (Bill) (19202009), teacher, and community and political activist
- Beckett, John Stewart (19272007), musician, conductor and composer
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Áed Bennán (‘of the spiked helm’?) (d. 619/21), son of Crimthann and overking of Munster, belonged to the dynasty of Éoganacht Locha Léin (centred in mid Co. Kerry). Áed supposedly had two brothers, Áed Finn and Áed Damán, which suggests genealogical confusion. It is said that he married Damnat, daughter of Feidlimid son of Tigernach of Éoganacht Raithlind, and that she was the mother of his four sons, Máel-dúin (d. 661), Colcu, Cummíne, and Máel-Caích. Áed also had at least two daughters: Suith...