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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 July 2014.
- Ahern, Catherine Ita (Kay) (19152007), president of the Irish Countrywomens Association, senator and TD
- Barnes, Michael James (19322008), festival director
- Black, Robert Denis (R. D.) Collison (Bob) (19222008), politician and government minister
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FitzGerald, John fitz Thomas (c.1198–1261), magnate, was the son and heir of Thomas fitz Maurice FitzGerald (d. 1213), lord of Shanid, and his wife, Sadhbh. On his father's death, custody of his wardship and marriage was granted to Thomas fitz Anthony (qv), seneschal of Leinster and the de facto lord of Decies and Desmond, who married fitz Thomas to his daughter Margery and endowed him with lands in north Kerry. After fitz Anthony's death, Decies and Desmond escheated to the crown, though in pra...