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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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Mackay, James Townsend (1775–1862), botanist, was born 29 January 1775 in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. His parents may have been Hugh McKay and Margaret (née Mitchel). He was educated at the local parish school and subsequently trained as a gardener, holding several posts before leaving for Ireland in 1802. Upon his arrival in Dublin he was appointed assistant to the professor of botany at TCD (1804–6), teaching botany to medical students. During 1804–5 he travelled throughout the west of Ireland ...