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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 2016.
- Armstrong, Florence (1928–2010), pioneer of multi-denominational education
- Boyle, Kevin (1943–2010), lawyer, academic and human rights activist
- Brady, Rory (1935–2009), barrister and attorney general
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Higgins, Peter (d. 1642), catholic priest and martyr, was probably born in Tipper, near Naas, Co. Kildare. He may have been ordained at Lisbon on 21 December 1624 and he appears in a list of Irish Dominicans resident in the Spanish dominions in 1627. By October 1641 he was a prior at the Dominican abbey in Naas. That month a massive rebellion erupted throughout Ireland in which protestants were systematically robbed and driven from their homes, and some were massacred. In the weeks after the out...