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 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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Costello, Michael (‘The Amazing Blondini’) (1922–96), fairground performer and escapologist, was born at a fairground in Dublin in August 1922; both his parents were fairground novelty acts from Tralee, his father a strong man and his mother a fortune teller. He had no formal education and spent his formative years on the fairgrounds of Ireland and England. At thirteen years of age he left his family and began his career as the world's youngest sword-swallower. Two years later he added fire-eati...