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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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Phelan, Margaret Mary (‘Daisy’) (1902–2000), local historian, was born 22 December 1902 at 8 William St., Kilkenny, second child of the marriage of Richard Duggan, businessman (proprietor of the Monster House), and his second wife, Henrietta Fitzgibbon of Castlerea, Co. Mayo, daughter of John Fitzgibbon (1849–1919), draper, Land League activist and MP (1910–18) for Mayo South. In the early 1920s the Duggan family moved to Butler House, Patrick Street, Kilkenny. Margaret Phelan was educated at Lo...