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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 June 2013.
- Aiken, Jim (1932-2007), music promoter and businessman
- Best, George (1946-2005), footballer
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Colvill, William (1737–1820), corn merchant and MP, was born 6 December 1737, the second son of William Colvill (1675?–1755), an agent at Newtownards, Co. Down, and his wife Jane, daughter of John Thompson of Blackabbey, Co. Down. From his father he inherited £5,000, part of which he is said to have invested and lost in the slave trade. He joined a firm of flour merchants, Wyld's of Molesworth Street, Dublin, and eventually succeeded to ownership of the business. He was a director of the Grand C...