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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 2015.
- Baird, Mary (19072009), nurse and health service administrator
- Barbour, William Pirrie (Bill) (19202009), teacher, and community and political activist
- Beckett, John Stewart (19272007), musician, conductor and composer
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Landers, John Joe (‘Purty’) (1907–2001), GAA footballer and IRA activist, was born 23 April 1907 at Dawson's Terrace, Tralee, Co. Kerry, son of Garret Landers, engine fitter and noted footballer, and Katherine Landers (née Roche) of Listowel. He was educated locally at the CBS, Edward St. The Landers family were actively involved in the war of independence, and he joined the republican boy scouts, Fianna Éireann, in 1920. The vast majority of Rock Street IRA activists, including John Joe's older...