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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
Biography of the Day
Rackard, Nicholas (‘Nicky’) (1922–76), hurler, was born 28 April 1922 in Killann, Rathnure, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, third child and eldest son among five sons and four daughters of Robert Rackard, farmer, publican, and grocer, and Anastasia Rackard (née Doran). The family had a 120-acre mixed farm with licensed retail business on the former homestead in Killann of John Kelly (qv), the celebrated figure of the 1798 rising, and owned land and a similar business at nearby Caim. Four of the five R...