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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 2014.
- Adams, Michael (19372009), publisher and catholic activist
- Blease, William John (Billy) (19142008), trade unionist and politician
- Burke, Patrick (Thomas; Tom) (19232008), priest and scientist
Biography of the Day
Walker, Samuel B. (‘Sammy’) (1912–72), rugby footballer, was born 21 April 1912 at 174 Cupar Street, Belfast; the son of Samuel Walker, grocer, and Mary Isabella Walker (née Craig). Educated at the RBAI, he played his club rugby as a forward with Instonians from 1930; interchangeable at all levels as prop or hooker, he won the Ulster Senior Cup with his club in 1934 and 1938. Appearing for Ulster, he was soon chosen by the Irish selectors for his combative style. One of four new caps in both tea...