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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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Stoney, Florence Ada (1870–1932), radiologist, was born in Dublin, second daughter of George Johnstone Stoney (qv), scientist, and his wife Margaret of Parsonstown, King's Co. (Offaly), sister of George Gerald Stoney (qv), engineer. She was educated at home and at the Royal College of Science. As women were not permitted to study at TCD, she pursued her medical degree at the London School of Medicine for Women and received honours in her MB (1895) and B.Sc. (1896) and her MD (1898).After thirtee...