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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 July 2014.
- Ahern, Catherine Ita (Kay) (19152007), president of the Irish Countrywomens Association, senator and TD
- Barnes, Michael James (19322008), festival director
- Black, Robert Denis (R. D.) Collison (Bob) (19222008), politician and government minister
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Kilbride, Denis (1848–1924), agrarian campaigner and MP, was one of five sons of Thomas Kilbride of Lugacurran, Queen's County (Laois), farmer, and his wife, Maria Ryan. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare. After leaving school he worked on his father's substantial 700 acre holding, to which he eventually succeeded, on the estate of the fifth marquis of Lansdowne (qv). The Kilbride family had sold their Lugacurran estate to the third marquis of Lansdowne in the 1820s, becoming...