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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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O'Gorman, Thomas (‘The Chevalier’) (1732–1809), officer in French service, scholar, and entrepreneur, was by his own account born 16 September 1732 at Castletown, Co. Clare, son of Matthew O'Gorman (or MacGorman) and his wife Margaret, daughter of Donough O'Loughlin of Castletown, prince of the Burren. O'Gorman had a brother and a sister; each later had a son for whom he was able to secure appointment in the Spanish forces. He probably attended a hedge school in Clare, before being educated at P...